Mix and Match Building Blocks

Designing and Reusing Thortspace structures

I see the construction and use of reusable building blocks for organizing ideas as a way to enhance the use of tools such as Thortspace. I use the notion of mixing and matching DSRP (Distinction-Systems-Relationships-Perpsectives) building blocks as a guiding principle in using tools to organize information.

The first Thortspace building block that I created is a problem-solving building block. This structure is based on Dan Roam’s PUMA design and uses a left-right flow of information to show the progression from a problem state to a solution.

A Problem-solving Building Block

The fact that thorts can be arranged flexibly in space is a useful feature but can also result in arrangements of ideas that are difficult to read, interpret and use. By designing reusable structures, we can take advantage of the flexibility while using Thortspace in a consistent and systematic way.

My approach to using Thortspace consists of a simple three step process for building Thortspace maps using reusable structures as a starting point:

Step 1

Design reusable building blocks consisting of Thortspace spheres, groups, and thorts.

Step 2

Mix and match building blocks to create Thortspace maps.

Step 3

Evolve building blocks over time

Designing and Testing Building Blocks

I plan to focus on the problem-solving building block this month. What other building blocks might be useful?To answer this question, I pose the following questions:

See IT

How can we use Thortspace to see Information and Tasks (IT) clearly?

Build IT

How can we use Thortspace to build maps that show Information and Tasks (IT)?

Talk IT

How can we use Thortspace maps that show Information and Tasks (IT) to improve conversations?