Masterclass 3: Visual Facilitation - Thinking visually about your facilitation practice Back to events list

Date: July 1st, 2020 at 19:00 to July 15th, 2020 at 21:00
Price:Standard €40.0
Price:Mulit-buy Ticket €20.0
Venue: ZOOM Online Video Conferencing

For those of you who wish to purchase tickets for more than 1 programme, you will receive a 50% discount on all tickets subsequent to 1st purchase. To avail of this, you must purchase 1 ticket and email the order number to

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Creativity and change Masterclass Programme 2020

Online Summer School

Calling artists, activists, youth workers and educators:This summer, we are taking our Masterclass programme online with a package of meaningful engagements and training opportunities taking place over three weeks via Zoom from 27th June. This will include a seminar opening that explores the power of creativity to connect imagination and action for a more sustainable future with guest speaker Rob Hopkins; a technology lab, supporting you to use technology to engage with others in transformative learning practices in times of limited physical contact; a range of short evening experiential training courses exploring a variety of creative approaches and a closing festival to share our learning called Widening Circles.

Online Seminar: Via Zoom

Saturday June 27th 2020 2.00-4.00pm 

Participants of all the masterclasses

“The impossible is possible after all.” An afternoon of exploration of the power of creativity to connect imagination and action for a more sustainable future. 

Facilitators of all the masterclasses exploring the questions that will form the foundation for the training sessions.

Guest speaker: Vicky Donnelly:  Vicky is coordinator of the Galway One World Centre, and works on the design and delivery of the Global Teachers Award CPD programme, as well as development education and antiracism workshops for schools, community groups and universities. She has recently launched a new teaching resource called Beyond Borders, which supports educators in exploring the sensitive and complex issues around the refugee crisis. 

Keynote speaker: Rob Hopkins: Rob is an activist and writer on environmental issues, based in Totnes, England. He has written four books on environmentalism and activism most recently the inspirational “From What Is to What If”. He is best known as the founder and figurehead of the Transition movement, which he co-initiated in 2005.

Seminar will be hosted by Clare Mulvany. 

Questions we will explore:

-Is the impossible possible after all? Things that were impossible before the pandemic were implemented  overnight (e.g., universal health care, basic universal income, etc.), so what else that is impossible would we like to see happen in our communities and world?

-What does the current pandemic highlight and accentuate about interconnection in our world?

-What sort of leadership, values and attitudes are needed as we move to a fairer, more sustainable future?

-What is the role of creativity and imagination in transformative learning and learning for sustainability?

Technology Lab: IT training Date Saturday, 4th July, 2pm to 3pm

Participants of all the masterclasses

Exploring platforms, possibilities and challenges in engaging with others in creative transformative learning in times of limited physical contact. 

Trainings: Short series of online masterclasses in Creative facilitation in a range of media.

Each masterclass is separate and will need to be registered for individually if people are attending more than one. Since this year we cannot bring people together for the usual two day block, we have redesigned our trainings to run over three weeks, to avoid long hours of workshops in front of screens and to ensure participants have time between workshops to explore new resources and activities as it suits them and also to enable those who wish to attend more than one masterclass to do so.

The Story of Self - Clare Mulvany

Monday evenings, 29th June, 6th, 13th July from7.00-9.00pm 

Creative Activism - Claire Coughlan and Helen O’Keeffe 

Tuesday evenings, 30th June, 7th, 14th July from 7.00-9.00pm 

Visual Facilitation - Eimear McNally 

Wednesday evenings, 1st, 8th, 15th July from7.00-9.00pm 

Spoken Word Poetry - Chriszine Backhouse 

Thursday evenings, 2nd, 9th, 16th July from 7.00-9.00pm 

Festival: “Widening circles” : An event creatively connecting participating artists, activists, youth workers and educators to share the creativity and learning that took place in the evening courses.

Saturday the 18th July from 2.00-4.00pm

General enquiries can be made to

Here’s a link to where you can find the video series created at last year's masterclasses.

Visual Facilitation

Subtitle: Thinking visually about your facilitation practice

 Wednesday evenings, 1st, 8th, 15th July, 7.00-9.00pm 

Cost: €40 (The cost is subsidised by our partner Irish Aid Development Education Unit)

Trainer: Eimear McNally

Eimear is a freelance graphic recorder and facilitator. She has been doodling professionally for 7 years and facilitating for over 10 years. She has a background in development education and non-formal learning. She delivers training to private and public sector organisations in creative facilitation. Past clients include the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the Department of Health, MaREI Research Centre, Bord Iascaigh Mhaire Innovation Centre, Google, Citibank, and Allianz Worldwide Care. Eimear is most passionate about natural systems, creativity and learning.

Workshop description:

The overall aim of the workshop is to empower participants to use visual tools in their facilitation practice. Moving online does not mean we have to leave behind creative engagement! Let’s discover together how to make our online sessions more creative and engaging for participants.

Visual facilitation is particularly useful in the context of Global Citizenship Education (GCE). The level of complexity is high when discussing global justice issues. Visual tools are helpful because they can illustrate complexity so that everyone can understand - we can literally put ourselves into the bigger picture, in a way that is impossible with words alone. Visuals can also help to communicate ideas with groups when written language is an obstacle, e.g groups with differing abilities, English as a second language.

In this workshop you will:

Have a fun, playful and creative experience

Practice your drawing skills

Leave with practical creative methods - both analogue and digital

Understand how to bring visuals into online hosting/ facilitation

Leave feeling more confident to try visual facilitation online

Receive directions for further resources, books, learning opportunities etc

Materials and Preparation:

Participants should have:

Zoom downloaded and ready to go

The PDF workbook which will be sent out in advance by C&C

A stack of paper - I re-use a4 paper from my printer for example


A selection of pens and markers

Participants are welcome to use their iPad and pencil (or other drawing tool) if they wish, but it is not necessary to have these to participate.


Tools for ‘check-ins’ and opening up meetings

Input on the broad field of Visual Facilitation and why visuals are important

Graphic Jam - draw some concepts


Tools for generating ideas, sharing ideas and making sense of ideas

Tools for decision-making


Tools for hosting conversations (break-out groups)

Tools for harvesting conversations

Tools for closing

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