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 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, individual and 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 or artist – but be prepared to use visual expression as the main method of practice during the program.
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: Sunday, February 3 starting at 5:00pm
Workshop: Monday, February 4 (starting at 9:00am) – Wednesday, February 6 (ending at 3:00pm)
Individual (own room and bath): $2700
Individual (shared room and bath): $2500
Gov/Edu/NFP (own room and bath): $2300
Gov/Edu/NFP (shared room and bath): $2100
Day Conference Plan: $2000
Scholarship: $1400 (Apply here)
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 November 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.