Anyway, this photo comes from a little piece featured in Metro enticing Calgarians to come to a more recent (and just as cool) event at the Calgary Public Building: "Continue the Conversation." To find out more about the event, take a look at this very fun-to-read online invitation (which probably won't stay online forever - read it while you can!). This event was designed for citizens to suggest and discuss ideas for public engagement, as part of an ongoing process called the Engage Review. But this was more than just a conversation with words: Calgarians were invited to come and write their ideas on the walls!
The Calgary Public Building has a few specially-coated walls which you can draw on (and - later - wipe clean). And that's where I came into this fun evening: City of Calgary Engagement Consultant Tracy McCabe invited me to do some graphic recording. So we started with a "Welcome Wall" to inform participants about the evening's agenda (only partially finished in this particular shot):
There was a photographer snapping pictures throughout the event, too - so if I see any of his live-action graphic recording shots, I'll be sure to put some up here sometime!
For now, take a look below to see the enormous group wall-writing collaboration that transpired. Just in case you ever thought there was anything dry, boring or stodgy about a municipal engagement campaign... think again!
By the way, attendees were also given maps of the event space. I drew the map too, and here it is (yes, kinda busy, I know... but so was the evening!)
As I was drawing this, I heard someone behind me say, "It can't just be online!" That turned out to be another civic engagement pro - Nancy Close of 3 Things for Calgary.
After that, I just started to draw whatever I heard people say.
One thing I happened to hear someone say, when people began to notice what was happening: "Speak and ye shall be recorded!" Indeed. Luckily, everyone was putting out such interesting ideas, that this was all very fun to do.
Well - that was fun, and now I'm exhausted. It'll be cool to see what the Engagement team does with all this good feedback, and how it intersects with other innovative civic initiatives that seem to be popping up everywhere these days (CivicCamp - imagineCALGARY - which has a very nice website - Cultural Transformation - just to name a few). Are you creative types looking for a fun way to stay engaged with the Calgary scene now that Calgary 2012 is drawing to a close (as we speak, I think)? Look no further.