Cultivating slow, iterative, accretive, interlinked learning experiences


  • Slow long-lived iterative discussions/brainstorm that accrete… interlinking digital gardens, blog rings, postal chess?
  • [see also: book club formats / pattern language, interlinked blogging, etc.]


  • Ways of smaller granularity ping-pong of exchange, less overwhelming, but aggregates over time?
  • Slow discussions can be more generative…gives you more time to think!
  • One experiment on Hyperlink, blog chain experiment, building on each other’s ideas, slower discussion…
  • On blogs for example, feel like there’s greater ownership over the conversation space
  • Using a Google Sheet for sharing stuff, comments, etc. (awful interface, but changes the mode!)
  • Celine’s been playing around w/ Ponder, collaborative journaling app…writing for yourself and with others
  • Playing w/ prompts, nudges, etc., reminders that can lower friction to continued discussion, spread out…
  • E.g. Andy Matuschak’s spaced repetition stuff, used to “program time”…doing w/ social stuff too! Encoding rituals…
  • (NB: he’s working on a tool around that…could suggest communal stuff to him…but less interested? Contrast w/ Michael Nielsen who seems more interested in social science type collaborative stuff)
  • Readwise might enter the space w/ some social spaced repetition stuff…different from memory focus…
  • Push and pull: spaced repetition; also doing lots of retros…throw to the future; pull from the past…
  • Idea: really want to start public emails! Referenceable by anybody rather than siloed in your inbox

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