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Newark's Green Future Summit
industry/topic description group
time date
city revitalization, environment graphic facilitation 300 4'x 8', 4'x 2.5' 2 days 09.08
I'm very happy to share the images from this public program. 9 times out of 10, my projects are internal events for corporate clients. This was a public program for the citizens and leaders of Newark, hired by the nonprofit, Apollo Alliance. It's a great example of using a few different approaches in the graphic facilitation to work with the agenda and the objectives. Scroll down for more...


This two day Green Future Summit consisted of:
1. A kickoff/introduction. Introductions were all short and rapid fire. Sort of a "blessing" by many different interested parties. Given that, I knitted all the introductions into one image and didn't visual separate the different speakers.

2. A series of 5 different panel discussions. The head client, Kate Gordon, told me that the panels consisted of many different people with many different stories and perspectives - and the objective was to capture the lessons that Newark can use locally. Great context. I mapped each panel with the same structure, so they could be viewed in parallel. In the obvious color scheme: green, green and more green. (Thank goodness I had recently gotten my great refillable markers from Neuland!)

I made sure I listened to the stories, but that what got on paper were the applications for the audience of Newarkers.

3. A report out for each panel topic. The Apollo Alliance smartly designed an event that followed each group of panel discussions with the time and space for the audience to break out into groups to react, converse and come up with Newark-specific actions. After that time the groups reconvened and shared their ideas with the larger group. These were rapid fire! Therefore, I kept the layout extremely simple, Text organized by scale and connecting lines. No time for drawings.

4. A closing from Chelsea Albucher, Newark's Sustainability Officer and Mayor Cory A. Booker. The inspiring end note, who's content was developed over the course of the two days. I had no idea the specific content, though I knew it would be green. I knew that I didn't have a lot of time (20 minutes). I knew that it was crucial to get the energy and enthusiasm right to send people away with. Given that, I synthesized the key ideas, setting aside the detail. I made this more illustrated, brighter, bigger, bolder.

Those are the 4 pieces of the two day event for 300 Newarkers. I certainly hope that the images help inspire Newark to become stronger and greener.

And as a bonus, Apollo Alliance's Keith Schneider, Communications director took the time to interview me about my process and blogged about it here. The audience was very receptive to my work and everyone on the Apollo team was a joy to work with.

Panel discussion: Green Building
Report Out : Green Building
Panel Discussion: Green Economic Development Panel Discussion: Green Open Space
Report Out : Green Economic Development Report Out : Green Open Space
Panel Discussion: Green Workforce Development Panel Discussion: Youth & Community Initiatives
Report Out : Green Workforce Development Report Out : Youth & Community Initiatives

Graphic facilitator Brandy Agerbeck creates conceptual maps of conversations. Since 1996, her drawing and thinking skills have facilitated groups of 2 to 1000 across industries. Brandy's images help people navigate the complex world around them and bring clarity to their work.

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