The New York Times > Business > Your Money > Techno Files: To-Do List: Shop, Pay Bills, Organize Brain: "Happily, I have found two programs that hold promise for bridging the brain gap. They are MindManager ($229 for the basic X5 version from Mindjet.com) and an add-on called ResultsManager ($145 for the basic version from Gyronix.com).
Both programs grew from the 'Mind Mapping' movement, which is more famous in Britain and other parts of Europe than in North America, and whose origins are usually attributed to Tony Buzan. Beginning in Britain in the 1960's, Mr. Buzan popularized the idea that to learn new topics, organize thoughts and become creative, people should draw 'mind maps' on big sheets of paper, ideally with crayons or pens of many different colors. Mr. Buzan's theories, including his 10 strict 'laws' for drawing such maps, are available in his many books and seminars and at his Web site."