So I’ve been struggling for the past few months with what it is that I’m actually going to study in my dissertation.

We have some pretty awesome plans in the works with the Metro Detroit Good Food Entrepreneurs. I’m excited about the business plan bootcamp we’re putting on in January, February and March… and website development and the idea of developing training/resource modules around starting a good food business in Detroit, and a mentorship program, and networking together commercial kitchens, and all kinds of other good stuff. And supposedly I have IRB approval to start my research with the group and approved consent forms and all that, but my questions are still murky (or perhaps myriad is a better “m” word to describe where I’m at… myriad, multitudinous…)

So I’d tried talking it out and I’d tried writing it out in a linear fashion and neither of those things were working very well, so I decided to make a little mindmap. This is still a bit confusing. As you can see, lines cross each other every which-way, but I think it’s helping me come to some sort of peace about how different elements are connected, and what needs to be put to one side or demoted to a secondary or tertiary focus.

click it to make it bigger!


1 Charlottie { 09.27.11 at 1:01 am }

Wow, Jess! Your mind never ceases to amaze me!! :)

2 Jess { 09.27.11 at 8:45 am }

Thanks cousin dear. My mind’s capacity to make me crazy if I can’t figure out a way to download all its crazy energy never ceases to amaze ME :)

I’ve been meaning to call you, but these past couple weeks have been more than a bit hectic. Things should settle soon and I will get on the phone. XOXOXO

3 janerd { 09.27.11 at 4:17 pm }

What’s the key for the colors? It looks like grey are the primary questions>yellow are secondary>orange are third? is it more complicated than that? When you look at this, is there a clear starting point for the map? XO

4 Jess { 09.27.11 at 11:43 pm }

No key :) You’ve got it right. No clear starting point yet, though you’re right that grey ones (and darker green) are most important. Just a first pass — after I’ve set it aside for a bit, need to print it out larger, figure out what’s still missing, rearrange/consolidate, then decide what pieces 1) are at the core of my research 2) I’ll answer in the lit review 3) I’ll define by fiat 4) I’ll address by saying they’re not within the scope of the paper. After that it’ll be a matter of going back over to make sure the methods I’m planning to use really work for the questions & remapping in greater detail for the lit review… Miss you JaNerd. Can I be J-ner-D?

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