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6 Questions Every Knowledge Worker, Creator And Life-Long Learner Must Answer

1. Are you constantly wasting time looking for information you were sure you had saved? 

2. Is that pile of unfinished projects causing shame and anxiety? 

3. Are you stuck in a perpetual state of overwhelm when you look at your buzzing social media feed, your email inbox at 999+ unread messages, and the 17 open browser tabs with interesting articles to read?

4. Are you trying to get into a flow state, but when you sit down to work, you feel overwhelmed and unsure where to start? 

5. Are you easily distracted by the next meeting/to-do/emergency instead of being fully present with your loved ones?

6. Are you always busy and yet don’t feel like you’re moving your life forward in the areas that matter most to you?

If you answered “no” to all of these questions, great! You can close this page.

But if you nodded your head at least once and want to finally clear the mental clutter and start doing your best work with clarity, purpose, and ease…

Then read on!

Hi, I’m Tiago Forte

AUTHOR & CREATOR OF BUILDING A SECOND BRAIN

I’ve spent more than 10 years researching and personally experimenting with a new way of organizing our digital lives and improving our productivity.

What started as a quest to deal with a chronic illness turned into a life-long mission to help you harness the full potential of your ideas and turn them into reality. 

My work has been featured in

If you’re reading this, then something in your life has caused you to stop and think,

“There must be a better way!”

(just like my mysterious illness did for me).

Maybe your responsibilities have increased dramatically as you started a family, a new job, or a business, and now you need a way to do great work, despite having less time. 

You might feel like you’re dropping balls left, right, and center, losing track of open threads, and it’s impacting those around you. 

Maybe you’re dissatisfied with your current job and want to move to a more fulfilling career and get more out of life. 

Or maybe you have a lot of ideas and expertise but don’t know how to link all that information together to make the impact you want to make. 

Whatever your situation, I can tell you that you’re not alone. 

Why is it normal for us to feel scattered, overworked, and overwhelmed all the time?

When I ask people why they aren’t going after their goals (and instead often lower their hopes and ambitions instead), the #1 answer is always: 

Information overload! 

They share things like… 

“I get overwhelmed at the tasks before me. I don’t know how to manage the volume and set priorities.”

“Things just fall through the cracks.”  

“I just feel like I can’t make progress on anything.” 

This state of permanent information overload and overwhelm has become our “new normal.”

Why? Because our biological brains are reaching their capacity. We have way too much to remember, too much to think about, and too much to do.

And the problem is: The volume of information flooding our brains today is just a trickle compared to what’s coming.

(Forecasts* show that the volume of information created, captured, and consumed worldwide will double from 2022 to 2025. Isn’t that crazy?)

That brings us to the key question…

How can we achieve our goals when our brains are already maxed out? 

The answer is to build a “Second Brain.”

Now, you’re probably wondering: “What the heck is that?” 

A "Second Brain" is simply the name for a trusted place outside your head where you can collect and organize your most important ideas and insights (while filtering out the junk) and use them to do your best work.

We already have thousands of people all over the world using their Second Brains to:

  • Combat information overwhelm and free up their attention for more creative, interesting endeavors.
  • Keep the most important information just two clicks away, giving them peace of mind that their knowledge and insights are safely stored and available whenever they need them. 
  • Create a playground of their own thoughts, ideas, resources, and connections to bring to life the creative works that have been locked up inside. 
  • Know exactly where to start when they sit down to work, so they can achieve lift-off on long-awaited projects and take them to the finish line. 
  • Finally focus their time and energy on the people and things that are most important to them.

So, what exactly is a Second Brain?

A minute ago, I told you it's a place for storing your ideas and information. And while your Second Brain is indeed a place, it's more than that. It’s a system you follow.

Think of it as an operating system, like Windows or iOS. Except for your life and work.

The Second Brainers (as we call ourselves) use this system daily. 

Every time they come across a new piece of useful information, it enters their system. And when they begin a new project at work or at home, the tasks flow from their system.

Of course, we have a name for that, too. It’s called CODE. 

CODE is our proven process for consistently turning the information you consume into creative output and concrete results.

Capture only the most important information

Remember how we talked about being bombarded with information? This is your first line of defense. 

Whether you’re collecting information from meetings, books, articles, podcasts, or conversations…you’ll escape the “reactivity loop,” consume content at your own pace, and capture what resonates with you.

