In my May 8, 2013 posting I mentioned that I would be teaching a surprise 1-day version of my 2-day Idea Mapping Workshop for a group of professionals. So 54 of the top 2% of PRA International’s best and brightest from around the globe gathered at Orlando’s Ritz Carlton last week for 5 days of fun and learning.
On May 16, 2013 the Idea Mapping Workshop was the feature for the first full day of this retreat. A great time was had by all. I’ll be sharing more photos, idea maps and other updates from this event in future posts. In the meantime I want to say thank you to the PRA planning team — Colin Shannon (CEO), Patrick Spine (VP, Human Resources), and Linda Baddour (CFO). Finally a special thanks to Paul Guerrero from Meeting Protocol Worldwide whose attention to detail is unmatched.
PRA is a leading CRO (Clinical Research Organization).
In 21 years of teaching I have never had this happen before. The CEO of a large international company has me teaching a 1-day workshop to 60 of his top people from all around the globe very soon. They have no idea what they are walking into, and for those of you who have attended in the past — you know they will be surprised and have a blast while they learn.
I can’t tell you when or where and risk spilling the beans, but I will definitely share the outcomes after the workshop is over.
To be continued …
Idea Mapping has its own Facebook page as of May 3, 2013! I started my Jamie Nast Facebook page primarily as a professional page. Over the years more and more friends and family have connected with me there. I didn’t want to burden friends with Idea Mapping news or business contacts with personal information they were not interested in. Now I can have the best of both worlds!
We took an adventure to E. Wedel’s famous Chocolate Cafe where we sipped on three different recipes of liquid chocolate. The Korsak’s surprised me with a gift of E.Wedel’s hot chocolate mix!
This week I decided it was time to break into this delicious chocolate, but I couldn’t read the Polish instructions. So I called upon my friends for help. In response I received this Idea Map from a very clever Wojtek. I enjoy a good map that is both useful, fun and full of images! Thank you Korsak’s!
Drew Davis is a Senior Business Analyst at Larimer County Public Works Division in Fort Collins, Colorado. I met him in June of 2008 when I taught my first 2-day Idea Mapping Workshop for Larimer County.
The top attached map was created by Drew (using Mindjet) and used to prepare an innovation award nomination presentation (using PowerPoint) to his Senior Management Team. The map was used to summarize how the innovation was conceived, what was innovative about Larimer County’s implementation of Fleet Services as a Utility, and what he believed the potential outcomes to be.
All the information in this map is somehow included in his presentation. In order to show you how he went from this map to an 11-slide PowerPoint presentation, I’m highlighting 4 areas on his map and sharing an image of how each one of the 4 was dropped into a slide.
For those of you interested in more details on how this map was used, I’ll let Drew tell you in his own words:
“Fleet Services at Larimer County traditionally performed the repair and maintenance on light duty (cars, pickups, vans, police cars) and heavy equipment such as road graders, bulldozers, and dump trucks. The customer departments paid the cost of repairs, maintenance, and fuel and in most cases the County’s general fund paid for the replacement of the equipment. Under the traditional model there were issues determining the cost of delivering services to our customers and defining the decision making process between Fleet Services and the customers.
Just saw an email that came out from Amazon alerting readers that the Idea Mapping Book is on sale for $14.14 at a 43% discount. I don’t know how long the sale will last, but if you’ve been tempted to purchase in the past, now’s the time to pull the trigger! Here’s the Amazon link.
This is the 8th set of Idea Mapping examples from Dr. Tim Schweizer’s Spring 2012 students. I have been following Tim’s work since October 2009 — shortly after he attended one of my Idea Mapping Workshops. Search this blog on “Luther College” for more examples.
Tim has developed a solid process to successfully teach Idea Mapping to his students. Tim takes the first two class periods to teach this tool to his students. Their first assignment is to create a map with “Who Am I?” as the topic. You can see many of those examples on this blog. Their second assignment is a take home assignment to create an idea map on their topic of choice. These examples are from this second assignment. The first one is about Kendra Moser’s trip to Ecuador, the second is Kendra Krall’s wedding plans, third is Katie Gaudian’s note from chapter 3 of her history class and lastly is Kat Block’s plans for her future. More of these here.
Sure wish I’d learned Idea Mapping when I was in college. Thank you Kurt Bearinger, Natalie Sims, and Nellie Nelson for sharing your maps!
A 3-person panel (comprised of Brandy Agerbeck @loosetooth, Karl Gude @karlgude, and Jamie Nast @jamienast) was given the topic “Paper vs. Online”. Coming squarely down in Paper was Brandy, Karl held strongly to Online, and Jamie took the middle ground. The whole thing was expertly moderated by Matt Pierce @mattpierce, host of The Forge. That was then followed up by an interview with Ryan Coleman @ryancoleman on visual brainstorming.
The 2nd Annual Visual Literacy & Thinking Conference held on Saturday April 13, 2013 in Birmingham, Michigan was a great success. The number of participants doubled to 134. I was thrilled to be among the facilitators for this event.
These photos were from the Idea Mapping Breakout Session where 54 new idea mappers put their new skills to work. Here you can see them in action. Finally a big thanks to Paul who drove my PowerPoint when we weren’t using the flip chart and markers!
Tom Crawford is the owner and founder of Moveable Bytes – Creator of the HappyHour App. He has designed and developed user interfaces and experiences for over 25 years including 16 years in web and 12 in mobile. I met Tom through my involvement with the VizThink and Visual Literacy & Thinking Conferences.
Thought you might enjoy downloading this app to find deals at your local watering hole!
The purpose of this blog is to share idea mapping examples and related learning from my Idea Mapping, Memory, Speed Reading, and Certification Workshops. This blog is dedicated to my Certified Idea Mapping Instructors, my clients, Mind Mapping and Idea Mapping practitioners around the globe.