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Drawing out key ideas and insights at #ItsuptoYOUth

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In NSW, there are approximately 2.4 million children and young people. Engaging with, listening to and letting this important group in society have their voices heard was recently a key focus at “#ItsuptoYOUth Youth Health Policy Consultation” workshop for young people of Greater Western Sydney aged between 14-24 years old. As the graphic recorder at the event, held in the beautiful old Parramatta Town Hall, my role was to capture and draw out the content from a series of fast paced and wide ranging group conversations on key issues across the youth health and services spectrum. The energy in the room was great and it was a privilege to take the visual notes on some of the ideas, insights and issues that matter to children and young people today.
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Graphic recording at the CSIRO SMiSposium 2016 conference

CSIRO SMiSposium 2016 conference
I was recently invited to graphic record the ‘CSIRO SMiSposium 2016: Partnering for the Future’ conference in Sydney at Doltone House. This CSIRO Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools program (SMiS) event was aimed at sparking important conversation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Australia. As the event’s graphic recorder, my role was to draw creative and relevant visual notes of the key presentations given by a range of experts from education, STEM, government, industry and academia backgrounds. The presentations, conversations, insights and ideas were fantastic content for graphic recording and live scribing. Here are some posters of my work as well as a great shot of the bustling conference room with my graphic recording boards in the background.
CSIRO SMiSposium 2016 conference
CSIRO SMiSposium 2016 conference

Video scribing the Futures Learning story

Working closely with the Department of Education NSW Futures Learning team, we recently created a video scribe animation to raise awareness and understanding how space and technology can support future focused pedagogies and deeply engage students in developing critical 21st century skills. The video scribe animation was brought to life using a compelling story of two teachers in different schools and how they went about navigating the opportunities and realities of a Futures Learning approach as well as the positive results that it delivered.

Listening and doodling can be powerful learning tools in business

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Podcasts are a great way to be entertained and learn about new things, anywhere and anytime. I recently had a conversation with the crew at The Mojo Radio Show who were keen to get my view on how drawing and using visuals can enhance learning, recall and knowledge transfer in a business setting. Check it out by clicking here.

Straight after the interview, I used the audio file from The Mojo Radio Show crew to go through the same process I take when graphic recording to create visual notes of the show (see the image above). The visual notes capture the key ideas, themes and interesting parts of the conversation and taking this same approach (either ‘live’ in the room or retrospectively) can be a great way to create an engaging communication and memory tool in a business setting. I also created a unique cartoon about podcasts in business which you can see right here on my dedicated cartoon site www.officeguycartoons.com

The Mojo Radio Show is a regular podcast designed to bring listeners useable, practical and up to date insights, techniques and tools to get their ‘mojo working’ in and out of work. To listen to more of their interviews, go to: www.themojoradioshow.com
Thanks to Gary and Robbo for inviting me on the show.

Action brings clarity

Working closely with my production team, we’ve recently developed a new style of product in our video scribe animation service line. The new slant is the ability for speakers/spokespeople to be integrated within the video scribe animation and next to my drawings using green screen technology and some clever post production techniques. This video scribe animation was created to profile the amazing story of Peter Baines and how he helps organisations around the world. For more information on Peter’s personal career journey and the difference he makes, visit here.

Drawing attention to the NDIS rollout in NSW

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a vital reform that will give people with disability choice and control over their lives and the supports they receive. Once fully rolled out around 140,000 people in NSW will receive support under the NDIS. When and how people enter the scheme can be a bit complicated so it was a privilege to work with the Nous Group to develop this simple and creative video scribe animation to help tell the story about the roll-out.

NDIS rollout in NSW

To view the video, visit the NDIS website.

Nous Group’s commitment to reconciliation

Nous Group, one of Australia’s leading management consultants, is committed to reconciliation and closing the gap because the firm believes reconciliation is critically important to their organisation, our society and Australia’s future. My 2 minute video scribe animation (with digital and sound effects) brings their story, philosophy and strategy in this area to life.

Nous Group was recently voted one of Australia’s Top 5 workplaces in the 2015 BRW Best Places to Work Awards and this award follows their clients voting them ‘Best management consulting firm, Australia‘, in the 2015 Australian Financial Review Client Choice Awards.

Graphic recording at the C&K Annual Conference

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Graphic recording at large scale conferences is always rewarding as the content I get to graphic record and capture visually can be varied and fascinating. I recently worked at the The Creche & Kindergarten Association (C&K) Early Education and Care Annual Conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. C&K is Queensland’s largest provider of early childhood education. The conference was filled with interesting internal and external speakers, including the MC and keynote, Alison Hill. You can see a detail of the graphic recording poster I created from Alison’s keynote presentation called ‘Leading the future’. Alison is a psychologist and expert in organisational motivation and strategy.

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Alison Hill Keynote

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Helping those who help

The Growth Project is a non-profit organisation that supports small, successful charities to maximise their impact on the world. They do this through development programs for charity leaders that help grow their knowledge, skills and leadership potential.

The Growth Project turned to me to turn their story into a short and engaging 2 minute video scribe animation, which is now front and centre on their website homepage.

The Growth Project is supported by two founding partners (Commonwealth Bank and The Saunders Family) as well as being backed by many other leading organisations who provide valuable support.

IPAA shares the story about Federation reform

Federation reform can be complicated. In the lead up to the 2015 IPAA National Conference, I worked with the IPAA team to create a 2 minute video scribe animation to help people get informed about this fast evolving area as well as raise awareness about the event. The Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) is the nationwide professional association for those involved in public administration.

Speaking of my work, Jo Rose, Director Digital at IPAA NSW Division, said: “Guy has a unique ability to comprehend and represent complex issues in a simple and accessible manner. He was a pleasure to deal with through all stages of production of our video. I highly recommend using his services.”