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Mind Map

Mind Map


What is the Mind Map workshop tactic?

This tactic turns your jumbled thoughts into an interconnected map; a great starting point for idea generation.

Filling a page with ideas is hard. Starting with one thing and letting ideas branch off can lead to new and unexpected pathways. This exercise is a great way to warm up everyone’s creative minds (and it’s a fun window into the different ways people think).

Before you start, give focus to your Mind Map by framing your problem as a How Might We... question. Mind Maps are a good warm up prior to Crazy Eights. They help ideas come more easily.

How to use the Mind Map tactic in your workshop

1. Distribute paper and marker pens to the group.

2. Ask the group to write the topic or question to be explored in the middle of their paper.

Tip: consider using the How Might We... question format as a starting point.

3. Give a time limit of 10 minutes for the group to write down anything that comes to mind on that subject.

4. Follow up immediately with Crazy Eights to take advantage of a creatively warm brain!

Tips to help the group succeed with this tactic:

  • This is an exercise in dumping everything in your brain on to paper, and letting any associations naturally occur.
  • You don’t need to try and think of ideas at this stage; just let your mind wander and write down what comes to you.
  • It can be helpful to draw lines between any ideas that connect to help spur more thoughts.

Origin: Tony Buzan, 1993

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