Tribeca Film Festival, Future of Film

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Tribeca Film Festival, Future of Film

Stories by Numbers: a panel discussion

Visual summary of the Tribeca Film Festival's Future of Film panel discussion "Stories by Numbers" featuring Beau Willimon, Anne Thomposon, David Simon and Nate Silver, moderated by John Hockenberry.

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How to Motivate Your Employees — Dan Pink

I love Dan Pink's books — and his recent talk for a networking event at PSA Insurance & Financial Services was a refresher on his core principles of motivation: autonomy, mastery and purpose.

But I think this one phrase pretty much nailed it: "The best performance enchanter is to treat people like humans."

Amen Dan, amen.

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What I Learned Drawing the Law at Yale

As a graphic recorder, I've shared stages with brilliant thinkers like the president of Rhode Island School of Design and a Harvard neuroscientist. I've drawn live visual notes for the CEOs of hot Silicon Valley startups and Fortune 500 companies. But I think the most nervous I've ever been was walking with paper and markers into the exam review of a class at Yale.

When I mentioned to my friend, an associate dean of admissions at Yale Law and former FBI agent, that I'd like to try graphic recording in an academic setting, she invited me into the classroom of her undergraduate national security law class. And so I found myself within the beautiful, Harry Potter-esque Yale Law School a couple weeks ago, with 15 wicked smart undergrads watching me take notes at the wall.

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"Live Pinning" MarketingProfs B2B Forum

I love it when marketing visionaries come up with new uses for graphic recording, so when Ann Handley of MarketingProfs suggested we do a "live Pinterest board" at the B2B Forum, I was all for it!

The concept was pretty simple — throughout the two-day event, I would monitor the conference hashtag for interesting tweets, and the illustrate them on the "Pinterest board." I'd then snap a photo, which Ann then tweeted as an @reply to the originator of the tweet.

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Pictures are Quicker than Words

After seeing me work, I'm often asked: "How can you draw so fast?"

There are a few reasons:

  • I have a lot of practice
  • I use similar symbols and icons over and over — like a visual alphabet.
  • It's faster to draw an idea than to write something down verbatim

The last point seems counter-intuitive, so I like to demonstrate it with this image: 

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