Mindmap

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A mindmap is a good tool for ideation and documenting associations. It is often used in group processes and set down on paper, but can be used as well in electronic form and serve as a powerful creativity tool.

Time 10-20 minutes

Material paper and pens

Group Size 2-20 people

Keywords moderation, creativity, association


Related:


Handbook #4
Creativity
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N. Zimmermann, E. Leondieva, M. Gawinek-Dagargulia

Fourth Handbook for Facilitators: Read more

Goal

Mindmaps bring structure and order thoughts. The help learners to store knowledge and to understand the connections between certain aspects.


Steps

Ask learners to write a central topic or a leading question on a paper (here: Creativity).

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Encourage them to write the subordinate aspects or associations close to the central word. Try to follow a structural logic and connect the aspects with lines or different kind of arrows, like in the illustration.


Nils-Eyk Zimmermann

Nils-Eyk Zimmermann

Editor of Competendo. Coordinator of the project DIGIT-AL Digital Transformation in Adult Learning for Active Citizenship. Secretary of the DARE network. Topics: active citizenship, civil society, digital transformation, non-formal and lifelong learning, capacity building. Blogs here: Blog: Civil Resilience. Email: office@dare-network.eu


Experience

Mindmaps might be used on posters in a group process or used as an electronical tool.

However, as mindmaps are a standard today, one could look for alternatives such as Problem Trees, Ishikara Diagrams,...

Variation

Applications for electronic mindmapping are especially effective, as everything can be rearranged or enlarged. The open source electronic tool FreePlane helps you to change, rearrange, add and connect ideas, words or phrases. Even complex knowledge can be arranged in such electronic maps.