That way, you can let everything else (and the FOMO) go. This filtering process alone will free up 50% more head space. 

Organize for actionability

You’re capturing information, but where do you put everything? How do you organize your digital life? 

From now on: No more random notes spread across your different apps, docs, notepads, and sticky notes. Not only will you know where your insights are, but you’ll also organize your digital life differently than ever before — for action. 

This will make it easy to prioritize your life and turn your digital notes into “thinking tools” that allow you to access brain power you didn’t even know you had. 

Distill down to the essence 

This is where the magic happens. The Distill phase is how you're able to find what you need at a moment's notice.

In the midst of a busy workday, you don’t have time to review ten pages of notes on a book you read last year. By distilling your notes in a way that your future self can use them over and over again, you’ll build your own “knowledge treasury” full of your unique intellectual property.

Express your unique ideas and experiences 

Now it’s time for action. All the previous steps—capturing, organizing, and distilling—are geared toward one ultimate purpose: Getting your work done faster with less effort. And thanks to your Second Brain, you’ll never start from a blank page again. 

With the building blocks all laid out, you can start expressing your ideas in your unique voice –through writing, speaking, designing, teaching, persuading, or building a product or a business – to help advance your career and make a meaningful contribution to the world. 

CODE is the result of thousands of hours spent teaching, speaking, coaching, and writing about productivity and Personal Knowledge Management.

I’ve charged between $25,000 and $50,000 to teach this system to elite professionals at some of the world’s leading organizations, such as…

But I want to make that same quality of education available to everyone, regardless of where they live or which resources they have access to.

Living by the CODE system will supercharge your career, business, and life

You don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s what graduates of our Building a Second Brain program say…

BASB has literally changed my life. Every time I take this course I get a new job that's more specialized and better aligned with my goals and beliefs.

Camila Holanda

Designer, Researcher & Futurist

After taking BASB, I feel 1000X more productive and have a system that gets a lot done for me.

Yaw Owusu-Ansah

WordPress Developer

After BASB, my thoughts are clearer and my writing has improved. It's already allowed me to create things I never would have considered before this course.

Tamisha O'Neal

Board-certified Cosmetologist

The BASB course has made me more confident in handling what life throws at me and being more effective in expressing myself.

Dennis Nehrenheim

Software Engineer & Blogger

BASB has reduced my stress levels. I now feel less scattered and more directed.

Sheila Glesmann

Owner of Emission Strategies, Inc.

I feel as though I have increased my IQ by 20 points. Of course this isn't true, but it feels this way because I am thinking so much more clearly and with so much more relaxation and concentration.

Rob Joseph

Fractional CFO

Now, how do you get started?

This isn’t about finding the “perfect” productivity app to solve all your problems. It doesn’t exist!

Too many people get lost in the sea of tools available out there. 

(As one of our students exclaimed: “I have all the tools and none of the results!”)

Nor is it about mastering every feature of the most sophisticated software program available. 

While tinkering may feel like learning, it’s likely only a distraction from what really matters: moving your goals forward. These apps ultimately have to serve you, not the other way around. 

And watching more YouTube videos or reading another book on productivity won’t help either. 

You’re still left alone, trying to apply what you’ve learned to your situation. 

After teaching 5,000 students from around the world, I’ve found that…

The best way to get started is by putting CODE to use and applying it to your current projects and priorities.

It doesn’t matter if…

  • You’re not naturally “organized” (You don’t have to be. The goal of organizing your knowledge is to move your goals forward, not get a PhD in notetaking)
  • You’re already tapped out for time and energy (A Second Brain will help you do more with less and actually save you time and energy)
  • You have limits on what hardware or software you can use (This system works across any platform)

You make progress by taking action. That’s how you’ll see immediate results. 

And we’ve created the perfect place for you to do just that.

Build your Second Brain the right way for you

Our self-paced course to build your Second Brain on your own time and at your own pace.

7 modules with succinct, polished instructional videos

Learn the fundamentals of the BASB methodology at your own pace.

Guided implementation steps

Put what you learn into practice immediately using your notes app of choice.

Notes app checklist

Choose and properly set up the right notetaking app for your needs with our step-by-step checklist.

Writing prompts and reflections

Ensure that you make the right strategic decisions about your Second Brain from the start.

