Using MindManager in a non-profit organization/giving-back-to-the-community context

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Can someone share with me how you use MindManager in a non-profit organization/giving-back-to-the-community context, either as a volunteer or employee?  Thank you.
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The real question ofcourse is.... What do you do as a person in a non-profit organization/giving-back-to-the-community context, either as a volunteer or employee?
MindManager can help in many ways and areas.

Once you have that answered you can pinpoint your questions to your needs.

To get some Idea's you may search the example maps shared by many other users in https://www.biggerplate.com/

Take care to read the read me first for each map you think you may be able to use.


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This is a very broad question. As Ary says you need to look at what tasks your organisation does and then look at how MindManager can help with these, but I suspect that you may be new to MM and perhaps don’t understand its capabilities. If that is the case then download the trial version and have a play with it; this should give you some ideas on how it could be useful to you.

If you do have a basic grasp of the program but you want to look at specific use case examples then as Ary suggests Biggerplate is an excellent resource. I am involved with several non-profit and NGO organisations and I use MM daily for many different tasks, including:
- Web-based research
- Strategic planning (including running planning sessions)
- Report writing
- Funding submission and EoI preparation
- Project management (from brainstorming to project development and then implementation)
- Project document management
- Policy and document analysis
- Qualitative analysis of the results of surveys and interview sessions
- Website development
- Note-taking in meetings and presentations

I hope this incomplete list helps you!
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Thank you, both.   As I type this, my use has been limited to project planning & flowcharting.  I am looking to escape the current limits of my imagination to envision how else I may use it.   
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Thanks David. As well as Biggerplate, have a look at some of the various blogs on MindManager and mind mapping more generally which can provide helpful examples of how to use MM. These include:

Mindjet's own MindManager blog, which has some great examples of what you can do with MM provided by users: https://www.mindjet.com/blog/

Chuck Frey's Mindmapping Software blog, which has reviews of mindmapping products but also discusses ways in which to use MM: https://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/

Colin Horner's Visual Thinking blog, which has some interesting examples of how to use MM: https://www.visualthinking-sa.com/blog/

And, if I can modestly blow my own trumpet, my Sociamind blog has both MM techniques and examples of how I have used MM: https://sociamind.com/




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I think all of the suggested posts here are extremely helpful on how to use Mindjet in a Not-for-profit environment. 

I use Mindjet when I work with Not-for-Profit Board of Directors on their long-term strategic vision for the organization.  With a good focus question at the center of the map, the group can share ideas on the what the future will be.  The ideas are generated and placed on the map.  Then the ideas are clustered by similar answers into major themes.  The themes are titled. The resulting map provides a nice big picture summary of the organization in three to five years.

Using Mindmapping in "real time" is a great way for the group to see their ideas and work with the data at the same time. 

Finally, if you explore some books on facilitation methods, you can use them to guide your use of Mindmapping with a group in real time.

Kindest regards,
Jerry  
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I developed a similar process which I’ve used a few times with the committees of non-profit organisations to develop strategic plans. Mind maps are very effective for this and cut down the amount of time to turn the outcomes of a planning day into an actual plan. They are also great for capturing feedback in real time without the use of butchers paper or whiteboards, where you are left trying to decipher somebody’s handwritten scrawl after the event (often in my case my own scrawl). I wrote up my approach in a series for the Mindmapping Software Blog: https://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/s...