Brainstorming Ideas, Mapping and Modeling Software, Creative Thinking Software, Visual Thinking Software

Brainstorming Ideas, Mapping and Modeling Software, Creative Thinking Software, Visual Thinking Software

Brainstorming Ideas, Mapping and Modeling Software, Creative Thinking Software, Visual Thinking Software

 

 

Pattern of thought Externalising Patterns of Thought

As we try to deal with ever more complex and dynamic situations it is helpful to get ideas out of our heads and into a medium where we can explore their content and their relationships. This is particularly valuable where several minds need to engage with a common issue - especially where specialist competencies need to be brought together to deal with an intractable problem. In our complex modern world we often need the diverse contributions of a variety of minds.

There are many ways we can do this. Usually these will involve visual representation to transcend the limitations of language and communication. They could be literally pictures (or a Powerpoint slide show) or they may be ‘maps’. As in geography, maps will tend to have more precision than pictures and the knowledge may be more easily recovered. Mapping our thinking can be done directly onto paper or other medium as in 'mind-mapping' or use can be made of techniques which allow individual ideas to be moved around to try out different spatial relationships and interconnections. MagNotes – dry-wipe magnetic hexagons - are ideal, although even common Post-it notes can be used within limitations. This is very intuitive and, without any tuition, most people will distinguish subtle differences of meaning by moving ideas even very slightly in relation to one another. With practice and a little rigour in relation to the writing of the notes, powerful intuitions and insights can be generated.


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