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Here is a link to a set of free templates for many types of mind maps. This is good solid stuff, and if you have MindManager, there's no reason not to get it.
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This set of templates is designed to be a complete Personal and Professional framework for your Mind Mapping and folder structuring activities. It comes from Kyle McFarlin of Visual Strategist, a certified Gyronix trainer and a MindManager advisor.

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I've downloaded it already.

joyceschulte at iowatelecom dot net 2008-06-09 09:43:39
I've heard about it and want to try it with campaign planning. Will it give candidate better ideas for what they want to accomplish?
vic at mind-mapping dot org 2008-06-09 11:30:56
Hi Joyce,

Mind mapping, yes, once you are familiar with the technique, that can help with a very wide variety of open questions of this type. I'm sure it could help in planning a political campaign (I'm assuming that is the type of campaign you refer to).

Whether the Visual Strategist's framework would help with that, I'm not so sure. Again it may depend whether you have used mind-mapping before, because Kyle does not have a map for the political realm. You would have to look at each of the frameworks, to pick out what applies to your situation and make a synthesis.

Alternatively, you could contact Kyle through his site. I'm sure he would offer suggestions.

Vic Gee
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kyle at visualstrategist dot com 2008-06-09 16:33:34
Hi Joyce,

I think you may find the 'Area Core TEMPLATE' in VSS, stored under Knowledge Management > Support > Templates > Map Templates to be helpful. It's generic, so you should be able to bend it to your will for a political venture. Keep in mind that it's not meant to hold everything: It's a great centralizing force for you to plan from and link to other helpful maps/documents.

I hope that helps and please keep us posted.
Greg 2009-06-11 16:15:17
I didn't see anywhere to download the templates.
vic at mind-mapping dot org 2009-06-12 00:14:16
June 12, 2009
I'm going to check that out with Kyle, Greg. The site Kyle's link leads to seems to try to install malware now. Kyle's a straight guy, I know, and the link was OK before, so I think maybe he needs to move the zip file to another file-hosting site.

Watch this space for update.

Cheers,
Vic

June 13, 2009
Kyle has now fixed this and is hosting the file on his own site. Please follow this link: http://visualstrategist.com/Downloads.aspx and scroll down to click on the blue link "_Visual Strategist Solution.zip". The download will start from there, safely avoiding mediafire. As Kyle commented to me "I’d always liked mediafire in the past… looks like it’s gone downhill."
Cheers
Vic
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