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Make your mark with a marker
Narrative visualization for better dialogue

Long before “Graphic Recording” or “Sketchnoting” became a trend, we belonged to the trailblazers of visual thinking and collaboration in Europe. Shortly after the start of the new millennium, the Kommunikationslotsen consultancy introduced methods such as World Café and Open Space to the German-speaking area. This package included visualization methods designed to retain knowledge gleaned from dialogue processes. This visual accompaniment of processes quickly became one of the hallmarks of our participative events for large groups.

Next, we provided our first visualization training in Cologne – and developed our first Visual Dictionary, the so-called “BIlderKArtenBLOck” (“picture cards pad”) as part of a series of products which quickly became bestsellers, distributed exclusively by neuland.com. “bi-ka-blo” became a registered trademark for visual thinking, learning, and collaboration.

In 2015 we established the bikablo akademie – which trains over three thousand beginners, advanced practitioners, and specialists each year.

Now, our visualization team at bikablo bildwerk (“bikablo picture works”) is using our 15 years of experience to create better dialogue and help support important change processes – with techniques such as Visual Storytelling, Graphic Recording, Visual Facilitation, and Visual Consulting.

Whether as a trainer or as a facilitator – we use visualization for targeted purposes, to enrich communication, strengthen dialogue, and give structure to thoughts. bikablo is a team of around thirty specialists in consulting, graphic design, training, and facilitation. These are people with open ears, large hearts, and a real passion for what they do.

We are convinced that you can generate change with the help of images. And that participation is essential for this – and community lies at the heart of it. We believe that good work should be fun. We are ambitious, and pragmatic. We don’t claim to always have an answer, but we do have a lot of good questions.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Management Team

Training & Project Management
This media designer, photographer, and Media Sciences major combines the best of three worlds with her expertise as a coach. In this way, she makes every training project a success for the client, participants and trainer. With her talent for organization and her experience in dealing with complex processes, she is ideal for this demanding role – a role that she fulfills with an acute sense of the needs of all involved.

bikablo bildwerk Project Management
With her talent for organizing and her memorable voice, this cultural scientist brings together customers, the bildwerk visualization team, and bikablo management. What is the intention of the specific dialogue process? How can we make an impact with the right bespoke visualization concept? Who in the team has the suitable professional profile? Andrea makes this all happen and always strives for the best, most integrated solution.

Art Direction, Marketing & Projects
Julie is responsible for the look of bikablo products and supports the visualization team with her charm and expertise in graphic design. She says she most enjoys solving problems which actually are none of her business. Thanks to this, she is growing beyond her graphic designer role, supporting us in our daily business processes and often finding the quickest and best solution, should any problem arise.

Project Assistant
After stints in Vienna and Strasbourg, Astare has ended up in Cologne, where she supports our bikablo headquarters with her charm, enthusiasm and knowledge of five languages. Astare was trained in retail sales and is also a talented singer. She keeps processes on track, makes sure projects are running on schedule, and takes care of countless organizational to-dos – without which our work at akademie and bildwerk would not be possible.

bikablo akademie Training Manager
Gesa is one of a kind: organizing three hundred training projects each year, coordinating twenty trainers and hundreds of participants and clients, and answering any questions you might have – and this with a smile on her face. She keeps everything running smoothly, and anyone who’s met her knows that she is the heart and soul of bikablo akademie.

Managing Partner, bikablo bildwerk Divisional Manager, Team Leader, Training Development & Visual Consulting
Karina has an eye for skills and potential. And she has the energy to accompany people as they bring these to fruition, whether within a team, in a training course, or in bildwerk projects. Her background: developing learning processes and advising instructors. She is a visual coach, a former teacher (“Studienrat”) at a college-preparatory high school, and higher education didactics expert in the Netzwerk hdw nrw, and is known for her empathy, consistency and professionalism, and her profound intuition for working with groups and processes.

Managing Partner, bikablo akademie Divisional Manager, Product Development & Marketing
The graduate designer, specialist author (“UZMO – Thinking With Your Pen”), and bikablo founder loves nothing more than being faced with complex problems, which he then tackles with systematic creativity. This generates new training formats, visualization techniques, and dialogue methods – and an ever more profound understanding of the power and possibilities of pictures.

Managing Partners of bikablo GmbH & Co. KG
For over 15 years they have been leading the Kommunikationslotsen consultancy and have achieved pioneering work in Germany for facilitated thinking and participative business consultancy. They build the bridge to the facilitator team at Kommunikationslotsen and are always the go-to for bikablo when working on complex change processes.

Training and Visualization Team

Three years ago, we recruited the Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt process expert after getting to know him at a training session. Now Frank travels all over the world working as a visualization trainer focusing on visual process mapping and leads the global bikablo training program. Increasingly, Frank is also becoming the (ever cheerful) face of our brand at international conferences.

