• The Note-Taking Nouvelle Vague
    In the world of P tools, there is a tsunami of new software applications to manage note-taking and note-making The post The Note-Taking Nouvelle Vague appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Artificial Intelligences are children to be educated
    What’s the boundary between the usefulness of the suggestions that you receive and the information you have to provide to get them? The post Artificial Intelligences are children to be educated appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Creativity preparation rituals: infallible!
    Prime your brain with the ritual of preparation. Nothing can stop you when you’re cleaning up your mind and your environment to start doing creative work. The post Creativity preparation rituals: infallible! appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Find and give meaning
    Find your answers, build on top of what others have already learned, and experiment by minimizing risks while maximizing the learning. The post Find and give meaning appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Rebranding the obvious
    Why calling something already existing, known, and named with another name? The post Rebranding the obvious appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • How to be a Systems Thinker: simple steps
    Being a better Systems Thinker is all nice and good but how do you manage to do it in our chaotic lives? The post How to be a Systems Thinker: simple steps appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Celebratory rituals define yourself
    Questioning the deep motives behind your celebration shatters your identity from the foundations. It’s a disruptive act to redefine yourself. The post Celebratory rituals define yourself appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Minimize unintended consequences by thinking in systems
    When you obtain effects you didn’t want and you did not expect, following your actions, you are experiencing unintended consequences. The post Minimize unintended consequences by thinking in systems appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Keep on writing
    50 daily blog posts published. Let’s do another 50. The post Keep on writing appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • A Zettelkasten as a tool for thinking
    Capture information into well-written and well-connected notes. Add them to your Zettelkasten to make it grow. It will become your favorite thinking tool. The post A Zettelkasten as a tool for thinking appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • A Zettelkasten as a tool for thinking
    Capture information into well-written and well-connected notes. Add them to your Zettelkasten to make it grow. It will become your favorite thinking tool. The post A Zettelkasten as a tool for thinking appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Question time
    Will I have the patience and the persistence to see what will emerge from my consistency? The post Question time appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Planning revisions to prepare for reflection
    In a moment of reflection, I am combining two ideas to enhance my creative workflow. The post Planning revisions to prepare for reflection appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Go walk yourself
    You have to learn when to write and when to do something else. The post Go walk yourself appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Grow exponentially by compounding incrementally
    Exploit exponentials in anything that you do, every single day of your life. The compounded effect will lead you to unthinkable achievements. The post Grow exponentially by compounding incrementally appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • A Crazy year. Of growth and fear. 2020 retrospective.
    A year of walking, thinking, writing, reflecting, challenging, growing, meeting, facilitating, designing, and hope. The post A Crazy year. Of growth and fear. 2020 retrospective. appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Communication without context is meaningless
    Clarify the receiver’s mind about the message you want to convey. Then communicate your content. The post Communication without context is meaningless appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Choose your own stories, wisely
    You’ll always have stories to tell and stories to listen to. Which stories we believe in is what our reality is going to be. Choose wisely. The post Choose your own stories, wisely appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Usability Heuristics as collective design experience
    Use designers’ shared experience to improve your User Interfaces: apply the most useful Usability Heuristics to design your software better. The post Usability Heuristics as collective design experience appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Creative technique: 1-2-3
    First: set the problem; two: develop possibilities; three, implement, test, and iterate. Four: break the rules. The post Creative technique: 1-2-3 appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Creative technique: list ideas following a prompt
    When you’re stuck and don’t know where to start from, take a partner and play to list their ideas following a clear and concise starting question. The post Creative technique: list ideas following a prompt appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Solve problems better: bottom-up and top-down
    Combine the direct problem-solving approach with creative exploration to find novel and useful solutions. The post Solve problems better: bottom-up and top-down appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Stop. And reflect.
