I love working with groups that are asking hard questions about race, equity, and social justice. These conversations require risk, vulnerability, and deep listening. Graphic recording allows the conversation to hold multiple truths at once, which helps folks move past the work of defending their perspective and towards the work of understanding each other.
When I’m in the room with you, I’ll be:
listening for key points, even if they’re contradictory and no matter who says them
analyzing the conversation, even when it’s fraught and especially if it’s uncomfortable
documenting what I hear using images and text, so that everyone stays engaged during the conversation and leaves with a shared understanding of what happened
I create environments that welcome and support all folks to do their best thinking, especially those who face oppression on a daily basis. I love thinking through an entire day, from welcome to close. My favorite clients are those who talk about race, power, and privilege as part of our planning sessions.
My approach to facilitation includes:
preparation: reviewing background information to inform agenda design and day-of facilitation, co-creating a realistic agenda with the planning team, and designing group processes that achieve the desired outcomes.
day-of facilitation: leading participants through the day from welcome to close, creating and maintaining a supportive and respectful environment, managing difficult dynamics gracefully, engaging and including all participants, keeping up the momentum and energy, and switching gears on the fly to address unexpected issues or dynamics.
project management: check-ins with the planning team, timely and thorough communication via phone and email, and post-event follow up.
Here are guiding principles that I bring to my work. I like to state these up front so that folks know what to expect from me.
Racism and oppression are real, and they have shaped each person’s experience in the world - including mine, and also yours
How this plays out in the work: I expect my collaborators to start from this point. I don’t expect us to agree on what comes next and I’ll never push an agenda on anyone, but I do expect us to share this orientation to the world.
Everyone has a piece of the truth
How this plays out in the work: I listen to all the voices in the room, especially those that don’t fit in a box. I won’t favor folks by calling on them more or putting more marks on the paper because of their titles or phenotypes. I will make sure the space is comfortable for those who are likely to be least comfortable.
Participation looks different for everyone
How this plays out in the work: If I’m working with you as a graphic recorder, I’ll listen as intently to the voice that speaks once as I do the voice that dominates the conversation. If I’m working with you as a facilitator, I will create as many spaces for silence and reflection as I will spaces for open conversation.
This day cannot be everything for everyone
How this plays out in the world: I will push you to identify priorities and make sure your stated goals align with the way the day plays out.
Alameda County Public Health Department
Best Babies Zone Initiative at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health
Boston Consulting Group
Girl Scouts Heart of Central California
New Orleans Health Department
San Francisco School
The Opportunity Institute