Wednesday, 1 April 2009

The Power of Visual Thinking

What is Visual Thinking?
Visual thinking is our brain’s natural way to solve problems creatively. We picture the problem and its various outcomes in our mind’s eye. Ancient humans doodled solutions to their problems on cave walls. But in today’s world—especially in business situations—we’re in the habit of making lists, outlines, and spreadsheets, using only one dimension of our brains.
Visual thinking taps into multiple brain centers, getting us to the heart of the problem more quickly and helping us use creativity to solve problems, manage projects, streamline processes, communicate information, and gain buy-in from team members.
What are Mind Maps?
A mind map uses visual thinking to create an organized display of the plan, problem, or project—a diagram that mirrors the way our brains naturally processes information. Information and tasks radiate out from a central theme or goal, rather than falling below a header, as in a list. Related items link with connecting lines. New items can be captured randomly and then organized into the larger scheme, with new ideas flowing naturally as the map gains detail. Information can be illustrated with symbols, words, color, images, links, and attachments to add context, helping to reveal new directions, greater clarity, and big ideas.
A mind map works the way the human brain works, aided by a powerful graphical process. It frees the mind to think, visualize, and understand in ways that go beyond multi-paged linear documents. So when we need to brainstorm, plan, learn, organize, save time, improve recall, and manage the details of a complex life, a mind map is a great place to do it all.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

A new blog for the E-Bite Leonardo ToI

LLP framework: Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation
Title: European Business innovation through entrepreneurship
Acronym: E-BITE

• to begin a cycle of change in the business support culture
• to address quality issues in business support provision
• to establish geographic and or sector Action Learning Sets for supporting stakeholders providing business start-up support
• to extend and confirm the products and findings from previous Leonardo projects:
PECAE (Portugal) and VIC (UK)