    You cannot always be in the flow. Take periodic breaks to evaluate your achievements in retrospective to plan the next move. The post Stop. And reflect. appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Design methods, how to avoid reinventing everything
    Study, research, and adapt the best design process for the context of the problem you want to solve. And design solutions that are effective, efficient, and pleasurable. The post Design methods, how to avoid reinventing everything appeared first on Mas…
  • Constrain your creativity to make it easy
    Having a format to follow, even when flexible and loose, gives the quick sprint of taking care of the topic without worrying about the structure. It gives pace and logical flow. The post Constrain your creativity to make it easy appeared first on Massi…
  • Test your solutions before your users
    The design process requires competence, focus, and hard work. Do not risk to create fragile solutions by skipping systematic testing of your designs. Plan and execute to stress your solutions intentionally in extreme cases. You will develop robust tool…
  • Going beyond Atomic achievement
    One Year Writing: 30 Lessons Learned in 30 Days. Part 4+ The post Going beyond Atomic achievement appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Writing about writing about writing
    Write daily: a lot, a little, but write. Write free-flowing or with intentions, but write. Collect, organize, and connect, but write. Review, revise, and publish, but write! The post Writing about writing about writing appeared first on Massimo Curatel…
  • What to write when you don’t know what to write
    If you find yourself in the situation of not knowing what to write you can leverage on your drafts, your notes or on your creative toolbox. The post What to write when you don’t know what to write appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Expert? Show up, provide value and we’ll see.
    Practice, study, and be prepared to show up and provide value with your expertise. Welcome to the era of the Knowledge Entrepreneur. The post Expert? Show up, provide value and we’ll see. appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Be prepared for anything
    It doesn’t matter if you can foresee future, be mindful in preparing yourself always beyond the expected, to be ready for the unknowable. The post Be prepared for anything appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • The habit of building habits
    You choose to be who you are by repeatedly doing what you decide to do, consistently, continuously. The post The habit of building habits appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Writing compounds despite everything
    Write every day. Regardless of successes and failures, you will grow, day in, day out. The post Writing compounds despite everything appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • If only I could be ten, again
    Write every day in your diary and keep it. You’ll be ten forever. The post If only I could be ten, again appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Write daily to enhance your reality
    Write to have a richer picture of your world, understand it better, and live it better. The post Write daily to enhance your reality appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Don’t lose your mind. Back it up
    While waiting to upload your physical brain, do yourself a favor, backup your digital documents now. And check if it worked. The post Don’t lose your mind. Back it up appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Do it small to do it better
    Big but never or small but now? Lower the bar. Reduce expectations. Make yourself impossible to fail. Do it small. The post Do it small to do it better appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Write daily to become a better manager
    Write daily, reflect on your day, and plan your tomorrows. You will become a better manager in any field of your life, personal and professional. The post Write daily to become a better manager appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Practice transcribing your thoughts to become an effective communicator
    Transcribe your thoughts, frequently and intensely. You will become a better thinker and a better communicator. The post Practice transcribing your thoughts to become an effective communicator appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Type more, type faster, type better
    Writing is also physical performance, when typing, train yourself to use all fingers without looking at the keyboard. The post Type more, type faster, type better appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Book review
    The best book on humanity I’ve read so far: this book makes me feel bad. The post Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Book review appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Facilitate growth by tracking habits
    If you don’t measure it, you cannot learn from it. Measure your behaviors to steer towards your positive, incremental, compounded growth. The post Facilitate growth by tracking habits appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Why asking questions?
    Why asking questions? What is the most potent exploration and adventure tool in the world if not to ask a question? The post Why asking questions? appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Publish text as digital text, not images
    Be a responsible Internet Citizen: publish content as digital text to make it usable and accessible. The post Publish text as digital text, not images appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Automate repetitive tasks
    Don’t waste your time on tasks that software can do for you, automate repetitive tasks, and gain time to write (or to sleep if you want). The post Automate repetitive tasks appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Writing is a process
    Writing is never just writing. Refine your word production workflows to support your habit-making approach or you will just be a hamster on a wheel. The post Writing is a process appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Be smart, let it go
    Write and share your ideas now. Reflect on the waves they have made. It’s the only way to be smarter. The post Be smart, let it go appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Creativity makes you happy
    Imagining new and better futures, visualizing conceptual connections, and writing them, you will be happier. The post Creativity makes you happy appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Writing is like drinking coffee
