How to make a map

To create a Whymap we must understand that our lives are based on two fundamental parameters.

We ourselves are the first parameter, with our inner world, our desires, our drives. They are what move us constantly, to the very last day of our lives.

The second parameter is the external environment, composed essentially of nature and the people who live around us. It is the continuum in which we move, in which we are mirrored and which we cannot do without.

When we want to complete an action, whatever it may be, it will have on us positive or negative effects. In some cases it could be neutral, though that happens rarely. The green coloured zone at the centre of the diagram represents this neutrality (most times it is reached because the positive and negative effects are such that they cancel each other out).

Furthermore,  our action will have positive, negative or neutral effects on other people, too. 

These two aspects are related in a Whymap.

Along the vertical line, above the centre, we have the positive effects for us; below, the negative. Horizontally, to the right are the positive effects for others; and to the left, the negative. The neutral effects are shown in the central zone.

The first step in making a Whymap is to give it a title. We don’t have to be registered on the site: we will be able to obtain the result of our idea just the same, but it will be lost when we leave the site. If we are registered, through the title we will be able to track it down and make other maps to control the (way our project is going. trend of our project. If we are not registered – not to worry, we can ask to be registered after the map is made.

The next step is to insert in the relevant chart all the positive and negative aspects that touch us in relation to the contingent matter. We must calculate carefully how many aspects to insert because each one of them will weigh heavily upon the result. Once an aspect is inserted, we will be asked to give it a score from 1 to 100 (this will depend on our view of the issue), then click “send”. A second chart will then appear and we will be able to continue inserting data until we have finished.

Then we must do the same thing for all the aspects that  involve others.

When we have completed all the points that affect us, we click “send” and the site will automatically add up the positives, subtract the negatives and divide the result by the number of aspects we have inserted.

When we have inserted everything we consider to be positive or negative, the site will ask us if this is a start up map or if it belongs to a topic/issue already inserted. In the latter case, the Whymap will be inserted with the date and a progressive number.

We will find a comment on the position reached, according to where we are on the Whymap.

At this point we can click on the key “Efficiency”.

A diagonal line will appear. This line indicates 100% positivity at top right, when we are carrying out something that is totally effective for us and for others, with no harm to anyone. Bottom left, however, indicates 100% inefficiency, i.e. the area where we create the maximum amount of damage to ourselves and to others.

The efficiency line is very important because it prompts us to be creative. If, for example, our result is in the Red Quadrant, it will certainly be inefficient. The question that we must put to ourselves at this point is: “How can I improve the efficiency of my project?” Certainly we cannot modify the values we have inserted. Instead we must ask ourselves the following question:

Can I modify my plan by adding further positive elements or by deleting negative elements to reach a more eco-friendly and efficient zone of the Whymap?

The Whymap helps us to find these elements, because it assesses not only the aspects that concern us, but also those that concern our relatives, friends, collaborators, colleagues, and the environment. By including more parameters, automatically the number of choices increases and likewise,  therefore, the possibility of our finding one that is effective. Creativity is the winning arm, as we shall see in the part dedicated to examples.

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