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“Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) is the practice of
capturing the ideas and insights we encounter in our daily life,
whether from personal experience, from books and articles, or from
our work, and cultivating them over time to produce more creative,
higher quality work” (Forte Labs, 2019).
Ness Labs creator, Anne-Laure Le Cunff describes the 5 C’s of
PKM as: creation, circulation, curation, collaboration and
communities (Ness Labs, 2020).
My interpretations of the 5 C’s (02:08):
creation: managing knowledge derived from learning allows the
creation of new knowledge.
circulation: that new knowledge can be circulated/shared.
curation: it’s also a way to collect and curate things that
make you think.
collaboration: collecting information in this way can lead to
communities: you can share anything collected or created in
communities (e.g. Twitter).
For me, PKM is about ensuring the content I consume is not
wasted. How many times to you read or watch something and then
forget it straight afterwards? (03:56).
While I don’t expect to learn from everything I consume (ahem..
dog videos on TikTok), if I am consuming to learn and/or generate
my own content afterwards, I want to increase my chance of
retention. Furthermore, from an ethical standpoint, if someone’s
work influences my thinking, I want to give credit.
The best way to design a system for PKM is to draw it (I used
Work out (07:18):
Input: where do you consume content? (Examples: YouTube, web,
academic papers, reports, Kindle, Twitter etc). Also include
Output: what do you want to achieve? (Examples: share notes,
write blog posts/articles, write a dissertation, write a book,
create a podcast etc).
I then divide my workflow into three levels (09:21):
Quick capture (temporary repository)
Literature notes (notes taken while consuming content)
Permanent notes (notes in my own words - usually atomic)
See diagram on show notes - loosely based on Zettelkasten.
Tech stack (11:39):
Quick capture: Drafts, Highlights and Readwise (clear
Literature notes: Notion (knowledge hub), Highlights and
Permanent notes: Obsidian (public)
Obsidian is my digital garden (15:20).
A Digital Garden is personal, but public learning space for
live, interconnected notes.
Or, more eloquently, “A digital garden is an online space at
the intersection of a notebook and a blog, where digital gardeners
share seeds of thoughts to be cultivated in public” (Le Cunff,
Obsidian allows you to see connections between notes. Things
planted in my digital garden might eventually become articles,
podcasts etc (16:49).