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  • 25 November 2010 14:15

Mind-mapping clears path to Lihir Islanders’ destiny

Indigenous culture plus modern technology equals good outcome

The use of mind-mapping software application MindManager 9 has enabled stakeholders to agree upon the destiny of inhabitants of Lihir Island, site of one of the world’s richest gold deposits.

Also known as Niolam Island, at 22 km by 14 km, it is the largest of the Lihir Islands situated off the Papa New Guinean coast in New Ireland Province.

At a recent conference in Cairns, ‘The Lihir Destiny’ was discussed between landowner leaders, local and national Government, senior managers from the gold mining company and other stakeholders. The conference was facilitated by Mindsystems, represented by John England, founder and Executive Director, and Zoe England, CEO.

Its aim was to establish clear agreement on the way to develop a sustainable future for Lihirian landowners when the mines closes . The blueprint for these discussions was represented by a concept called ‘The Lihir Destiny’ which outlines the landowners’ social and economic development. The situation offers an opportunity for the traditional land owners to fund both personal and business development on the island from the royalties and other payments made by the mining company.

The tool chosen by Mindsystems to both brainstorm and organise the wealth of knowledge from participants was Mindjet MindManager 9. This proved to be ideal for knowledge capture and the subsequent rearrangement of the captured information.

John England said: “The discussions were so complex that I do not know of any other technique which would have allowed us to record, chart and group the huge amount of important knowledge and comment generated during the conference.”

The outcomes were twofold:

1. All aspects of the Lihir Destiny discussed at the conference were eventually summarised as individual mind maps. These maps included clear responsibilities and action points for all aspects of the ‘Destiny’.

2. A comprehensive document was generated covering the future development and agreements and signed by all participants at the conference representing both the landowners, the Lihirian Government, the mining company and other stakeholders.

One of the participants commented: “This conference achieved everything we could have reasonably hoped for.”

About Mindsystems

Melbourne-based Mindsystems Pty Ltd ( specialises in information management and business productivity solutions. For more than 16 years the company has focused on enhancing business productivity for clients ranging from enterprises and government organisations to small/medium businesses. As a supplier of choice to many of the world’s leading organisations, the company provides an expertly supported and comprehensive product portfolio.

This includes globally recognised solutions such as Mindjet®, the leading provider of mind mapping and visual collaboration solutions. Mindsystems is a Mindjet Master Reseller for Australia. The company’s experienced and flexible approach includes full support on either a large or small scale. Having earned a reputation for product innovation and challenging the norm, Mindsystems is known internationally as ‘the business productivity expert’. For more information:

About Mindjet

Mindjet provides productivity software that helps business professionals visually organise and act upon ideas, information, and resources to drive productivity, team effectiveness, and business innovation. Mindjet products include industry-leading software and online services centred on information mapping, as well as applications that incorporate Mindjet’s innovative visualisation technology to improve the usability of leading business applications, including Microsoft® SharePoint® and More than 1.5 million people around the world use Mindjet software to clarify thinking, efficiently analyse information, increase team productivity, and make better-informed decisions.

Used by business professionals in 44 of BusinessWeek’s® ‘50 World’s Most Innovative Companies’, Mindjet solutions dramatically boost productivity and team effectiveness. Surveys across several industries show that Mindjet can increase productivity by up to 25 per cent by making meetings, common communications, and project management tasks more efficient and effective. Mindjet products are available for free trial or purchase at, through AppExchange, and through an extensive partner network at Mindjet is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. The Australian distributor of Mindjet is Aquion (

Media contacts John England Mindsystems Pty Ltd Phone: (03) 9999 1310 Email:

Zoe England Mindsystems Pty Ltd Phone: (03) 9999 1313 Email:

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