Posted by: pkab | 2 September 2008

Thailand Unveils World’s Longest Mind Map


Bangkok Post – 22 July 2008, Mind mapping is a state-of-the-art note-taking technique popularised in the 1970s by Tony Buzan, an English author. It is a powerful tool for faster and smarter brainstorming, problem solving, planning, note taking, and much more.

Even after 30 years, mind mapping is an immense source of joy and satisfaction to people around the world in all walks of life and at all levels, who now use mind maps as a way of maximising their individual potential and to bring about personal change.

At the Global Mind Map Conference 2007 in Singapore last November, Tony Buzan announced that it was estimated that at least 250 million people around the globe use mind maps.

At the conference in Singapore, the largest mind map in the world was unveiled. It was a huge mind map on Singaporean history. The giant mind map measured 48ft (14.6 metres) wide and 33ft (10.1 metres) long.

In Thailand, the Institute of Memory Innovation and the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) organised the first Thailand Open Memory Championships on July 4 and 5. The competition followed the rules and regulations of the World Memory Championships and was open to children and adults.

Mind Map Festival 2008 was organised concurrently with the Thailand Open Memory Championships. During the seminar, renowned speakers presented tips on mind mapping and brain development.

Long Mind Map of Thai Land

Long Mind Map of Thai Land

Another main attraction that day was the unveiling of the “World’s Longest Mind Map”. Associate prof Dr Chiradet Ousawat, president of UTCC, and Dr Kriengsak Chareonwongsak, president of the Institute of Future Studies for Development, looked on as the 2.5m by 25m mind map containing the name of the longest capital city in the world and the names of the 52 barges making up the Thai Royal Barge Procession was unveiled. See page E1 (Sur: I could not find that page.).

Tanya Phonanan, director of the Institute of Memory Innovation said, ” ‘The World’s Longest Mind Map’ theme is all about Bangkok. The map consists of two main branches. One splits up into several smaller branches that contain the names of all the 52 barges of the Thai Royal Barge Procession. The other splits up into three very long branches that contain the ceremonial name of Bangkok, which is the longest name of any city in the world, spelt in Thai and the romanisation thereof.

The romanised form is Krung-devamahanagara amararatanakosindra mahindrayudhya mahatilakabhava navaratanarajadhani puriramya utamarajanivesana mahasthana amaravimana avatarasthitya shakrasdattiya vishnukarmaprasiddhi. In accordance with the mind-mapping rule of one word for one branch, the ceremonial name fills up 32 branches of the mind map.

On each branch are paintings by the dean, faculties, graduates and current students of the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts of Silpakorn University.

The other main branch displays the 52 names of the barges in the Thai Royal Barge Procession as well as related images. The editor of Camerart magazine, Nopadol Archasantisuk, took the pictures of the figureheads of the royal barges for the map.

The master designer of the map is Tanya Phonanan, the first Thai licensed to teach the mind mapping techniques in Thailand.

Nopadol Wongwaen, a freelance graphic designer, who also graduated from Silpakorn University, did the actual design. The whole project was coordinated by Damkeng Raiwa, chairman of the subcommittee that worked on the World’s Longest Mind Map. He was the first-prize winner of the Mind Map Competition in 2003.

Nopadol Wongwaen, the designer said, “The World’s Longest Mind Map is the result of a unique combination of state-of-the-art note-taking technology and the use of Thai traditional art. Tanya showed us the master design, which is basically the 21st-century note-taking tool. I applied the local traditional art form, using graphics software.”

Tanya Phonanan added, “The outcome is a stunning work of art in a modern form that lingers on in the long-term memory hemisphere of the neuron system of the beholders. This is what the whole project is all about.”

Source: Bangkok Post


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