Lotus Diagram What is it? The Lotus Diagram is an analytical, organizational tool for breaking broad topics into components, which can then be prioritized for implementation. When is it used? The Lotus process is used when teams or individuals need a process for organizing and prioritizing components of a larger whole. Where is it used? Lotus Diagrams are often used, but not limited to steps 1, 2, 5 and 9 of the Probletunity Improvement Process. Why is it used? Lotus Diagrams: Are spatial and interactive Promote logical, creative thinking Promote prioritizing for action Require active brainstorming and analysis for all individuals Create an automatic recording device for information Are effective with all ages Provide an effective communication tool Sample Uses: Use Lotus Diagrams: With students when dividing tasks for learning projects To make an excellent tool for outlining writing projects With administrators to outline and prioritize school improvement processes To prepare for creative writing projects To analyse major components of historical events, such as the Civil War, etc. To devise strategies of implementation 1. Take a large sheet of paper or a flip chart sheet and pretend you are going to play a giant game of Noughts and Crosses or TicTac-Toe. Draw the lines on your chart. 5. Transfer each subtopic to the centre of a corresponding square. Brainstorm ideas or causes and place in the surrounding rectangles. 2. Now proceed to the centre of the sheet and repeat the process 6. Use the upper left corner triangles to prioritise the sub-ideas. 3. Choose an aim or topic to study and clearly write it in the centre of the Lotus Diagram 4. Use Brainstorming to identify up to eight (8) major subtopics. Place each of the eight subtopics in the ovals surrounding the centre rectangle and draw a circle around each. Systems thinking 1 Quality learning Brain research 5 Ideas of knowledge 2 Psychology 3 Variation 4 Caution! If ideas have previously been prioritized, they can be placed on the Lotus Diagram according to their appropriate number. If there is no priority, the numbers on the Lotus Diagram serve only as locators. Lotus Diagrams, for individuals, work best on a standard size page. A larger version, such as a flip chart sheet, is necessary for teams, so that all can see and participate in its formations.