Resource library of our best, most impactful content

Dive deeper into advanced use cases for digital notetaking and personal knowledge management.

Your All-Access Pass to build, sustain, and leverage your Second Brain.

The BASB Membership combines the momentum of live cohorts where you learn alongside a group of like-minded (yet diverse) peers with a powerful community to continuously support you on your journey to building the life you want.

The BASB Membership includes the BASB Foundation course, plus…

4 live cohorts per year

Work alongside Tiago on a personal or work project, taking it through the CODE system from start to finish. By the end of the 3-week cohort, you’ll have a deliverable you are proud of. Going through the full process together will allow you to apply it to any other project again and again.

4 interactive live sessions per cohort (with options for all time zones)

Join Tiago for step-by-step walkthroughs, live exercises, and in-depth Q&As to help you build and implement your Second Brain system. Of course, live captions, transcripts, and recordings are available to make these sessions as accessible as possible for you.

Private learning community

Connect with the most dedicated Personal Knowledge Management practitioners in the world on our community platform Circle. Our alumni include leaders, experts, and creative professionals from some of the world’s leading organizations.

Personalized support from our Alumni Moderators

Our most experienced Second Brainers will help you implement your Second Brain using a wide variety of notetaking apps and tools. They’re all successful graduates who have tested their Second Brains in the real world and are returning to help our new members succeed.

Weekly live events & monthly Q&As with Tiago

Of course, we’ll support you on your Second Brain journey in between cohorts as well. Hop on a monthly live call with Tiago to discover real-life examples of how others are using their Second Brain and hear about the most exciting developments in the PKM ecosystem.

The Building a Second Brain Promise

When you join Building a Second Brain, we promise that you’ll…

Beat information overload

You’ll reduce stress and anxiety by knowing what to keep and what to ignore. Your best ideas will be preserved forever in a way you can easily find them again.

Organize your digital life

You’ll create a digital environment that promotes flow, clarity, and peace of mind so you can do your best work at any time.

Make consistent progress on your most important projects

You’ll be able to focus your time and energy on the things most meaningful to you, whether that’s your family, a new creative challenge, or your career or business growth.

Join members from the world’s leading organizations

Remember everything. Achieve anything!

BASB Foundation

Our self-paced course to build your Second Brain on your own time.

  • 7 modules with succinct, polished instructional videos teaching the fundamentals of the BASB methodology
  • Writing prompts and reflections to ensure you make the right strategic decisions about your Second Brain from the start
  • Guided implementation steps to help you put what you learn into practice immediately
  • A step-by-step checklist to choose & properly set up the right notetaking app for your needs
  • A resource library of our best, most impactful content to dive deeper into digital notetaking and personal knowledge management
  • Lifetime access to future updates of this course

$499

One-time payment

Join Foundation

BASB Membership

Your All-Access Pass to build, sustain, and leverage your Second Brain.

Everything in BASB Foundation plus…

  • 4 live cohorts per year to accelerate your progress in 3-week sprints
  • 4 interactive live sessions per cohort with options for all time zones
  • Private members-only learning community on Circle with some of the most dedicated Personal Knowledge Management practitioners in the world
  • Personalized support from our Alumni Moderators to help you implement your Second Brain in your notetaking app of choice
  • Weekly live events and monthly Q&As with Tiago to continuously support you on your journey and keep you updated on PKM developments

$1,999 / year (save $997)

or $749 per quarter

Join The Membership

Here’s how people from every profession and industry are benefiting from Building a Second Brain

Dr. Michele Gill

Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Central Florida

Steven Wilkinson

Founder and Managing Director of Good and Prosper Ltd., Wicklow, Ireland

Building a Second Brain is life-changing. I feel more organized. I know where everything goes. It's cleared up my information hoarding and replaced it with buckets for distilled work.

Barjes R. Angulo

Financial Planner

After taking the BASB course, everything has changed for me. This system is GENIUS and I'm so excited to read the book!

Savera Tasawar

Project Manager

BASB has given me a roadmap of where I want my life to go. It's sparking some creativity in all my endeavors.

Diana Lyn Davidson

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Artist, Writer & Photographer

BASB got me from 0 to a knowledge management system that makes me more effective by the day. This is almost an unfair advantage!

