Improving Our Communication


Two persons are getting information from a source.


Everybody associates something different with single words. They would not understand each other, because they have different definitions of the words.


Their communication may look like this:


Both persons share their associations around the single words.


Their communication may look like this:


In detail everybody has some associations with single words.



You could share these associations, which doubles everyone's knowledge around this single word.


How to do this? Here is a suggestion:

  1. You take a single <word>
  2. Everybody is writing a sentence. Always starting with <word>
  3. You get to know each other's associations with this specific <word>

You should get something like this:

Person A: <word> is ...
Person B: <word> looks like...
Person C: <word> has got the following functions

and so on.

Like the idea behind wikipedia. Sharing information. But sharing them around single words.

Basic idea behind:

  1. language carries information
  2. the single word is the first module
  3. the single word is understood very different, because humans are different.


Person A has losely connected some words.


Person B too:


Now they start sharing their associations around these single words and they are both profiting from it. Their network of associations has grown and is now stronger than before.



A way to solve the problem of different associations and sharing them may be this wiki:


An example how to set up linked words in a very easy way on a Windows XP machine with Open Office.

Picture 1: I want to connect the words: "Germany" and "France"


Picture 2: Click on "Germany". What information do I have in connection to this word?


Picture 3: Click on "France". France is related to Germany.


What about putting them both in a folder called "Europe"? Let's connect both together and write everything down to "Europe".