This experimental Studio Session focused our attention on Systems Thinking as applied to scribing.

Many of us have been exposed to areas of Systems Thinking while scribing, but how are we taking the knowledge and bringing it back into how we listen, how we make choices, how we represent ideas? Beyond drawing out these concepts when referenced, how are we explicitly incorporating mental models, feedback loops, behavioral graphs, and leverage points into our thinking while at a wall, “behind the curtain”?
This was a unique occasion to pool our resource and push the boundaries of what we all know, together. The proposed structure for the day was based on a traditional learning loop:
Explore: Scan what the group knows; Download experience
Decide: What to dive into; Who shares what; Agree on specific process
Do: Share knowledge; Apply into practice
Reflect: Observe what we have experienced through personal journaling; Walk through our drawings and thoughts; Debrief
Sense-making: Converse; Document Insights; Identify what to explore next


We came together to both learn from the past – what we have done individually – and then venture into what we might embrace as new possibility within, and for, our practice at large. One intent of the session was to document what we do along the way and share our insights back with the broader community of visual practitioners. Here is a pdf document of our process and output.



This session was intended for visual practitioners with background in live facilitation..



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.


Jessica Riehl is a career inter-disciplinarist, with masters level education in both the arts and sciences. She facilitates, scribes, photographs, designs, coaches, and believes deeply in intentional process as a way to empower human flourishing. More






Date: Saturday April 14, 2018 from 8:30AM-4:30PM

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



Individuals $350
Scholarship $150 (apply here)

Fees include lunch and two breaks throughout the day, as well as basic supplies.

Cancellations: The amount paid minus a $50 processing fee will be refunded for all cancellations received in writing before March 14, 2018. Due to the specific nature of this session, registrations cannot be transferred to other individuals.  refunds will be granted for cancellations received after that time. The Organizer is not liable for an event cancellation due to sickness, riots, epidemics, or acts of god.