Mind Map Overview

Note: This current version works best on Google Chrome and hasn’t been optimized for mobile devices yet

The Mind Map is designed to help you elicit, organize, summarize and synthesize ideas from your group or just yourself.

A Mind Map consists of many nodes organized into a hierarchical structure. The structure can go as deep as you like.

  • Nodes can have child nodes that can have child nodes
  • Nodes can contain two kinds of text (Show picture with Heading and comment)
    • The text can be a Heading that corresponds to the map hierarchy
    • The text can be a comment, idea, fact, etc

  • Nodes can contain either one or both types of text
    • The node Heading is tied to the map hierarchy which can be used to organize large collections of comments and display an outline of the map as well
    • The node Comment is the main content of each node and can serve multiple purposes
      • The node comments can be added as you build your map
      • The node comments can be collected from participants as they discuss a topic
      • The node comments can be imported from surveys and other sources
      • The node comments can be used to comment on other nodes in a visual threaded conversation
      • The node comment can be a summary of the node’s children

A key use of Mind Maps is to organize lots of ideas and then summarize them so the essence of the ideas can be grasped quickly, while making it easy to drill down and see all the ideas that contributed to the summary.

We use Mind Maps to elicit, organize, summarize and synthesize ideas from a group. It really helps the group Think Together.

Here is a quick, silent video of what mind mapping looks like in action

This video shows how tagging and mind map work together:

This videos shows how tagging and mind mapping work in the 21st Century Deliberation process, from setup through prioritization.