Adam Zielinski

Software Engineer

Visit our Wall of Love for more in-depth reviews of Building a Second Brain.

What you’ll be learning and doing in Building a Second Brain

Start your journey with BASB Foundation

Every module contains short, to-the-point videos, concrete action steps, and reflection exercises so you can put what you learn into practice immediately. 

Module 1: Explore your perspective and why it matters

Identify and overcome the most common limiting beliefs around productivity, thinking, and learning in the Information Age.

Understand why your perspective is your most valuable resource nowadays and how you can actively develop it.

Discover why you need to build a digital notetaking system even though you can “google” anything.

Module 2: Choose and set up your notetaking app

Pick a notetaking app, the heart of your Second Brain, based on your unique notetaking style and preferences.

Get started using your notetaking app right away with our guidance and without having to “master” every single feature.

Feel confident in your decision about which tools to use so you can stop jumping from one “shiny object” to the next.

Module 3: Capture your best ideas and the crucial information in your life

• Find out why digital notetaking is nothing like what you did in high school and how it can explode your productivity.

Set up your digital capture system with clear criteria for what is worth saving in your Second Brain and what isn’t.

Escape the “reactivity loop” and learn how to manage information overload – this will have a direct positive impact on your physical and mental health.

• Identify your personal priorities
using the “12 Favorite Problems,” a simple exercise inspired by Nobel prize-winning scientist Richard Feynman.

Switch your default approach from “heavy lifts” to "slow burns" to escape the rat race of trying to work harder and longer than everyone else. 

Module 4: Organize your notes for actionability and easy access

• Organize your digital life in minutes with our PARA method – a favorite among Second Brainers.

Set up your Second Brain as a dynamic system that evolves along with your needs and priorities.

Discover the incredible power of an up-to-date Project List with guidance on how to create one for yourself.

Create a digital working environment that enhances your creativity and helps you get into flow states faster. 

Module 5: Distill your notes to make them easily discoverable

• Design your notes in a way that makes them easily discoverable for your future self, saving you tons of time.

Learn a technique called Progressive Summarization to make sure your biggest insights are always front and center.

• Train your intuition to decide what's important and what's not in the moment based on “resonance.”

Turn your notes into "thinking tools" that allow you to access brain power you didn't even know you had. 

Module 6: Express your ideas and turn them into concrete results

• Turn raw material into knowledge assets – a valuable treasury of knowledge for a side project, career advancement, or new business.

Use the concept of Intermediate Packets to completely transform your approach to productivity. Never start anything from scratch again.

Become interruption-proof and get better and faster feedback than you ever thought possible. 

Module 7: Establish the habits to continuously benefit from your Second Brain

• Take advantage of the compounding knowledge in your Second Brain to tackle projects of any size with ease.

Move consciously from scarcity to a place of abundance, from obligation to service, and from mindless consumption to self-expression.

Discover how Project Kickoff and Completion Checklists can help you reuse your best thinking and free up your mind for more interesting, fulfilling endeavors.

Establish Weekly and Monthly Reviews as routine check-ins to keep your productivity, creativity, and peace of mind on track.

Accelerate your progress in our live cohorts

As part of the Membership, you can join us four times a year for 3-week live cohorts taught personally by Tiago.

You’ll work alongside him on a personal or work project of your choosing. We’ll take it together through the CODE system (our 4-step process for using a Second Brain to produce creative works) from start to finish, so by the end of the cohort, you’ll have a deliverable you are proud of.

Think of this as a “project accelerator” you can bring your most important goals and priorities to when you want to skyrocket them to completion.

Deepen your practice in our community with exclusive events

In the Membership, we’ll support you on your Second Brain journey in between cohorts as well.

If you ever get stuck, you can turn to our community of experienced Second Brainers and our official Moderators on Circle for personalized feedback and advice.

Hop on a monthly live Q&A call with Tiago, join specialized workshops and virtual meetups to connect with other Second Brainers, and discover real-life examples of how others are using their Second Brain.

Feel confident in your decision

Talk to us

We want you to feel fully confident in your decision to join Building a Second Brain so you can focus on learning and taking action.

If you have any question whatsoever, email support@fortelabs.com for a private chat with our team.

Money-Back Guarantee

If you’ve joined the Membership and completed the implementation steps, but decide within 10 days of purchase that it’s not for you, we’ll give you a full refund. All you have to do is show us that you’ve done the work.

