As an event organizer, you make hundreds, if not thousands, of decisions small and large. It’s nearly impossible to anticipate the impact of each of these decisions. For VizLiteracy 2012, we decided to open up the event not just to adults, but to students. We didn’t promote the event specifically for students nor did we actually expect that any would show up. Since visual literacy and thinking is for everybody, why not keep it open, right? Well, much to our surprise one student did register…not a college student or a high schooler, or even a junior higher. Instead, 9-year-old Emily Torrance was the hit of the event, actively participating in sessions throughout the day. Each of the facilitators commented on how smart she was and commenting on her insight and participation.
So, sure, showing up is great, but what impact did we really have? You rarely hear about it from adult attendees more or less a student, but Emily took it upon herself to blog (!!!) about the experience in a post titled “Special Thanks To…”
We’re not sure quite yet what we’re going to do next year related to students, but Emily’s experience and feedback opened our eyes to many possibilities. Thanks to you Emily! By the way, you can call me Tom.
Here are a sampling of quotes from attendees of the 2012 Visual Thinking & Literacy Conference on what the attendees learned:
“How to Idea Map, good rules for creating visualizations”
“Power of PowerPoint that I didn’t know existed”
“Structures to aid the thinking and creative process”
“Mind mapping, synthesizing, information design, and video”
“Creativity is a powerful process that can be sparked with the use of inexpensive materials”
“Visual maps can be really helpful”
“Some new techniques for visually/concretely coming to consensus. Process for generating info graphics”
And a sampling what they would like to see next year:
“Make it two days”
“Add sketch notes”
“Add more ways to bridge between business and education”
“Help me get to see everything”
“More time to talk with keynote speakers”
“More… More… More…”
“What about a day like this for younger people? junior high or high school?”
“Expand number of breakout sessions”
“Make all breakouts available so we can see what we missed”
“You should maybe have something for the kids too”
“KidViz parallel conference”
We take your learning and feedback very seriously. We’ve already started planning for next year, taking your comments into account, and making this better than ever! Be sure to watch this blog for details.
Didn’t register yet? The event is a few hours away? Been debating on whether you could fit it into your schedule? Trying to decide if you can wait to start drinking green beer until after the event? No Worries, come over and join us! Walk-in’s are definitely welcome and you can pay the $100 registration fee with credit card, check, or cash on-site! We’ll make room for you.
The web registration is now closed, but just come on over. You’ll have a great time!
Yes, it’s true. In 48 hours we’ll be kicking off the midwest’s largest visual literacy & thinking event ever, and we couldn’t be more excited! From the first moments, you’ll realize how different this event is from any other one you’ve been to. Final details are complete and it is going to be amazing! You don’t want to miss this one with 9 of the leading visual thinkers in the country (plus one from Canada) coming together to share with each other and with you!
There’s still time, so Register Now!
There’s only two days between now and the start of the Visual Literacy Conference. Can you believe it came up this fast?? Last minute details are falling into place as you read this.
The facilitators are ready. If you’ve never been to a visual thinking & literacy event, this is likely to be the most hands on, interactive event you’ve ever attended. Not only will you hear about the various techniques, with many, you’ll be able to experience and try them for yourself. We’re buried in markers and post its and index cards and paper and all kinds of visual thinking tools getting them ready to go for Saturday. Who knows, we may even do some visual thinking at the pre-conference happy hour at The Moose Preserve! Stranger things have happened. This one time, in Berlin… well ask Ryan or Tom about that. We have a great sampling of visual literacy and visual thinking topics including: Mind Mapping, Presentations, Information Graphics, Mobile Design, Visual Facilitation, Visual Note Taking, Metaphors, Learning, and Video.
You will come away inspired and ready to take a few new techniques back to your home, school or office and immediately improve your thinking and communication skills.
There’s still time, but don’t delay!
Yay! Can you believe it? In just 7 days, we’ll be gathering an amazing group of visual thinkers together to learn new things and share ideas. It’s going to be a great time with topics like mind mapping, presentations, information graphics, mobile design, visual facilitation, visual note taking, metaphors, learning, and video. We couldn’t be more excited!
Best yet? There’s still time to register! 9 great speakers, continental breakfast, lunch buffet, and lot of inspiration is only $100. Plus you get a $20 book credit and a chance to win some amazing software from TechSmith!