“I actually can’t draw at all,” said this business psychologist and facilitator (Kommunikationslotsen-trained) only three years ago. Her career as an international trainer and Visual Process Facilitator proves that the bikablo principle works! With the same didactic professionalism, warmth and engaging manner, she also trains new trainers in-house at bikablo.

From Stefan you can learn what it is to be a graphic designer with heart and soul. As a trainer, Graphic recorder, Visual Storyteller and specialist for infographic video clips, this experienced graduate designer navigates challenging assignments with ease and always finds the best method to communicate complex matters in a clear and compelling way.

When this Dutch-Surinamese neuropsychologist and facilitator (Kommunikationslotsen-trained) is involved with training sessions or change processes, cultural and linguistic barriers often simply fall away. Here, an engaging manner and the ability to truly listen and understand is just as important as the skilled use of visual language.

Kirsten is the person to go to if you are looking for well-thought-through solutions. Kirsten has been with bikablo since the very beginning and has filled all the roles at the akademie and bildwerk. Whether as a trainer, Graphic Recorder, or Visual Storyteller – the graduate designer and systemic coach combines technical expertise with patience, humor, and attentive listening.

Carola conveys visual ideas and mediates between people – sometimes both at the same time, as in the training special “Visualization in Conflicts.” As a sculptor, mediator, and facilitator (Kommunikationslotsen-trained), she is well-versed in both worlds. Her goal? To combine visualization and process consulting in order to consistently create something new.

Justo already had twenty-five years of experience as a designer and illustrator under his belt when he joined the bikablo team. He is from Münster – but has Spanish roots – and infects people with his love for life and good design, both in his training sessions and as a visual storyteller. He tends to recognize potential where noone else does and always keeps his eyes on his goal: finding fresh, new solutions through pictures.

With Ramona, pictures truly come to life: this talented illustrator and animator never fails to inspire visualization clients and training participants with her inexhaustible imagination and infectious enthusiasm for thinking with her pen. What she loves most: Sketchnoting, hand lettering, and visualization on a tablet. In these areas she is also currently developing new training formats for bikablo.

Michaela has a visual arts background and has been active in the field of Organizing & Campaigning for many years now. In this capacity, she works at the interface between design, process support, and social issues and uses these competencies at bikablo as a Graphic Recorder, Visual Facilitator, and visualization trainer.

“Artistic recreational sport” is what Tim calls his Graphic Recording gigs for bikablo bildwerk. This graphic designer and illustrator from Darmstadt, near Frankfurt, enjoys getting to the bottom of complex Visual Storytelling assignments, proving himself as a versatile artist who excels in many techniques, ranging from classic info design to quick product scribbles, all the way to cartoons.

Law and visualization. How does that go together? Andrea – lawyer (specializing in employment and industrial constitution law), mediator, and facilitator (Kommunikationslotsen-trained) from Aachen – can’t live without either. With pictures, and her big heart and sharp mind, she leads tricky conflict situations to an amicable solution. This benefits above all groups with whom she works as a Visual Facilitator and trainer.

Martina fills her projects and the hearts of her clients and colleagues with humor, serenity, and a typically Hanseatic joie de vivre. This graphic designer from Hamburg is enthusiastic about Graphic Recording and Visual Storytelling and is the person to work with when it comes to translating dry specialist topics into engaging pictures. And thanks to the facilitator training she received at Kommunikationslotsen, she is also familiar with asking the right process questions.

This Visual Storyteller and Graphic Recorder stands out with her very own style. Birgit is a communication designer and illustrator from Cologne who understands how to put highly complex issues to paper with easy. She knows how to present even large amounts of data in such a way that it is stimulating for eyes, heart and mind.

“Clarity facilitates change” is the motto of trainer, coach, and moderator Anne Garschagen. As a Visual Facilitator, Anne supports change processes for bikablo bildwerk, drawing on her skills and competencies in fields that range from business administration and pedagogy to supervision and individual psychology. She describes herself as “encouraging, interested, inspiring, and full of zest for life” – traits which her bikablo colleagues attest to.

Art educator, caricaturist, boat-builder, and now visualization trainer – Pädda is a true craftsman, and whatever he touches exudes expertise and ease. Coming up with fresh and out-of-the-box image ideas comes easy to this Berliner-by-choice, enriching every training assignments and dialogue image that he works on.

It never ceases to amazes us that Heidrun is actually a mathematician (Business Intelligence SAP/BI-SEM)! We know her as a visualizer, trainer, and passionate coach who skillfully combines visualization with humanistic psychology and Suggestopedia. With her, you not only learn how to draw – but also to feel completely relaxed and at ease in a group.

