What problem does Thortspace solve ?
"The problem with thinking is that: A) You're a narrow channel; B) You're not very good at it; and C) You're incredibly biased. And there’s not very much you can do about that, except listen and talk to other people."
~ Dr. J. Peterson, University of Toronto,
As the developers of a startup, we regularly get challenged with questions like this one: I can see that it’s cool, but so what? What problem does Thortspace solve?
Over the last few weeks I have written a number of articles on medium that attempted to answer this question.
In what follows I am going to highlight three of these articles and summarise for each of them the way in which the article answers the question:
(1) One possible source of effective action is “thinking-in-the-world”
In this article I start by saying why thinking-in-the-world can be more effective than thinking in our heads (because…medium.com
This article highlights the 3-slot human working-memory problem, and uses this as a springboard to suggest the importance of doing our thinking in places other than “in our heads”.
The point is that human brains only have about 3 slots in their working memory, which makes it hard for us to resolve problems with multiple aspects, multiple dimensions and multiple conflicting interests.
At the bottom of the article is a list of academic references in this area that were kindly provided by Professor Steve Fiore of University of Central Florida in response to my article. (This is not meant to suggest that Prof. Fiore endorses the article or my view on this matter.)
(2) Crowd-thinking in Thortspace
Sometimes there is a real benefit in being able to bring your own way of thinking about a project or problem or…medium.com
This recent article suggests that Thortspace enables users to “integrate” their thinking with each other by adding all their thoughts on given subjects to spheres in Thortspace, and then exploring and experimenting with how the whole collection of those thoughts can be made to fit together.
The thinking of each participant can thereby be made to fit together with each of the other participants, and each contributor’s additions shed light on the total contributions made by all the other contributors.
(3) Thortspace: mind map or concept map, or something else entirely?
Some colleagues pointed me to an article by Chuck Frey, that compared Concept Maps and Mind Maps, and asked me to say…medium.com
This article goes into a more detailed exposition of how particular features of Thortspace enable users to go through thinking processes that enable generation of actionable insights.
This last article has had more attention than any of my others so far, although possibly only because of the places where it has been promoted.
The homepage for Thortspace on medium is here: https://medium.com/thortspace
The homepage provides links to all three of the articles above, and a few others.