Graphic Harvesting and collective sense making

Harvesting insights and visualising content as it emerges comes naturally to me. Whether it’s capturing an event through a live graphic harvest (such as the case study below), live scribing during a design sprint, or encouraging others to visualise their process in a workshop – I love combining my visual arts background with my experience in group facilitation to bring about collective sense making and visual thinking.

Case Study: Graphic Harvest with JnJ 

 In 2019 I produced a large-scale live recording of the JnJ Women’s Leadership and Inclusion conference. The purpose of  engaging a graphic harvester was to:

• Use to create shared meaning from the event
• Capture and communicate key points in a creative way
• Create a useful talking point and memory aid
• Create visual outputs for their communication channels
• Be more participative and prompt people to think more creatively

The process:

Prior to the event: I spent a day remotely co-designing the insight themes with JnJ and doing some initial work on the canvas, although this isn’t always necessary, for this event active participation was a requirement, so we felt having something visual from the outset would draw more engagement.
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During the event: I delivered the live harvest with the support of a junior illustrator; we listened in to the talks and debates, and invited delegates to share their insights, motivations and commitments during their break. We also invited group of  10 JnJ ‘Champions’ who formed a Whatsapp group with us, this worked brilliantly, ensuring that we didn’t miss anything important and it meant the harvest wasn’t purely our own interpretation.
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 After the event: JnJ took the harvest away. During our follow up, they fed back that they were really happy with the outcome and will be reproducing it as posters for their various sites, helping to ensure the memory and legacy, and most importantly commitments made at the event, live on. They are also looking into further digitisation. I also made them a thank you postcard.


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