What we all know

This is a great video in which Bobby McFerrin demonstrates what an entire audience knows. If you haven’t seen it, it’s very much worth a watch. If you have, here it is again. It’s worth two.

I’m trying to figure out what it means for my work.


Exactly three years from the day they met, she said, “I’ll walk with you to the edge of the map. After that, it’s all darkness and I can’t promise to stay.”

That’s how I began my story on storybird, a site that allows you to choose from wonderful images that inspire stories. You build the story page by page.

Poke around and see what you think. If you want to add to the story, comment here and I’ll invite you as a collaborator.

Can you add to my story?

Mike Rhode’s new book on Sketchnoting

It’s out!!! Mike Rhode has completed The Sketchnote Handbook, an illustrated guide to visual notetaking. It’s lovely and has lots of great information in it. I particularly like the chapter titled, Sketchnoting Patterns, which deals with page layout.

It’s worth a look. And Amazon has wisely decided to produce a print facsimile Kindle version which means that the digital book looks like the print book.

It’s a great introduction for new sketchnoters with a good set of tips for those who have been sketchnoting for a while.

See what you think.

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An interesting article about situational ethics and trick or treating

I just read this NPR article on anonymity and behavior. It made me think of my last formal workplace, where anonymous complaints about others were encouraged in the interest of creating a less-hostile workplace. I found it to be entirely misguided in that it discouraged the formation of healthy adult relationships except with those whom you liked and agreed with. I wondered what the application might be there as well as trick or treating.

See what you think.

Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant website design

Check it out. It unconfuses me in the best possible way about how all of this group’s information fits together. And it allows me to truly have any experience I want. Not what the site designer thinks I should have. I LOVE it! and I’m not even a prospective customer.

What do you think?


Update: Maybe I was the only one who loved it. Cause it’s back to a standard YAWN format now. Ah well! Innovation is a stretched rubber band. For it to stick, it has to be stretched out of shape.

TEDx San Antonio and Collaborative Sketchnoting

TEDx San Antonio was great. That part was expected. The Sketchnote boards were interesting in that the old “I can’t draw!!! Really. I can’t draw,” seemed to get in the way of large scale contributions. There were 300 attendees. However, there wasn’t a lot of time during breaks and lunch as technology had caused some issues with the schedule. One of the speakers, a very funny comic named Molly Banks, remarked that this was the first ever EDx, as the T was obviously missing.

I started adding content to the boards during the talks so that the drawings would feel less empty, less lonely. That said, there were brave souls who added bits. EVERYTHING that was added was GRAND!!!

Most people looked at the boards as if they were in a gallery. Have to taught people too well not to draw on walls? Which makes me wonder, is the assumption that collaborative sketchnoting is possible false? Or is it true? And what would make sketchnoting into a comfortable conversational medium?

What do you think? Would you draw on a public space? Maybe spray paint cans would have made it more palatable but I think Trinity University would have been pretty nervous about that.

Here are the boards. What would keep you from adding your own stuff? I’d like to make this work. Will it?


P.S., there are a few boards missing as two of the speakers took theirs home. I wonder if they will draw on them?


Curation and the We Web

Great TEDx talk here and an interesting concept. It’s what we do, who blog and tweet and add links to Facebook pages and create polls for LinkedIn groups. Who knew? See what you think.


Collaborative Sketchnote Frameworks

I’m so excited!!!! I’ve been asked to provide Sketchnote frameworks for TEDx San Antonio 2012. It’s hard not to end each sentence with an exclamation point. We’re going to try out something new to see if we can create a piece of memory graphiti from each talk. I have 8 more to produce, but I thought I’d share the What is Sketchnoting? And Rules for Collaborative Sketchnoting here to see what you think. If you saw one of these, were excited by a presentation you had just seen and found colored markers and sticky notes and an encouraging voice saying, “Go ahead. Add something,” would you do it?

What is sketchnoting?

How to collaborate

“Bold blog: Groupthinkers would rather feel righteous than be right”

I got this as a link from one of the bajillion e-newsletters that I subscribe to. This one is SmartBlog on Leadership and often has a nugget to two worth thinking about. That, combined with the fact that a new copy seems to hit my inbox about 700 times a week makes it somewhat troublesome. I feel obligated to give it a glance before letting is drop off the top of the Inbox. This was the nugget I found for today. I like it for several reasons. One, the writer takes a very bold position. Two, her thinking matches mine; what she finds troubling I find troubling. I noticed that she works for herself, like many agitators/provocateurs, as do I. And that makes me wonder, if I agree with her and feel righteous about my position, am I then a member of her Groupthink? I don’t think so because I’m still thinking about it but it’s still sort of a dichotomy, don’t you think?

Give it a read and see.



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