Brief Description:

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 ODI Toolkit) Mindmaps can be hand-drawn on flip charts or rendered with computer software.

Example Applications:

At the CARE Knowledge Sharing Workshop in February 2007, the group brainstormed their concepts of knowledge sharing and captured them on a mindmap, which showed the connection of the activities associated with the concept.


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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: http://ww3.artsusa.org/animatingdemocracy/resources/resources_002.asp.
  • For more information about computer-based mind mapping tools, visit www.mindtools.com and check out the free mind mapping software called Freemind – it is easy to use and can prove invaluable when organizing complex projects.

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