Help bring The Visual Facilitation Field Guide to life!
We've all heard the expression, 'a picture paints a thousand words.' Well, we think that everyone who's ever organized a meeting or a conversation will agree that a well-placed visual can stimulate richer dialogue, stronger engagement, and natural collaboration. It can help groups to connect the dots around meaning, possibilities, and change. Visuals help to break down barriers of differences, language, and culture and encourage greater understanding. And people will remember pictures better than almost anything else.
We have seen firsthand how getting people to make and use thoughtful pictures can have great impact on meetings, trainings, and coaching, and make organizational change processes more effective and more enjoyable.
This is the field of Visual Facilitation. Maybe you’ve heard of it and want to know more. Maybe you’ve wanted to try it, but you’re not sure where to start. Or maybe you're a visual practitioner yourself, and you wonder what others are doing that's new and exciting.
The Visual Facilitation Field Guide presents new approaches and stories from expert visual facilitators all around the world. Co-authors share their own experiences, showing you what visual facilitation is and illustrating its many applications in meetings, strategic planning, coaching, training, and other aspects of work. Whether you are a visual facilitator, want to hire one, or want to try some of the methods yourself, the chapters clearly explain how to implement the co-authors' ideas so that you, too, can reap the benefits of working visually.
It's not your typical graphic facilitation manual. It includes the basics, yes; but the stories in this book go deeper. Seasoned practitioners explore how to listen better, how to capture and visualize the story in the room, how to encourage and support deep dialogue, how to build strong and resilient teams... all through the power of (sometimes simple) visuals and skillful facilitation.
The book will be 8.5" x 11" (approx. A4 format) and about 400 pages long. Naturally, it is filled with photographs and illustrations to help you visualize the activities and approaches.
Meet the Editors
Our Editorial Team has, collectively, more than 35 years of experience in the field of visual practice. We are all published authors and we are supported by our 50 wonderful co-authors, a professional copy editor, a graphic designer, and a network of advisors who have run successful Kickstarter projects themselves. From left to right in the photo above, the Editorial Team is:
- Rachel Smith: co-editor and visual facilitator, formerly with The Grove Consultants International in San Francisco, USA.
- Tim Hamons: co-editor and visual facilitator at The Art of Awakening in Singapore.
- Jeroen Blijsie: initiator and co-editor. Visual facilitator in the Netherlands at The Visual Connection.
Meet our dream team: more than 50 top visual practitioners from all around the globe!
Together, they have over a century of experience in the field -- and maybe closer to two or three centuries! Each one has written about the aspects of visual facilitation that they are most passionate about, and their love for their work comes through in the stories they tell. Sitting down with this book is like taking a series of private coaching sessions with some of the most experienced people in the field: you'll get the advantage of their hard-won experience and their best advice, all in their own words.
Designing the Book... and Its Cover
The book is being beautifully designed, inside and out, by Visuality. The cover is still in design... and you have an opportunity to weigh in on the final choice!
What do you think of the cover design below? Want to see other options? Visit the website to see all the options and vote for your favorite! We will select the final cover design based on the voting results, so help us choose the final cover design!
And Now... the Rewards!
We are so very grateful for your help in funding this project. The money will cover costs for copy editing, design, layout, publishing, and distribution (the editors are doing this as a labor of love, and the co-authors get a token stipend -- and several of them have donated their stipends back to the project!).
To show our love, we have some practical and fun rewards for you!
Just want to follow along and keep an eye on the project? Every little bit counts, and we'll say "thank you" by adding your name to our special backer's page in the book! (If you pledge at any higher level, including pre-ordering one or more books, we will include your name on the thank-you page too -- to thank YOU!)
Choose your own desire! One book? Five books? Ten, to hand out to colleagues and clients? Be among the first backers to take advantage of the Early Bird super discount (20% lower than retail) -- but even when those are gone, by pre-ordering here you'll get the book at its lowest price (10% lower than retail). Plus, you'll be among the first to get your copy!
If you're a collector, don't miss the limited edition autographed copies signed by all three co-editors (Jeroen Blijsie, Tim Hamons, and Rachel Smith). It's only available here and now, and there are only 50 copies!
Choose the book and e-book combo if you want the lovely look and feel of the paper copy, but you also want to take it on the road when you travel. The ebook is lightweight, environmentally responsible, and immune to dog-ears and creases. Or, keep the ebook for yourself and give the paper copy to a friend! By pre-ordering the pair here, you get them at a 33% discount.
One of the co-editors, Rachel Smith, is an avid quilter and will be making a limited run of lovely quilted coasters featuring art from the book (created by Visuality). Only 15 sets of these are ever going to be available, and each coaster will be handmade by Rachel (you can see examples of her quilting work on her website). The coasters are 4" square, double-sided, made of 100% cotton, and completely machine washable.
They look great tucked under your favorite coffee cup while they protect your desk! At this pledge level, you also receive a copy of the book and a copy of the ebook.
Another co-editor, Tim Hamons, is creating a beautiful map of the book's journey from idea to release. Choose this pledge level to receive a gorgeous signed limited-edition print of the story. (See examples of Tim's work on his website.) At this pledge level, you also receive a copy of the book and a copy of the ebook.
David Sibbet, founder of The Grove Consultants International and one of the founders of the field of visual facilitation, will give a personalized two-hour coaching session to one lucky (and speedy) backer. If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area you may be able to meet with him in person; otherwise, the coaching will be virtual. You pick the topic, you ask the questions, you benefit from David's experience and feedback!
One lucky and speedy backer will have the opportunity to meet with the incredible Brandy Agerbeck, one of the book's co-authors and author of The Graphic Facilitator's Guide and The Idea Shapers, in a two-hour personalized virtual coaching session! You pick the topic, you ask the questions, you benefit from Brandy's experience and feedback!
This pledge level will get you not one but two registrations in a two-day visual facilitation training course offered by one of the co-editors (either Jeroen Blijsie in the Netherlands or Tim Hamons in Singapore). Travel and other expenses are not included; only the workshop registration.
You can use them both yourself in two different workshops, or you can bring a friend, or you can gift one or both registrations to someone else. The exact course topics and dates will vary but you are free to choose from available options.
See here for more about the Singapore workshop with Tim Hamons.
See here for more about the Netherlands workshop with Jeroen Blijsie.
Get the red carpet treatment at Euviz 2018 with this pledge! It includes full conference registration, 3 nights at a hotel there, dinner with the co-editors and co-authors who are attending the conference, a t-shirt autographed by all of them, special mention at the book launch activities, and lots of opportunities to chat with the book team! Only 3 of these are available... so grab yours quick!
Thank you so much for your support, at any level. We are so grateful for the opportunity to bring this book into the world. Backers, you are the best!
Risks and challenges
As of this Kickstarter launch, we have drafts in hand of all the chapters. Many have gone all the way through co-author review, editorial review, revision, and copy editing and are now in the design and layout phase. The editors are working with the remaining chapters and their authors, moving the process along.
Of course the schedule is a risk. It takes time to edit and revise each chapter into a thoughtful contribution -- and we have a strong process in place for doing this. We may publish a little later than we hoped, but not much later; the book will be released by the end of September at the very latest, and we still anticipate it being much sooner than that.
The publisher has been identified and we are working out the agreements and schedule with them. Our co-editors are dedicated to bringing this book to press!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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