From information overload to context, insight and meaning.

Gathering and sharing knowledge is central to the experience of being human. What we know and care about — and how that informs our actions — defines who we are as individuals, organizations, and societies.

Flat, text-based organizational systems don’t work for the volumes of data we collect. We can’t keep track of or share what we have. As a result, we often lose or forget knowledge and meaning.

When knowledge is lost, we diminish our capacity to understand, to act, to make connections, and pass on what we know to future generations.

Saganworks is a new way to preserve and work with knowledge that takes full advantage of how our brains are wired.

90% of the information our brains take in and process is visual. This pure visual processing power clocks in at 60,000 times faster than what’s typically set aside for scanning text.

The future of knowledge management lies in the power of visual and spatial memory working within multidimensional spaces.

Welcome to the future.

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The Story of Knowledge

Barbara Tversky’s Mind In Motion

Barbara Tversky’s beautifully written new book, Mind In Motion, lays out a new theory of human cognition: spatial thinking is the foundation of thought. Listen in as she talks about it with Sam Harris on his Making Sense podcast.

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Information Is Food

What if we thought about information the way we think about food? In this illuminating Ted Talk, JP Rangaswami blends personal history and metaphor in proposing a new, more nourishing and balanced approach to consuming information.

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Can Memory Palaces Work for Organizations?

“Are the most important priorities, principles, or strategies at your organization trapped inside PowerPoints? Confined by bullet points? Are they not yet alive in the minds eye of your people? Does your organization need a memory palace?” Stephanie Gioia draws inspiration from the ancient technique of memory palaces to consider how organizations might increase their shared understanding of goals and priorities.

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Wisdom in the Age of Information

“We live in a world awash with information, but we seem to face a growing scarcity of wisdom. And what’s worse, we confuse the two. We believe that having access to more information produces more knowledge, which results in more wisdom. But, if anything, the opposite is true — more and more information without the proper context and interpretation only muddles our understanding of the world rather than enriching it.” – Maria Popova

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Working With Knowledge

In Saganworks, work with your knowledge any way you want. Saganworks CEO, Erika Block, likes to surround herself with the knowledge she’s working with, and then visually sift, sort, group, and arrange it all in search of renewed meaning, insight, and inspiration.

The Museum as Memory Palace

There’s a reason museums are memorable — and it’s not just the beauty and originality of the art. Museums, by design, activate the brain’s capacity for visual and spatial recall in ways that create indelible recollections we can revisit well into the future.

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