What is Mapper?
Mapper is tool designed to help manage and animate meetings and discussions during which information is analysed to understand the build-up to events and their possible consequences.
The business and economic world is complex. Mapper lets you to bring together a lot of complex information in one place where you can create a condensed version. You will be able to build several representations of what is happening, allowing you to explore multiple outcomes to new or existing events. Weak signals can be analysed, possible strategies and tactics can be played out, potential solutions can be exposed.
It enables participants to see links between seemingly isolated events and therefore to draw insightful conclusions or to build new working hypothesis for a given situation. Sometimes invisible links between multiple pieces of information can be highlighted (cause, effect, correlation, contradiction).
Using Mapper you can identify which pieces of the information puzzle are missing. This is the first step to filling those gaps.
The reasoning and thought-processes involved in any analysis of information often contain nuggets of wisdom and insight. At any time a Mapper can be saved, allowing you to track how the story developed, and to capitalise on the collective thinking.
Information that has been stored in a Digimind folder can be selected for inclusion in a Mapper. Using the graphic tools inside Mapper it is possible to indicate links between events, reposition the events to group them in clusters, can I add notes?, and at any time I can save my Mapper for future reference.
Mapper can be used as an individual, as a group or as a comparative tool.
Individual Use of Mapper
A person working alone can use Mapper to clarify complex situations, draw conclusions and illustrate reports.
Group Use of Mapper
Mapper can be used during workshops, war games or brainstorming session to foster group adhesion and collaborative thinking, vision and intelligence. This needs to be done with a group leader, who has ideally had some training in using the tool and is an expert in the subject covered.
Mapper as a Comparative Tool
Several people can take the same set of information and each individually create their own Mapper. The outcomes can be shared and compared to bring further insights and understanding of a complex situation.