Kelvy Bird

Visual Practitioner at Presencing Institute


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Presencing Institute

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 part of co-creating the Presencing Institute‘s Global Forum, Global Classrooms, online community spaces, and now serves as Creative Developer for ongoing PI initiatives, including as a member of the core team for Otto Scharmer’s edX (MOOC) offering: u.lab: Leading from the Emerging Future, launched January 2015, reaching over 80,000 participants worldwide.

Kelvy also works extensively as a graphic facilitator, offers workshops on visual practice, and writes to advance the field. She supports groups with translation of content and dynamics into visual, tangible formats to aid with decision-making and reflection. Long-standing partners have included: The Value Web, MIT Exec Education, Harvard Grad School of Education, The Ashland Institute, Dialogos, and MG Taylor.

An artist by training, Kelvy received her BFA in painting and BA in Art History from Cornell University. Her current residence is Massachusetts, USA.


  • Color Inserts: Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges, Otto Scharmer, Berrett-Koehler, 2016. Order on Amazon
  • Drawn Together Through Visual Practice, an anthology edited by Brandy Agerbeck, Kelvy Bird, Sam Bradd & Jennifer Shepherd, 2016. Order on Amazon
  • Noteworthy: Inc. Magazine, included in an article on “The Art of Inspiration“, February 2014
  • Portfolio: Salamander, a magazine for poetry, fiction, & memoirs, Suffolk University, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2007
  • Cover Art: Biography of Water, by Carrie Bennett, The Word Works Press, 2005
  • Diagrams: Who Really Matters: The Core Group Theory, by Art Kleiner, Doubleday, 2003
  • “On Viewing”, NEXT: Arte e Cultura, Italian Publication. March-May, 1990


  • BA in Modern Art History, Cornell University 1989
  • BFA in Painting, Cornell University 1988

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