Re: Outliners/agenders LO2839

Roland Foerster (
Sat, 16 Sep 95 14:36:08 +0200

In LO2812 Kent writes:

> We should either generalize the meaning of outline, to break its
> association with serial order, or use another word to describe the
> software and what should be done with it. "Jumbler" would emphasize
> movement and non-serial linkages.

I think the word you're looking for could be MindMap. MindMaps are open,
flexible associative structures of branches, keyword and pictures,
symbols, colours ....

MindMapping can help a lot to understand systems, as it can clearly show
interdependecies, connections and the most important: you always keep the
overview on the 'big picture'.

They are also a great help in *any* learning process! And for
preparing presentations.

I use them a lot during workshops. You can introduce the technique
in about 1/2 hour and everybody can use it easily from then on,
individually and in groups.
There's also some MindMapping sowtware available, although I
generally prefer to do it 'by hand', because it's much more of my
work then.
If you want to know more, please feel free to contact me.

Lit: Tony Buzan, The MindMap Book, BBC Books, London (1993)


Roland Foerster

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