Mind maps are a visual tool to help organize how you think about a subject. The are like an outline, but also show the relationships or connections between parts of the subject. A number of (many free) mind mapping software applications are available.
Below are two mind maps. The one on race I worked on a couple of years ago, around the time of Ferguson and Black Lives Matter.
The one about ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) I began yesterday, since this is a new focus of my social concerns and activism. I’ll probably be writing quite a bit about ALEC in the coming days, partly because ALEC is holding a national convention in Indianapolis this summer. As you may know, ALEC lawyers create corporation friendly legislation that conservative legislators introduce in state legislatures all across the United States, and is why all of these repressive laws are being passed. Much more about this in the coming days.