It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. With this in mind, scribing is now used to support many seminars and meetings. Its principle? To illustrate the meeting and the ideas generated, in real time. An art of synthesis. James is a happy man: each meeting at work has become a creative workshop. “I have been doing this job for around twenty years”, explains this Londoner who travels around Europe to contribute his creative work at business meetings. “My work consists of creating a visual history which describes the progression of the meeting or seminar.” James is part of a pool of “scribers” who regularly take part in events at the Capgemini Les Fontaines Campus, particularly at Capgemini University meetings. It is a job which requires the use of both sides of the brain and a certain capacity to concentrate on two things at once: “while I listen to the discussions taking place, I visually showcase what has just been said.” It all depends on capturing the right keywords and expressions that will impact the minds. Mixing comic strip, illustration, and the humorous and serious aspects of a visual report, James has fine-tuned his style. “I trained at a graphic arts college and learned the rest on the job, he explains. You have to know how to identify what is important and stay on top of what is being said.” As such, a scriber is a witness who puts forward his point of view as a potential summary of a group meeting. “This is why I describe myself as a graphic facilitator: the participants see what they are talking about in real time, which prompts them to concentrate even more closely on the objectives of the meeting. They can then easily call to mind the key messages delivered during meetings”. Although his work is often done using a flipchart, James also works on full-scale walls. His largest fresco measured ten meters in length! “The job is continually evolving. We are gradually switching to a digital display board and there will soon be schools to train artists in this profession.” Art enthusiasts watch this space…