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In late Spring of 2015, we provided graphic facilitation, recording and infographic design for a three day retreat with 23 Early Childhood Development professionals from across the U.S. Hosted by the Institute of Early Childhood Success and the Openfields Creative Agency of Greenville, SC at the Inn at Serenbe conference retreat center in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. The event was a lot of fun and well worth the intense preparation needed for the events itinerary and curriculum.





A participant pins her Leadership trading card on the board



From the ECD Retreat Details:

We believe sustainable, positive change for America’s youngest children will require a generation of new leaders with creative vision. What kind of leader is needed to enact system change in early childhood development? We are hosting a conversation with a small group of colleagues, creatives, and friends to explore the answer.


Detail of Leadership trading cards completed by participants.

ICS is inviting a select group of rising leaders to be part of a private working retreat to assess the landscape of our national early childhood system and envision its future. We are inviting people who are passionate about ECD, who want to contribute to the future of this sector, and people who enjoy good conversation and creating a concrete work product. Together we will initiate a strategic process to imagine the next 30 years of work on behalf of young children today and their children tomorrow.

Graphic Facilitation

Mike prepares participants to doodle visual metaphors on the whiteboard.

Before the event concluded, Mike collected all of the data and insights generated by the participants and compiled it into a high quality printable infographic. The goal was to give participants an takeaway object that they were involved in the creation of, so they can continue their experience in the workshops beyond the retreat event.


Tons of Visual Supplies


Capturing and displaying ideas can lead to post it overload


A sample visual metaphor


A detail sample of the infographic that compiled participant generated data.