Making connections with hexagonal thinking

From creating working business models to understanding the relationship between French verbs, hexagonal thinking in is a great visual tool for enabling organisation and deep understanding of a topic.

Synthesis is the phase in the NoTosh Design Thinking process when we begin to move from complex and conflicting ideas (the messy project stage!) to a need to instill order and logic to arrive at working solutions. And while linear thinking works in a traditional framework, it’s less helpful when you want participants to see, understand and reflect on the relationships between ideas - hexagonal thinking making sense of information in a way that also conveys the often complex connections between ideas, concepts and facts.

Have a look at how this works in a classroom setting and think about how you could use the concept in your own workspace or classroom:

  • Have hexagonal post-it notes available for whenever participants show uncertainly about the way that different elements in a project or knowledge area fit together
  • Encourage participants to draw out key headings and try and make connections before testing out with their peers. What’s missing? Why do different individuals or groups make different connections?
  • Use hexagonal thinking as part of your wall display, guiding you through the Ideation and Prototyping phases of the NoTosh Design Thinking process.

You could also use the Class Tools Hexagon Generator to create pre-printed hexagons of the concepts you want your team to consider.

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