Mind Mapping

Organizing random and complex ideas can be challenging, particularly with multiple collaborators.  Lists are boring.

  • And just about everyone glosses over bullet points
  • I bet you aren’t even reading this one
  • Or this one

A year back, one of my colleagues introduced me to mind mapping, a tool commonly used in the community development space.

By mimicking the way by which our brains contemplate, process, and portray information, mind maps are often able to stimulate new ideas.  I’d also argue that they are a much more interesting way to brainstorm, discuss, and present complex thoughts and activities. More importantly, a finished mind map can serve as a valuable personal or team reference on big projects.

While nothing can replace a piece of paper and a box of crayons, Mind Meister is a pretty great online tool for mind mapping.  A free account is pretty much all you need to get started, and you can share your mind maps via the website or export to PDF and MSWord.

Based on numerous conversations with management, I put together a mind map with Mind Meister to identify activities and set targets for our business to reduce cost of goods sold.  It only took 10 minutes and each team member can print and hang it up as a reminder of their important contribution to reaching our ambitious goal.


~ by responsiblenomad on February 15, 2011.

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