Activity & Updates

Beta 0.5 – 8/4/20

Beta, Team

A lot has happened these past several months and I’m excited to share some key highlights!

  • We’re planning on releasing an “early access beta” in the next several weeks! This will help us “get in the game” and get feedback on a larger scale, build awareness and excitement, build the user base and acquire potential user contact info, and doesn’t anchor people to a particular price or business model (no payment or partnerships to start). People will get access to the worldly wisdom discipline but they will need to sign up for the waitlist, using their name and email address. I will release the idea on twitter and have some people with a large platform to help spread the word. I’ll send another email to this group a couple of days before launch to give a bit of a heads up 🙂
  • Created a collapsible table of contents on the left hand side and a footer for easier site navigation
  • Making great progress on our own commenting tool we have called “Junto.” This goes back to Benjamin Franklin and his “mutual improvement and learning club.” Also, in Spanish, “juntos” means together and we feel that this perfectly captures what this tool will accomplish – a tool to help us more effectively improve and learn together.
  • No daily newsletter – I hear you loud and clear! 😉
  • Continued simplification and streamlining of the website – previous prologue pages have been collapsed down into the introduction to give people a crisper understanding of what the hell this thing is about and condensed the rest of it into the vision page (about the resource, about the community, about the tools…)
  • Wrote out a few more of the ideas for future upload
  • Thank you to those who introduced more people to our beta! The feedback I’ve gotten has been incredible. Inspiring to see how many of you (many of whom I’ve never met face to face!) have taken the time to dig into The Latticework to help improve it. Means more than you all know!

How You Can Help:

  • When the time comes to release The Latticework to the wild, please help me spread the word any way you can 🙂

Beta 0.4 – 5/16/20

Latticework Beta Team,

Hope everyone is doing well! We’ve done quite a lot in the past month and I wanted to share some of the highlights.

Since last time:

  • Further refined the landing page to make the introduction and call to action clearer and simpler.
  • Simplified the table of contents so that there is far less scrolling and noise
  • Reduced the number of introductory pages down to 3 – the mission, the how, and our community. There was too much build up and redundancy before, so we’ve streamlined it
  • There are currently 3 partnerships:
    • Free – access to introduction and worldly wisdom
      • There is also an option for people who can’t afford to join. They will still apply (see below), but will be granted a 6-month partnership for free
    • $10/month – access to the entirety of the resource and future exclusive content (podcast, app, etc…)
    • $30/month – access to the resource and community (which includes the embedded learning tools and exclusive content)
      • This option is application-based (at least to start out with). This will filter for those who are most excited about joining, will allow the proper culture to be set from the get go, and will create sustainable/organic growth that doesn’t dilute the quality of the content/engagement/culture
      • High school and college students will receive a discount. They have potentially the most to gain from joining and could become our most engaged and long-term partners
  • We’re building out an embedded learning tool that is similar to Hypothesis but has the exact features we want and doesn’t require a separate sign on and account. It’ll still be some time before this tool is functional, but we’re excited about the potential it has to empower an engaged community who can learn from/with each other

Next steps

  • Keep building out the embedded annotation/highlighting/commenting/social tool. If you have a name for this tool you’d like to suggest, please reach out!
  • Keeping people engaged and these ideas top of mind is vital, and one of the prime ways I think of doing so is through a daily newsletter. I’m thinking it will be an easy to digest blurb (quote, story, example, diagram, etc.) that helps drive home one of the ideas – seth godin and don Miguel ruiz’s daily newsletters are my current inspiration. This would be free and available to anyone, but the links and ideas it points back to would likely only be available to partners. What would you be excited to see in something like this? What would add value and would you actually be excited to see in your inbox?
  • Improving the navigation of the site by adding a drop down menu and a footer (reducing the number of steps to get to the page you want to go)
  • Keep writing the disciplines/ideas that have yet to be published
  • Further expand the circle of beta users, looking soon to bring on “advisors”         
  • Thinking of what other branches of optionality would be exciting and value-additive (podcasts, for example)

How You Can Help:

  • Intro to 2-3 people you think would love to engage and be part of The Latticework
  • Feedback on what a daily newsletter would look like and what value it should provide
  • Please push back! If there’s anything that doesn’t make sense or that you disagree with, the best thing you could possibly do is call me out on it!

The more time I spend working and thinking about this, the more excited I get and I hope you feel some of the same

Thanks for your time and for being part of this journey!

Blas

Beta 0.3 – 3/5/20

Set up our newsletter, embedded Hypothes.is commenting/annotation app, created our public roadmap and suggestion forum, looping in of Latticework beta users

Beta 0.2 – 1/3/20

Creation of The Latticework network visualization, continued build-out of our vision, website, and tools.

Beta 0.1 – 12/15/19

Initial Soft Launch on December 15, 2019! A huge thank you to those helped give some critical feedback which led to Beta 0.2