MDDC commissioned work

A Compelling Picture to Convey a Courageous Career

Ken Hubbell ActionCraft

As a practitioner of the Art of ChangeTM, I explore through visuals so many journeys with leaders and organizations. When you get the picture so it works to truly convey the essence of what is at stake for an organization or group, it provides an accessible, lasting touchstone, which is at the heart of what I do at ActionCraft.

Recently, my oldest client partner, MDC Inc., commissioned me to celebrate in a single picture the career arc and impact of outgoing President David Dodson and the powerful outcomes of this 50-year-old economic justice organization. What was so cool was that I personally experienced since 1992 many of the soulful projects as I collaborated with David and his MDC team as a coach, designer, and visual storyteller. 

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Stop Racism

Standing In Support

Ken Hubbell Inspiration

Joining Our Voices

We stand in solidarity with the current protests against systemic racism, police brutality and unequal administration of laws, policies, and opportunity. We are against the militarization of police and the trigger-happy practices on display across our country.

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Captured conversations from a one-hour Zoom meeting

Captured Conversation from a One-Hour Zoom Meeting

Ken Hubbell ActionCraft

Last week, I helped my brother’s firm, Gary Hubbell Consulting, capture the conversations from a one-hour Zoom meeting among over 40 non-profit practitioners focused on “Questions Leaders Should Ask Now.” After exploring the session highlights, I created a digital drawing that was shared immediately with every participant.

These were my objectives:

  • Capture the prevailing context that leaders were experiencing that triggered renewal amidst unprecedented upheaval. Upon deep re-examination, most found it was nature that generated renewal. 
  • Illustrate their need for new mental models about global healing and new ways for leaders to surface and answer a few essential questions in an ocean of paradoxical stressors.
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Make Remote Meetings Sticky and Actionable

Ken Hubbell ActionCraft

In these tough times, your virtual meetings are more important than ever. Whether you’re doing online video meetings or simple conference calls, consider using visual captures of your virtual meetings to create memorable road-maps. Colorful summary visuals capture the tone and aspirations of the meetings and make the way forward clear. The finished images enable instant sharing and follow up.

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10 Stories of Innovative Change-Making

Ken Hubbell Inspiration

This season, we’ve captured a broad mosaic of visual stories from leaders and innovators engaging people in big ideas that matter. At ActionCraft Company, we use inspiring visual drawings, stories, and maps to help leaders expand action and share stories of possibility. We’re learning and re-learning the practice of change-making on the ground with diverse leaders who are also amazing storytellers.

This is what we heard that stands out as great food for thought…

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Transform Your Meetings with Visual Storytelling

Ken Hubbell ActionCraft

Traditional meetings can easily get stale and ineffective. That’s because most gatherings don’t leverage our ability to process information visually. Did you know that humans process visual information 60 times faster than text? Fortunately, there’s an easy way to transform your next meeting: use the power of visual storytelling to keep people engaged and make your meeting more productive.

What is visual storytelling? It’s a process of graphically recording your meetings for better comprehension and awareness. Usually, a graphic facilitator — think “a business consultant who can draw” — joins your meeting and captures important points, imagery, and messages in a hand-drawn graphic.

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How to Make Your Meetings Fresh and Meaningful

Ken Hubbell ActionCraft

In a fast-paced world, teams need to focus on a collective vision to be successful. Meetings are the typical way of bringing people together to take meaningful action, but the traditional meeting or conference just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Most meetings overwhelm people with data without giving them the tools to integrate that data into their strategy. Spreadsheets and long reports present information in a way that’s not easily retained, referenced, or shared. On top of all that, meetings fail to engage and energize people.

Graphic facilitation is a powerful way to help your team hear the story of their vision, see the story take shape, and take action to make it a reality. Here are the five ways that graphic facilitation makes your meetings fresh and meaningful.

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Were you the kid who wanted to make the world a better place?

Marla Johnson Inspiration

I certainly was.

I was a teenager living in Germantown, Tennessee, a suburb of Memphis. It was 1976 or 1977. I was sitting in the small breakfast nook next to the kitchen. My brother, Gary, was home. He must have been in the Marines at that time. To this day, my brother Gary is the most curious person I know, constantly exploring why and how. He is self taught in the art of inquiry and infused in me a deep appreciation for the scientific method. He knew I was clueless about my future after high school, so he did his thing that evening.

Teenaged Marla only lived in The Now. I was a good student who loved school and was active in lots of organizations at school and in my church. I loved to read, ride my bike, sing, play basketball and the piano. I had not given my future any serious consideration. I did not know you could study for the ACT, and I didn’t apply to college until I had graduated from high school. 

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