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Mindmapping is a powerful graphic technique that can be applied to any situation in which improved learning and clearer thinking will enhance performance and effectiveness. As a non-linear method of organizing information, it allows the capture of the natural flow of ideas. Individuals or by groups can employ mindmapping to improve simple tasks, such as writing a memo, and to more complex tasks, such as obtaining a shared perspective on a complex project. (From the
) Mindmaps can be hand-drawn on flip charts or rendered with computer software.
When to use:
Note taking to quickly capture ideas
Organize data, thoughts, ideas
Map social relationships and networks
When visuals may help cross cultural, linguistic or professional divides
How to use:
Tips and Lessons Learnt
Examples & Stories
Mindmap, developed by
for ICCO, assigned by Euforic. It was used to visualise the different online wiki spaces. I used Xmind, because this program allowed me to embed the mindmap into a wiki.
From SDC's Dare to Share KM Toolkit : Karl Schuler, Natural Sector Advisor, Mongolia
When do I use it?
I have a strong and positive experience with mindmapping of team discussions in Pakistan. We used the MindManager software on the computer with a beamer. Thus, it is a handy tool for keeping minutes of any teamwork, brainstorming, checklists, parts of planning
processes, etc. One person assures facilitation, another is visualizing the discussion and keeping the minutes.
What is the quality of results?
At the beginning, this tool was quite unusual for most of my Pakistani colleagues; but after some time, all could use it actively and recognised the advantage.
The convincing features of this kind of visualization are:
All ideas can be captured immediately and verified by the participants of the meeting
Corrections and changes can directly be made
The visualization is easy to read (no handwriting)
The information can easily be grouped and regrouped (as you can do with cards on a pinboard)
The end of the meeting, the end product is available and owned by all the participants
It is quite easy to transform the mind map into other electronic forms like PowerPoint and Word
Who can tell me more?
(add your name/contact email)
River of Life
Data Visualization Tools
More Information/References/Related Resources:
Buzan, Tony. (1995) The Mind Map Book, London: BBC Books.
These graphics were taken from the Americans for the Arts: Animating Democracy, resources available at:
For more information about computer-based mind mapping tools, visit
and check out the free mind mapping software called Freemind
– it is easy to use and can prove invaluable when organizing complex projects. Notice that Freemind uses a
to make it's website.
A listing of graphic organizing and visualizing tools
learning how to use concept mapping
Turn Wikipedia pages into mindmaps automatically.
A wiki compiling a variety of information maps: Concept maps, mind maps, spider diagrams and others (computer based and hand-drawn). Includes "how-tos," uses and what to use when.
A mind map search engine
A site devoted to mind mapping
A directory of mind maps
Photo or image credits
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