Posted by: pkab | 20 April 2008

Picture It Solved

Q: How can you see thought?
A: Simple tools can make thinking clear and visible.
Visualizing ideas improves communication, problem solving, and decision making.
Mind map of learning  organization disciplines merges ideas of learning organizations–as articulated by Peter Senge et al. in The Fifth Discipline–with visual thinking and communication, as articulated by Robert Horn in Visual Language, plus the implications of modern physics.

Over the past five years, I’ve spent a lot of time learning about problem solving and visual thinking. These resources pages summarize ideas that have impressed me as particularly useful, timely, or important. I’ve tried to distill key information both so it’s useful for others, and to clarify it in my own mind.

Solving problems means changing something, and change is based on learning. Learning requires both thinking and doing. These concepts drove the structure of this section: 1. Problem solving basics – useful ideas about classifying problems and approaching their solution 2. Principles – Theories, influences, and guidelines 3. Practices – Tools and methodologies, both visual and interactive

The breakdown into principles and practices is based on a model in an appendix in Peter Senge’s Fifth Discipline. Certain principles (thinking) and practices (doing) are associated with each discipline of the learning organization.


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