Please note that there are no refunds for the BASB Foundation course or the quarterly Membership.

Get reimbursed by your employer

Most large organizations, and many smaller ones, will reimburse tuition for professional development.

Click here to download a proposal template.

Is Building a Second Brain right for you?

Building a Second Brain is for ambitious learners, creators, and thinkers who want to create more meaningful work in the digital age.

Knowledge Workers

Anyone who needs to consume a lot of information, understand it, and use it to produce a result in their jobs. Whether you’re in Tech, Finance, or Management— if your greatest asset is your knowledge, Building a Second Brain is for you.

Creators

As a YouTuber, blogger, podcaster, or someone who needs to give killer presentations at work, a Second Brain will help you capture and organize your ideas, so you always have rich material to pull from.

Students

If you’re working on a thesis or want to make sure every ounce of your learning is captured and secure forever, Building a Second Brain will help you get the most out of your studies and stand out among your peers.

Freelancers & Entrepreneurs

Having trouble managing all the information you need to run your business? Building a Second Brain will help you work on your business and in your business without dropping any balls.

Families

Managing a household can be chaotic and draining. But when you leverage technology the right way and build a Second Brain to offload some of the burden, you can thrive, not just survive, at home.

Life-Long Learners, Productivity & Self-Improvement Enthusiasts

You’re consuming a ton of useful information but struggle to put it into practice. Now you can save all the knowledge you’ve gained, find it when you need it, and take the necessary steps to improve your life.

Most importantly, Building a Second Brain is for…

Anyone who wants to succeed in the digital economy

Our digital lives are expanding exponentially. Your profession and pursuits require you to consume and understand more information than ever, and it’s only going to get more demanding. Building a Second Brain is the answer to information overload and overwhelm. You’ll clear the mental clutter so you can start doing your best work with more clarity, purpose, and ease.

Shirley Rivera

Founder and Principal Consultant at Resource Catalysts in San Francisco, California

Bronson Chang

Co-Founder at Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha in Honolulu, Hawaii

Take this course to start to feel agency in the world of infinite information and filter failure!

Doug von Kohorn

Managing Partner, Fathom Ventures, New York, NY

BASB is the best online course I've taken so far. It's helping me sort through all my mental, emotional, spiritual blockages.

Danbee Kim

Creative Director, OORI Studio

BASB gave me a noticeable boost in self-confidence and energy towards working on my projects. It’s hard to understate the sense of growth of who I am – of what I’m capable of achieving. It has profoundly altered my outlook on life and what I dare to aspire to.

Filip Rankenberg

Body therapist and trainer, Entrepreneur

BASB has given me a sense of peace and comfort to know it's easy to find things without remembering where I put them.

Laurie Anderson

Alexander Art, CEO

Yet another “expensive self-help program”?

Look, at this point, you might be suspicious that Building a Second Brain is just yet another self-help program, promising the moon with productivity tips, life hacks, and “one weird trick.”

I get it.

There are far too many feel-good, wishy-washy “secret systems” cooked up by people looking to make a quick buck.

So I want to address any doubts in your mind head on

There are 7 critical differences between Building a Second Brain and so many other courses and programs out there

1. Building a Second Brain isn’t abstract and theoretical

This system was developed in the trenches of dealing with real-life problems, not in a laboratory or classroom, which means it is highly practical and immediately useful.

While we focus on practical skills, we don’t stop there: The course also cultivates the deeper mindset and paradigm shifts necessary to thrive in an age of information abundance.

2. Building a Second Brain isn’t a random collection of disconnected “tips and tricks”

It’s based on how the fundamental creative process works (and has worked for thousands of years):

Capturing information from the outside world
Organizing it in a way that lets you easily find and use it
Distilling it down to the best ideas
Expressing your ideas in your unique voice through writing, speaking, designing, or teaching

This is what we call the CODE method – our 4-step process for consistently turning the information you consume into creative output and concrete results.

3. Building a Second Brain doesn’t require you to work even harder and do even more

Organizing information for the sake of it isn’t the goal of a Second Brain. We teach you how to do more with less, to use the sources of leverage available to you, and to offload as much effort as possible to technology. As a result, you get more time and freedom to pursue the things that are important to you.

