From Ancient Greece to Renaissance Italy, patrons have made creative and artistic pursuits like this one possible. So, if The Latticework’s vision resonates with you and you want to be a foundational part of this journey, consider becoming a patron! Your support will grant you lifetime access, help us fulfill our vision, and so much more.
$300 Annually or $30 Monthly
Lifelong Learners get:
1. Access to The Latticework
2. Access to our all-in community
3. Embedded learning tools, future features, and exclusive content
If you’re a student, require a scholarship, or are interested in group discounts, we have options for you too!
Want to learn more before you join? Our first and most valuable discipline – Worldly Wisdom – is free and will always be free. If you read this discipline and aren’t fired up about joining The Latticework, we probably aren’t for you. And that’s ok! We know we’re not for everyone, but if our vision resonates with you, we can’t wait to learn from and with you 🙂
Why Join Us?
Most books, blogs, and social networks are engineered to capture your attention, not to help you learn and grow. The Latticework is different. The Latticework is built from the ground up to focus on interconnecting evergreen content that gets better through the engagement of our all-in community. No ads, long-form over short-form, timeless rather than timely – a place where valuable ideas are shared and discussed daily by a high-quality community.
Importantly, thinking, writing, and learning is a dynamic, iterative, and never-ending evolution. While traditional books are incredible, we feel that their static nature doesn’t easily capture this process.1I love physical books and my home is overflowing with them. In many ways, they are superior to anything digital since they are tactile, helping to improve associations and recall. However, I think there is a place for a digital resource like this one, and this experiment will help us find out. I also hope to produce a high-quality physical version at some point, if the demand is there. For a deeper dive into the shortcomings of books, Andy Matuschak has a wonderful post – Why Books Don’t Work So, to remedy this shortcoming, we decided to host The Latticework online and adopt the “Software-as-a-Service” subscription business model, coming up with our “Book-as-a-Service” framework.2We have adopted “BaaS” from Salesforce and other SaaS companies. This business model has become widely adopted since it serves customers well. It does away with the customer’s need for large, upfront capital investments, allows customers to cancel at any time, allows for fast deployment, lowers initial acquisition costs, and increases scalability and reliability. We thought the same concept could be applied to books because many of these same benefits would accrue to the book’s partners. (PS – “Book-Like-a-Service” was also considered, which I thought was quite clever (BLAS), but my wife and friends would (rightfully) never let me live that down. It was a fun thought while it lasted 🙂 Due to the inherent nature of the internet and a subscription service, this transforms what is typically a one-time, zero-sum, single-player transaction with short time-horizons into an iterative, positive-sum, multi-player game with long time-horizons.
We believe the BaaS model is also superior because of the “win/win” foundation a subscription service is necessarily built upon.3A subscription has to be win/win if it is to survive because partners risk little on the front-end and are able to walk away at any time (as it should be!) If we don’t live up to our promise, you can cancel and walk away at any time. Win/win is the only sustainable approach to life and we are deeply committed to creating an ecosystem in which everyone involved can thrive, including partners, employees, distributors, communities we operate in, the environment, owners, and any other stakeholders.4For example, partners win by gaining access to a valuable resource, community, and embedded learning tools; employees win by being able to continue working on this passion project, it makes the time and energy spent sustainable, and provides the resources necessary to continue investing in this resource, feeding a beautiful, virtuous cycle; and the community and environment win as we donate 5% of profits to a charity we truly believe in, A Glimmer of Hope.
We are driven to build something beautiful, valuable, and sustainable that empowers this community. However, we absolutely can’t do this on our own. This is a lifelong mission of ours and due to the magnitude of this undertaking, we need your support and engagement. We’re aiming to make this enterprise at least self-funding and, at best, profitable and sustainable so that we can aggressively reinvest into The Latticework and continuously improve it. To make this possible, we need to make this a “Hell yeah!” decision for you, or it should be a “no.” This is a high bar we’ve set for ourselves, but our goal is to provide so much value that not joining would be irresponsible!5Check out the hamburger menu in the top left of the main navigation bar and the footer below to get an idea for the Big Ideas and Big Disciplines that we currently have incorporated. But, remember, this is only a start! The beauty of hosting this online is that we can iterate and improve the resource immediately rather than needing years like a traditional book!
What if every reader shared The Latticework with 5 friends?6Click to tweet and share!
What if 100,000 people read this and only 1 in 10 cared enough to join and become a partner?
What if .001% of the wealthiest readers were passionate enough about this vision to become a Patron?
If any one of these were to happen, within a few short months we could put our vision into hyperdrive, catalyzing the value and educational change we hope to impart.
Next: Worldly Wisdom