Advanced Knowledge Systems in Tana
Course/Lab by Andrew Altshuler.
Second cohort starts January 7
Tana is the most powerful knowledge management tool available today. Add human-grade AI to the mix, and you have your own knowledge powerhouse.
People who work with complex subjects & vast amounts of information can benefit from this a lot!
However, to truly tap into Tana's potential, you need to go beyond traditional PKM practices by updating your mental models & methods.
Recognizing this distinction and adapting your approach to knowledge management is key to enhancing your:
- Understanding & articulation
- Synthesis quality
- Overall intellectual productivity
As Maggie Appleton put it:
Tana is one of the few knowledge management tools that moves beyond mimicking static text on paper. It takes the computational medium seriously. It gives regular folks access to a set of powerful primitives that previously only developers could touch.
What to expect from course?
Building a robust knowledge system requires a nuanced understanding of computer science, cognitive science, and complexity. In the course, there will be a strong emphasis on core concepts/models for a solid foundation.
Run inside in Tana
The whole program will be fully integrated into Tana workspace. All the workshops will be done right on the spot! That will give you a full immersion effect.
Although I call this program a course, there will be quite a few elements from the laboratory. You will have the opportunity to work on your own system, applying knowledge immediately, sharing ideas and learnings with a group.
My goal is to show you real-life use cases. So, we'll explore the whole sensemaking ecosystem built around Tana. We will use Readwise, ChatGTP, Neo4J, Perplexity, and other tools.
1. History & context
History of Computable Knowledge
Evolution of tools for thought
Looking forward: Knowledge economy
2. Computer science for knowledge work
Object Oriented Approach
3. Cognitive aspect of knowledge
Types of memory
Encoding, storage & retrieval
Tacit vs. Explicit knowledge
4. Building your knowledge factory
Information / Knowledge lifecycle
Types of processing
Export / Import / Tana Paste
Re-formatting data & information with GPT-4
Parse to Tana with OpenAI Code Interpreter
Filtering, Clustering, Merging
Compression & summarization
5. AI as a knowledge co-pilot
LLMs & knowledge work
Basic prompt engineering
More complex prompts
Prompt Workbench in Tana
Framework of understanding
Algorithms of thoughts
7. Knowledge structures
Ontologies & schemas
Supertags & Queries
Scaffolding & enabling constraints
Building from first principles
Semantics & semantic functions
Asking the right questions
Synthesizing new frameworks
Creating reports / articles
Synthesis with AI
The course will be structured around live sensemaking & BUILD together sessions. All workshops will be held in shared workspace.
Tana ALIENS Game
It is a game designed to help you to get more relaxed and confident playing with Tana.
You will learn to apply key concepts from computer science by building a custom setup for aliens in a shared workspace.
Structuring the vast body of research
We'll explore Robert Kegan's works on Levels of Self.
How is his framework connected to recent scientific studies and other similar frameworks.
We're going to make a general structure that will help us to gain a better understanding of the subjects.
Making sense of complex phenomena
We'll explore the recent complex geopolitical events.
I will show you how to collect & structure evidence to make a weighted judgment about the situation.
Building your own knowledge factory
Together, we'll (re)design & build an MVP of a your PKM system using Constraints, Constructors & Threads.
The system will heavily utilize custom structures and AI.
Here is the example of such factory:
- 4 weeks
- 4 live workshops
- 8 lectures
- 2 office hours sessions
- 30 minutes 1:1 onboarding call
- Shared Tana workspace
- Private Slack community
- 250 USD
Who is this course for?
Basically for all knowledge workers who deal with a lot of diverse information and want to utilize Tana's full potential.
What is the size of the group?
15 people MAX.
I designed the course around workshops and BUILD together sessions in a shared Tana workspace. These formats only work in small groups.
Do I need to Tana fundamentals to participate?
Yes. You will benefit from the course if you already have some experience with Tana and have a grasp on basic stuff: supertags, fields, and live queries.
Don't worry if your Tana skills are not perfect yet.
If you have any difficulties, I will be available to answer questions during the whole time.
At what time the live event will be held?
They will be on weekends for sure.
I want to stay flexible and schedule a time/date that will work best for the group based on the poll.
Obviously It's hard to find a spot that will work best for, let's say, people in Singapore and LA. If we experience this, I'm open to doing two sessions of each workshop for different timezones.
For me, it's super important to give each participant the best experience possible!
Do I have to attend all the events?
While live events are an important part of the course, It's okay to skip some of them and watch recordings. You will get access to the recordings within 24 hours of the event.
Can I get a refund?
14-day refunds are available. Just send me an email, and I'll refund you, no questions asked.