4. Building a Second Brain isn’t about optimizing or perfecting yourself

This is actually the opposite of self-improvement. Building a Second Brain is about optimizing a system outside of yourself – a system not subject to your limitations and constraints. It’s designed to leave you happily unoptimized, free to roam, to wonder, to wander toward whatever makes you feel alive here and now in each moment.

5. Building a Second Brain isn’t fixated on any particular app or software

Building a Second Brain is tool-agnostic, meaning it works with any app or platform you prefer to use. In our community, students use Evernote, Notion, Apple Notes, OneNote, Craft, Roam, Obsidian, Bear, Google Keep, among many other notetaking tools.

6. Building a Second Brain doesn’t require any pre-existing knowledge or skills

Building a Second Brain only requires you to have the most basic familiarity with how to use a computer or smartphone. And because we’ve noticed that so many people begin the course without knowing which notetaking app to use, we’ll guide you through choosing one before the first live session.

7. Building a Second Brain isn’t a “take it or leave it” ideology where you must accept all or nothing

Applying even one or two of the methods I teach can revolutionize your productivity and learning. And if any part doesn’t make sense or doesn’t resonate with you, put it aside. You can mix and match the tools and techniques you learn to suit your needs.

Remember everything. Achieve anything!

BASB Foundation

Our self-paced course to build your Second Brain on your own time.

  • 7 modules with succinct, polished instructional videos teaching the fundamentals of the BASB methodology
  • Writing prompts and reflections to ensure you make the right strategic decisions about your Second Brain from the start
  • Guided implementation steps to help you put what you learn into practice immediately
  • A step-by-step checklist to choose & properly set up the right notetaking app for your needs
  • A resource library of our best, most impactful content to dive deeper into digital notetaking and personal knowledge management
  • Lifetime access to future updates of this course

$499

One-time payment

Join Foundation

BASB Membership

Your All-Access Pass to build, sustain, and leverage your Second Brain.

Everything in BASB Foundation plus…

  • 4 live cohorts per year to accelerate your progress in 3-week sprints
  • 4 interactive live sessions per cohort with options for all time zones
  • Private members-only learning community on Circle with some of the most dedicated Personal Knowledge Management practitioners in the world
  • Personalized support from our Alumni Moderators to help you implement your Second Brain in your notetaking app of choice
  • Weekly live events and monthly Q&As with Tiago to continuously support you on your journey and keep you updated on PKM developments

$1,999 / year (save $997)

or $749 per quarter

Join The Membership

Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions

How is this different from the book?

The book contains the full Building a Second Brain material. But think about how often you’ve read a book, were inspired by the possibilities it outlined, yet didn’t take action to put your learnings into practice.

That’s what the Membership is for!

In the live cohorts, you’ll work alongside Tiago on a personal or work project, taking it through the CODE system from start to finish. And you’ll get the chance to have all your questions answered.

What’s the difference between BASB Foundation and the BASB Membership?

BASB Foundation is our self-guided option for those seeking an introduction to building their Second Brain. Here’s what’s included:

• 7 modules with succinct, polished instructional videos teaching the fundamentals of the BASB methodology

• Writing prompts and reflections to ensure you make the right strategic decisions about your Second Brain from the start

• Guided implementation steps to help you put what you learn into practice immediately

• A step-by-step checklist to choose & properly set up the right notetaking app for your needs

• A resource library of our best, most impactful content to dive deeper into digital notetaking and personal knowledge management

• And lifetime access to future updates of this course

The BASB Membership is our all-access pass which combines the momentum of live cohorts where you learn alongside a group of passionate peers with a thriving community to continuously support you on your journey to building the life you want.

The BASB Membership includes everything in BASB Foundation plus…

• 4 live cohorts per year to accelerate your progress in 3-week sprints

• 4 interactive live sessions per cohort with options for all time zones

• Private members-only learning community on Circle with some of the most dedicated Personal Knowledge Management practitioners in the world

• Personalized support from our Alumni Moderators to help you implement your Second Brain in your notetaking app of choice

• Weekly live events and monthly Q&As with Tiago to continuously support you on your journey and keep you updated on PKM developments

How long will I have access to the material?

You’ll have access to BASB Foundation for as long as we’re offering this course, including future updates to the course.

As part of the BASB Membership, you’ll have access to the members-only area of our learning community on Circle as long as you’re an active member.

