Powerful Spaces to Re-See, Re-Discover & Re-Create



Individual Heroes of Change


Human beings have an innately creative core which keeps us vital and alive, adaptive and thriving.

The most personal is also the most systemic. So by shifting yourself you shift the whole, the collective whether inside or outside of you.

At Crafting Connection we are at constant play with change. Everything is flexible, changeable and fluid. This is a time to really embrace that on a much deeper and more practical level so we are able to continue to evolve with the huge shifts going on around us. 

We support you to step in and actively bring forward your hugely creative, adaptable, inspired self at work and in life! 

We are now based in New Zealand.

Explore our offers below. 


Collective Creative Change


Realising what is at the centre of the pattern will revolutionise and radically innovate our reality for the better. And it is so simple! It is essence and when we partner WITH it we open up the field for innate potential to flow through us. 

We want to revolutionise the way we come together and the conversations we have and take them into a whole new dimension.

We don’t have the answers to your “problems”, you do! Our gift is that we SEE and HEAR your brilliance and help you see it too!

The spaces we create go beyond the traditional paradigms of conversation, of competition, of win (and therefore) lose. Our work enables deeper, more insightful generative conversation to occur within your collective. It taps into a (much) wider field of creativity, innovation and also healing and individual and collective awareness shifts.

We invite you into your own creative zone where fixed ideas become fluid, your way forward unscripted.That’s when your creative, adaptive systems come to life and deep change begins.

Since 2004, we have evolved uniquely creative resources for discovering and working with your potential which is innately creative. 

Our facilitation style uses Generative Scribing and Visual Presencing. We listen deeply and draw in real time as the group is facilitated. You (literally) see yourself and your story unfolding and then we work with the potential which is unfolding.

We work in companies on long and short-term creative potential development projects and provide creative tools to maintain and support progress and development.

Since 2012 We have worked with The Vatican (Religions & the UN SDGs) Initiatives of Change, Teach for America, SingularityU, BBC, Oracle, TEDx, Shell, Aegon, Aramco Overseas Company, Repsol (Spain), Mundipharma. 

Explore our offers of Visual Facilitation, Generative Scribing,  and much more below. We are now based physically in New Zealand.

For Organisations

For Individuals


I creatively co-create with a team of independent facilitators, consultants, & coaches. We engage with individuals and staff members at all levels to engage people in culture shifts. The spaces we create un-tap and harness the human potential. We inspire and create new conversations and narratives, we identify pressing issues, lift the energy and work through to transformation.

We are passionate about raising the level of creativity everywhere and work to inspire and instil the conditions for creative discovery and breakthrough.

I’m Vanessa Jane Smith, from New Zealand with a background in communications, organisational development, training, and coaching. I’ve lived and worked in Mexico, Spain and the Netherlands over the last 20 years and I focus my attentions on bringing a new way of communicating into the field of culture change within organisations. I have developed a collection of creative tools to support that change with groups and individuals. 

But here’s the point of it all.

The change can only start, continue and end with us, with the human beings at the heart of any organisation.

This change is powerfully harnessed when we really utilise our human creative capacities to open up and to listen deeper and wider, to courageously step outside of our comfort zones and allow ourselves to break our own rules and play and be curious and doubt and not know always about outcomes.

And this is happening! I’m working with global organisations who are now opening up, and bravely recognising and working with their much greater, non-visible human creative potential.

Visual Facilitation

Visual Facilitation
“Vanessa has this unique ability to grasp and extract the core concept-idea from a presentation or a discussion then the incredible talent to translate it into images.

This is such a powerful process that allows the participants to “see” what they have “heard” and thus not only adds another dimension for the comprehension of what has been shared but also deepens the exploration for creative change”

Nathalie Bayol

Paris, France

“Vanessa’s work was gorgeous, informative and inspiring. The dynamic of a group changes when there is an artist working in the room. When a group’s words and thoughts serve as the source of a communal image, something shifts. A loop forms: people visit the image during breaks. They take ownership of what emerges. The images inspire conversations and the conversations show up as images. The resonance amplifies the possibilities. 

…The four walls of the conference centre were changed by Vanessa’s work; we no longer sat in a generic space but occupied a room specific to us, designed for and by us, a chronicle of our unique wisdom. The art transformed us. We were 35 people from 11 countries made one through our intention and the circle that the art invoked.”

David Robinson

United States, Center for Transformational Presence and Truly Powerful People

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