The “I Wish I Had Thought of That” series is going to be my attempt to breakdown things that I wish I had thought of. Simple, but sometimes the simplest ideas are the ones that are the best.
It’s also my attempt to get back into writing, which I attempted to do last year – but I had my heart blow up. So, I’m a little humbler, more realistic and think I have the kick in the ass I need to make this a regular thing. Specifically, will be continuing to explore my favorite topic: Technology and its impact on human behavior.
My biggest problem (and I feel that many others have the same one) is not having enough time in the day to digest as much content and learning as I would like. To be informed, you have to not only use multiple sources but filter/navigate to higher quality material within those sources. Half my day is spent finding/looking for stuff instead of just digesting and learning from it.
Imagine my surprise when I came across Cicero.ly. Here’s how they describe their mission/service:
Cicero’s mission is to help you learn and see the world for what it is.
It’s the learning app for people who are sick of the toxicity of social media.
In today’s digital world, it’s too easy to become siloed and succumb to tribalism. Cicero is on a mission to change that.
We designed an app that focuses on scientific evidence, acknowledges cognitive biases, and celebrates intellectual diversity.
We want to make the world’s greatest thinkers and researchers easy to access and help you recognize and avoid misinformation.
I’ve been looking for a great cross media service to curate topics that I’m interested in since the death of Google Reader. (Seriously, this one still hurts – I feel like I’ve gotten progressively less informed since this service went offline). Now granted, the service does seem to have a bit of a center right bend to social issues, however, I think that this will be worked out by my center left inputs/tweaking. I’m the weirdo that likes to balance out my Barstool Sports reading by also reading Jezebel (I’m strange).
Of particular interest to me were the mixed media additions to the feed (podcasts, etc) that are more reflective of our current media landscape. After all, I don’t want to read ALL the time (This is a lie, I use subtitles on everything anyway).
So if you’re looking for a new “learning” dashboard I’d recommend you check out Cicero.ly – I think you’ll be happy you did.