I’m proud to announce the official launch of Second Brain Meetups, a network of local meetup groups for anyone interested in using technology to build a “Second Brain” – a trusted system for saving your most valuable ideas, insights, and knowledge.

These groups are meant to connect people with like-minded peers in their local city or region, and provide a discussion forum for anyone interested in learning how to use technology to improve their thinking and turn their ideas into reality.

Our currently active local meetup groups include:

To be notified of new meetups in your area and launches in other cities, join our official Facebook group below.

When I first began writing and teaching on the practice of digital note-taking, I thought it was a tiny niche with limited potential.

But as the idea has spread, I’ve slowly realized that the concept of creating a Second Brain is both profound and universal. It affects everything about how we work and live, including our productivity, creativity, communication, time management, stress levels, information overload, career paths, and goals. It is a way of life. And no one adopts a new way of life until they see models of how others are doing it.

We are part of a historical movement, offloading more and more of our responsibilities to computers as they become more and more capable. Each time we do so, it is a wrenching and difficult transition for society. Industries implode, careers disappear, and people lose their jobs. My hope is that these groups will be a tiny part of the social infrastructure needed to help people transition to new kinds of knowledge-intensive work over the coming decades.

Our goal is to stimulate the growth of the entire field, whether it is called digital note-taking, extended cognition, idea capture tools, or something else. We want to provide a forum for people to share what they’re learning, new tools and techniques they’re trying, and the stories of what they are discovering about themselves. We encourage healthy debates and the sharing of any kind of tool or system that can be used to “externalize” ideas outside the human brain, whether digital or analog.

We’re launching slowly, one city at a time, to ensure that groups have a critical mass of members. We are at the very beginning of what I believe will eventually be a movement, and as it grows you should be able to find more and more like-minded people where you live.


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