Some highlights from my website curatella.com:
- One Year Writing: 30 Lessons Learned in 30 Days. This is the beginning of my challenge to publish 30 atomic essays in 30 days.
- Writing Half a Million words in One Year. Today is the day I am writing for my 365th day in a row, for a total of half a million words.
- The habit of building habits
- Notes. A growing collection of notes, reflections, and connections.
- My notes about Systems Thinking
- All articles about Design
- All articles about Facilitation
- All articles about Writing
- All articles about Systems Thinking
Read My Latest Articles
- 60 Times 60. Refining my daily publishing strategyI am celebrating my 60th daily publishing in a row, but I am not satisfied with my long-term publishing strategy.
- The Note-Taking Nouvelle VagueIn the world of P tools, there is a tsunami of new software applications to manage note-taking and note-making
- Artificial Intelligences are children to be educatedWhat’s the boundary between the usefulness of the suggestions that you receive and the information you have to provide to get them?
- Creativity preparation rituals: infallible!Prime your brain with the ritual of preparation. Nothing can stop you when you’re cleaning up your mind and your environment to start doing creative work.
- Find and give meaningFind your answers, build on top of what others have already learned, and experiment by minimizing risks while maximizing the learning.
- Rebranding the obviousWhy calling something already existing, known, and named with another name?
- How to be a Systems Thinker: simple stepsBeing a better Systems Thinker is all nice and good but how do you manage to do it in our chaotic lives?
- Celebratory rituals define yourselfQuestioning the deep motives behind your celebration shatters your identity from the foundations. It’s a disruptive act to redefine yourself.
- Minimize unintended consequences by thinking in systemsWhen you obtain effects you didn’t want and you did not expect, following your actions, you are experiencing unintended consequences.
- Keep on writing50 daily blog posts published. Let’s do another 50.
- A Zettelkasten as a tool for thinkingCapture information into well-written and well-connected notes. Add them to your Zettelkasten to make it grow. It will become your favorite thinking tool.
- Question timeWill I have the patience and the persistence to see what will emerge from my consistency?
- Planning revisions to prepare for reflectionIn a moment of reflection, I am combining two ideas to enhance my creative workflow.
- Go walk yourselfYou have to learn when to write and when to do something else.
- Grow exponentially by compounding incrementallyExploit exponentials in anything that you do, every single day of your life. The compounded effect will lead you to unthinkable achievements.
- A Crazy year. Of growth and fear. 2020 retrospective.A year of walking, thinking, writing, reflecting, challenging, growing, meeting, facilitating, designing, and hope.
- Communication without context is meaninglessClarify the receiver’s mind about the message you want to convey. Then communicate your content.
- Choose your own stories, wiselyYou’ll always have stories to tell and stories to listen to. Which stories we believe in is what our reality is going to be. Choose wisely.
- Usability Heuristics as collective design experienceUse designers’ shared experience to improve your User Interfaces: apply the most useful Usability Heuristics to design your software better.
- Creative technique: 1-2-3First: set the problem; two: develop possibilities; three, implement, test, and iterate. Four: break the rules.
- Creative technique: list ideas following a promptWhen you’re stuck and don’t know where to start from, take a partner and play to list their ideas following a clear and concise starting question.
- Solve problems better: bottom-up and top-downCombine the direct problem-solving approach with creative exploration to find novel and useful solutions.
- Stop. And reflect.You cannot always be in the flow. Take periodic breaks to evaluate your achievements in retrospective to plan the next move.
- Design methods, how to avoid reinventing everythingStudy, research, and adapt the best design process for the context of the problem you want to solve. And design solutions that are effective, efficient, and pleasurable.
- Constrain your creativity to make it easyHaving a format to follow, even when flexible and loose, gives the quick sprint of taking care of the topic without worrying about the structure. It gives pace and logical flow.
- Test your solutions before your usersThe design process requires competence, focus, and hard work. Do not risk to create fragile solutions by skipping systematic testing of your designs. Plan and execute to stress your solutions intentionally in extreme cases. You will develop robust tools with a higher chance of surviving in the real world.
- Writing about writing about writingWrite daily: a lot, a little, but write. Write free-flowing or with intentions, but write. Collect, organize, and connect, but write. Review, revise, and publish, but write!
- What to write when you don’t know what to writeIf you find yourself in the situation of not knowing what to write you can leverage on your drafts, your notes or on your creative toolbox.
