Mind maps can help us to think in a more systemic (complex & inter-connected) way, which is in fact more natural for our brains - which tend to be 'scatter-brained', associative, etc.
The current culture and education system however tends to steer us away from systemic thinking, training us mostly in linear and atomized ways.
Tony Buzan, inventor of the mind map, was in Hong Kong to promote the system to local students. He claims that educators need to change the way they teach or else our brains will turn to junk.
Discover how to Mind Map with this simple step-by-step video guide for educators and students.
http://www.ted.com Information designer Tom Wujec talks through three areas of the brain that help us understand words, images, feelings, connections. In this short talk from TEDU, he asks: How can we best engage our brains to help us better understand big ideas?
A great way to facilitate is to transform people's ideas into images... so we can all 'be on the same page'.
more about this in the Visual Facilitation page ....
By Christine Valenza