1st Edition

Graphical Facilitation Enabling Conversation And Learning Through Images

By Curie Scott, Steve Hutchinson Copyright 2025
    230 Pages 116 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 116 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    If ‘a picture is worth a thousand words,’ this book provides an approach to help create professional pictures which productively and powerfully capture conversations and thinking for individual and collective learning.

    Individuals are bombarded by information, and organizations, managers, and teachers often lack a corresponding set of tools to make sense of this complexity—resulting in far too many ‘death by bullet-point’ presentations. This is that toolkit, also offering invitations to readers to extend their thinking past these tools to enable the creation (and co-creation with teams, learners, and clients) of graphical depictions, models, and metaphors to help people make sense of their world. This accessible book is constructed as a visual reference so readers can quickly pick out the specific tool or strategy they need, whether working with individuals and teams to promote self-awareness, develop emotional intelligence, improve communication, or articulate vision and strategy.

    This clear and adaptable guide will be a welcome resource for teachers, trainers, managers, and coaches to empower people to learn, think, and create in a powerful, memorable, and graphical way.

    Picturing the Scene: Introduction. Part One – The Basics of Facilitation. Chapter 1: The Art of Facilitation – a Reminder for the Experienced. Part Two - The Graphical Facilitator’s Tools and Technologies. Chapter 2: The Graphical Facilitation Kit List. Part Three – Graphical Approaches. Chapter 3: The Essentials - Lines and Clusters. Chapter 4: Triangles, Squares and Other Shapes. Chapter 5: Maps and Mapping. Chapter 6: Models and Frameworks. Chapter 7: Circles. Chapter 8: Freeform Graphics. Chapter 9: Space and Movement. Chapter 10: The Third Dimension. Chapter 11: Mixing and Matching. Chapter 12: Digital Possibilities. Part Four – ‘Drawing’ it All Together. Chapter 13: Reframe Your Thinking and Picture the Future


    Curie Scott is an independent Education and Arts & Health consultant, coach, and artist. Qualified in medicine, science and education, her knowledge and research span Arts and Health. She is an award-winning teacher, having taught hundreds of health professional students. Her thinking-through-drawing workshops helps individuals and organisations within the Health and Education sectors navigate complexities and create meaningful narratives through drawing.

    Dr. Steve Hutchinson has spent over two decades at the forefront of training and development practice. As an independent consultant, using graphical approaches, he has worked as a coach, trainer and developer for Universities and research institutes all over the world, as well as leading acclaimed events and programmes in the public and private sectors. He has previously co-authored or edited six books about professional development, coaching, supervision and leadership.

    This is an exceptional book and offers something unique in terms of its creativity, vibrancy and sheer practical genius. No other book on the market pulls off graphical facilitation like this - anyone interested in the very best of professional development resources should read this publication.
    Professor Gerry Czerniawski
    Programme Leader for Professional Doctorate in Education
    Chair of the British Educational Research Association’s Engagement Committee
    The University of East London

    The use of creative techniques like graphical representation in workshops unlocks much deeper engagement and Steve and Curie are experts in using this facilitative approach to help make learning happen.
    Professor Sam Nolan
    Director of Durham Centre for Academic Development, Durham University

    If you want to increase individual and team creativity as well as enrich team discussions, I recommend trying some of the graphical creative pictorial approaches presented here! 
    Dr Graham Curtis
    Director of Learning & Research  , Roffey Park Institute