VizThink Toronto 8 – Next Tuesday!

It’s that time again, VizThink Toronto 8 will be taking place next Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 6:30pm.

I’m still sorting out venue details, but it’ll be in the downtown core… Dan Rose, who many of you know, will be facilitating a session inspired by some of the ideas in Dan Roam’s “Back of the Napkin”.

Dan’s a really experienced, and gifted, facilitator so it promises to be a really great evening. Come on out an join us! Details & registration can be found at

Not in Toronto? September is our busiest month ever for VizThink community events – there are also events in Austin, London (England), Amsterdam, Madrid & Seattle this month. For details about these, and future, events check out this post on the VizThink blog.

VizThink Toronto 7: July 24th

Just a quick note to let everyone know that VizThink Toronto 7 is scheduled for July 24, 2008. Details of the actual topic are still in the works but it’s going to be good! (Have we ever disappointed? ;) )

You can find all of the details on the wiki at – capacity for this event is limited to ~35.

Also – a reminder about the Dave Gray workshop the next day, July 25th – there’s still a few spots left… it’s going to be a great day. Information & registration can be found here.

I look forward to seeing you out at one, or both, of the events!


A Great Webinar, Dave Gray is coming to Toronto! and VizThink turns 1!

Wow – I hadn’t realize that I’d already gone two weeks since last posting. Needless to say it’s been a busy couple of weeks – since we last “chatted”:

1. New VizThink site
Part of preparing for the launch of the new community site (news coming very, very soon on that) was going back and making some changes to the VizThink public website to sort out some UI & IA issues that would have made adding a whole raft of new functionality to it very difficult. The redesign is live now – stop by and check it out!

2. Webinar with Nancy Duarte
Last week we had a great webinar session with Nancy Duarte, one of the presentation guru’s behind Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” presentation deck. Over the course of an hour, Nancy walked the almost 140 viewers through her thoughts and ideas around creating and delivering effective presentations though tools like PowerPoint or Keynote – then finished up with a great Q&A segment.

If you missed it don’t worry – the entire session can be found here on the VizThink blog.

3. Dave Gray Workshop coming to Toronto
This is one of the more exciting developments for me personally – originally the plan had been to hold off on workshops until after the summer but Dave was available and we managed to pull another workshop together, this time in Toronto!

Dave does fantastic sections and a major reason I’m doing the job I am today was the session of Dave’s that I attended back in September of 2006. Dave has a really relaxed, fun delivery style and is easily one of the top minds in the industry today – if you can find a way to get to this session I highly, highly recommend it.

Find out more, or register, here.

4. VizThink is 1!

That’s right! Today, June 25th, marks the one year anniversary of VizThink as a full-fledged business (the Toronto community events predate the company by ~4 months). To celebrate, Tom, Chris & myself each got a photo of us out for some ice cream and having a beer (the beer and ice cream were consumed separately) – a distributed anniversary party if you will.

We’ve put together a couple of posts on the blog today for the anniversary, stop by and check them out: Anniversary Celebration & The Story of VizThink

Follow me on Twitter!
Lastly – For more observational stuff that I once posted here I’ve developed the habit of posting those types of links or ideas on Twitter. If you want to keep up with those updates you can follow me here.

VizThink Global Conference – January 27-29, 2008

Well things have certainly changed since the first VizThink Toronto back in February of this year. Around the same time the first VizThink’s were happening here Dave Gray and some other associates were noodling on the idea of a global conference.

Over the course of the summer that “noodling” has progressed to a full-blown conference next January in San Francisco – and I’m pleased to say I’ll be facilitating a conversation on community, what’s worked in Toronto and how we can take the community model forward and help create additional VizThink communities across North America and hopefully, around the world.

Full VizThink conference details can be found on their site and I highly recommend you follow the VizThink blog as well.