I observed Dena on the stage of the recent 7th Annual SNFCC Conference “Untitled”. I was curious as to what exactly she was doing, as I was seated further to the back and could not really read the board. So when I ran into her during one of the coffee breaks I asked her. She was kind enough to explain… and it sounded really interesting AND smart!
Graphic recording (also referred to as reflective graphics, graphic listening, etc.) involves capturing people’s ideas and expressions—in words, images and color—as they are being spoken in the moment.
It is a perfect tool for bridging the world of visual thinking together, for it helps to illuminate how we as people connect, contribute, learn and make meaning together.
Colorful pens and blank paper are used to write down the key words, phrases, images and symbols that reflect ideas emerging in conversations.
By viewing the drawings and musings, participants begin to see patterns emerging; the collective wisdom of a group starts to become more visible and accessible.
Being first. Doing second.
These phrases are the driving force behind every action Ntina takes in both her personal and professional life. A multi-passionate creator with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design from CSUSacramento, she followed her heart and moved to Greece in 2016 after living in California for 19 years.
These days she’s working as a graphic recorder, a process in which she hand-illustrates the content of meetings and conferences, turning the complex ideas discussed into simple visuals. She’s created visuals for TEDxAthens and most recently at the 7th Annual Stavros Niarchos Foundation Conference “Untitled.”
As the Sustainability Director for TEDxAthens and proud member of the team for the past 3 years, she is committed to a cleaner and sustainable future, by inspiring mindful use of materials that’ll empower us to make changes that will enhance the environmental quality and well-being of our community.
She’s also training to become a certified meditation teacher and is in the process of creating “The Fierce Heart Experience”, a group program that will include self-compassion, resiliency and meditation practices. She shares her journey through well-being on her blog “www.theonefierceheart.com” where you can subscribe and receive a monthly newsletter with resources for a life of wellness.
She says that life in California for 19 years has left a transformative mark on her soul, and ever since she moved back to Greece in 2016, she misses Mexican cuisine and maple-glazed donuts the most. Who wouldn’t?
You can find her at:
LinkedIn: Ntina (Dena) Argyropoulou