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Graphic recording brings online events to life

June 02, 2020

Chloe Sjuberg
Assistant Communications Coordinator, SFU Public Square

The views and opinions expressed in SFU Public Square's blogs are those of the authors, and they do not necessarily reflect the official position of Simon Fraser University or SFU Public Square, or any other affiliated institutions in any way.

Graphic recording has been a big hit at our Distant, Not Disengaged events. Sam Bradd’s illustration work was a perfect match for our discussion of arts and culture during COVID-19, and we knew we wanted to incorporate it in future events. As Sam’s organization Drawing Change explains it, “graphic recording helps participants see patterns, immerse themselves in ideas, and integrate the collective wisdom of a group.”

At our most recent event about the future of employment for young workers, we were thrilled to once again have graphic recording, this time from illustrator Kim Nipp. Kim brought the themes of this powerful conversation to life in real time with a live-streamed illustration of the speakers and the issues they raised.

More information about the speakers represented in Kim’s graphic:

  • Linxi Mytkolli is a manager at YouthfulCities, where she works with youth in cities around the world through research and engagement programs to help them make their cities better places to work, live and play.
  • Thomas McKechnie of Foodsters United is a playwright, organizer, and facilitator of good trouble.
  • Shagufta Pasta is a researcher and experiential education project manager at SFU focused on creating an equitable present and future of work.
  • Jake Hirsch-Allen is a connector and social intrapreneur who currently leads LinkedIn's work with North America's governments to leverage LinkedIn Learning Solutions to close skills gaps through their workforce development and higher education systems.
  • Kendra Strauss is an associate professor and director of the Labour Studies program at SFU.
  • Matthew Norris is a member of the Lac La Ronge First Nation, the vice-president of the Urban Native Youth Association and co-chair of the Vancouver Just Recovery Coalition. He is a PhD student at UBC in the Department of Political Science and is a policy advisor to Vancouver City Councillor Christine Boyle. He has a long history in policy and advocacy work on the rights of Indigenous peoples.

And here’s Sam’s illustration from our arts and culture event, plus more information about those speakers as well:

Let us know what resonates for you in Kim and Sam’s graphics by sharing them and using the hashtag #DistantNotDisengaged on social media!

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