Crisis, what crisis? Using pictures to change the way we talk about sustainability

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Crisis, what crisis? Using pictures to change the way we talk about sustainability

Time: April 4, 2011 from 2pm to 4:30pm
Location: Waterloo Action Centre, London, SE1 7AA
Street: 14 Baylis Road
City/Town: London
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Event Type: dialogue, sustainable, development, network, meet-up, workshop, graphic, facilitation
Organized By: Penny Walker
Latest Activity: Apr 8, 2011

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How many times have you gone away from a sustainability event feeling depressed at the scale of the challenge and having no idea how things are actually going to change? The issues are talked about in a way that leaves you paralysed, not knowing what to do. They’re too abstract, too large and too “other” for you to make sense of. There’s no space for your emotional reactions.

Join us in a workshop where you’ll experience how pictures and dialogue techniques can be used to move the conversation to a deeper level that is more meaningful for each person. Using pictures and dialogue to help people explore and understand what issues are important for them personally leaves them better placed to make decisions about what actions they want to take and at what scale.

The workshop is going to be highly participative so come prepared for some drawing (no skill required) and discussion. We’ll give you some ideas to take away of how you might be able to use drawing in your own work.

Julian Burton, Sam Deeks and Amy Morton work for Delta7, a change agency that helps to transform organisations “one conversation at a time”. They create big pictures, compelling stories and space for people to have more honest, creative and focused dialogue.


To book your place, click here.  This workshop is just £12 for full paying AMED members and £20 for others.

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Comment by Chris Grieve on April 8, 2011 at 9:00
Thanks Penny - the link to Graphics Made Easy was easy and, yes they still are offering a once a week free email with easy to learn graphics. I signed up and am happily practising drawing a sunrise to symbolise hope, growth, the start or end of a journey, etc.
Comment by Penny Walker on April 8, 2011 at 2:44

Some people were interested in basic graphics they can integrate into their facilitation - whether on prepared flip charts (my comfort zone!) or 'live'.  Here's a source - I've used their free weekly email of graphics, not sure if they're still doing that:


Marc Mordey Comment by Marc Mordey on March 16, 2011 at 4:35

Hello Penny

serendipity doo dah means that I am in London for a Big Society thing on 5th April, and localism and older people session on the 6th - (I am currently more focussed on older people and ageing well type work with NDTi but maintain my interest in and commitment to environmental and sustainable development issues) so would really like to come to this session - thanks for organising. Hope its really true that you don't need to draw though!!

One practical thing - could it be arranged to raise an invoice for this for the current financial year? If you could advise me how to do this I would be grateful.

Cheers and look forward to meeting you and colleagues



Comment by Penny Walker on March 15, 2011 at 7:26

Hi Jamie,


Well if you're able to squeeze it in, it'd be great to see you there. Do you organise / facilitate workshops about SD yourself?





Comment by Jamie Saunders on March 15, 2011 at 6:48
Unlikely to attend but this is good work, with the requirement for 'sustainability-mindedness' and 'whole systems thinking AND whole systems action' (not partial/conventional or silo action)  comes the need to see differently, to visualise and to imagine alternatives... plausible futures and tracking legacies and responses to 'pro-sustainability' endeavours (over more technical 'sustainable development(s)')

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