Through the creation of a narrative mind map, this method aims to clarify and illuminate key issues, synergies, challenges, and potentials related to a specific issue. It can also be used to communicate key points to others.
This method consists of a two-step approach that combines the power of mind maps with story creation and visual communication. In the first part, participants reflect on a specific project or an issue that they would like to think through more deeply. Framing the issue as a heroic story, they identify the
plot, characters, obstacles and opportunities. Crafting such a narrative acts as an organizational mental schema. On the one hand, the narrative creation provides a structure to an issue they are facing or a case they are dealing with; on the other hand, it allows for moments of serendipity, recognizing aspects previously unnoticed. As a second step, they translate the story into a visual form. Sketching a drawing or a mind map, they are able to give a tangible form to the different elements involved, and communicate it to others. As the sketch is by nature incomplete, it can foster discussion and invite the group to offer additional ideas or unravel conundrums in the story. As a next step, this method can be used with More-Than-Human Intervision.
Large sheets of paper (A3 or larger); colourful markers.
Story Path for Learning: ‘Story Path’
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Novak (1990). Concept Mapping: A Useful Tool for Science Education.
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