A month of writing

Despite following its journey since it’s launch, I had no idea what to actually expect from the AltMBA.

I’m glad I leaned into the experience after the first conference call, because it has been, without doubt, one of the two best courses I’ve done in the last decade (the other being Dr. Barbara Oakley’s Learning How to Learn). I’ve met some amazing people, dismantled several assumptions I’ve held:  both about myself & about how connections between people happened in general, & discovered how much time I actually have in the day that goes to waste. 

I’ve written every day.
Whether it was responding to the 13 “prompts”, or feeling some sort of emotion that needed to be transferred from my brain to paper, I’ve been writing incessantly. Cathartic, in many ways.

The AtlMBA officially ended yesterday.

Recommendations list from the “warm up project”

Good lord, I’ll never have the time to go through all these, but here’s a list of things /books/ resources recommended by first few warm up projects on AltMba37.
I’ll update this list as I go along


Contagious – why things catch on (viral marketing)
A Technique for Producing Ideas – James Wood Young
Obviously Awesome  – April Dunford (product positioning)
The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
The Order of Time – Carlo Rovelli


http://startupstatus.co/ – Australian startup ecosystem
http://www.liberatingstructures.com/ Radically inclusive effective meetings



Visualise your work, aka mindmapping:  Whimsical 
Mindjet Mindmanager 
Save hours of repeated text typing. TextExpander 


Improve your handwriting

This was my warm-up project on the 37th cohort of the AltMBA.

I’ve been fascinated with handwriting for as long as I can remember. Ornate letters, written neatly often using a reusable (!) fountain pen, the words as beautiful as the sentiment they gave shape to. Most of the adults I knew back then seemed to have that ability to write beautifully, and very few of my pre-teen peers seemed to care.

Fast forward a little over three decades. Internet access, time, curiosity all aligned late one Friday night. Browsing through the returns for a web search for “calligraphy”, I came across https://www.iampeth.com/ (The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers & Teachers of Handwriting).

What blew my mind was this quote: “In the tradition of the Zanerian College, Master Penman inductees were required to produce their own certificate as proof of their ability.” There are only 16 living Master Pen(folks) in the world.

The treasure trove that is the library of rare books (https://www.iampeth.com/rare-books) inspired me to re-learn how to write better. Simple as it is, it’s craftsmanship that I find worthy of trying out myself. It’s helped my kids and a few of their friends start learning how to write better – a process that seemingly isn’t greatly encouraged these days.

I must be getting a little better after a few years of inconsistent practice: our family’s Christmas cards are, according to my wife, getting more attention than (in my opinion) the absolutely delicious Christmas savories she spends hours making :slight_smile: