“You pulled your punches,” Karolina said, standing below the stage at the July 2014 EuViz conference where I was sitting along with three other “elders” in the field of visual facilitation. “I and some others felt like you didn’t really say what you thought. You are the founders of this field. You need to tell us what you really think.”
We were at the nHow Hotel in Berlin with 220 visual practitioners from 29 countries. The conference was a collaboration between the International Forum of Visual Practitioners (IFVP), now 19 years old, and Neuland and Kommunikationslotsen.
These are two German firms—the first a leader in pens, pinboards and other tools for group work and the second a firm blending circle work, large group facilitation, and visualization in a successful consultancy focused on advancing collaborative practice. The conference was beautifully organized and a very powerful experience.