Change often starts with awareness and aspirations. This institutional human resources department was deeply engaged in visualizing their path forward. Working in a room full of this kind of energy is one my favorite parts of being a Visual Practitioner.
While there is not one answer to this question, here are a few things to consider when deciding where to place the Graphic Recorder:
Apologies for the poor video quality. The video is a timelapse of a full day event with faculty from an elementary school. As part of their team building day, we created a 10 year timeline (Journey Map, or Heritage Wall) of their school. The educators worked in teams briefly in the morning to review their institutional history and post stickies, which I categorized with their input. After a review of the finer details with workshop leaders, the drawing began. The staff moved to other activities for the day, and we came together to wrap up the day with a review and appreciation of their Heritage Wall. This type of activity reinforces milestones and serves as a powerful on-boarding activity for newer staff. The artwork is now hung in the school to celebrate their upcoming anniversary.
Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results: SOAR.
A SOAR Workgroup brings together stakeholders and approaches strategic planning through the appreciative lens. (Read more about Appreciative Inquiry here.)
Graphic Recording serves to show the group the research performed before their gathering, and to track their discussions through the day. The Graphic Recordings continue to serve the group as a communications tool to show their process to those not present. SOAR is a creative, boundary busting process. The presence of a Graphic Recorder helps to open the doorways to creative and expressive thought and sharing - creative problem solving and visioning is a key component of SOAR.