Visual Practice Programs: Visual Practice Modules

Presencing Institute

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Presencing Institute


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Who should attend

  • Anyone wanting to learn basics of scribing
  • Scribes who want to bring systems thinking and Presencing into their practice
  • Theory U practitioners wanting to learn visual expression
  • Visual thinkers seeking to expand their capacity
  • Advanced practitioners who are seeking their next professional steps
  • Drawing will be our primary form of practice.

You do not have to be a skilled scribe or artist – but be prepared to use visual expression as the main method of practice during the program.

About the course

Join a growing global eco-system of practitioners who use the “art of scribing” to bridge the ecological, social, and spiritual divides we experience in our world today. Scribing—a process of drawing while people talk—provides a mirror that can help a system see itself in new light.


With intention to build navigational capacity for the rapidly changing times in which we live, this suite of modules will focus on:

  • Activating intelligences of the Open Mind, Heart, and Will
  • Deepening practice of a visual sense-making discipline
  • Cultivating knowledge of social technologies

Anticipated learning

The intent is to offer five unique sessions, 1-day each, that you can experience individually or combine as you would like:

Module 1: Levels of Scribing

Learn about the “art of scribing”—a practice that visually represents ideas while people talk—and its role in transforming conversation and decision-making. Participants will explore the profession through Kelvy’s 4 Levels of Scribing and Model of Practice, scribe a live conversation, and consider how to apply this practice professionally.

Module 2: Dynamics of Listening

This session will include a review of “Levels of Listening” (Otto Scharmer) and Conversational Dynamics (David Kantor), and apply these frameworks directly into visual expression. Participants will practice conversing and drawing with different levels—factual, relational, and generative—to expand their awareness around ways of receiving and representing information.

Module 3: Systems Scribing

Here we will share a new methodology that weaves systems thinking with realtime visual practice, to represent dynamics that occur 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. Expect to diagnose, make connections, and model while you draw.

Module 4: Generative Scribing

In this module, participants will have an opportunity to sense into, and become in tune with, a social field. This is a kind of visual practice that attends to energy and essence, while helping us represent emerging future possibilities from a deeper kind of knowing. The group will have a practice-intense day with built in peer-to-peer feedback and individual reflection.

Module 5: Advanced Practice

If you have already participated in some of the Visual Practice Workshops and are wondering what’s next, this module is specifically for you. We will share our latest thinking, pool our collective knowledge and resource, and venture to the edges of our practice to explore what is next individually and as a community of concerned global citizens and scribes.


Kelvy Bird

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 ...

Alfredo Carlo

Alfredo Carlo is a designer of collaborative processes and is a graphic facilitator. He’s the founding partner of Housatonic Design Network and, since 2011, a partner of Matter Group. Together these networks deliver graphic facilitation and collaborative sessions to navigate complexity. Alfredo i...

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