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Ditch the Laptop & Grab a Pen: Visual Thinking for Creative Clarity

November 22, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm MST


This event is hosted in Classroom 1 in the Platform Innovation Centre.


In today’s digital world, we spend so much of our time in front of screens, but the question is, are screens enabling us to do our best thinking? Maybe not. Many of us have moments of clarity while in the shower, writing in a notebook, or on a long walk — times when we are away from technology.

In this workshop, we invite you to leave your laptop at home and discover the possibilities of using pen and paper to think and communicate in an analog way. In this two-hour experiential workshop, you will have an opportunity to explore new ways of framing problems and opportunities using visual thinking and sketching techniques. In our world of expanding information and growing complexity, this workshop will help participants discover how using analog methods can contextualize challenges and inspire creative solutions.

Visual thinking isn’t just for creatives and artists, it’s for everyone! Even if you have no drawing or artistic abilities, you will learn some simple elements that you can use immediately to tap into your innate visual thinking skills. We will use these skills to help us visualize or map information on a page and see how this can help reframe a problem or opportunity space, and communicate your thinking and ideas through simple sketches. You’ll leave with a newfound confidence in your drawing skills and your ability to create clarity around personal and professional challenges you may be facing.


What to bring?

  • Something to sketch with (any pen, pencil, marker, or highlighter will do).
  • Your problems (professional or personal) that you’ve been try to make sense of.
  • Your curiosity

Workshop Facilitators

Jill Langer

Jill Langer is a designer, facilitator, and consultant. She designs and facilitates learning experiences and workshops to help individuals and organizations to intentionally design and create better solutions to their most challenging problems whether it’s organizational design, projects, or transformation. She has worked for and consulted for clients in the government, nonprofit and for profit sectors. She is the only licensed training in Canada for a visualization technique called bikablo®.


Erica O’Donnell

For the last 18 years, Erica has worked at the intersection of design thinking, facilitation, and strategy—guiding teams to collaboratively design products, services, and experiences that drive business and social impact. She believes that placing people at the centre of strategic decision-making leads to successful outcomes and measurable impacts on organizations and communities.

Erica has worked with a wide variety of clients across industries, government, and in the nonprofit sector. As a facilitator and leader, she thrives on leading groups to co-create and implement innovative, impactful strategies that improve our world, one good seed at a time.




November 22, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm MST
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