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Creative Harvest

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Using creative methods to summarize the event (such as highlights, points of conflict and confusion, key insights, and next steps) can make the har- vest more memorable and impactful.


Variation 1: Visual Harvest

Visual harvest is often done by a professional graphic recorder who is hired by the event to track the progress of the day. Graphic recording can, however, be done successfully using templates from professionals or pre-designed by organisers. Alternatively, a visual record can be created collectively throughout the event. If this is the case, time should be reserved at the end of each phase to coalesce a visual reflection which can be added to a timeline of the event. At the conclusion, participants can do a gallery walk to see the harvest, and then share reflections.

Variation 2: Harvest Poem

One person is hired or designated as the event poet. Throughout the day they will capture big ideas and small contextual details in the form of a narrative poem, to be shared at the end of the event


  1. During the opening, introduce the graphic recorder or poet (called here ‘creative harvester’);
  2. Encourage participants to share specific ideas or insights with the creative harvester throughout the day;
  3. Have the creative harvester share results at the end of the event, either by hosting a gallery walk and explaining key highlights, or by reading the final poem;
  4. (Optional) Invite participants to share brief reflections in pairs or popcorn out (in random order) thoughts in the plenary;
  5. Leave space to share any general impressions about the workshop, focusing on the positive aspects. A prompt could be: what would you like to see more of in future workshops? What is one positive thing you will share with your colleagues when you return to work?
  6. As a checkout, have everyone in the circle say one word about how they are feeling.

Place on U
5 - 20 minutes
Materials Needed

A large roll of paper and colourful markers are useful for the visual harvest.

Human-Nature Connection
Systems Thinking
Visual Learning
Metaphorical Thinking
Tip and Experiences

Be careful about markers bleeding through onto the walls, double up paper if necessary.

Relevant References & Resources

Visual Harvest: http://visualharvesting.com/en/harvest-your-meetings/

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