The internet made information universally accessible, Google organized it, and now Mindstone combines it with the science of learning to help people not just consume, but also truly learn from it. Today’s guest, Patrick Cootes, is the co-founder and Head of Product at Mindstone, a startup that makes it faster and easier for “work athletes” to optimize their performance as well as officially document informal learning. It’s a B2C platform (web and mobile apps) that allows users to tag any online content directly into the app; think articles, email newsletters, images, videos, podcasts, and more. We discuss some of the scientific approaches built into the app, including spaced repetition and interleaving, as well as highlight how developing interests and healthy habits OFF devices is the other key to success. We all know that lectures have long been outdated, and Patrick illuminates just how outdated they are, with the origin of word dating back to 14th century! As a lifelong learner, I have been looking for a “better mouse-trap” for curating, sensibly storing, and easily re-accessing the immense amount of great information I take in. Now I’ve found it, so have a listen if this appeals to you too!

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