What we’re about
NOVA Scribes is a free and open forum for visual practitioners to share their knowledge.
We are anyone who uses visuals to move others: consultants and facilitators who use visuals, graphic recorders, scribes, sketchnoters, and others!
We're all volunteers! Anyone who wants to can be an organizer or presenter.
The proceeds from the events go to:
• the presenters,
• charities that support the arts as a means of bridging people and communities such as the Whitethorne Foundation, which brings arts education to indigenous communities,
• honorariums for new graphic recorders to practice scribing our events, and
• scholarships to bring new attendees to events like the IFVP conference.
We have organized classes, graphic jams, open spaces, and webinars to share skills and learn from each other. We record our webinars for anyone to watch later, and if you're interested in presenting a topic, please let us know! We organize our events using the Meetup app. You can find us at www.meetup.com/NOVA-Scribes
It's free to be a NOVA Scribes Member; please join us!
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- The Only Irresistible Marketing Story (and how to create it)Link visible for attendees$5.00
The only irresistible marketing is someone telling you your story.
We all pay attention to someone else telling us our story, even if they’ve inserted themselves into it.
Dean Waye figures out the first thing ad agencies and companies should say, when they talk to potential customers. He’s done it for 300 companies on six continents, and recently wrote a book to help people do it for themselves. Today he’s going to share with you the questions he asks, to figure out the right angle for your story.
He will also tell stories about the answers, and explain how you can tell tomorrow’s customers their story with you in it.
Dean will also be donating his proceeds from this event to the Whitethorne Foundation, which provides art education and scholarships to indigenous peoples.
- How to Play at Work!1737 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC$15.00
How to Play at Work!
Barometer XP and NOVA Scribes are hosting a game night for corporate trainers, instructors, facilitators, coaches, and instructional designers. We’ll be demoing our favorite energizers, icebreakers, team games, group activities, and simulations.
We will NOT be playing traditional board games. There are other Meetup groups if you want to play Settlers of Catan. This will be an opportunity for you to experience effective and proven activities that improve group dynamics and teach adults important concepts. Plus, we’ll put some spins on old activities to breathe new life into exercises you’re already familiar with.
Purpose of this group:
In November last year, the first NOVA SimCon event was a smashing success. For the 40 attending facilitators and coaches from the DMV area who are doing really interesting and creative work around facilitation and organizational well-being, it was a chance to share ideas, learn from each other, and explore new experiential tools to weave into our work. We decided to start quarterly meetups to keep that momentum - and those connections - going.
- Pick a Photo - build trust by sharing a personal image
- Telestrations - the visual version of the telephone game, with our added twist on modeling communication in organizations
- Build a Duck, from Lego Serious Play - iteration, kinesthetic modeling, and letting go of criticism
- Make a model - create a physical representation of a team’s process or dynamics
…and if we have time…
- Code names - expose and overcome mental models and the curse of knowledge
- 2-Word Conversations - practice active listening and concise language
- Disruptus - a design thinking game that makes innovative use of ordinary things
We’ll kick off the evening at 6:00 PM on March 5, 2024 at the Board Room at 1737 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009.
$15 to attend. Pizza will be served; drinks are available at the venue for purchase. Proceeds from the event will go to the Buddy Whitethorne Foundation, which brings arts and arts education to the indigenous peoples of the American Southwest.
- Stuck in the Mud: Rethinking How We Lead Sustainable ChangeLink visible for attendees$15.00
⭐ Bring your favorite journal and pen(s) and come ready to reflect and share ⭐
When we think about change, we often think about the tools and processes we can implement to bring it about. But the #1 thing that makes change difficult is that it involves humans — and human behavior.
We are complex, unique, and unpredictable. It’s what makes us invaluable and also so difficult. While most of us can tell you WHAT we do, very few of us can say WHY we do it or what we expect from it. And yet, as leaders, it is this kind of self-awareness around our own behaviors — and the behaviors of others — that we need if we’re going to lead sustainable change in our teams and organizations.
This workshop is designed to help you get started creating your own model for leading change — a framework that guides how you think and feel about change, make sense of, and take action as a leader. This is the single most important model you can develop in order to bring about the change you are seeking and get un-stuck.
- Identify the four components of building your model for leading change
- Identify what you believe about how change happens
- Develop a roadmap for continuing to define your own model for change
Marsha Acker is the founder and CEO of TeamCatapult, a respected and sought-after leadership development firm that equips leaders, at all levels, to facilitate and lead sustainable behavioral change. She partners with leaders and leadership teams to clarify their desired change, develop communicative competence and think together - accessing their collective intelligence to bring about change.
