Brandy's Writing + Drawing

The Idea Shapers: The power of putting your thinking into your own hands
by Brandy Agerbeck

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Long to feel less overwhelmed? Wish for clarity in your decision making? Looking for lucidity in your thinking? Seeking confidence in your communication? The simple solution is at your fingertips. Paper and pen. In this guide, Brandy Agerbeck reveals drawing as your best thinking tool, making visual thinking attainable and enjoyable through a set of twenty-four Idea Shapers. Each concept combines fine art and facilitation to turn abstract ideas into concrete drawing that help you do great things.

Paperback: 422 pages
Publisher: Library,
November 8, 2016
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1494919338
ISBN-13: 978-1494919337

Brandy's notes: My first book focused on the professional graphic facilitator, being the one person in the room drawing for a group of people. This book is for anyone who wants to strengthen their visual thinking skills. The Idea Shapers and The Graphic Facilitator's was good sibling books to each other.

"Agerbeck’s The Idea Shapers shares fresh insights from her years of strategic thinking. It’s rare to find a book rich in systems that’s clear and applicable right away."
  Nancy Duarte
CEO of Duarte, Inc.
and best-selling author

Drawn Together Through Visual Practice
An anthology co-edited by Brandy Agerbeck, Kelvy Bird, Sam Bradd and Jennifer Shepherd

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Twenty-seven advanced practitioners give voice to the field of visual thinking as the range of its practice dramatically expands. Curious observers, bold beginners, and expert facilitators alike can now come together to:

Share cross-disciplinary and regional perspectivestives
Surface and approach the complex puzzles of our time
Reflect on core human connections and communication

Paperback: 322 pages
Publisher: Kelvy Bird
July 15, 2016
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692726004

Brandy's notes: My entry into this project was sharing an Air BnB with Sam Bradd during EuViz. We talked about our colleagues who were doing such strong work, but weren't sharing it. There's so much richness and diversity to visual practice, beyond "the scribe" at the wall. Thrilled to team with Kelvy, Sam and Jennifer to convene these experts and their experiences.


"A first-rate look at the new world of visual practice.  I know from personal experience that capturing content and discussion in real time imagery can help create communal understanding and memory. The images give participants a shared visual vocabulary that help capture complex ideas and enable the move to new discoveries and innovations.  The book is a delightful dive into understanding the background and development of this new teaching/art form. Enjoy."

  Deborah Ancona 
Seley Distinguished Professor of Management, Faculty Director of the MIT Leadership Center, MIT Sloan School of Management

The Graphic Facilitator's Guide: how to use your listening, thinking and drawing skills to make meaning
by Brandy Agerbeck

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Graphic facilitation is serving a group by writing and drawing their conversation live and large to help them do their work. It is a powerful tool to help people feel heard, to develop a shared understanding as a group, and to be able to see and touch their work in a way they couldn’t access before. Through the 25 guiding principles in this book, you will develop your ability to listen deeply, think critically and draw swiftly to make great work happen.

Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: Library
February 29, 2012
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615591876
ISBN-13: 978-0615591872

Also available in German, exclusively through Neuland, under the name, Der Wegweiser für den Graphic Facilitator.

Brandy's notes: I saw the enormous growth in the graphic facilitation field, but a lot of folks weren't fortunate to come from a solid foundation of facilitation like I had. They could easily discuss the materials of our work, but struggled to understand the role and the skills. This book aimed to help colleagues understand the power and responsibilities in the graphic facilitator/recorder role. I am exceeding proud that Nancy was right in her quote (at right), with many people recommending the GFG as The Bible of our field.


"Congratulations to Brandy Agerbeck, who captured all the key information, all the more subtle tacit knowledge and tons of helpful hints all in one clearly-presented book. I predict that Agerbeck's book will eventually be referred to as the Graphic Facilitation Bible."
  Nancy Margulies
author of Visual Thinking
and Mapping Inner Space

Permission: A Guide to Generating More Ideas, Being More of Yourself and Having More Fun at Work
co-created by Pamela Meyer & Brandy Agerbeck

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Permission is a playful book with serious intent. In a series of light-hearted short sections, integrated with lively graphics, this book guides all who believe in the value of creativity, fresh ideas and learning how to give themselves and others permission to go beyond lip-service to actual service. Permission is filled with examples and ideas for giving (and, in turn, getting and taking) permission.

Paperback: 132 pages
Publisher: Playspace Press (October 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615529224
ISBN-13: 978-0615529226

Brandy's notes: It was such a joy to co-create this book with Pamela. It makes a great pick me up and great gift for those who are embarking on a new adventure, entering college, graduating, starting a new chapter in their lives.


"Permission is written in an innovative way that enables the reader to read as much or little at one time and still be able to come back for more when ready. Brandy and Pamela create a new space and way of thinking and doing which stretches and broadens the way you "do" life."

  Lonni Gill, Ph.D


by Brandy Agerbeck

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PDF: 26 pages
Language: English

Brandy's notes: Before I wrote any books, for reals, I wanted to declare my intentions in my upcoming work and share what I believe in. This is also the first publication of The Draw Quad, a model to broaden your definition of drawing.




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The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
by Chris Guillebeau

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In The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose – and earn a good living.


Rengen: The Rise of the Cultural Consumer - and What It Means to Your Business
by Patricia Martin

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Ideas - and the forms in which they are expressed - are the new currency. Yet many companies, the media, and even the general population mistakenly see America as an intellectual and cultural wasteland defined by reality television and fast food. RenGen is about the rise of the next "renaissance generation" - an emerging section of the American public who are enlightened, creative, and eager to challenge the status quo.


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