Mind Map

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What is the Mind Map card?

Visualise your idea-space and draw connections between different pieces.

Mind Maps are one of our most powerful and flexible tools for thinking.They became popular in the 1970s, but they’re actually much older than that – a chap called Porphyry of Tyros was busy visualising the concept categories of Aristotle using this technique way back in the 3rd century.

How to use the Mind Map card

Use Mind Maps to organise your ideas, or stimulate new ones; to create a shared model for group discussion, or make sense of information on your own. As a general process, follow the steps below:

1. Make any relevant research or inputs (such as those gathered in Normstorming or Who, What, Where, Why) visible for your team, and briefly talk through anything that needs further explanation.

2. Give participants 5 minutes to re-examine and absorb the information.

3. Give people a starter word or phrase. Ask them to write it in the middle of a piece of paper and draw a circle around it.

4. Spend 5 minutes adding more words/phrases to the map, using lines to connect them:

Tip: make sure everyone knows there are no right or wrong ways to do this. The thinking they do is more important than the artefact they produce.

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