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Talking Visuals

Welcome to the first episode of "Talking Visuals" a monthly videocast brought to you by the International Forum of Visual Practitioners. IFVP is thrilled to showcase practitioners who have impacted the field. In today's session Markus Eichel talks with Phil Bakelaar, president of IFVP, who shares some of his influences and a few tools that have made a difference in his practice.

Watch and enjoy!

Membership Benefit: The Online Learning Series

Are you certain you have the right tools for your job? Do you want to improve your drawing or your use of graphics? Do your charts need a little oomph? Do you want to develop your listening skills or practice your storytelling? Have your online meetings become stale?

The Value Web Systems Leaders Academy

Hi Learning Community Members!

The Value Web is offering its second Systems Leader Academy Course beginning February 17th. Applications are live. Read about it here.  

They are calling all facilitators, conveyors, strategists, systems thinkers, collaboration designers, organizational and team leaders! 

Your Vote is Needed

Get to know your 2022 IFVP Board of Directors nominees.

Voting opens at 12:00 am EST on November 22, 2021. Voting closes at 11:59 pm EST on December 13, 2021. You have 5 votes. 

Reminder: nominees must be elected by the membership to become a director of the board so make sure you are logged in to access the information you need to make your choices. 



The Revolving Board Room Door

This time of year, when we say goodbye to Board members, is always sad. Even though the directors didn’t get to meet in person in 2020 and 2021 we’ve had terrific bonding experiences over zoom and through messaging. We’ve also had our share of misunderstandings and miscommunications. I like to think that those ruffled feathers have made us stronger and even more committed to make things better for our IFVP community.

IFVP Member Spotlight: Chung Le Visual

IFVP appreciates all of our members and would love to hear how everyone engages in visual practice. Chung Le, from Vietnam, recently shared a blog about how she connects with her community. I found her philosophy of “visualization bringing Wisdom and spreading Peace and Love around the World without barriers” to be very inspirational.

My Introduction to Graphic Recording

In 2001 I was the office manager and graphic designer for a biotech start-up. Our CEO was an author and former Wall Street Journal editor who loved innovative ideas. He invited a fellow from Chicago to facilitate a meeting around complexity. A week later I got a call that went a little like this: “Hi, you won’t remember me, but my name is Peter Durand. I was in your office last week and I want to move to Pittsburgh. Can you recommend a good place to live?”

Graphic Jam with Avril Orloff

IFVP invites you to unwind from your busy week on Friday, June 19th, 2020 for Virtual Cocktails and a Graphic Jam with Avril Orloff. Set aside an hour to 90 minutes to relax and have a little fun with friends.

WHEN: Friday, June 19th, 2020 at 4pm EDT New York

My favorite graphic

I love the opportunity to tell a story with graphics – sometimes drawn on the spot in real-time during a meeting, and in other instances, in my studio with more time to think about how to portray the idea. Recently a client asked me for an illustration to use on her telehealth website.  She asked me to draw a patient in his bed wearing a ring on his finger to indicate his health was being monitored to a computer.


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