Who should attend
This lab is open to all who are interested, with no previous experience in scribing or systems thinking required. Drawing will be our primary form of expression, and conversation the primary form of shared reflection. You do not have to be a skilled scribe or artist – but be prepared to use visual language as the main method of practice during the lab.
About the course
This ONLINE lab will explore Systems Scribing—a combination of visual practice and systems thinking—to facilitate a system’s ability to see and sense itself, as well as well as crystalize ideas into action.
Online: Each 75-minute Zoom session will include: framing and content that we encourage participants to scribe; break out groups for sharing; full group reflection; questions and answers.
Offline: Community space in Mighty Networks where participants can further share their insights from the live sessions, application in practice, images, questions, insights, and additional resources.
Systems scribing is a visual practice that combines scribing—visually representing ideas while people talk—with systems thinking. This is a new, tangible approach to representing dynamics, occurring in the moment and over time, between a scribe and a social body. This discipline develops a critical skill to facilitate a system’s ability to see and sense itself, as well as crystalize ideas into action.
This online lab will create a space to learn and practice systems scribing by exploring multiple directions of coming to understand systems: outside in—where cognition determines understanding, and inside out—where we function from a place of inherent interconnectedness.
Session 1: Systems Thinking
In this session we set the foundation for the lab by mapping the 4 week learning arc and defining systems scribing. We will also focus on systems thinking, and present 6 key elements for practicing this new methodology.
Week 2: Systems Being
Learn about “containers”—energetic holding spaces that foster trust, risk, and truth—and relate this to systems being, where we experience deeper knowing of interconnection that informs our sense of place in the present moment of time.
Session 3: Systems Living
Move into the open will, where systems awareness guides our drawing and action. We enfold the consideration of purpose, place, and time into the previous content, and further the shift from scribing as an independent “actor” to scribing from within an ecology.
Week 4: Integration
The group will engage in a longer conversation on one topic (to be determined) that addresses a systemic issue we face in the world today. Participants can apply their learning by drawing realtime during the module, and advance the collective inquiry into the potential of systems scribing.
Kelvy Bird has been working in the field of human development within organizational contexts since 1995, with a focus on collaboration, innovation, leadership, and collective intelligence. Her joy is in harnessing group creativity for projects that cultivate learning and connectivity. She’s been ...
Jessica is a facilitator, scribe, photographer, and designer who uses collaborative-based design processes to gain insight and empower change. She employs visual and systems thinking, mindfulness, storytelling, ethnographic research, cameras, markers, and Post-it notes. You could say, she helps a...
Michelle Sampaio started her journey with dialogue in 2015, and has been bringing meaningful conversations to the world ever since. One of her passions and focal points of research is capturing the intangibles of conversation into images through visual facilitation. She works as a Professor of Su...
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.