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Cartooning at conferences and workshops – capturing and recording a groups’ thoughts, ideas and resolutions quickly in a visual form.

Recent conferences, workshops and events that I have cartooned and recorded at include the following:


MTP Connect Adelaide Intermediary Program – SA Insights: Featuring Avance Clinical & Agilex, 23rd March, Uni SA  – graphic recording, here’s the tidied up drawing:

Diagram reduced size coloured

Staff development day, Adelaide Botanic High School, Literacy to Thrive, March 10th. See post.

UNICEF – Fiji, Pacific Early Childhood Development (ECD) Forum: Building a Resilient Blue Pacific Through Early Childhood Development, Nadi Fiji, February 22-24. See post.

Dept., Premier & Cabinet, South Australia, Net Zero by 2050, Adelaide Zoo, February 16.


South Australian Council of Social Service SACOSS, Alternative Futures Ending Poverty conference, November 18th, Adelaide Convention Centre

Pacific Islands Forum COP 27 participation & presentations,  November 6-18. See first post and second post.

Power to the People conference, Bankstown NSW, October 27 & 28. See post.

City of Prospect SA, Prospect Art Walk event, 12&13 August: ‘Sketchy Sim’ turning kids’ and grownups’ squiggles into pictures.

Pacific Islands Forum  Pacific Forum Women’s Meeting, 9th June. See post.

Pacific Islands Forum Pacific Regional Debt Conference (RDC), April 5-8. See post.


University of SA (Keri Hopeward, James Hopeward) Envisaging Ecotopia workshop, Mount Barker Waldorf School, 23 October.

Ecotipia sketch

SA Health Borderline Personality Disorder BPD Awareness Week event, Noarlunga, South Australia, October 7.

University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland – Sexual violence Research and Prevention Unit ‘Context Matters’ Symposium, September 8. See post.

University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland – CAPHIA (Council of Public Health Institutions Australasia) Teaching and Learning Forum, July 15 & 16. See post.

Queensland University of Technology – Design Lab HEAL symposium 13 May, Design Thinking workshop 14 May. See post.

University of Melbourne: Sustainability in Teaching and Learning Workshop 1, 25th February.


Western Sydney University: 2020 Teaching and Learning Showcase, 4th December. Cartoons posted directly onto Padlet during the Zoom event:

padlet LR combined

Super SA ‘Best life in retirement’ brand launch’, 18 & 19 August. Graphic recording of 7 staff teams’ considerations and final A1 poster for each team capturing their retirement visions. Three of the posters:

posters Super SA

City of Holdfast Bay, South Australia. Visioning workshops with Mayor and councillors (20 August), and staff (15 September). Producing posters of the city in 5, 10 and 50 years time. two posters:


CAULLT (Council of Australasian Universities Leaders in Learning and Teaching) virtual conference 12 & 13 November. see post here.

University NSW, Sydney, Learning and Teaching forum, 19 & 20 November.See post here.


Waterways of the West Community Vision, community assembly final session, Kensington, Melbourne, Victoria, 12 October. See post here

Local Government Professionals SA, The Brand of HR: Perception, Influence & Impact, HR Network Conference, Adelaide Convention Centre, 13 September

LG world cafe session.jpg

 Power to the People Conference,  Canberra ACT, 15-16 August. See post here

Nazareth Catholic Community, Community Forum, Findon South Australia, 12 June


Julia Farr Association – Purple Orange Our Lives, Our Say inaugural annual conference, Adelaide Convention Centre, 6 December 2018

Australian Evaluation Society AES18 International Evaluation Conference, Launceston, Tasmania Australia, 19-21 September 2018

SARU Self Advocacy Resource Unit : postcards development workshops at Purple Orange, Adelaide South Australia, 10 & 11 September 2018

Sydney International Storytelling Conference, Baulkham Hills, Sydney NSW, 1-3 June 2018

Smart Water Summit, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide South Australia, 22 March 2018

Co-Designing Care Workshop, Queensland University of Technology – The Ageing Revolution, QUT, Brisbane, Queensland 20 March 2018

