Last Wednesday about twenty visual thinkers met for our first “Visual Thinking Show and Tell” night at OCADU in Toronto. Inspired by VizThink groups in NYC and elswhere, we gathered for a couple of hours of face-to-face sharing of knowledge, ideas, inspirations, philosophies, and even a few practical tips.
We started with two fine presentations: John Burrett, a visual analyst all the way from Ottawa, shared some wisdom about effective graphs and charts. Jim Ridge shared a charming story featuring lines and squiggles and the beauty of a story simply told. Then, we broke up into groups of interest using Open Space Technology.
We showed. We told.
We planned for doing it again.
For me, one of the highlights of the evening was realizing that gathering a community of practice is one of the most effective ways to support a Slow Learning education. People who share common interest like sharing with each other. It’s easy. It’s fun. You learn from experts. Dialogue happens. We all get better together.
And speaking of dialogue, thanks to Design with Dialogue for encouraging this sort of thing, and thanks to OCADU for hosting us.