“Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.” – Bruce Lee
I am very curious about many interests and fields. To name a few ones: fashion, music, cities, photography, emerging technologies, healthcare, robotization, food, workplace learning, work futures, geopolitics, travelling. This boundless curiosity does help me to find inspirations, insights and practices from many industries and even cross pollinate them.
It can be rapidly overwhelmed when I can go on and on into a rabbit hole. With many web pages I bookmarked and specific quotes and contents I spotted from them.
In this chaos, I also need order to make sense and feel what the cultivation of my curiosity leads to.
In my continuous curation and extraction, I need to go slow, map the dots, digital and / or analog resources. I need to see the big picture. I need to subtract or add more to my continuous exploration on an interest, a field or a project.
How are you making sense and order in a chaos of signals to nurture your curiosity?
One way, that I enjoy and find useful, is writing a blog post. It is how I connect the dots between hyperlinks I curated. I add my thoughts and feelings to build on each other ideas and emotions. I can also add my take and signature. But it does take time, inspiration and focus to do so.
Another easy way to make sense of my chaos of signals is mind mapping. I do a sketch on paper or via a digital tool such as Coogle. It is easy, fast and rewarding to connect the dots and see the big picture. It is easy to subtract or add more dots, arrows or any other forms. It is easy to highlight and synthesize what’s the essence on a topic, field or a project.
For instance, was involved in a transmedia initiative on the slow movement. We mapped on a printed journal what matters to educators, creatives and sociologists on the topic ‘Mindfulness in Slow Renaissance’.
This artefact was based on a digital map, that I did based on my continuous exploration of the Slow movement.
When I revisit those print and digital maps, I am nostalgic. I am also proud of my work and creativity. I feel enthusiastic and even more curious to subtract or add more dots and insights. My hunch, vision, mindset, practices and the context of our modern world are my compasses for doing so.
Those maps are resources and archives. Unique timestamps and artful visual synthesis, that I can refine and re-use in another context or project. This is why mind mapping is an useful and creative way to nurture my boundless curiosity and sensemaking.