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I'm Joseph Jude, a CTO, coach, and podcast host. Good to see you here. I have been writing and maintaining a digital presence since August, 2003.

What You'll Find Here — a commonplace book

A commonplace book is a personal compilation of knowledge, ideas, quotations, and observations collected by an individual. It is a notebook or journal where one gathers and organizes information from various sources for future reference and reflection.  They are more like a database than a diary.

A commonplace book isn't constrained by a theme like a blog. I'm interested in philosophy, theology, how we behave in groups, on learning, on technology's impact on business and vice versa, travel, stock market investing, and many other topics. Primarily this site is part of my learning.

As Charley Locke writes,

Keeping a commonplace book feels like a kinder way to grow, by wrestling with the articulations of others in the open...

I use consume, produce, engage to learn new concepts. Commonplace notes are the first part of learning. I file everything I find interesting. Then I organize those filed notes. When a common theme occurs, I create a new note for that theme. Over the years for easy categorization and consumption, I organize all my learning and activities under WINS:

From a Note Taking and Digital Gardens terminology, most notes here are of #seed and #sprout types. You can find my long, deep writing on my website.

Last piece in the puzzle of learning is "engage." Here is how you can play a role in mutually improving each other.

Iron sharpens iron - King Solomon

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I'm inspired by many who share their digital garden & their commonplace notes freely. I collect many of these digital gardens under: Digital Gardens. If you know of any, please tweet me the link.