Marsha is an executive & leadership team coach, author, speaker, facilitator, and the host of Defining Moments of Leadership Podcast. Marsha’s unparalleled at helping leaders identify and break through stuck patterns of communication that get in their way of high performance. She is known internationally as a facilitator of meaningful conversations, a host of dialogue and a passionate agilest. She is the author of Build Your Model for Leading Change: A guided workbook to catalyze clarity and confidence in leading yourself and others.
Connect with Marsha on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marsha-acker-3486a72/
You can find out more about Marsha's training and materials at:
Build Your Model for Leading Change https://buildyourmodel.com/
The Art and Science of Facilitation https://artandscienceoffacilitation.com/
Workshops at https://teamcatapult.com/
Making Behavioral Change Happen
May 6-10, 2024
Changing Behavior in High Stakes
Part 1: September 23-27, 2024
Part 2: October 28-November 1, 2024
This workshop will be recorded and posted on YouTube for anyone who cannot attend. You can find the YouTube link in the Comments section of this NOVA Scribes Meetup event once the workshop video has been uploaded to YouTube.
If you are interested in graphic recording this workshop for a small honorarium, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are only accepting one graphic recorder: please let new practitioners have the experience if you are already an accomplished scribe. One scribe only please: first come, first served!
Marsha will be donating her proceeds from this event to the Whitethorne Foundation, which provides art education and scholarships to indigenous peoples.
- Drop in Visual Coaching with Christina MerkleyLink visible for attendees$10.00
NOVA Scribes is very happy to host Christina Merkley as she offers YOU drop-in visual coaching. Christina is a helped define the field of visual coaching in the 1990s with her work with David Sibbet and The Grove Consultants International. Bring any issues you're facing (and don't mind sharing with the other participans), and allow Christina to help guide you through her emergent and highly visual style of coaching. Anyone can bring anything! Issues can be internal (within yourself) or external (dealing with others.) Together, we'll meet what is, co-create our process and approach, and explore how visuals can move humans through self-work. Bring your inner and outer concerns, problems, and celebrations to share.
⚠️ Unlike our other online workshops, we will NOT be recording this or sharing it on YouTube later. You must attend to participate.
Connect with Christina on her website https://www.shift-it-coach.com/ where you can find out more about her...
- Visual satsangs
- Power dynamics
- Visual skills
- Visual coach certification
- Private training
- In-house training
- Home study kits
Christina Merkley's holistic methods bridge Change Management and Strategy with Creativity and Energetics.
With a Masters Degree in Organizational Development & Transformation (ODT), she was an early practitioner of visual methods, working extensively throughout North America and Europe.
Specializing in Strategic Visioning, working for such notable clients as Hewlett-Packard, eBay, Stanford University, The American Institute of CPAs, BBC, U.S. Department of Energy, The Institute for the Future and The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
She was one of a handful of Graphic Facilitation trainers in the world at that time, and has played an instrumental role in the global spread of the specialty.
Through her SHIFT-IT School, she has trained thousands in all aspects of working visually (Studio Work, Graphic Recording, Graphic Facilitation and Graphic Coaching). Many of the notable names in this niche industry have been or are her clients and students.
Christina is an early innovator in the Visual Coaching niche, using the visual methods with individuals, partners and intimate groups. She mentors other practitioners in her tools via Visual Coach Certification, and has a vibrant international Private Practice.
Well versed in many process modalities: Strategic Planning, Visioning, Scenarios, Team Performance, Conflict Resolution, Appreciative Inquiry, Alchemical Hypnotherapy, NLP, Voice Dialogue, Trauma and Attachment, Parts Work, BodyTalk, Shamanic Journeying and Systemic Constellations, to name a few.
In 2009, she experienced a Kundalini Awakening that heightened her intuitive, mediumistic and energy abilities, which continue to unfold. Shakti is increasingly shifting her work and service into non dual Visual Satsangs with Self Inquiry.
Additionally Christina co-hosts the Shifting the Power programs with Anneke Lucas, for Survivors of extreme abuse, and Providers who assist across the spectrum of trauma.
Christina lives in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and works with clients globally.
🧡 Christina will be donating her proceeds from this event to the Whitethorne Foundation, which provides art education and scholarships to indigenous peoples.