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GET ACTIVE ++++ Mind-mapping your environmental activities+++++

Hey friends,
Here is a good example of what I would call an "Environmental mind-map". I found this one in the internet, but I think it is a great idea to draw a personal one yourself.
This is how it works:
1) You think of an environmental problem you know and write it down in the middle of a sheet of paper (e.g. climate change)
2) Then think of general actions which could improve the situation (e.g. save energy). Draw a branch for each general action you can think of.
3) Then think of specific actions you can do yourself (e.g. turn the stand-by mode of your TV off, ...). Draw a branch for each specific action deviating from each general action.

Then you can make a fancy sketch or poster out of it and hang it somewhere, where it will remind you of your good intensions ;o)

AND PLEASE: if you have the chance to scan it, please upload it to eurotope!!! Since we all have different life circumstances it should become a fancy array of mind-maps.

Awaiting your contributions.

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Comment by Dante Torio on January 18, 2011 at 1:41pm

Hi Mika,

I think its possible by converting mind maps to XHTML or Java applet using 'export' in freemind (file>export). I've tried it once in my local installation, but I don't know how far it can go from there. It's might be possible to put it here as an interactive maps. However, I don't have enough knowledge on website programming. Maybe some geek members can take the challenge. In the meantime, we can share maps through email.




Comment by Mika Huettner on January 18, 2011 at 1:13pm

Thanks Dante for the link.

I used freemind in the past. I did not know that you can create open mind maps in the web, which can be changed in a kind of wiki style. Would this be possible for this network as well? If you have ideas and suggestions how to make it available here you are very welcome to be creative.



Comment by Dante Torio on January 18, 2011 at 1:01pm

This is a cool idea! By the way, there is a free software to do the mind mapping.

Download from this link:

The software is easy to use. Its possible to share mind maps on a particular environmental issue like this one by letting other people add a branch to the map.


Comment by Grace Villamor on January 18, 2011 at 12:32pm
I like this activity... thanks Mica for sharing. I'll share to others as well.
Comment by Johho on September 18, 2009 at 5:28pm

Then I picked card board boxes from the yard, and put these adapted pictures on it. the recycling paper bin, inviting to put used sheets of paper in there and to send it to the recycling project UNDP is running in a neigborhood that carries "sheet" in its name (so using a play of words..). The other is a waste bin that talks. I adapted what he says to paper recycling, so he's asking in lokal language to fill him with paper etc.. while quoting a famous local folk song that goes "give me my stuff"..
here is some info to the waste managment and employment generation project:
Comment by Johho on September 18, 2009 at 5:17pm

thank you, this is good stuff to colour office space walls!
I am charged to scribble a strategy how we can go greener in our office... apart from page filling downwriting of the idea, the why and how and what, I startet putting stickers on printing machines, next to light switches and on the doors that should be kept closed...
we're still working out the initiative, launched it as the highest boss has received and welcomed the draft, and are waiting now for his decision to "officially" launch the initiative, i.e. to back it, and to impose (top-down) that first measures will be implemented (e.g. sensibilisation so that the bottom-up approach come in complementarily).

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