    Overcoming the initial friction of starting leads to habits: drinking coffee and writing daily. Choose wisely. The post Writing is like drinking coffee appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Walking generates ideas
    The more you walk, the more you have ideas. The post Walking generates ideas appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Writing reduces your jargon and slang
    Practice writing and recording your thoughts to talk better and to write in a cleaner and more understandable way. Capisc’? The post Writing reduces your jargon and slang appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Dissolve your distractions
    Writing helps to improve your focused and intentional productivity by eliminating waste and procrastination. The post Dissolve your distractions appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Writing sets the focus on yourself
    Writing is focusing on yourself, making you more objective and more self-aware. The post Writing sets the focus on yourself appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Writing makes you a better observer
    Learn to become a better observer by writing, consistently, about what you notice. The post Writing makes you a better observer appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Writing improves your memory
    You remember better what you have written. Connect your brain to a more vivid past. Leverage on your rich memories: write them down. The post Writing improves your memory appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Connect ideas now
    Information hoarding is too easy. Capture and connect your new ideas now. There’s no other time to do it. The post Connect ideas now appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Writing builds your networks
    Extrovert or introvert? Doesn’t matter. make your thoughts visible, you’ll grow your network. The post Writing builds your networks appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Be less ambitious, be more consistent
    Lower the bar and reduce expectations. Make your work easy to be done so that you cannot miss it. The post Be less ambitious, be more consistent appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Creative Loneliness
    I can be creative when alone. Don’t let your time alone be wasted. Use it to write. The post Creative Loneliness appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Write a lot to write well
    Your first million words are the worst. Put in the repetitions and your writing will improve. The post Write a lot to write well appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Writing is Thinking
    Writing is thinking and if you cannot think clearly you cannot write. The post Writing is Thinking appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • The Journey is the Purpose
    We should aim at following the process rather than being fixated with the goals. The post The Journey is the Purpose appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • One Year Writing: 30 Lessons Learned in 30 Days
    I’ve decided to pay 50 USD to a stranger to commit myself to do what I haven’t been able to do on my own. Thanks to the Internet. The post One Year Writing: 30 Lessons Learned in 30 Days appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Learning-Out-Loud Facilitation, Design, And Complexity
    A Facilitator, a Coach, and a Designer Walk into a Bar: The post Learning-Out-Loud Facilitation, Design, And Complexity appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • A Facilitator, a Coach, and a Designer Walk into a Bar
    And they learn together about design, facilitation, and complexity. How will it go? The post A Facilitator, a Coach, and a Designer Walk into a Bar appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • A book to become better learners
    Learning How To Learn talks about simple and effective practices to improve your ability to learn more efficiently and more effectively. The post A book to become better learners appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Learning How to Learn, Book Review
    Learning How To Learn talks about simple and effective practices to improve your ability to learn more efficiently and more effectively. The post Learning How to Learn, Book Review appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • I wrote +1’000 words per day for 365 days
    Today is the day I am writing for my 365th day in a row, for a total of half a million words. This is the story behind it: Writing Half a Million words in One… The post I wrote +1’000 words per day for 365 days appeared first on Massimo Curatel…
  • Writing Half a Million words in One Year
    Today is the day I am writing for my 365th day in a row, for a total of half a million words. The post Writing Half a Million words in One Year appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • What’s an Independent Researcher?
    Reflecting on the experience of recording and sharing a podcast about my interests. The post What’s an Independent Researcher? appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Reflecting on Podcasting, Blogging, and Independent Research
    What’s the added value in transcribing and blogging about a podcast? How do you know when your research is valid, good, useful? How do you do research outside of academia? The post Reflecting on Podcasting, Blogging, and Independent Research appeared f…
  • Simply Complexity Podcast with Kevin Richard and Massimo Curatella
    How to understand & explain complex topics? It’s the impossible subject I’ve discussed in this podcast with Kevin Richard. The post Simply Complexity Podcast with Kevin Richard and Massimo Curatella appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Trust and digital nomadism
    My first experiment in publishing on the go, without a computer, on the sand. The post Trust and digital nomadism appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Using Collective Intelligence to prepare for Complexity
    I had fun preparing for a podcast interview on Complexity, Systems Thinking, Design, and Education. I’ve wrote-to-think, to understand what I have to say about those topics. I’ve recorded voice notes, improvised to get used… The post Usin…
  • Preparing for the Podcast “Making Complexity Simple”
    How I leveraged on the Collective Intelligence to know better how much I don’t know, in preparation for a podcast interview. The post Preparing for the Podcast “Making Complexity Simple” appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Resuming writing.
