We have a knack for helping people engage in and contribute to important conversations. We nurture the diverse views that yield important insights and we focus on meeting process so you don’t have to – freeing you to participate fully. envision‘s meetings tap the collective wisdom in the room, and focus on what matters while reducing squabbling and minimizing tangents.
In short, we strive for meetings where you can honestly say it was the best one you’ve been to — maybe ever! You’re raring to go next time, because the magic of the collective has emerged and has created outcomes that people support and are eager to implement. Indeed from now on, you’ll want a “process” person to take care of the process details and group dynamics.
We use diverse techniques to help you achieve your desired outcomes. For small groups, we can add a visual dimension by “graphically facilitating” key segments of your session. Or, we select a relevant process for your situation — whether it is “open space,” a “conversation or world café,” “appreciative inquiry,” “future search,” “visualization at the wall,” “round robin facilitation” or more standard plenary coupled with small group work. For techniques we might use, see the methods database of the International Association of Facilitators.
We are jazzed to amplify the effectiveness of your meetings and events with visuals. With some estimates that two-thirds of us think in pictures, we create colorful, compelling murals of your conversation, key note speeches and more – live time, as the session unfolds — to put everyone on the same page. See envision‘s graphic recording in action here!
envision creates murals to:
- Flesh out scenarios and plan for the future
- Map chronologies and/or locations
- Identify connections
- Show hierarchy and relationships
envision takes large scale or small scale visual notes of key points and essential messages during your event. By putting the problem on the paper and including all voices, the murals visually reinforce verbal messages and enable you to see previously unidentified connections and systems linkages. For information on uses and benefits of graphic recording, click here.
All great meetings involve thorough preparation. Even if we don’t facilitate your gathering, we can support you by designing the meeting structure. We use our flair for behind-the-scenes work to create meeting processes and techniques that enable you to achieve your desired outcomes. As a coach or facilitator, we can work with you before a single meeting or between multiple ones. For specific tasks we might carry out, click here.
We’re curious folk at envision and we want to know how or whether the effort we put into programs, events and initiatives is paying off. From regular debriefs and informal feedback to more comprehensive developmental, formative or summative evaluation, taking stock of how things are going is just good practice.
envision uses the tools of social science to obtain information to improve what you’re working on. From helping you conceptualize an evaluation to collecting information to working with the results, we help you learn what’s working well and understand areas that might be improved upon. For the types of steps we might carry out for/with you, click here.