Reflections from MINECON2012

Education Panel Minecon 2012

Education Panel Minecon 2012

Jeb signs for HMJeb, Oskar and HMDelegatesIn Minecraft2012-11-24 17.22.15Notch signs for OSkar & HM
Oskar, Notch and HMHM and Lydia Winters2012-11-24 17.46.17Oskar and SethBlingOskar and Seth Bling - autographSeth Bling and HM at MINECON
Paris pre-MINECONEducationPanelMineconNotch+Minecon2012

MINECON2012, a set on Flickr.

We are now back from a great weekend in Paris at MINECON, the annual Minecraft event.  I had the pleasure of sharing a panel on Minecraft in Education. The panel was moderated by Joel Levin, whose passion for the two lead him to developing the mod for Minecraft EDU. Marnix “Cubehamster” Licht brought the perspective of using Minecraft to teach physics and math. Stephen Reid has been introducing Minecraft into schools all over Scotland in a wide variety of learning areas. Leo Adberg told us about his experience becoming a student teacher of Minecraft at his school in LA. I spoke on the value of global collaboration and team building, as well as shared some of what I had witnesses in my son’s learning development through playing Minecraft.

The whole experience was inspiring. In the green room we continued the discussion about how to bring Minecraft into corporate training for dispersed teams. I look forward to collaborating with Stephen on this.  Taking the LEGO exercise to the next level will be fun and, I believe, quite powerful.

What started as my son’s latest game interest, has become a family event. We attended panels, in which the kids engaged the speakers by providing suggestions and asking questions. Being a panelist, we had the pleasure of meeting the Mojang team. They were all great and seemed pleased with the turnout.

Job well done MOJANG!

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Visual Practice strong at over 80% more effective than Traditional meeting

Visual Practice effectiveness survey still showing more than 80% more effective than traditional meetings

The Value of Visual Practice survey has been live for over a month and the overwhelming response is very positive. Respondents are from all over the world, with a wide range of organizational roles and levels, ages and exposure to the visual practice. The one thing that remains consistent is more the 80% of respondents find using Graphic Facilitators in meetings more effective or excellent in comparison to traditional meetings.

In conjunction with the survey, I am conducting interviews from leading practitioners and gathering testimonials from clients to get an understanding of where the field is going, and how to help that journey. In invite you to share your input and comments on your experience as well.

As practitioners, please take and share the survey with your clients. The more data the stronger the argument and the more lessons for us to learn to improve the field. Feel free to use the results to support your conversations on the value proposition for graphic facilitation.

For those of you considering whether it is worth the investment to use graphic facilitators, let the data speak for what your instinct knows already. A picture says a thousand words, and one created together carries a thousand hearts. Yes, I know that it is the “soft” stuff, but I mean it.

Research shows that more ways the brain is stimulated using all senses, the greater the memory retention, understanding and engagement in a concept or process. Add the dimension of global teams not sharing a native language or culture. Graphic facilitation encourages the visual, kinesthetic, auditory, verbal, emotional and rational interaction. Not to mention the documentation acts as a dynamic form of memory trigger than is fun to interact with. After all, when was the last time you read the entire meeting minutes without needing a caffeine injection.

The results are posted on the Research pages and will continue to be updated. Please continue to share. Thank you again to everyone for contributing your input. Keep it up!

A special Thanks and shout out this week to Center for Graphic Facilitation, VizwerxGroup, Jami Breese, Kate Shahid, Patricia McDougall, Debbie Roberts and Kevin Dulle, Louise Wester and Terese Ellnestam for your support in share the survey. Keep up the great work! The more data the more usable the results.

For those of you who want to watch the animated intro again, here it is!

Share and Share again, click here to take the survey

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RSS and Contact us fixed on ForbesÖste blog

Thanks for the heads up about the errors on the blog. It seems the update changed the RSS feed and contacts. I have now updated them so that subscribing is easier and the contacts does not 404.

I do apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused you and appreciate your taking the time to provide feedback.

The contact form should work now for all areas, but please do let me know if you have any trouble getting through. You can always email me at

Cheers! -Heidi

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