This workshop will be the second advanced program for those who wish to dive much deeper into Systems Thinking, the diamond model, Visual Presencing, and containers / field dynamics. To date, about 200 people have participated in the primary workshops, and many have expressed a wish to take their practice to the next level. This is an opportunity for us, and you, to meet this call.

Who should participate?

The program is intended specifically for those who have participated in a basic Visual Practice Workshop. The enrollment process will involve an application, followed by communications (email or voice, as needed) to determine together if it’s right timing and a good fit for mutual development. Criteria will include, but is not limited to:

  • Participation in a previous foundation-level workshop
  • Experience related to the VPW context
  • Amount of learning you have to offer—not only receive from—the group
  • Your body of practice: where are you working in the world, what regions, sectors, institutions, local/global scale…
  • Seeding for a masters level program: is this body of work something you want to develop for our field of practice?

Application process: We have set up a brief application form here to gather potential interest and envisioned application. We will confirm your participation based on the range of applicants, in order to create a regionally diverse group with broad representation from the workshops we have offered to date. We will confirm all participation by November 1, if not sooner.


Delivery Team

Kelvy Bird is an internationally recognized graphic facilitator, supporting groups by translating content and dynamics into visual formats that aid with reflection and decision-making. As co-founder of the Presencing Institute, Kelvy has helped shape many of the online and global community offerings, most recently the edX course u.lab: Leading From the Emerging Future, for which she provides extensive visual material. In 2016, she co-edited the anthology: Drawn Together through Visual Practice, and in 2018 released Generative Scribing: A Social Art of the 21st Century. An artist by training, Kelvy received her BFA in painting and BA in Art History from Cornell University. Her current residence is Somerville, MA, USA.


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 is also a member of The Value Web, a not-for-profit organisation made of international facilitators and designers, which helps large and medium-scale institutions all over the world in their processes of research for systemic and complex problem-solving. Alfredo currently lives with his family in Bologna, Italy.



Edith Macy Conference Center, 550 Chappaqua Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 USA


Reception, followed by group dinner: Thursday, February 7 starting at 5:00pm
Workshop: Friday, February 8 (starting at 9:00am) – Sunday, February 10 (ending at 3:00pm)


Individual (own room and bath): $2700
Individual (own room and shared bath): $2500
Gov/Edu/NFP (own room and bath): $2300
Gov/Edu/NFP (own room and shared bath): $2100
Day Conference Plan: $2000 No longer available
Scholarship: $1400 (Apply here) No longer available

The registration fee includes: accommodations, all meals and breaks, supplies and course materials. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the venue, which is about an hour car or train ride north of New York City.

Refund Policy: The amount paid minus a $350 processing fee will be refunded for all cancellations received in writing before January 7, 2018. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after that time, but registrations can be transferred to other participants at no additional cost. The Organizer is not liable for an event cancellation due to sickness, riots, epidemics, or acts of god.