As a visual practitioner my job is to draw people’s thoughts, and in so doing, help people make sense of them. The visual summaries I create live during conferences aim to capture more than just the dry content, but also the dynamic, the mood and the unspoken. It is a tool more aligned with how our associative, sensory-fed brains work, for coping with the deluge of information that faces us these days. And it’s a tool that can help overcome language, learning and other barriers to access.
When I discovered in January 2020 that the next Conference of the Parties, the annual UN climate conference, was to be held in Glasgow, just across the Irish Sea from where I live, I saw in it an incredible opportunity to offer our skills as visual practitioners in service of the most critical global challenge we collectively face.
"Visual report of COP26,"
New England Journal of Public Policy: Vol. 34:
3, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.umb.edu/nejpp/vol34/iss3/2