One of the unique features of MindGenius mind mapping software is it's ability to analyse ideas according to categories and to restructure maps or views of those ideas automatically. This feature is a great way of implementing the consensus workshop method electronically (see previous post on the consensus workshop method).
The five steps of the consensus workshop (as developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs) method are:
- Set the context - introduce the focus question
- Brainstorm the ideas
- Cluster the ideas
- Name the idea clusters
- Review and action.
The ideas are brainstormed, collected and consolidated as they are added to the map.
From here, create a new map with the ideas clustered by selecting the "Create Category Map".
Using this new map as a basis you can work to name the clusters. Add the names by editing the level one topics.
As an alternative, once the cluster names are agreed, return to the original map - the one with the brainstormed ideas. From the "Analyze" tab, now select "Edit Categories". Amend the categories used in your map, replacing the original identifiers with the cluster names. Once completed, select "Create Category Map" and this time the resulting cluster map contains the cluster names in the level one topics.
You can try this for yourself using MindGenius by clicking this text or the image below and downloading a free trial.