Generative Scribing:
A Social Art of the 21st Century

Scribing—visually representing ideas while people talk—is a distinct social art form that facilitates group learning and cultural memory. Scribes listen and draw simultaneously, creating large pictures that integrate content, prompt insight, and aid with decision-making. “Generative scribing” extends this art by attending to the field of energy and relation between people, and to the emerging potential of a system.

This book frames the key concepts that inform and cultivate a scribe’s inner capacities of being, joining, perceiving, knowing, and drawing. It is for scribes, facilitators, coaches, and organizers, and for anyone who cares about how we exist together as humans. It’s for those who want to explore their interior functioning, to approach the world anew.

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Drawn Together
Visual Practice

Drawings give shape to our ideas and reframe what is possible. This volume gives voice to the field of visual thinking as the range of its practice dramatically expands. It offers lenses to:

  • Share cross-disciplinary and regional perspectives
  • Surface and approach the complex puzzles of our time
  • Reflect on core human connection and communication

An anthology edited by Brandy Agerbeck, Kelvy Bird, Sam Bradd, and Jennifer Shepherd – with over 25 contributions from visual and kinesthetic practitioners of all ranges. 

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Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges

We live in a time of massive institutional failure that manifests in the form of three major divides: the ecological, the social, and the spiritual. Addressing these challenges requires a new consciousness and collective leadership capacity. In this groundbreaking book, Otto Scharmer invites us to see the world in new ways and in so doing discover a revolutionary approach to learning and leadership…

This second edition features a new preface in which Scharmer identifies five transformational trends and describes U process case stories around the world. There are also eight color drawings by Kelvy Bird that capture U journey applications and illustrate the concepts in the book, as well as new resources for applying the principles and practices.

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