Join a growing 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 we live, this program 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

We will cover aspects of Presencing, System and Conversational diagnostics, Four Levels of Listening, Generative Scribing, Discernment for ‘Letting Go and Letting Come’, 2D Modeling, Project Planning, and shared Applications of this work in a variety of contexts. The learning process will involve presentations, hands-on practice, peer-to-peer reflections, and large group conversations.


Who should participate?

  • Scribes who want to bring Presencing into their practice
  • Theory U practitioners wanting to learn visual expression
  • Visual thinkers seeking to expand their capacity

Drawing will be our primary form of practice. You do not have to be a skilled scribe – but be prepared to use visual expression as the main method of practice during the program.


Delivery Team

Kelvy Bird has been scribing in organizational and social contexts since 1995, translating spoken word and human dynamics into visual, tangible formats that aid in seeing, reflection, and decision-making. She is a member of The Value Web and on the core team of the Presencing Institute, where she provides extensive visual material for the EdX course u.lab: Leading from the Emerging Future. More



Aaron Williamson creates collaborative solutions for complex issues that involve diverse stakeholders with a common, urgent need for change. Through process design, graphical modeling and graphic facilitation, he enables groups to distill a broad range of issues into actionable outcomes. Aaron studied Sociology at Queen’s University in Kingston, with a specialization in hacking, hacker culture, information security and social relationships with technology. He earned his shodan grade in Aikido in while studying in Kyoto, Japan. Aaron is a member of the board of The Value Web.


Reilly Dow is a scribe working in English and Spanish, based in Mexico City. She completed an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies and has supported a broad range of teams and organizations using visual facilitation since 2008. More





Startuptive, 123 Edward St. Suite 200 Toronto, ON M5G 1E2


Reception and welcoming circle: 5:00-7:00 PM Tuesday, April 10
Main workshop: 9:00 AM, Wednesday, April 11 – 3:00 PM, Friday, April 13, 2018


Individual Regular: $2400
Gov/Edu/NFP Regular: $2000 (filled)
Scholarship: $1000 (filled)

The registration fee includes: supplies, course materials, lunch and two snack breaks each day. Breakfasts and dinners would be self-organized. Participants are also responsible for their own transportation and hotel accomodations.

Refund Policy: The amount paid minus a $350 processing fee will be refunded for all cancellations received in writing before March 1, 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.