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Each illustrating job often involves getting a glimpse into a valuable, innovative and creative project.  Helen Palmer, creator of Self unLimited, outlined her Folkscape image and after a couple of drafts this is how it turned out.

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To help understand the picture I asked Helen some questions:

What is Folkscape?

It’s a place – a social place and a digital place where people on Self unLimited adventures can meet, share, learn and support each other.

What’s Self unLimited?

It’s an idea and an approach for taking charge about your own experience of work. You don’t have to be self-employed to be in charge and making decisions that affect you now and in the future. It’s for people who are frustrated about work, it’s for people wondering if they need to think differently about work with a future of big changes like AI and robotics.

https://www.be-selfunlimited.com/about-self-unlimited/

The people all have letters on their tops, what does that mean?

The letters on people’s tops come from Self unLimited logo. Each of these people is making their own version of being Self unLimited. The guy wearing the ‘M’ is Mike – he’s in charge of Mike unLimited – which is his own workscape – the place where he makes choices about how he wants to navigate his experience of work.

The scene is a little mysterious, as if the people have just stumbled on a special place, and off in the distance there appears to be more… what is going on?!

Off in the distance are some special places for group learning experiences. People pay to access these – so that’s why they aren’t in the free open space you see most prominent in this picture. https://www.be-selfunlimited.com/learning-options/

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250 Ideas for Engaging Children and Young People a forthcoming e-book by Moira Deslandes, Moira Deslandes Consulting. A few of the cartoon illustrations.

A short animation for Russell Deal’s new business Metaphors Ink. As many people will know, Russell is a legend, the founder of St Luke’s Innovative Resources, a world renowned publisher of conversation-building card sets and books for social workers, psychologists, counsellors and all human services practitioners.

The soundtrack was created by Tom Kneebone.

A short 11 second animation to demonstrate an idea.

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One of the Municipal Association of Victoria’s annual conferences is its national two day The Future of Communities: Power to the People conference.  I was there as cartoonist, listening and trying to get as much of the sessions into cartoons as I could.  The cartoon above does sum up my impression of the conference.  At first it didn’t have the ‘Woohoo!’  Without it the the cartoon seemed to say ‘Oh oh, what have we done?’; that wasn’t what I saw.  Adding the ‘Woohoo!’ DOES express what the 250 upbeat and enthusiastic conference participants and presenters showed over the two days.  It was a great experience!

The event was facilitated by the quite amazing Peter Kenyon, director of The Bank of Ideas. The complete set of cartoons can be found on their Facebook page. Here are a few of the cartoons…

 

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Bob Dick is well known as an action researcher, an elder of  facilitation in Australia, and an international figure in the field of Action Learning and Action Research – as facilitator Andrew Rixon, writes in his introduction to Bob’s Approaching Change – one story at a time, 20 stories and insights for coaches, facilitators, trainers and change leaders; an e-book to be launched next week – more details and buy it here.

Bob Dick begins his collection with ‘…the discovery of the virtues of story as intervention and story for diagnosis.’ Tools for change!

These illustrations are just hints to the story gems in this book.

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This whiteboard style animation is for Monica Redden’s Coaching Ourselves training program:

Moorabool Shire Council, in country Victoria, Australia held its Vibrant Communities Conference 2013, in the Ballan Mechanics Institute Hall ,on the 20th of April.

I was there to cartoon the issues and ideas that emerged in the workshops and sessions. Cartooning on the spot, among people passionate about their community and its future is a dose of reality.

It is also a good test for the cartoons. Do they help capture what people are feeling and saying? Do they have ‘yes we can’ positiveness? (Tricky, cartooning lends itself to more negative ways of looking at things). Can they help remind participants of the conference discussions weeks and months down the track?

It is that mnemonic role of cartoons, and other images, that gives them value after the fun on the day.

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Andrew Rixon of Babelfish Group has been running free webinars working up to his Strategic Planning for Managers and Consultants program. After reading the key text for each webinar I have drawn up cartoons that can be used to illustrate some of the ideas in each webinar. Here are a few….

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‘Hole in the wall’ is a project begun by Indian  researcher Sugata Mitra in 1999, to inspire curiosity and working together in children around the world. By putting an internet-connected PC in a hole in a wall in a slum in New Delhi the researchers saw slum kids playing with the computer, exploring websites, learning English – and teaching each other. 13 years of study on the nature of self-organised learning has earned Sugata Mitra the first ever $1,000,000 TED Prize award. Read more on the Pro Bono news website.

This news story  inspired today’s Kneebone cartoon on the Pro Bono website…

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