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Thursday, 23 August 2007

Discussion with a Graphic Facilitator

Via the Centre for Graphic Facilitation blog, I've found a discussion with a successful graphic facilitator - Mark Pinto. It makes interesting reading and is full of tips on how to develop graphical note taking skills.

Follow this link to read the article.

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Brainstorming

Mindjet_MindManager_CI_Brainstorming_largeI'm very interested to hear from anyone who has used MindManager to facilitate group workshops.

A key feature of many workshops is of course brainstorming. MindManager includes a brainstorm tool and MindJet have provided a map describing "how to brainstorm with MindManager".

It's available from the MindJet site at Brainstorming with MindManager.

I'd love to hear from anyone who has used the MM brainstorm tool with a group.

Monday, 20 August 2007

Facilitated Workshops and MindManager - A Survey

The classic tools of a professional facilitator include flip charts, marker pens, Post-It notes and a big empty wall. MindManager and a data projector offer enormous potential to supercede or supplement some of these tools.

I'd love to hear your stories of how you have used MindManager to facilitate group workshops of any kind.

Workshop tasks that can be supported by MindManager include:

  • sorting, sifting and summarising of ideas using mind maps
  • timeline charting for action plans can be done with MindManager and MS Project
  • brainstorming using the MindManager brainstorming tool.

MindManager in WorkshopsI would welcome the opportunity to share your experiences. Have you experienced any limitations with the software? What has worked well for you?

What was the subject of the workshop? Who were the participants? Was it business, public or some other purpose? Which features of MindManager did you use? Have you used the brainstorming tool? How did the participants react to use of the software?

It would be great to share any notes or guidelines for specific workshop approaches that you may have developed. Later on we may be able to consolidate the responses to produce guidelines on using MindManager in group workshops.

Thanks to all in anticipation.

Friday, 17 August 2007

Idea Tree - Innovation with Mapping Software

Roberto Vidales - TreesAnother great mapping example from Jamie Nast - Roberto Vidales is an ecologist and has been using what he calls "idea trees" as a tool to develop an ecological-holistic view and consciousness about nature. He uses the idea trees as an educational tool to share with friends, neighbors, local government authorities, and different audiences in Mexico City and surrounding areas.

Robert has integrated photographs into his map which makes it an an extremely visual reference tool. See the original posting at Jamie Nast's Idea Mapping Blog - Idea Tree