What people are saying about Listen-Ink
I recently retired from over 30 years with California State Parks. During my career I've had the pleasure of working and leading many public outreach venues to meet planning, legislative, legal, interpretive, and scientific agency needs. A constant challenge across these genres is to find a way to capture and communicate complex topics and concepts in ways that have meaning to an audience not exposed to such concepts on a routine basis. Having participated in outreach events for the Woodland Regional Park, I've been very impressed by Alison Kent's capturing and displaying graphically complex feelings and topics in ways that provide immediate feedback to the engaged audience. I heartily recommend Listen-Ink for public outreach needs for both the benefit of the listening audience and the feedback-seeking institute looking for creative engagement.
--Rick LeFlore, State Park Ranger/Superintendent/Environmental Program Manager (ret.)
Alison provided graphic recording for a strategic planning session for educators in Yolo County. Her drawings made the day more interactive and fun for participants as they engaged in the process. I recommend without hesitation Alison to other educational institutions: she provides a first-class service.
--Jesse Ortiz, Ed.D., Yolo County Superintendent of Schools
Alison has, over the course of the past few years, helped to refine and hone our vision of what a regional environmental education center might look like, one that would serve the needs of many distinct populations in our county to help grow the next generation of stewards of the land. Her interactive charts have helped to document the brainstorming, the shift in focus, and the identification of a very exciting site in the county seat. We look forward to continuing to have her help as the vision becomes a reality.
--Jenifer Segar, Project Director, Tuleyome
It has been a pleasure to work with Alison. The City of Davis employed Listen-Ink to support a series of collaborative stakeholder meetings with Arts Alliance Davis. These visioning sessions brought together artists, arts providers, and community supporters across multiple disciplines. Alison's drawings provided an amazing documentation of our collaborative process, and helped illustrate our ambitious vision for the arts in Davis. We have used her drawings to share the process and outcomes of our meetings, and as reminders of the great work we are doing. We look forward to working with Alison again!
--Rachel Hartsough, Program Manager, Arts & Culture, City of Davis
Alison’s graphic recordings were a lively, interactive piece of a recent workshop. She was able to capture the workshop’s major themes and the thoughts of individual participants in a succinct and compelling story-like format. Workshop participants explored the notes during our breaks, and the images have become an archive of the event that I consider much more accessible than meeting minutes. The graphic recordings are an excellent accompaniment to presentations and facilitated discussion alike.
--Aubrey White, Communications Coordinator, Agricultural Sustainability Institute, UC Davis
Alison did a fantastic graphic recording of a workshop on Board Governance for Audubon chapters. She captured the major ideas, discussion points, and next steps, thereby providing a summary of the day for participants from ten different chapter boards. She was quick to add little icons, bird sketches and other graphics that brought the poster to life in a meaningful way for the audience! We then shared her poster at the annual National Audubon Society meeting to reflect on the importance of the chapter network and chapter organizational development in their planning efforts. I look forward to working with Alison again.
--Paquita Bath, President, Aligning Visions
Working with Alison is always such a treat. There’s a seamlessness about it: we come in together and it’s like a choreographed dance, only we don’t need to practice. There are exponential impacts of her recording: she is able to capture, graphically, things that nobody else in the room recognized. Graphic recording is a powerful tool for transformation, and Alison’s ability to capture a room’s dynamic makes it even more educational for the participants as well as those seeking information following the event. I look forward to working with skilled recorders for my facilitation, especially ones who have an intuitive grasp of the key nuggets like Alison.
--Kim Rodrigues, Director, Hopland Research and Extension Center
Alison used the powerful tool of graphic recording to assist me in creating a roadmap back to health, sanity, and emotional well-being when I received a diagnosis of breast cancer. Over the course of a year, together we uncovered, visualized, and sorted out the complicated topics and feelings surrounding my diagnosis. Using graphic recording, we developed a plan of action—a blueprint for my recovery. Alison’s listening and intuitive skills and the graphic record series she created allowed me to reflect, accept, and then respond to my cancer. Graphic recording is an empowering tool and productive process for anyone facing change, making critical decisions, or seeking self-knowledge. And it's easy, painless, and fun.
Partial List of Clients
Acme Theater Company
Capital Public Radio
City of Davis
Davis Arts Alliance
Hopland Research and Extension Center
Putah Creek Council
Sacramento Mayor's Office for Innovation and Technology
Solano County Water Agency
Woodland Community College
Woodland Regional Park
Yolo Audubon Society
Yolo Conflict Resolution Center
Yolo County Office of Education
Yolo County Supervisor's Office