Tomorrow is the kickoff for the Office 2.0 conference in San Francisco at the St. Regis Hotel. Ideas and live projects will abound on the future of work, the impact of Web 2.0 in education (Classroom 2.0) mobility and productivity, and how to unleash and foster creativity.
I’m pleased to be moderating a panel on Mind Mapping and Collaboration, with guest panelists Lisa Arthur of MindJet, Michael Hollauf of Mindmeister, Jonathan Sapir of SnapXT, Keith Patterson of Itensil, and Martin Cleaver of Blended Perspectives.
I’ve used mind mapping as a planning and collaboration tool for several years now. In my work in high technology, I tend to work with people whose stock in trade is either the written word or program coding. When one gets a room full of people together in a room to work on a project with those skill sets making up the predominant tool kit, the model of thinking tends to get fairly focused and linear fairly quickly.
The Mind Mapping panel will take up perspectives on the impact of visual tools such as mapping to aid a group towards collaborative efforts and promoting relational and big picture thinking as part of “thinking through” a problem rather than “diving in” quickly.
My colleagues and I will discuss mind mapping, Web 2.0 and mapping, and mapping as an element in a spectrum of collaborative work processes. As I mentioned in a recent blog post about my conversations with Toby Moores, collaborative efforts need a variety of mechanisms to get from the “initial first thought to the final finished product”.
I’m excited about bringing this topic of mapping to the subject of collaboration and the enterprise. This year’s conference is sure to surpass last year’s in high energy, latest thought, and live lab experiments.