Brainstorm, capture, and consolidate ideas with a Mind Map
A mind map focuses on a key idea – at its center – and then branches out in radial tree structures to connect associated information and concepts.
Porphyry of Tyros used branching and radial maps as early as the 3rd century, but the modern incarnation of the mind map was popularized by BBC presenter Tony Buzan in the ‘70s. Mind maps can help teams visualize and discover the scope, complexity, and full potential of any big idea or task.
Mind maps are particulary good for brainstorming sessions because, although their branching structures are hierarchical, their radial arrangement of ideas disrupts rigid prioritizing. And the very nature of the mind map’s freeform shape encourages teams to use theircollective intelligence to think about every aspect of a single idea.
Because every team member can find a place for their thoughts and quickly identify like-minded contributions, mind maps encourage team participation and collaboration. This helps connect and lend coherence to seemingly unrelated ideas – leading teams to consolidate and simplify their planning.