I’m thrilled to announce that this month I began working at The Grove Consultants International (a.k.a. the mothership of visual practice as I know it)! It was one of those moments when a number of different things seem to converge suddenly and then wham! You’re facing in a new direction, seeing new roads in front of you and new experiences all around. As the Director of Digital Services, part of my job is to discover ways to integrate technology into visual practice. Of course, I’ll be doing plenty of visual facilitation and recording, too.
For those who aren’t familiar with The Grove, it is a San Francisco-based company headquartered in the lovely Presidio, offering products and services related to visual practice and team development. It’s also where I first learned about visual practice. Grove President David Sibbet facilitated the first NMC Board Retreat that I attended, after I’d been with NMC only a few months, and I was just blown away by the dynamic nature of the process. He generously shared his time one afternoon to tell me about visual practice, and I was hooked. I had lots of opportunities to develop those skills with NMC and I’m very excited to be moving into a space where I can continue to learn, practice, and grow in those areas.
As wonderful as it is to move toward new and exciting things, it’s always difficult to move away from those that are well-loved and familiar, and it’s with more than a little sadness that I say goodbye to the New Media Consortium — but not to all my friends and colleagues, thanks to the miracle of social networking. I’ve learned so much over the past six and a half years, and education continues to be a passion of mine. I am deeply touched to have been named the first Vice President Emeritus of NMC and I’m proud to have been part of such an outstanding organization.
They have certainly made me feel very welcome at The Grove! This hand-lettered sign greeted me from the wall above my desk on my first day at work. I’ve admired the work that they do for a long time and I’m really honored to be joining such an excellent and talented team!