Is visual thinking just for studying? 4 ways it benefits your life

Visual Planning

There is currently a lot of hype about the benefits of visual thinking and learning, with instructions piled up for students in the run-up to the new term.  But have you ever applied it to your own life?  Are you a master of connecting ideas for school, while your personal life is a complete mess?

Here are four very real and very important ways visual thinking can make a difference to your life.

Being creative

Just because you work with facts and figures during your work day, doesn’t mean you can’t be creative in your own time. Maybe you’re a budding author or poet; maybe you enjoy sketching or designing – did you know that visual thinking can be invaluable for creating and honing your skills?

For most people, creativity strikes at odd times. But if you block out a time and set your visual thinking skills to work, you will soon find your innovation spring to life. Ideas that you always had in your head are now in front of you, and your brain is then better able to connect them, progress them, and even cut out ones that don’t work. Don’t make the mistake of thinking your brain is an endless pit for producing, retaining, and connecting ideas. It really isn’t, and Mr. Inspiration only strikes when he wants to.

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Five ways we’re using collective intelligence to change the world

Collective Intelligence

It wasn’t difficult to see that the internet was going to change things forever, but what is surprising is the way it has actually brought people together. We have access to a ton of information at the click of a finger, as well as new connections to people from all over the world. What this has produced is an incredible wave of collective intelligence: people pooling their knowledge and power to make decisions, and even, change the world. But how?

Climate Change

One of the leading online platforms for connecting ideas on climate change is Climate CoLab. Instigated by websites like Wikipedia, Climate CoLab combines climate experts and people from around the world to share and join ideas on new solutions and approaches to environmental change. Featured in media channels such as the Boston Globe, Discovery, and the BBC, and recognized by the White House Climate Data, it is making leaps and bounds in real projects to change the world.

Petitions

Petitions are certainly not a new creation, and their beauty is in their simplicity. With email and social media, petitions are flourishing and having a real impact. Just look at the impact of petitions in the UK post-referendum. Spread across social media channels and approaching 4 million signatures, calls for a second referendum are hard to ignore. This is huge in terms of giving a voice to the people; simply signing and sharing can do a lot.

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