AASHE Pre-Conference Workshop

  • Oregon Convention Center 777 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR USA

Mind Mapping: A Systems Thinking Application for Change Management

Event Website: conference.aashe.org


Gioia Thompson
Sustainability Director, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

Mieko A. Ozeki, MS, ALM
Sustainability Projects Coordinator, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

A growing number of students, faculty, and staff are increasingly concerned about their environmental impacts and demand immediate action to be taken. Despite good intentions, these same people can act in haste rather than strategically implementing a long term solution.

This session will guide participants through the process of mind mapping, based on the frameworks of systems thinking, design thinking, and project management, to identify opportunities for collaboration and mitigating/managing risk. Workshop participants will learn about the process of mind mapping, a technique for visually diagramming information. They will be given an example of how a campus applies this technique to looking at a specific issues, develop and implement an action plan during the session. Mind mapping is a strategic planning process for implementing sustainability into institutional operations, academics, and planning, administration, and engagement. It applies systems thinking, design thinking, and project management.

Participants will draft a mind map, scope statement, and task list that focuses on a current issue he/she is working on at their institution. The workshop provides sustainability officers with the space and time to think and construct a strategy for addressing an issue on campus. The workshop time is 15% presentation and 85% discussing/constructing a mindmap with partners. Be prepared for this work session and bring two problems we can work on together through this process.