“What’s Next for The Mighty Minds Club?” (3 of 3)

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  • Let’s make this community a bit different, by offering thematic or topical “maker” challenges.
  • There’s a survey I’d love for you to complete! (Or you can reply directly to this email)[NOTE: If you’re the survey is still open!]
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How I make sense of things!

So… what does this mean for the Mighty Minds Club?

In addition to the meetups and posts and other common community activities, I’d love to see us making to learn. Think project-based learning. Cohorts. Communities of practice. I’m imagining I bunch of us opting into small groups to work on monthly or quarterly challenges. It might be working alongside each other on a solo project. It might be working together on a group project — whatever YOU prefer. It could be something more format focused, such as ‘make a card deck’ or it could be a response to a complex topic such as ‘handling difficult conversations’, ‘challenges with remote working’, or ‘dealing with uncertainty’. Again, all of the focus is on making and sharing things to think with.

Possible Ways to Organize This:

In the interest of spurring ideas (And feedback from YOU!), here are some options that are top of mind for me:

  • “Delight in the Distance”
  • “Digital Literacy”
  • “Narrative Games for Learning”
  • “Complex Adaptive Systems”
  • “Inner Stories”
  • “Notetaking”
  • “Seeing Information”
  • “Ethics & Technology”
  • “Data Privacy”
  • “Prioritization”
  • “Short-Term vs Long-Term Thinking”
  • “Psychological Safety”
  • “Metaphors”
  • “Difficult Conversations”
  • “Trust”
  • “I’m Righty. You’re Wrong. Debating Truth.”
  • etc.
  • “Create a card deck to help people self-reflect.”
  • “Make a canvas we can use to facilitate a difficult team conversation.”
  • “Try using Roam for 1 month.”
  • “Write some interactive fiction using Twine”
  • The great thing about with this approach is it’s all very bottoms up and self-organizing.
  • The challenge I see with this approach is it’s all very bottoms up and self-organizing.


Q: Is this for everyone?
No. Statistically speaking, many of you will prefer to be spectators and/or benefit from the final work output. That’s completely fine. Or, maybe this all sounds ridiculously exciting to you, but you just can’t make the time ‘this month’ — too many other commitments. All of this is ok. It’s all voluntary. You opt in to what you can afford in terms of time and attention — what’s worthwhile to you (heck, I’m fear I’m going to spread myself too thin!). If we only have one group of 5 people at launch, that’s fine. I’m not looking for numbers. But, I do want to stick to my values and create the opportunity for real learning. And I know a chance to become an active co-constructor of knowledge is sorely missing from many online courses, communities, and other places we go to ‘learn’ 🤨. So, let’s remedy that!

  • In 2021, I have two printed toolkits I plan on bringing to life: A reprint (and update) of the Mental Notes card deck. And, a polished version of my ‘Bad Problem Statements’ card deck.
  • I have this crazy idea for a board game (of sorts), that helps two players talk through fake news, misinformation, beliefs, and faulty reasoning.
  • I’ve been learning all about narrative games, and would like to use Twine to create a narrative ‘workplace’ adventure, some bit of interactive fiction that helps us reflect on a common workplace tension.
  • I’ve got this very niche interest in the UX of physical card design, that is ready to be turned into a wiki or reference site. Basically, I’m considering and identifying the different ways that cards can be used, whether in games or with knowledge cards.
  • I’d like to launch an online version of my Visual Thinking workshop.
  • Oh, and I plan to publish a few more Deep Dives, including the one on Polarity Mapping that I’ve already started.
  • I’d love to publish a book that is a collection of essays on the topic of “Games and…”
  • I’ve been collecting content for a deck of cards, where each card is a bit of timeless wisdom — someone’s single piece of ‘go to’ advice that they always share with others.
  • What if — together–we created a deck of remote facilitation activities?
  • What if — together — we self-published a zine, related to things to think with, or a more narrowly defined ‘complex’ topic? 🤪
  1. FEEDBACK: One, final plug: Respond to the survey. Or, reply to this email. [OR, ADD COMMENTS HERE ON MEDIUM!]. I’d love to hear from you your thoughts on all this, especially what I’ve described in this email.
  2. PLANNING: I’ll be reaching out — directly — to folks who express(ed) interest in helping out (those of you who check the “[ ] Leading a small cohort / learning group” box in the survey). This includes everything from planning or participating in meetups to helping organize these learning groups.
  3. RELAUNCHING: A new website a membership sign up page will be up soonish — the next email from me will be to announce this.



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Stephen P. Anderson

Stephen P. Anderson


Speaker, educator, and design leader. On a mission to make learning the hard stuff fun, by creating ‘things to think with’ and ‘spaces’ for generative play.