Visual Practice - US West 2018

This workshop is intended for graphic facilitators and people interested in the power of visuals to facilitate systems-level change. Over the three days, the focus will be on experiential, hands-on learning, combining theory, exercises, reflection, and peer learning.

Join a growing eco-system of practitioners who use the "art of scribing" to bridge the ecological, social, and spiritual divides we experience in our world today. Scribing - a process of drawing while people talk - provides a mirror that can help a system see itself in new light. With intention to build navigational capacity for the rapidly changing times in which we we live, this program will focus on:

  • Activating intelligences of the Open Mind, Heart, and Will
  • Deepening practice of a visual sense-making discipline
  • Cultivating knowledge of social technologies

What will you learn?

We will cover aspects of Theory U and Presencing, System and Conversational diagnostics, Four Levels of Listening, Generative Scribing, Discernment for ‘Letting Go and Letting Come’, 2D Modeling, Project Planning, and shared Applications of this work in a variety of contexts. The learning process will involve presentations, hands-on practice, peer-to-peer reflections, and large group conversations.

Who should participate?

  • Scribes who want to bring Presencing into their practice
  • Theory U practitioners wanting to learn visual expression
  • Visual thinkers seeking to expand their capacity

Drawing will be our primary form of practice. You do not have to be a skilled scribe – but be prepared to use visual expression as the main method of practice during the program.


Optional Reception: 5:00-6:30pm Wednesday, February 14th
Program Dates: 9:00am Thursday, February 15th to 5:00pm Saturday the 17th
LocationAce Hotel, 1022 SW Stark Street, Portland, OR USA 97205

Delivery Team

Kelvy Bird has been working as a scribe in the fields of human and organizational development since 1995, with a focus on leadership, collective intelligence, and systems thinking. As part of the Presencing Institute since 2007, Kelvy has helped shape many of the global community offerings, most recently the edX course u.lab, for which she provides extensive visual material. In 2016, she co-edited the anthology: Drawn Together through Visual Practice, and is now completing: On Scribing. Kelvy received a BFA and BA from Cornell University, and currently lives in Somerville, MA USA. MORE HERE

Alfredo Carlo, born in Brussels, is a designer of collaborative processes and is a graphic facilitator. He’s the founding partner of Housatonic Design Network and, since 2011, a partner of Matter Group. Together these networks deliver graphic facilitation and collaborative sessions to navigate complexity. Alfredo is a member of The Value Web, a not-for-profit organisation made of an international facilitators and designers network, which helps large and medium-scale institutions all over the world in their processes of research for systemic and complex problem-solving. Alfredo currently lives with his family in Bologna, Italy. MORE HERE


Individuals: Early Bird $2200 (5 spaces, ends Oct 14), then $2400
Gov/Edu/NFP: Early Bird: $1800 (5 spaces, ends Oct 14), then $2000
Scholarship: $1000 (2 spaces, contact Kelvy

The registration fee includes: supplies, course materials, lunch and two snack breaks each day. Breakfasts and dinners would be self-organized. Participants are also responsible for their own transportation and hotel accomodations.


The amount paid minus a $350 processing fee will be refunded for all cancellations received in writing before January 14, 2018. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after that time, but registrations can be transferred to other participants at no additional cost. The Organizer is not liable for an event cancellation due to sickness, riots, epidemics, or acts of god.

​For more information, contact: Kelvy Bird

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Moderated by Kelvy Bird
14 Feb 2018 - 17 Feb 2018
Portland, Oregon - USA