Mind mapping offers a brainstorming tool to chart the creative process

Try mind mapping to assist the creative processThose of you who enjoy creativity tools, particularly those that facilitate brainstorming, may enjoy mind mapping, a means of organizing and lending structure to ideas. Mind mapping utilizes diagrams composed of images and words to connect, prioritize, build on, and analyze the ideas, inspirations and thoughts that the creative process yields.

To experiment with mind mapping yourself, you can download for free an open source program called FreeMind, available at SourceForge.net.

And, since a picture is worth a thousand words, try this step-by-step illustration of a mind mapping process unfolding.

3 responses to “Mind mapping offers a brainstorming tool to chart the creative process

  1. This has been hugely helpful with a few of my clients already! Many thanks for the insight on this tool. 🙂

  2. Has anyone tried using this with adversarial brainstorming (where both parties are together brainstorming)? I am wondering how it would work in that sort of situation.

  3. Diane–

    I have been using mind maps in my cases for some time now, and your post was one of a couple that inspired me to draw up a sample for those considering a mind map for their next mediation. It’s available at http://www.settlementperspectives.com/2008/12/get-to-the-point-and-get-it-across-with-a-mediation-mind-map/.

    Thanks again for your thought leadership–

    John DeGroote