    A summary of all articles I’ve published since last newsletter. The post Resuming writing. appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • How to transform a draft into a final article by mental distancing
    Write a draft impulsively and without caring too much. Let it rest. Collect feedback. Then edit it and publish it. The post How to transform a draft into a final article by mental distancing appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • More networked thinking
    How I am evolving my Personal Knowledge Management workflow. The difference between reading and writing-while-reading. The post More networked thinking appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Creativity, eclecticism and Personal Knowledge Management
    Having too many ideas. Struggle in finding a common thread. Concerned about building an audience while being eclectic. Then: Curate sources and filter inputs. The post Creativity, eclecticism and Personal Knowledge Management appeared first on Massimo …
  • Notes on creativity and productivity with Ness Labs Community
    Great session today on creativity, inspiration, productivity, workflow with Anne Laure Le Cunff of Ness Labs The post Notes on creativity and productivity with Ness Labs Community appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Design is a Plan
    A short video by Duane Smith and Stefane Barbeau elaborating on the concept that Design is Planning. The post Design is a Plan appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • What User Experience (UX) Really Means
    This is what Donald Norman, the inventor of the term User Experience really meant when he created the term User Experience (UX). The post What User Experience (UX) Really Means appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Perfectionism Killed my Creativity
    I did too much. And I did nothing. This is the story of how being a perfectionist got me stuck. The post Perfectionism Killed my Creativity appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Systemic Design Toolkit by Kristel van Ael of Namahn
    Keynote: Hands-on with Systemic Design by Kristel van Ael of Namahn during The Virtual Design Thinking BarCamp 2020 . The post Systemic Design Toolkit by Kristel van Ael of Namahn appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Massimo Curatella interviewed on Knowledge Management by David Orban
    This is an extract of the interview transcript that David Orban conducted live on the 14 April 2020 for his Internet who Searching For The Question Live. Massimo Curatella (me!) was interviewed on Personal Knowledge Management, writing and education. T…
  • Speculative Design, Critical Design, and Future Design. Notes from the Webinar by Debora Bottà
    Speculative Design is about re-imagining our imagination to create better futures that are possible and desirable. The post Speculative Design, Critical Design, and Future Design. Notes from the Webinar by Debora Bottà appeared first on Massimo Curatel…
  • Facilitating Complexity Thinking
    How to facilitate group processes in solving simple, complicated, and complex Problems. Methods applied in the 1st Workshop of OsservAgro. The post Facilitating Complexity Thinking appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • How to take a digital note, webinar by Tiago Forte
    Live notes taken during Tiago Forte’s webinar on Building a Second Brain The post How to take a digital note, webinar by Tiago Forte appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • I don’t want everything to go back to the way it was.
    I want a mosaic, where each one is a slow and precious fragment, and where there is no need for bars or bans to notice the grace of this springtime. The post I don’t want everything to go back to the way it was. appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Workshop Design methods, Discovery and Ideation
    How I used facilitation tools and techniques to organize and deliver a series of workshops for the Observatory on the Dialogue in the Agrifood System (OsservAgro). The post Workshop Design methods, Discovery and Ideation appeared first on Massimo Curat…
  • Facilitating Collective Intelligence for the Sustainability of Agri-food
    My experience as a facilitator of five workshops, for the Dialogue in the Agri-food System Observatory (Osservagro) The post Facilitating Collective Intelligence for the Sustainability of Agri-food appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Strategic Design for Collective Intelligence
    A Strategic Designer Collective facilitates Collective Intelligence for leaders and decision-makers to be more than the sum of their parts. The post Strategic Design for Collective Intelligence appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Design is Planning
    Design is planning the purpose of something before it is made. Build more rational and useful products and services by carefully planning their making. The post Design is Planning appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Networking by communicating your challenge
    Focusing on a specific mission is hard. If you’re not clear about it it’s even harder to communicate it. This is how it went with my presentation to Ozan Varol’s Inner Circle. The post Networking by communicating your challenge appeared first on Massim…
  • Facilitation is the process of learning together
    Facilitation is the process of learning together. A professional facilitator improves collective intelligence through structured activities. The post Facilitation is the process of learning together appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Funny constraints as learning tools for young learners
    How to design a learning game with visual facilitation methods and funny constraints to keep the learner’s interest high and to improve understanding of how knowledge is structured. The post Funny constraints as learning tools for young learners appea…
  • What to write about
    What should you write about? How can you find the inspiration for a new article or a new diary post? What is capturing your attention and is worth of further thought? What deserves to be put in words for somebody else to be read? The post What to write…
  • How I write
    Build the habit of writing, every day to enjoy the benefits of improved communications skills and confidence while producing useful content. The post How I write appeared first on Massimo Curatella.
  • Why should you write?
    There are many reasons for you to write. Some of them are rational, useful and motivating. Others are irrational, detrimental and generated by your biased way of thinking. The success of your efforts lie in which one of them you will choose. Why do you…