RISING Global Peace Forum

The RISING Global Peace Forum contacted CreativeConnection to provide Visual Minutes, CC’s version of graphic facilitation, and digital illustrations for their amazing two-day conference RISING16 in Coventry from 15-16 November 2016.

Background of Rising16:

The theme of this year’s conference was ‘The Ripple Effect’. The speeches, panel discussions, and film screenings examined on how responses to conflict affect the world and was an opportunity to discuss new ways of thinking about peace in today’s violent world.

Topics ranged from the legacy of murdered British MP Jo Cox to the refugee crisis, from the aftermath of the US election to women in politics, and from girls’ education to faith and fear.

Speakers included President of Malawi Dr Joyce Banda; Dr Edna Adan Ismail, former First Lady of Somaliland and fierce opponent of FGM; President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga; US Congressman Dennis Kucinich; London-based journalist Abdul-Rehman Malik; and Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

The conference ended on the evening of 16 November with a free cultural event Rising Free that included live performances, an art exhibition, and food and drink vendors.

The Result:

Visual Minutes, aka Graphic Facilitation

We had a team of five artists attend the event. Six murals that captured the presentations and discussions were created and displayed at the various venues. The content from the discussions was dense and powerful and audience members gathered around the murals during break times to remind themselves and reflect on what they heard.

The murals were then displayed at the end of the conference during Rising Free, the cultural event that took place in Fargo Village. Our artists created another mural with messages of peace collected from the visitors.

Digital Illustrations

Our digital artist illustrated the powerful messages from the conference. Thirty digital illustrations were created and shared on social media for a live Twitter commentary during the event that reached out to external audiences in which they were retweeted numerous times.

Our client has hosted these illustrations on their These illustrations can then be used for any future social media campaigns or any post-event print or online communications.

A pre-event illustration was created to announce the winners, The White Helmuts and MP Jo Cox, of the RISING Global Peace Prize and was broadcasted during the conference.

Rising16 Digital Illustrations CreativeConnection

The Team:

Graphic Facilitation team: Fede Ciotti, Blanche Ellis, Tem Gunawardena, and Gill Ha

Digital Artist: Ada Jusic

Your thoughts:

Do you believe in the ‘ripple effect’ – that even small positive actions can lead to prominent change that combats hatred, violence and war in the world? What types of actions do you believe can have a ‘ripple effect’? Leave your comments below.


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