“Words separate, images connect” is the motto of this Greek visualizer who was raised in southern Germany. Anas lives up north now, in Hamburg, and works as a visualization moderator and trainer in the social change context. He has a real passion for visualizing group processes and thoroughly enjoys his work as a bikablo trainer.

After studying in Trier and stints both in London and New York, this illustrator ended up growing roots in Cologne – where for three years she ran a prize-winning weekly illustration blog which focused on current affairs and world events. As of recently, our Graphic Recording and Visual Storytelling clients now profit from her keen perception and her out-of-the-ordinary image ideas.

“Stop starting, start finishing” – perfectionism should make room for dialogue and quick prototypes, says Coco from Hamburg. She is a consultant and coach for agile methods at borisgloger consulting and is increasingly applying her skills beyond bikablo’s “Visual Scrum” training courses. She’s the person to call when dealing with challenges where technological and social complexity meet.

Local to Cologne, but with Tartar roots, Ceren came to visualization via interior design and has turned her passion into a career as a Graphic Recorder at Kommunikationslotsen. As a visualization trainer and systemic coach with facilitation know-how, Ceren is one of the akademie’s most experienced minds, and bildwerk projects also benefit from her passion and creative talent.

After a detour via the hotel business, Karl landed in the agile scene and spent years with a leading consulting firm before going freelance as a business consultant. As a bikablo trainer, he co-developed the training format “Visual Scrum.” Thinking with his pen is now an essential part of his IT, process, and corporate development projects.

In her role as a lawyer, mediator, and mediator trainer, Kyra deals with conflicts. As a trainer in our special courses on visualization and mediation, she makes use of the power of visualization. Also in the basics training courses, this likeable and engaging “Rheinlander” has taught many people how to express things with the help of images in such a way that unexpected solutions often emerge.

This Leipzig illustrator’s great design talent becomes most apparent when he is confronted with many small pieces of information that need to be pieced together to form a large dialogue map or Graphic Recording. As the creator of ever-surprising image ideas, he transforms data into “thought” posters in which all those involved recognize their contributions.

Yaïsas professional background is as unique and colorful as her pictures. She is a marketing expert, B2B consultant, and systemic coach and found her way to bikablo over the facilitator training she received at the Kommunikationslotsen. As a visualization trainer she today is mainly active in the Benelux countries. Given her extensive experience with complex business processes, she is also in high demand as an in-house trainer.

This internationally recognized designer had already lived a few lives before joining the bildwerk team: Tim works as an illustrator, storyboarder, and infographic and logo designer, he co-founded the illustrators’ organization “IO,” taught illustration both in Frankfurt and Weimar, and is on the jury of various competitions. His work as a Graphic Recorder lives from his knack for simple yet surprising visual concepts.

In cities such as Münster, New York and Berlin, Yasmine has been able to gain extensive experience in academia, business, the public sector, and agencies. Yasmine is known for her charming way of cutting right to the chase. As a Visual Facilitator with a strong communications and consulting background, she always manages to pinpoint – and to illustrate by hand – the essence of issues, even when dealing with complex topics and processes. Her favorite topics here are leadership, innovation, and technology.

Our clients (selection)

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AbbVie Deutschland


Accenture


Allianz Versicherungen


Audi


AXA Versicherung


BASF Stiftung


Basler Lebensversicherung


Bayer


Benteler


Bertelsmann


Bezirksregierung Arnsberg


BMW Group


BNP Paribas


Bosch Engineering


Bundesagentur für Arbeit


Bundesverwaltungsamt


Caritasverband

Coca-Cola


Commerzbank


Continental Reifen


Daimler


DATEV


DB Netz


Deka Bank


Detecon International


Deutsche Bahn


Deutsche Lufthansa


Deutsche Sportjugend


Deutsche Telekom


Deutsche Welle


Deutsche Welthungerhilfe


DEVK Versicherungen


EnBW


Ernst&Young

Evonik Industries


Fachhochschule Köln


Frankfurter Kinderbüro


GLS Gemeinschaftsbank


Handelsblatt Fachmedien


Immowelt


Industriegewerkschaft


Johanniter-Unfallhilfe


KFW Bankengruppe


Malteser Hilfsdienst


Media-Saturn


Migros-Genossenschaftsbund


Procter & Gamble


PriceWaterhouseCoopers


R+V Allgmeine Versicherung


Robert Bosch


RWE

Salzburg AG


SAP


SAS


SBB


Schulamt für den Kreis Paderborn


Siemens


Stadt Frankfurt am Main


Suchthilfe Aachen


Technische Universität Dresden


TUI


Universität zu Köln


Vattenfall


Wildwasser e. V.


Zalando


Zühlke Engineering