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Grant's Newsletter (1729w, Lindy, US/China/Internet)

Hello all!
As a reminder from last week, this is the newest edition of my newsletter. The content of this newsletter will be similar to what you’ve received in the past. However, the goal with this rebrand is to provide more flexibility with what I share.
Some things I’m thinking about this week:

1. 1729 Writers ∞
This week Matt Harder and I launched 1729 Writers (1729w). 1729 Writers is a cohort-based writing program similar to The Tech Progressive.
But, rather than a 1-week sprint that we did with The Tech Progressive, this program will last 6 weeks with 1 essay published per week.
1729w will be run within the 1729 community (read more about 1729 here).
I’m excited to share more about the progress of the program - the first essays will be published on Tuesday.
2. Lindy Learning 🕰
Lindy is one of the more powerful concepts I’ve learned in the past few years.
Ana Lorena Fabrega
What if we recovered ancient ways of teaching and learning?

5 Lindy ideas in education ⏳👇🏽
Lindy applies mainly to ideas, technology, and non-perishable things.
Ana Fabrega summarizes Lindy: “The longer ideas have been around, the longer they’re likely to last.”
For example, Christianity has been around for 2 thousand years, so it’s expected that Christianity will last for another 2 thousand years.
Ana Fabrega points out two Lindy learning examples that resonated with me:
1. Learning through action.
Learning through tinkering and experimentation is Lindy.
This has been one of my biggest reasons for cutting lectures from our cohorts and focusing on action (through writing).
2. The teacher as facilitator.
Ana Fabrega describes the teacher facilitator as a guide that helps students “arrive at their own understanding.”
This is a Lindy form of teaching.
Writing is powerful way for people to arrive at their own understanding. I’ve learned that helping people to write is a great way to facilitate learning.
3. US, China, and the Internet 🌐
I’ve been obsessing over this idea of the US decline, the rise of China, and the rise of the internet.
Grant 🌐 🏗
Ray Dalio's newest book describes the US and China power dynamic with the following chart.

If the book is even directionally correct, it means 2040 will look a whole lot different than the world we grew up in.

But, where does the borderless, digital economy fit in?
I’m planning to write a longer essay (for the first week of 1729 Writers) on this topic, but I’m planning to write my essay with the general question in mind: “what if the decentralized, global internet is the more important than all existing, physical countries?”
This idea is informed by a few thoughts:
  • The Sovereign Individual lays out the thesis that the digital revolution will make borders and nations less influential.
Given my interest in education, I think there is a huge role for digitally native education players to play in educating “citizens of the internet” or players of the great online game.
Thank you for reading!
Have a great weekend and talk to you next week.
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3 things I've been thinking about this week. Published every Friday. Mostly covering education, business, tech, and updates on what I'm working on.

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