My Mama taught me how to mind map 20+ years ago.
And now I do it all the time. For almost everything! Yesterday, I helped 19 young documentary makers generate ideas to shoot for Youthworx‘s Our Voices film project. The mind-mapping definitely sparked their creative juices and I can’t wait to see their docos later in the year!
Ideas I asked the young filmmakers to mind map
- What makes you angry? What do you want to change?
- What are you good at? What do people say you’re good at?
- Who else does the problem in Q1 affect?
- How can you use what you’re good at to solve problem in Q1?
- What do you want to learn along the way?
- Who really needs to see your film?
- What’s the best way to spread your idea beyond your film?
- What can you do so that your film’s not boring or predictable?
- Who/what are you if you remove all the usual cultural/ethnic/diverse references and descriptors?
A couple of other mind maps
I used this abstract-y one in my TED Talk to show how through the madness of the world (the squiggles) I still want those love, peace, contentment, courage, joy, laughter, wisdom and hope to still get through to my heart.
I drew this quick mind map for an old blog post about being a writer.