Saturday, March 18, 2017

What will historical records say about Mind Mapping?

Historical records are fascinating aren’t they? I’m not the historical type, but my wife is, and she’s the one who professionally works within the family tree arena. I kind of look at these things with a glazed look to my eyes, and it’s very evident I’m rather uninterested in historical time-lines.

But late last year my wife sat me down (yes I was coerced) and she systematically showed me the structure of my family name tree. For the first time I had a very relaxed feeling as my wife took me through the past four centuries of her detective work relating to my family name.

It was fascinating and I eventually got it. I appreciated her work and was so interested in her system of operation while she whittled out the false avenues she often went down eventually arriving at a proven source and then moving on to establish a new historical avenue to investigate. The potentials and probabilities are so captivating. It is true detective work.

And this got me thinking about historical time-lines and their significance.

I asked myself, and now you the reader: what will historical records say? Of course as always I am speaking directly about the visual mapping arena.

For the past 50 years or so we’ve been introduced to the formalizing of hand drawn Mind mapping by the one and only Tony Buzan. And of course we’ve since then witnessed and experienced an exponential expansion of the original thought, method and evolved expressions of the original methodology.

The constant though is: It’s all based on Buzan Mind mapping, no denying that at all. And I can’t help bend the knee of respect to Tony Buzan for formalizing what was named Mind mapping into a structure that has indeed changed the lives of numerous adherents to this fascinating synaptic tool.

And for those who would suggest Mind mapping has been around for millennium; well they’re right as “Historical records” do prove a form of mind mapping has been around throughout human history.

However: one man, and that is Tony Buzan formalized hand drawn Mind mapping, so there we have it.

What will the historical records say?

The works of Roy Grubb are in my opinion such an important historical record relating to all things graphical data, information and knowledge mapping. Go sift through his awesome work and soak in the information and knowledge Roy presents at his domain.

Mind mapping became Visual mapping by virtue of the inclusion of multiple graphical formats being added to the original radiant Buzan approach.

And: Visual mapping has by virtue of this digital age morphed (even evolved) into knowledge mapping. And of course it is evolving continuously along with technology.

It does seem we are at an epoch of great advancement, even to the point of the inclusion of enhanced reality and Artificial Intelligence being added to the mix that seems to be taking the original format down the rabbit hole of mind bending possibilities. What those possibilities are? We can only surmise at this time, but suffice to say it may indeed be mind bending.

So: Historical records are important, and as we are exponentially pushing forward into uncharted territory with the help of big data, AI and augmented reality systems, we must needs establish, support and enhance a true Historical record of where this arena started (or was rebooted) from. Let’s make sure we’ve got an accurate point of reference for an historical record.

What do you believe the historical records shall say about where this arena had its actual genesis and where it has been and where it’s going.

The work of Tony Buzan, Roy Grubb, John England, Chuck Frey and developers such as CS Odessa, Mindjet, iMindMap, Xmind and organizations such as Biggerplate and the product/service that underpins the digital mind evolution of this part of the 21st century TheBrain: they’re all part of this historical mosaic. There’s many other contributing knowledge architect thought leaders: see HERE.

History is indeed in reality all about where we are going, with the knowledge of where we have been; is it not?

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 and here we go again

Another short short comment from Visual Mapper

2017 and here we go again

Yes we’re beginning to grope our way through 2017 with that pseudo gusto we call enthusiasm; ha-ha, that is until we press the pause button and say “WTF was I thinking, believing I could get away with this”?

Oh yeah, those resolutions that become useless affirmations to us until we reach a realization we should have been more pragmatic about how we’re going to get to where we want to be.

During the first quarter of any year is that crucial part of the year where many of us attempt to reinvent ourselves by diversifying our skill sets and either learning new skills or transplanting ourselves into arenas that may appreciate our existing skill sets.

And whilst that is always something to consider, I would say now is the time to enhance your passions, skill sets and potential opportunities that may open up doors of probable futures for you and yours.

If you’re not already aware of what my associates and colleagues do by now; we are Knowledge Architects. We are able to assess, measure and build knowledge frameworks for you to capitalize upon.

Data, Information and Knowledge has become a commodity to be capitalized upon to the extent that you may be best to seek the services of these so called knowledge architects.

Being more aware of the monetizing opportunities of being a more effective knowledge handler is a good beginning. So take a look at the TheBrain graphical framework below (here’s a direct link too) and consider connecting with any of my fellow colleagues who may offer you that beginning. And that beginning will no doubt, as all things progress; take you on a journey down the rabbit hole of knowledge management, so hold onto your hat.

You decide the path you wish to take this year. The introduction to Mind-Visual-Knowledge mapping shall enable, enhance and empower your existing knowledge handling skill sets to the nth degree. That means you’ll be the one in charge of your probable future.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The rise of the Knowledge Architect

The rise of the Knowledge Architect

Since the founding of Mind mapping via Tony Buzan; we’ve come a long way since haven’t we?

The advancements have been quite impressive from the now well established mainstream staples we all know of and use. No need to mention these products/services worthy of leadership, most of them need no introduction.

Mind mapping eventually added the multiple formats expressiveness of what became known as Visual mapping and has since further morphed into what we now seem to be defining as Knowledge mapping.

The relational database architecture has enabled the knowledge mappers to use the database expressed as a systematic graphical framework to be the single point of access for all relevant data, information and knowledge. And we’ve now added Knowledge Management to the mix, as this is the logical and natural development.

Knowledge Architects; they are a breed of thinkers and doers who’ve existed and operated independently outwith the mind-visual-knowledge mapping arenas. Yet; they are integral to and have been associated within these arenas from the get go.

Knowledge Architects define themselves by their passion, skill set and complete understanding of how to aggregate data into information, add context and create usable continuously improving knowledge. And they do this very naturally by utilizing current technology to create, manage and exchange the perceived and actual value associated with knowledge. We are now seeing this being expressed within the Artificial Intelligence arenas.

Knowledge is currency, the building blocks to the knowledge architect, and they establish its monetary value by creating graphical knowledge frameworks that express system.

Knowledge architects are wholistic systematic thinkers and doers who completely understand the relevancy and appropriate uses of both linear and non-linear structures of data, information and knowledge.

It can be said that every human is capable of being a knowledge Architect; and whilst that is very true, there seems to be groups of knowledge architects who exist by virtue of their skill sets that have been honed by their use and mastery of the mind-visual-knowledge mapping software and services.

Associated social media groups such as Biggerplate, the Ultimate Digital Memory TheBrain software/services and the seminal work of Roy Grubb who also develops the most amazing Visual Information Organizer called Topicscape have enhanced the mainstream acknowledgement of the relevancy and position of knowledge architects and their contributions to the furtherance of knowledge management.

Here’s a definition of Knowledge Architect: read it and ponder the inclusion of this definition and its implications into your mainstream.

And here’s an excellent Xplane article to consider too in our further understandings of how we as Knowledge Architects operate and handle data, information and knowledge.

There’s so much to be written, discussed and opportunities revealed by coming together to acknowledge the need for formalizing the passions, skills and complete understanding of systematic and systems thinking.

This article; like all I amateurishly comment through most definitely should be expanded upon. I look to you: my mind-visual-knowledge mapping colleagues, to further contribute more professionally than I do, to furtherance of such discussions.

The rise of The Knowledge Architect? Yes if you dare to define yourself as such; you’ll understand we need to find a place, a home; recognition for our passions, skill sets and complete understanding of how we may create, manage and express procedure process and knowledge systems.

Maybe it looks like this: It relates to the Chuck Frey interview of Visual Mapper via this article.


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