TED2008: Fostering Insight by Communicating Big Ideas Visually


Capturing “big ideas” visually is one of the things folks at The Grove do best, so the TED2008 conference offered a rich landscape of thought from which to work. The program for the 2008 gathering in Monterey, California was designed for participants to consider the really big stuff happening in our world today and contemplate the biggest questions facing us… Who are we? What is our place in the universe? How do we create? What stirs us? How can we change the world?

Based on The Grove’s ground-breaking history of fostering insight and communicating ideas through big picture visualization and visual planning tools, founder and president David Sibbet was invited to capture the ideas presented by some of the planet’s leading thinkers at the event.

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Fostering Community-Building with Graphic Facilitation Training


With studies on “social capital”-social trust, diversity of interactions and leadership-showing  that Greensboro, North Carolina consistently ranked below national average in trust between citizens, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro partnered with several agencies to design the “IMPACT Greensboro” program and asked The Grove Consultants International for help.


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Visualizing Personal Growth: Africa Proves Fertile Ground for Graphic Facilitation


It was while doing community development on farms in the Boland region of South Africa that Alinda Nortje, a former social worker with a statuesque frame, warm smile and wildly contagious energy, became deeply aware of the emotional baggage many people at the lower job levels in her country were carrying. Low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, lack of a personal vision and a feeling of hopelessness due to generations of social oppression were common. read more…

Mapping a Visual History of Katrina’s Aftermath in Mississippi


At a unique trade show billed by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour as the first ever “Recovery Expo” in August 2006 at Biloxi’s Mississippi Coast Coliseum, booths showcased vendors selling everything from Kevlar siding to prefab homes, legal expertise and building and zoning advice. At the center of the hopeful gathering, a Grove Storymap™ helped attendees gain some perspective: a clear picture of the progress made in the state’s recovery efforts over the year following Hurricane Katrina’s August 2005 devastation. read more…