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When a recorder works in large format, a record of the proceedings is visible for all to see. Enabling people to see their contribution to the whole increases participation and fosters trust and connection and the large displays of themes and insights naturally weave together diverse perspectives into a composite “picture” that reflects the collective intelligence in the room.

from The World Café 

Carlotta Cataldi

Photo by Irene Moran

Carlotta is a freelance graphic recorder and facilitator based in Barcelona and active worldwide. She can work fluently in English, Spanish and Italian

Her mission is to simplify complexity.

To define what graphic recording is, I really like a definition that appears on the World Café website, which says: "Graphic recording (also referred to as reflective graphics, graphic listening, etc.) involves capturing people’s ideas and expressions—in words, images and color—as they are being spoken in the moment.".

By viewing the drawings and musings at various tables, participants begin to see patterns emerging; the collective wisdom of the group starts to become more visible and accessible.

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This documentation created by participants and recorders serves as the group memory and allows the group’s collective work to be shared with others as a framework and guide.".

If you want to more about her story and how she discovered this fascinating practice, continue reading, thank you

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I learned the art of harvesting stories through images and visuals when I was completing my Master in Leadership and Sustainability back in 2010 in Karlskrona, Sweden. One day we received the news that a trainer from Bigger Picture in Copenhagen would come give us a graphic recording training, as an extra facilitation tool that we could employ for gathering the collective intelligence, when having large or small group dialogues. 

If you don´t know what a graphic facilitator or harvester does, I can put it in a nutshell here: a

When people ask me what are the key skills that a good graphic harvester/facilitator/recorder must have, I list these three:

- the ability to listen deeply from a place of complete inner silence.

- the capacity to choose the most relevant information being spoken, and to synthesize it real fast.

- the intention to be at service of my Client and their needs.

Nothing else is more important than that for me. Drawing skills are helpful but the real art is definitely not in the drawings. My overall purpose is to put this skill at service of individuals and organizations that need to get clear on their thinking, to map their ecosystem, to have that bird-eye view that is so useful during strategy sessions, to make stories memorable and attractive.

Get in touch with me if you want to learn more about how I can help you.