The Value Web Design Gym: When Things Go Off the Rails Visual Graphic
Thursday, November 9, 2023


8:00 AM – 9:30 AM PST/Los Angeles
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CST/Chicago
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST/New York

16:00 – 17:30 BST/London
17:00 – 18:30 CET/Paris
18:00 – 19:30 EET/Helsinki
19:00 – 20:30 EAT/Nairobi

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COACH: TVW Board Member & Graphic Facilitator Peter Durand

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HOST: TVW Board Member & Graphic Facilitator Peter Durand

In biology, adaptation has three related meanings. Firstly, it is the dynamic evolutionary process of natural selection that fits organisms to their environment, enhancing their evolutionary fitness. Secondly, it is a state reached by the population during that process. Thirdly, it is a phenotypic trait or adaptive trait, with a functional role in each organism, that is maintained and has evolved through natural selection. Adaption occurs due to changing conditions in the “fitness landscape.” It happens sometimes sloooooowly, and sometimes very rapidly. Our survival as a species depends upon it.

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.”

― Mike Tyson
World heavyweight boxing champion from 1987 to 1990.
Tyson won his first 19 professional fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round.

“Mental wounds not healing, who and what’s to blame. I’m going off the rails on a crazy train.”

― Ozzy Osbourne
English singer, songwriter, and television personality.


Are you a facilitator who wants to sharpen your skills in navigating the unexpected twists and turns of collaborative design processes?

If you’ve ever found yourself in a workshop that has derailed or hit a snag, our virtual workshop on “When Things Go Off the Rails” is your compass back to success. Join us to master the art of getting your design thinking workshops back on track…or at least off a cliff!!

Photo by Vasilis Caravitis on Unsplash

It happens. The collaborative design process is chugging along, everyone is in sync, you’re even ahead of schedule, and suddenly….. ssssskkkkkkkkrrrreeeeccchhhh-BOOM! The whole thing is off the rails.

What happened?

  • Was it you? (You missed something vital.)

  • Was it them? (The participants are crazy.)

  • Was it the team? (I knew that I should have micro-managed every detail!)

  • Was it beyond your control? (World events! Company news! The stock market! Black swan attack!)

The Top Reasons Things Go Off the Rails?

In small groups, we will share tools and methods that are effective when we encounter and diagnose these significant contributors to a dysfunctional workshop. We will dive into each of these from different perspectives: The Facilitation Team, The Participant, and The System.

  1. Lack of Clear Objectives

  2. Ineffective Problem Framing

  3. Lack of Empathy

  4. Poor Time Management

  5. Lack of Diverse Perspectives

Join Our Virtual Workshop and Master De-Railment

By practicing and implementing recommendations from your peers, you can improve your collaborative design workshops, making them more productive, engaging, and effective in addressing complex problems. These methods empower both facilitators and participants to work together cohesively to achieve successful outcomes.

Don’t miss this chance to become a master train conductor and make an impact (in a good way).

Reserve your spot now, and start transforming complex ideas into captivating visuals that resonate with your audience!

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2023

Time: 11:00 AM EST (17:00 CET)

Location: Virtual (Link will be provided upon registration)

Secure your spot now and unlock the secrets of successful client discovery! Limited seats are available.

Attend Our Live Virtual Workshop…and get smarter together with others!
We will work out together with some goals in mind.
  1. Confidence in Crisis: Exchange and learn strategies and techniques to navigate common workshop pitfalls with confidence. When conflicts arise or focus wavers, you’ll have the tools to steer the ship and bring participants back to a productive, collaborative mindset.

  1. Enhanced Facilitation Skills: Hone your facilitation skills to become a master of maintaining engagement, mediating conflicts, and fostering open, effective communication. By the end of this workshop, you’ll be equipped with the expertise to handle even the most challenging situations.

  1. Greater Impact: As a facilitator, your ability to guide workshops back on track is invaluable. Attend our virtual workshop and enhance your impact on the collaborative design process. With the right skills, you can help teams reach their full creative potential, resulting in better solutions and a more productive, collaborative environment.

Don’t miss this chance to become a more skillful, empathic facilitation partner and keep your design workshops on the right track. Reserve your spot today and be ready to lead your teams to success, no matter what challenges come their way!
Who Should Attend:
  • Aspiring and established collaboration designers and facilitators

  • Business professionals seeking to enhance client interactions

  • Anyone involved in group facilitation, communications, or graphic recording, whether inside or outside a larger firm or network

SUGGESTED MATERIALS: A sketchbook, white wall, flipchart, iPad, and simple drawing tools. Plus, your fanciest strategic thinking hat.

Your Host

Photo of Peter DurandPeter Durand is an artist, educator, and graphic facilitator in Houston, Texas (USA). He worked his first MG Taylor DesignShop® in 1996, founded Alphachimp in 1998, and has been involved in growing the practice of graphic recording and facilitation ever since. Since 2007, he has served as a facilitator for the MGT-designed NavCenter at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and worked with talented clinicians, administrators, faculty, students, and patients in one of the nation’s leading healthcare networks. In his youth, he has jumped both on and off of moving trains. (HIGHLY NOT RECOMMENDED.)

For more details and to contact Peter, click here.

This event is free to all participants. 

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