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A simple and funny comic book to explain what a Graphic Facilitator does.
A simple and funny comic book to explain what a Graphic Facilitator does.
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On November 20th 2015, we published on Facebook a series of illustrations about the quirks of being a graphic facilitator. We started just for fun, because we heard the same anecdotes so many times from our colleagues around the world, delivering the work we do: Graphic Facilitation.

This project is a fun way to explain what we DO and what we DON'T do

Graphic Facilitation is a very important tool to help the world move towards better conversations and, therefore, better relationships and collaboration. However, sometimes it is misinterpreted in what it really is, looking like it's "just" great illustrations and comics while, when well done, it has a much deeper impact and meaning. Graphic Facilitation highlights patterns and provides immediate visual feedback to who's talking, helping the flow and the quality of the conversation.

After publishing the first few comics on Facebook, we received many comments that made us realize that our experiences are, in fact, common among our worldwide peers. Realizing we had many more stories to share, We decided it would be fun to draw more of them and collect them in a book. We have now completed the illustrations, divided in 4 sections and themes, and we also finished the layout and pagination of the book. 

We have received a quote to print the first 500 copies and are ready to start production as soon as the goal number is reached. 
The book will be 5.90 x 5.90 inches, hardback, 48 pages.

Who we are

Housatonic is a Graphic Facilitation studio based in Bologna, Italy. We specialise in supporting teams and companies to visualise their ideas, and help them make their work and their teams faster and more effective through the use of visuals. We are a team of 16 people working as graphic recorders, content managers, animators, researchers and video makers.


Irene Coletto
is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, recently graduated in Comics and Illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. She's totally into graphic design and lettering. From 2014 she's part of a collective of artists named Blanca, which periodically releases an illustrated fanzine for children. The thing she loves the most is making people laugh with her comic strips.


Alfredo Carlo, born in 1975 in Brussels, is a designer of collaborative processes and a graphic facilitator. He has translated his interest in design and interaction between human beings into his profession.

He's the founding partner of Housatonic Design Network and, since 2011, partner of Matter Group: together they deliver graphic facilitation and collaborative sessions. Alfredo is also a member and vice-president of The Value Web, a non-profit international organization of facilitators and designers, helping NGOs, the UN, and other non-profits to identify and implement their own solutions to complex systemic problems.

Funds and Rewards

The funds will be used to cover the work of Irene, who drew the illustrations, and to cover the printing costs of the book in (initially) 500 copies + shipping.

 
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