Community Wellbeing and Inclusion for All Workshop, City of Tea Tree Gully, South Australia, 7 March 2018

Feeling Hot Hot Hot! Dealing with Heatwaves in Southern Adelaide, Resilient South, Marion Cultural Centre, 7 February 2018

Hot Hot Hot LR cartoons

Cartoons from the Feeling Hot Hot Hot! event,February 2018

Senior Team Briefing Workshop, Exner Engineering & Real Serious Games, Melbourne, 10-11 January 2018


2017 Power to the People National Conference, Municipal Association of Victoria, Melbourne, 5-6 December 2017

Populism and Far Right Narratives Colloquium, Victoria University, Sir Zelman Cowan Centre, 4 December 2017

St Vincent de Paul Congress, Adelaide Australia, 6-8 October 2017

Barwon Regional Assembly, Regional Development Victoria, Geelong Victoria, 14 September 2017

‘Telling the story’ in cartoons. Research presentation. M Productions Asia, Bangkok, Thailand, 28 April 2017

Feedback for Learning: closing the assessment loop, Monash & Deakin Universities, Victoria. Cartooning for one day team meeting Melbourne, 4 April 2017. See article in The Conversation here.

Design Thinking Workshop: Office for ICT and Digital Transformation, South Australian Government. SMS Management & Technology Adelaide, 27 March 2017


Graphics from the Design Thinking workshop.


The Story Conference, Influencing Cultural Change one Story at a Time, at the University of Melbourne , November 23-25 2016. See post here.

Australian Association for Environmental Education AAEE Biennial Conference, Adelaide SA, 5-7 October 2016, see post here.

Australasian Evaluation Society International Evaluation Conference ‘Landscapes’, Perth WA, 19-21 September 2016

Municipal Association Victoria/Bank of Ideas Power to the People 2 day conference, Melbourne VIC, 14-15 September 2016, see post here.

ACH Group Leaders Forum, Port Adelaide SA, 10 August 2016

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Citizens’ Jury, Adelaide SA, 9 July 2016

Sydney International Storytelling Conference, Balkham Hills NSW, 27-29 May 2016, see post here.

The Victorian Regional Development Australia Forum in Ballarat Victoria, 21 – 22 April 2016, see post here.

Together SATogether in the North community meeting, City of Playford SA, 29 February 2016

Wrigley Pacific annual conference, Hamilton Island QLD, celebrating success session, 23 February 2016


Deloitte visioning workshop, Adelaide SA  24 February 2015

Environment Protection Agency VIC workshop, Mornington Peninsula  20 April 2015

Municipal Association Victoria Power to the People 2 day conference, Preston VIC, 27-28 August 2015

Results Plus day, Office for Education and Early Childhood, Adelaide SA, 2 November 2015


Splash Adelaide – Summer Fridays in the East End, Adelaide 28 March (see post here),

Sydney International Storytelling Conference, 6-8 June,

Local Government Management Association SA  Active Citizenship, The Future of Local Government? Adelaide, 12th September (see post here),

Municipal Association of Victoria The Future of Communities: Power to the People 2 day Conference 15-16 October (see post here)

National Summit on Distributed Leadership, RMIT Melbourne, 1st December 2014


Waymouth Street Party, Adelaide City Council, March 8th,

Medicare Local ‘Taking the Pulse’ conference, Brisbane Queensland, March 21st,

Moorabool Shire ‘Vibrant Communities’ conference, Balan, Victoria, April 20th,

Commonwealth Bank- HP Off-site day, Adelaide, April 30th,

Oxfam-Monash University Partnership research symposium, Melbourne, June 5th,

Sustainability Victoria consortia workshop, Melbourne, June 18th,

Carers SA Forum, Adelaide, October 17th.

See me try and explain it all …

Below are some examples of cartoons done at conferences and workshops. Thanks to Sofiah Mackay for her photographs from the recent third and final Story Conference. The NECMA Day pictures were drawn for the workshop invitations.

Click on the images to see a bigger version.


St Vincent de Paul Congress 2017

Third Story Conference, Melbourne 2011

How do we get there …? From a conference in 2010

NECMA day of reflection and celebration

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