The most common words in Christmas songs

Did you enjoy listening to Christmas songs lately? I did, and I wondered what are the words that come up most often. A few online tools and Procreate and here are the Christmas bells of the most frequent words in Christmas songs.
An imperfect data visualisation.

The most common words in  Christmas songs
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EU values and identities

How EU policymakers can navigate the new societal and political landscape of complex challenges, growing polarisation of groups of citizens, and conflicting opinions?

A report by the EU Science, Research and Innovation says that science alone doesn’t move the policy debate or citizens behaviours. Rather, policymakers should understand the EU citizens’ values and identities, their differences inside a country and among countries, how identities influence values, how being member of different groups (tribes) colour people’s opinions and biases.

This understanding helps to better see what is desired by citizens, what is important for them, and finally to improve policymaking and regain trust in democracy. At the end of his presentation of the report, Mario Scharfbillig mentioned a toolkit to integrate values and identity in policymaking: heightened understanding, co-creation, and communication.

My sketchnotes of Mario’s presentation.

Sketchnotes of a talk on values and identities,  a Guide for policymakers
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There is no compassion without love

Compassion requires motivation, courage and wisdom.

It’s about humility, mindfulness, embodiment and taking action. There is no compassion without love. Bringing compassion in the EU policy-making process will lead to other ways of actively listening to citizens, interacting, co-creating and collaborating with them.

Immense gratitude to Obhi Chatterjee (missing Julie GueganPinuccia Contino Beate Trück Mario Scharfbillig for the workshop.

Sketchnotes of "Compassion, towards a caring culture"
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Inktober21 Inception prompts

My #inktober2021 prompts in an inception video mode. Drawn with fingers and ink on Procreate iPad, mounted on Adobe Premiere, everything quickly.

To say that I didn’t even want to do this Inktober challenge because I was too busy this month with other professional and private commitments. Then I told myself to illustrate the prompt of the day without pressure, just by following my instinct, by drawing with my fingers and a single brush in black ink (membrane) on Procreate / iPad, all quickly. And to facilitate my life, or complicate it depending on the point of view, each day create a new prompt from the previous one.

Finding inspiration quickly for a concept, an idea, a word, is the constant challenge of the graphic recorder/facilitator. Sometimes it helps not to think too much and to connect to his inner creativity. This Inktober challenge helped me put this principle into practice. This is the result with all 31 prompts animated in a “inception-mode” video (mounted quickly on Adobe Premiere). Big thank you to friends who encouraged me, especially friends and members of the sketchnote community.

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Another live graphic recording

It all started with an empty sheet on the wall, then members of a fresh new directorate started to reflect on their values, identity and how they will work together in the new normal, the so called new ways of working.

The closing of the day was done by their director in front of my graphic recording. Before that moment, he and I spent some time together reflecting on the outcomes of the day watching the graphic recording.

This is why #iLoveMyJob so much as graphic recorder; when my job helps a leader to have more clarity on many inputs and for a group of people to “see” on a page what they said, discussed, reflected on.

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