- Expert? Show up, provide value and we’ll see.Practice, study, and be prepared to show up and provide value with your expertise. Welcome to the era of the Knowledge Entrepreneur.
- Be prepared for anythingIt doesn’t matter if you can foresee future, be mindful in preparing yourself always beyond the expected, to be ready for the unknowable.
- The habit of building habitsYou choose to be who you are by repeatedly doing what you decide to do, consistently, continuously.
- Writing compounds despite everythingWrite every day. Regardless of successes and failures, you will grow, day in, day out.
- If only I could be ten, againWrite every day in your diary and keep it. You’ll be ten forever.
- Write daily to enhance your realityWrite to have a richer picture of your world, understand it better, and live it better.
- Don’t lose your mind. Back it upWhile waiting to upload your physical brain, do yourself a favor, backup your digital documents now. And check if it worked.
- Do it small to do it betterBig but never or small but now? Lower the bar. Reduce expectations. Make yourself impossible to fail. Do it small.
- Write daily to become a better managerWrite daily, reflect on your day, and plan your tomorrows. You will become a better manager in any field of your life, personal and professional.
- Practice transcribing your thoughts to become an effective communicatorTranscribe your thoughts, frequently and intensely. You will become a better thinker and a better communicator.
- Type more, type faster, type betterWriting is also physical performance, when typing, train yourself to use all fingers without looking at the keyboard.
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Book reviewThe best book on humanity I’ve read so far: this book makes me feel bad.
- Facilitate growth by tracking habitsIf you don’t measure it, you cannot learn from it. Measure your behaviors to steer towards your positive, incremental, compounded growth.
- Why asking questions?Why asking questions? What is the most potent exploration and adventure tool in the world if not to ask a question?
- Publish text as digital text, not imagesBe a responsible Internet Citizen: publish content as digital text to make it usable and accessible.
- Automate repetitive tasksDon’t waste your time on tasks that software can do for you, automate repetitive tasks, and gain time to write (or to sleep if you want).
- Writing is a processWriting is never just writing. Refine your word production workflows to support your habit-making approach or you will just be a hamster on a wheel.
- Be smart, let it goWrite and share your ideas now. Reflect on the waves they have made. It’s the only way to be smarter.
- Creativity makes you happyImagining new and better futures, visualizing conceptual connections, and writing them, you will be happier.
- Writing is like drinking coffeeOvercoming the initial friction of starting leads to habits: drinking coffee and writing daily. Choose wisely.
- Walking generates ideasThe more you walk, the more you have ideas.
- Writing reduces your jargon and slangPractice writing and recording your thoughts to talk better and to write in a cleaner and more understandable way. Capisc’?
- Dissolve your distractionsWriting helps to improve your focused and intentional productivity by eliminating waste and procrastination.
- Writing sets the focus on yourselfWriting is focusing on yourself, making you more objective and more self-aware.
- Writing makes you a better observerLearn to become a better observer by writing, consistently, about what you notice.
- Writing improves your memoryYou remember better what you have written. Connect your brain to a more vivid past. Leverage on your rich memories: write them down.
- Connect ideas nowInformation hoarding is too easy. Capture and connect your new ideas now. There’s no other time to do it.
- Writing builds your networksExtrovert or introvert? Doesn’t matter. make your thoughts visible, you’ll grow your network.
- Be less ambitious, be more consistentLower the bar and reduce expectations. Make your work easy to be done so that you cannot miss it.
- Creative LonelinessI can be creative when alone. Don’t let your time alone be wasted. Use it to write.
- Write a lot to write wellYour first million words are the worst. Put in the repetitions and your writing will improve.
- Writing is ThinkingWriting is thinking and if you cannot think clearly you cannot write.
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I am a Senior Experience Designer, a Facilitator, a Trainer, and an Educator.
I work as a Senior Strategic Designer in the fields of Service Design, UX Design, Interaction Design, User Research, User Interface Design, Usability Testing and managing small remote groups of designers and developers.
I the last 25 years I have been designing, developing, writing, speaking and teaching about digital technologies.
I am expanding my online and live Facilitation services to cover: Collective Intelligence Design, Systems Practice and Systems Change.
I aim at improving the well-being of people and the planet while promoting the sustainable adoption of new technologies and co-designing ecosystem-centered solutions. I facilitate learning processes by simplifying the complex.
I am writing about my experience on this blog. Something I wanted to do for more than 20 years.
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I am based in Rome, Italy.
Although I can travel I would prefer remote work.
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