Known to millions as the inventor of Mind Mapping, Tony Buzan has helped people around the globe unlock their creativity, boost productivity and improve their memory. We previously created a list of top 10 Mind Mapping moments to celebrate 40 years of Mind Mapping. We are revisiting this list for Tony’s birthday this week and are taking a look back at the most recent highlights of the magnificent Mind Mapping journey. Plus, we are giving you 20% off iMindMap 10 Ultimate and Ultimate Plus for a limited time only. Find out more information at the bottom of this article.
Take a look at our list of top Mind Mapping moments below:
It was in the early 1970s that Tony Buzan’s best-selling book, ‘Use Your Head’, was first published. The book was instrumental in introducing the power of Mind Mapping to a global audience. The book shares Tony Buzan’s thinking systems for memory, creativity, speed reading, note-taking and study skills. In the same year, the BBC went on to create a ten-episode series based on ‘Use Your Head’; the show was an unprecedented success.
This year saw 9,000 children at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK taught Mind Mapping in a super class by Tony Buzan. That same year, the BBC aired the documentary ‘In Search of Genius’, in which Tony worked for 6 months with 6 disadvantaged children, to see how he could change their behaviours, attitudes and cognitive profiles through Mind Mapping and mental literacy training. The superb results showed that ‘no child is ever a lost cause’.
In 2006, Tony Buzan teamed up with business leader, Chris Griffiths, to create iMindMap, the first software to fully capture the benefits of organic, hand-drawn Mind Mapping on a computer. Now on its 10th version, with over a million users, iMindMap has developed into a powerful thinking tool to boost creativity and productivity.
Tony Buzan’s introduction to Mind Mapping video, ‘Maximise the Power of Your Brain’, passed the 1 million views milestone on YouTube in 2011. A sure sign that the intrigue in and popularity of Mind Mapping was growing. In the video, Tony explains the fundamental principles of Mind Mapping, what it is and how it works to boost mental literacy.
This year, the first ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor Course took place in London, UK. This kickstarted the ThinkBuzan Global Network and launched our campaign to spread mental literacy across the world. We now have over 1,000 ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructors over 5 continents across the globe.
In 2015, Chris Griffiths designed and built Tec Marina, the home of Mind Mapping. A creative innovation centre made up of office space, co-working desks and meeting rooms. The purpose-built training rooms were created for the ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor courses and their global audiences. They provide the ideal learning environment for creative thinking.
Last year, Toastmasters International announced Tony Buzan as its Golden Gavel recipient. “Professor Buzan is a pioneer in the field of creative thinking,” said Toastmasters International President, Jim Kokocki. “Toastmasters’ mission is to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Professor Buzan provides our members with a better understanding of the principles of learning, productivity and efficiency.”
In December 2016, ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor, Liu Yan, organised the creation of the largest, handmade Mind Map in China. The Mind Map was 216 square metres and created by 81 students. The map was reported by People’s Daily website as the biggest handmade Mind Map in China.
At the end of last year, iMindMap released its 10th version, and it offered a whole new level of flexibility and productivity. iMindMap 10 is a complete digital workspace, made up the Mind Map View, Brainstorm View, Fast Capture View, Presentation View and the brand-new Time Map View.
In 2017, iMindMap received the Biggerplate Mind Mapper’s Choice Award, for the second year running. Biggerplate’s Annual Mind Map Report highlights how the global Mind Mapping community makes use of Mind Maps daily. Over 900 Mind Mappers cast their votes, and we were honoured to achieve the title for two consecutive years.
Mind Mapping has come a long way since 1974, and the technique is now being used by millions of people worldwide, from classrooms to boardrooms, and within organisations such as NASA, The United Nations, Apple, Disney and the University of Oxford.
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