Antifragile Writing:
Producing Chaos to Find Meaning

How many notes and ideas get aisle, lost, or broken in what we write in our journal, notebooks, drafts, documents. or apps? How many concepts, stories, essays, not only survive the past of time but grow with it, get stronger, and generate new thoughts? Is there a writing capable to gain from the natural disorder of things? This course explores how can we make our writing less fragile and more robust, even antifragile—the opposite extreme of fragile, according to the thinker Nicholas N. Taleb, author of Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder

with Adolfo Ramírez Corona

We start 5:00 pm August 12, 2021

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A 5 week intimate cohort-based course, writing workshop styled, with Adolfo Ramírez Corona


Who is this for

Writing Lovers

For any kind of writing practice: note-taking, blogging, researching, journaling, authoring

Passionate Thinkers

Those who can see writing as the doing of thinking, as the essencial tool for thought

Tireless Learners

Problem solvers, brainstormers, mental modelers, seekers of algorithms of thoughts


Benefits

Goal-oriented
Each participant will develop a personal workflow for antifragile writing with the preferred app, design and test their own templates, routines, tags, groups, etc.

Structured
Every week is thematic, with a topic, resources, exercises, and writing prompts. Participants are encouraged to follow the writing practice around their own writing, ideas, or issues at hand. 

Shared environment
There will be a shared database in Roam for all the participants to use as a sandbox, taking and sharing notes about the topics of the course, and for some collaborative exercises.

Cohort-based
Every week we will have a synchronous session via video chat with a duration of 2 hours. Sessions are recorded in case you miss them. Another hour of asynchronous work—reading and writing, basically—with a total duration of 3 hours approximately is expected.


Facilitator

Adolfo Ramírez Corona

Adolfo is a writer, thinker, psychotherapist, media and audience specialist, but overall, he defines himself as a father, husband, meditator, and lover of the present. He has been a teacher, photographer, manager, trainer, facilitator, market and audience researcher, web developer, systems designer, project manager, technology auditor and consultant, content creator, entrepreneur. He has been involved in different projects and business in hospitality and tourism, retail and wholesale trade, journalism, systems development, television content and programing, universities, startups, app development and launching, product design and development, marketing, content creation, and publishing. He is the author of We are not Shakespeare in Quarantine, between other books. He regularly publishes his ideas in UX Collective, Concepts Against Reality, In Age of Awareness, The Start Up, Towards Data Science, and The Writing Cooperative. Find him at adolforismos.com

Wind extinguishes a candle and energizes fire. Likewise with randomness, uncertainty, chaos: you want to use them, not hide from them. You want to be the fire and wish for the wind.“

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Curriculum

1. Antifragile

What is antifragile? What are the advantages of being antifragile? What are the properties of antifragility? What makes writing antifragile? Why an antifragile writing? PKMs basic walkthrough. Roam Research. Three basic elements to start writing on Roam: Daily Pages, outlining, linking. Differences between apps.


2. Tools of Personal Knowledge Management (PKM)

What is a PKM? Tools for thought before and now. What makes Roam Research, logseq, Athens, Obsidian, RemNote, apps for antifragile writing? The two stages of writing. Note-taking, freewriting, drafting. Reviewing, editing, migrating. The two stages of writing. Note-taking, freewriting, drafting. Reviewing, editing, migrating.


3. The Foundations of Antifragile Writing

Antifragile writing The principles of antifragile writing: a list for embracing disorder and welcoming stressors for the evolution and growth of your daily practice. Antifragile writing before Taleb: thinkers and writers that wrote antifragile text. How to use PKMs for antifragile writing.


4. Techniques for Antifragile Writing I

Thinking and expressing: Nietzsche: aphorisms and rumination. Writing aphorisms. Define an idea, explain after. DaVinci‘s variations for expression. Write fast, explore combinations, subtractions, or additions later. From simple to complex: Euclid’s ideas in movement. From simplicity to complexity, one step at a time. The rhizomatic craft of Deleuze & Guattari. Cultivating and growing first, pruning after.


5. Techniques for Antifragile Writing II

Learning from analog methods: Bullet journaling basics. Logging, bullets, collections. The importance of migration. Basics of zettelkasten. Write first, organize later. Index cards as an elemental unit. Nesting and linking. Contemporary approaches: Taleb’s fractals or the craft of repetition. Layers and recursion. Fragments. The art of provocation. Matuschak’s evergreen note-writing. The writing inbox for transient and incomplete notes. Drafting evergreen notes.


Writing is the art of repeating oneself without anyone noticing.“

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Antifragile Writing Course – Summer 2021

We start 5:00 pm, August 12, 2021.

  • A 5-week intimate cohort-based, writing workshop styled course.
  • Live office hours each week to learn and practice.
  • Access to a Roam Research graph database in multiplayer mode with all the information and references for the course.
  • One-on-one session to define your best workflow.
  • Tutorials of how to use Roam Research for antifragile writing (applicable to other PKMs).
  • Customized assessment to find the stressors that work better for your writing.
  • Dozens of writing prompts (some work like little mental models) to work with antifragile writing.
  • Email and call support.

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  • * By appointment with time zone flexibility.
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Roam Research graph database of Antifragile Writing
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  • Lessons, references, quotes, writing prompts, etc.
  • Ready to export in markdown, JSON (complete or in parts) or EDN format (complete export).
  • The exported markdown or JSON format can be imported in your own Roam database (rBook).
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  • Email and call support.
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Iniciamos 3 August, 7:00 pm, 2021.

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    • Outliner: Escribiendo en bloques
    • Notas diarias: rompiendo el paradigma del documento
    • Vínculos, sangría, y etiquetado.
    • Referencias de bloques y transclusión.
    • Comandos y componentes.
    • Flujos de trabajo: tomar notas, escribir, estudiar, blogging, investigación, tareas.
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  • Soporte por correo y chat.
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If you are afraid of chaos, avoid this course. We don’t grow digital gardens—we grow digital jungles.
Then, we get into our jungle with a machete to find treasures.“

—Adolfo Ramírez Corona

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