Ottawa Working Group

Local Independent News

More independent news:
Do you want free independent news delivered weekly? sign up now
Can you support independent journalists with $5? donate today!
Not reviewed by editors. copyeditedfact checked [?]

My Vision - Graphic Facilitator Jennifer Shepherd helped me with my vision Feb 5, 2013

Blog posts reflect the views of their authors.

 

 

This past year, I was at a Transitions Ottawa event and there was a board for people to write things they have to offer or need, using the principles of community barter. I connected with a few people on different things. One person I connected with was Jennifer Shepherd, a professional graphic facilitator. This means she helps facilitate and plan meanings so that people can share and clarify ideas on all sorts of issues and choose what they want to do next. She uses visual thinking methods to help people think better together so they can literally see what they mean and put their ideas to work. This was great for me, because I have all sorts of dreams, but difficulty in seeing what I really want, and how to get there.

 

 

 

me and my vision

 

Jennifer offered her services in exchanges for some garden/ permaculture work, which is an area I'm trying to get into more. Her husband dug up their back yard when installing solar hot water heating for their house, and he could use some help filling it back in before the weather got too cold and the dirt would be so frozen it couldn't be shovelled. So I helped with that back in November, and on February 5th Jennifer worked with me to draw a picture of my personal vision. The topic was the kind of community and living situation I wanted to create for myself, and the kind of livelihood that felt right for me.

 

We started with the kind of community I envisioned, then focused on what kind of things I wanted to spend my time doing in my life in terms of livelihood, leaving some time to fill in the blanks at the end, and for Jennifer to put some artistic flair finishing touches on the graphic she created for me. It's now posted on a room divider facing my bed in my bachelor apartment, so I can see it everyday and be reminded of my vision.

 

 

 

 

 

It's a beautiful work, well worth the exchange! Thanks Jennifer!

 

 

(it looks like this was Jennifer facilitating a talk about non-violent communication! cool!)

 

 

If you would like to have graphic facilitation for your projects or meetings, Jennifer Shepherd can be contacted via www.livingtapestries.ca - her email is jennifer AT livingtapestries DOT ca . She also has a youtube channel where you can see her in action doing her work, here: http://www.youtube.com/livingtapestries

 

Jennifer is also a member of Hub Ottawa, a social innovation network. It's a great place for people to imagine and connect with others with the different skills and knowledge that can make the magic happen for your next project. You can find Hub Ottawa's website here: http://hubottawa.org/


Socialize:
Want more grassroots coverage?
Join the Media Co-op today.

Creative Commons license icon Creative Commons license icon

About the poster

Trusted by 1 other users.
Has posted 2 times.
View maikeru333's profile »

Recent Posts:

picture of maikeru333

maikeru333 (Michael Goguen)
Ottawa
Member since November 2012

About:

Hi! I'm a blogger and activist in Ottawa. Some issues which are important to me are community building, human rights and justice - especially with respect to human trafficking and forced sex work, the co-optation and corruption of groups by various power structures (and how to stop/fix it), and permaculture design and systems thinking especially as applied to fixing social problems/ living in harmony with nature.

460 words
Join the media co-op today
Things the Media Co-op does: Support
Things the Media Co-op does: Report
Things the Media Co-op does: Network
Things the Media Co-op does: Educate
Things the Media Co-op does: Discover
Things the Media Co-op does: Cooperate
Things the Media Co-op does: Build
Things the Media Co-op does: Amplify

User login


Google+
Subscribe to the Dominion $25/year

The Media Co-op's flagship publication features in-depth reporting, original art, and the best grassroots news from across Canada and beyond. Sign up now!