I asked them to draw themselves as a superhero…

I was doing graphic recording and co-facilitating a workshop for frontline staff at a residential living facility in Toronto last week.

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The focus of the workshop was Interdependence of Community Engagement in Residential Livingwith key facilitator Beverley Pomeroy.

We mind mapped so much with this group that we had to double/triple layer the large wall mind map!  I love and live for this!  Capturing the staff dialogue through visual recording.  The room was HEART-FULL.

To lighten the mood and to celebrate the incredible work that the frontline staff do, I asked them to draw themselves as superheroes.

This exercise is inspired by the pedagogy of Lynda Barry and her book: Syllabus.

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Initially the staff was nervous and unsure.  Celebrate self?  What superhero?  Draw?  Eyes darted back and forth.  Fear, hesitation, confusion.

But a little encouragement to just go with it really helped…and the results are magical!

And remember that, in a world of ordinary mortals, you are a Wonder Woman. – Hippolyta

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