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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 ODI Toolkit) 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:

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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

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