Category Archives: Concept mapping

CSL4D : aim

Concept & Systems Learning for Design             CSL4D is an informal, private initiative for exploring the combined use of concept mapping and systems thinking for learning in business, development, and education. Originally, the D in CSL4D stood … Continue reading

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Thrasymachos’ theory of justice

Introduction: concept mapping philosophical argument  –  In this post I will quickly introduce the technique of conceptual analysis as described in Thinking with Concepts of Wilson (1963, partial preview). Wilson illustrates the technique with a number of cases. Taking the … Continue reading

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Structured writing

What is structured writing and how can it complement concept mapping? Concept maps : nifty but austere    –    Concept mapping is an ingenious way of producing very concise overviews of knowledge. It is especially good for learning in its many guises, … Continue reading

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Will we overshoot and collapse?

If ever an organization made an impression on public opinion with system dynamics it was the Club of Rome with The Limits the Growth, which sold 12 million copies since its publication in 1972. Last week, Jorgen Randers, who has been … Continue reading

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How bullets can save the day (sometimes, for me at least)

As you may be well aware, mind maps are very popular and there is an enormous variety of mind map tools on the Internet. More than 300 have been collected at http://www.mind-mapping.org. And if 300+ is a bit much, just … Continue reading

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Serious concept fun

Last Friday’s edition of Trouw – a Dutch newspaper – had an article on Rik Peels, a young Dutch philosopher who had just successfully defended his PhD thesis “Believing responsibly” on the epistemological requirements for justifying faith, beliefs, or convictions. … Continue reading

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A systemic concept map of the European debt crisis

The European debt crisis has dominated the headlines for the best part of the past 8 or 10 months. By now, it is hard to find a layman who is not an expert in the matter, nor is it easy … Continue reading

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Concept maps: is there a difference with mind maps?

One might wonder if concept maps are any different from mind maps, or spray diagrams as they are called sometimes. According to one source (Open University course T552) they are at least very similar. In the same course material we … Continue reading

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Integrating systems thinking and concept mapping

“Shifting the burden” is one of the eight original archetypes of systems thinking. It shows that actions taken to reduce problem symptoms can reduce the ability to take action for the long term. Examples of this common (management) trap abound, … Continue reading

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Systems notation can expand the propositional toolbox of concept mapping

The plus and minus signs in systems notation must be read as conditional propositions. So – in this post’s picture of systems notation in a small concept map – if the furnace operation is increased, the temperature will go up. … Continue reading

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