Viola Clark

you might know me as Tschendel

Visual Sense-Making and Graphic Facilitation
Strategic Harvesting

+43 664 27 0 27 53

Surfacing, capturing, and mirroring potential, process, and progress through visual harvesting and sense-making. 

Practices

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  1. Online Graphic Recording
    Online Graphic Recording
    With iPad pro, digital pen, and drawing apps live drawing and screen sharing is possible in the online spaces. Here, an organization embarks on an innovation journey to re-invent themselves.
  2. Capturing Practice Visually
    Capturing Practice Visually
    How do we work together? What are we experimenting with and discovering as we innovate?
  3. Visual Poetry
    Visual Poetry
    Deep listening and sensing into what a group of people is bringing forth. Captured as abstract visualization and poetry and reflected back to the group.
  4. Sketchy essence
    Sketchy essence
    Sometimes digital is not the best and sketches on paper capture the essence of moments of learning and development.
  5. Landscapes of Learning
    Landscapes of Learning
    Or Learnscapes, maps of experience and meaning over time of a gathering, event, conference. Here the summary of 4 days evolving around Authentic Leadership in Action, created by 3 artists. Including Vangie Garcia, Jessica Riehl, and myself.
  6. Strategic Harvesting
    Strategic Harvesting
    Surfacing, capturing, and sharing of the intentional and emergent outcomes of projects, meetings, conferences, trainings, and trnasformational journeys. Read more about Strategic Harvesting further below on this site. There is a whole section about it.
  7. Dynamic Process Visuals
    Dynamic Process Visuals
    What's happening in the room, the meeting, the conversation? Sensing the topics, questions, and stages in art form.
  8. Visual Essence of Meetings
    Visual Essence of Meetings
    I'm in the physical room and draw on paper - or, you call me in via online meeting space, video, and audio. I witness, draw, and speak back to you what I notice in real time.
  9. Harvesting as a skill
    Harvesting as a skill
    Although it sometimes appears to be magic, strategic and visual harvesting is a skill that can be learned. Here, during a training, the harvesting metaphor (think like a farmer, they know about harvesting) is explained with little movable icons.

About me
Viola Tschendel Clark 

I work internationally with "harvesting" conversations, meetings, and gatherings that matter, specializing in the practice of graphic facilitation, graphic recording, visual sensing and sense-making. Translating and transposing the dynamics and words in the room into visual language, I create artwork in real time, both on paper in physical space and digitally in the online realm. I approach the surfacing, capturing, and sharing of content, insight, and dynamics as part of a strategic process, facilitate it at all stages, and include the subtle spheres of interaction and communication.

Beauty, art, simplicity, and clarity to capture the essence - in order to support people and their organizations creatively to get their work done, discover new territories, and communicate what's important.

Scroll down to find some examples of my work and projects I'm involved in. Click on the pictures to find out more.

My home and work base is fluid. For the last months of 2017 you can find me and work with me around Germany, Australia, and online from anywhere.

Contact me with questions and inquiries at hello@violatschendel.com and via phone +43-664 27 0 27 53.

Gallery

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  1. Online Meeting
  2. Visuals for diverse topics
  3. Sketchnotes in moments of insight
  4. Live visualization of workshop content
  5. Templates for Graphic Facilitation
  6. Visual concepts
  7. Organizational Dynamics
  8. Visual Sensing
  9. Online Meeting Harvest
  10. Graphic Recording of Talks
  11. Panel discussion
  12. Content explained visually
  13. Open Space Session Scribbles
  14. Collective landscape of experience
  15. Visual Poetry
  16. Organizational development initiative
  17. Team reflection
  18. World Café online

Strategic Harvesting

What's that?
Harvesting is a strategic and reflective learning practice of Participatory Leadership, and I got into it as one of the core methodologies of the Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter. It's the metaphor of thinking like a farmer applied to project and organizational matters: of preparing the field at the beginning of the season, sowing seeds, tending crops, and at the end of the season harvesting the fruits, processing and sharing them - and taking seeds from the strong plants for the next cycle. It's about planning our endeavours with the harvest in mind:

Why are we meeting? What to we want to get out of this project, innovation journey, or event? And how do we want to capture and share our experience and learning?

The purpose of harvesting is to elevate individual and collective meaning-making and progress and to enable people to act upon their learning and insight - based on the approach that the fruits of our most important conversations need to be harvested if they are to have an impact in the organisation and world. As a stance and practice, harvesting is a way to surface, capture, mirror, and share learning, synthesising learning into both insight and action.

The capturing of harvest happens in multimodal ways, depending on what is needed: through scribing and notetaking, graphic recording and facilitation (visual practice), photography and videos, and includes the creative/innovative presentation of process, insights and learnings.

A report? A website? A book? A new organizational structure?

Every case is different and deserves its own strategic harvesting design, from purpose to output to reflection. And, every organisation harvests already and all the time. Potential for innovation is increased through becoming intentional, mindful, and strategic about harvesting the experiences, insights, and actions from teams or the whole organisation. What is often seen on the surface around harvesting is the visual practice of graphic recording. However, the visual practice is just one aspect, and even if this can be a very powerful one, there are many different skills and roles involved and needed in the whole process of strategic harvesting: asking strategic questions, deep listening, creative writing and drawing, poetry, public speaking, presence and sensing, technology skills, and analytical thinking. That's why we harvesters often work in teams and create in close alignment and communication with the initiators and leaders of the projects and processes.
This visual came to life during the Harvesting and Collective Sensemaking online course designed and delivered by my colleagues Amy Lenzo and Rowan Simonsen from Beehive Productions, with Chris Corrigan. Visit their Beehive website to find out more about them.