educational institution in Austin, Texas,
teaching Interaction Design and Social Entrepreneurship.
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Concept Mapping the Ecosystem of Homelessness
A concept map is a graphical method for organizing and representing knowledge. The map can be thought of as a picture of understanding. It is a formal representation of a mental model. And a mental model "represents a possibility, or, to be precise, the structure and content of the model capture what is common to the different ways in which the possibilities could occur... when you are forced to try to hold in mind several models of possibilities, the task is difficult" (Johnson-Laird, 2006). The concept map itself represents the creator's mental model of a concept, but it also informs and shapes that mental model as it allows designers to see both the holistic scale of the concept and also critical details within the concept. Because it affords action-based understanding at both a gross and fine level, both its creation and its usage become tools for sensemaking. View more about this project »