If you decide not to renew your Membership, you’ll retain access to the BASB Foundation course.

What does the schedule for the upcoming cohort look like? 

The upcoming cohort 16 will run from January 10 to February 1, 2023.

Here are the key dates*:

• Tuesday, January 10 at 11 am ET: Live Session 1 (Americas/Europe)
• Wednesday, January 11 at 8 pm ET: Live session 1 (Americas/Asia/Pacific)
• Tuesday, January 17 at 11 am ET: Live Session 2 (Americas/Europe)
• Wednesday, January 18 at 8 pm ET: Live session 2 (Americas/Asia/Pacific)
• Tuesday, January 24 at 11 am ET: Live Session 3 (Americas/Europe)
• Wednesday, January 25 at 8 pm ET: Live session 3 (Americas/Asia/Pacific)
• Tuesday, January 31 at 11 am ET: Live Session 4 (Americas/Europe)
• Wednesday, February 1 at 8 pm ET: Live session 4 (Americas/Asia/Pacific)

The live sessions are 90 minutes long and include a live Q&A with Tiago.

All sessions are fully recorded and include captions and transcripts so if you have to miss a session, you can always watch it later.

You’ll have access to the replays from this cohort until the next cohort begins and as long as you’re an active member. 

*The exact times of the live sessions are tentative at the moment.

What’s the cohort schedule for 2023? 

We’re running 4 cohorts of Building a Second Brain in 2023. Here are the dates:

• Cohort 16: January 10 - February 1, 2023
• Cohort 17: April 4 - 26, 2023
• Cohort 18: July 5 - 27, 2023
• Cohort 19: October 3 - 25, 2023

How much time do I need to invest to benefit from Building a Second Brain? 

We’ve designed BASB Foundation and the BASB Membership to fit your schedule and pace.

While you can watch the Foundation videos in just a few hours, we highly recommend that you follow the implementation steps to put the BASB system into practice.

It will take some time and effort to implement, but ultimately, building and leveraging your Second Brain will save you countless hours.

When you’re joining the BASB Membership, you’ll also receive access to our live cohorts which are more intensive learning experiences delivered live in real time.

Although we make replays of all sessions available, and you can always rewatch them afterward, we strongly recommend that you attend the live sessions to fully benefit from the live learning experience.

Overall, you should plan on spending around 5 hours per week for the 3 weeks of the live cohort, including:

• 1.5 hours per week attending the live session hosted by Tiago (or watching the replay)
• 2 hours per week engaging with your peers on Circle, our community platform
• 1-2 hours per week implementing what you learn

What tools are used in the cohort?

Building a Second Brain is tool-agnostic, meaning our methodology will work in any software you prefer.

Students use Evernote, Notion, Apple Notes, OneNote, Craft, Roam Research, Obsidian, Bear, and Google Keep, among many other notetaking tools.

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

There are no official prerequisites to take Building a Second Brain. However, we do expect you to be reasonably comfortable with using a computer or smartphone.

What’s your refund policy? 

If you’ve joined the annual Membership and completed the implementation steps, but decide within 10 days of purchase that it’s not for you, we’ll give you a full refund. All you have to do is show us that you’ve completed at least modules 1-3 of BASB Foundation.

Please note that we don’t offer refunds for the BASB Foundation course and the quarterly Membership. All sales are final.

With that being said, we want you to feel fully confident in your decision to join Building a Second Brain.

If you have any question whatsoever, email support@fortelabs.com for a private chat with our team. 

Didn’t see the answer to your question? Check our Help Center for more FAQs. 

A final word from Tiago

Imagine what it would be like if you knew with total certainty that every great idea you encountered was reliably saved forever.

That you could wave goodbye to information overload because you have a way to filter out the junk while saving only the best stuff.

You could move forward decisively on your goals without wondering whether you had all the right information. You could execute your projects and create new things without wondering whether this was really the best you could do.

If you're paid to think for a living, you cannot afford not to invest in the most valuable asset you own – your ideas.

You can’t afford to burden your biological brain with trivial details that only gunk up your wheels as you go about your workday and go after your goals.

It’s time to build a Second Brain and fully unlock the potential you know you are capable of.

Don't spend 10 years figuring out how to make your knowledge work for you like I did. Don't resign yourself to watching your ideas pile up and never doing anything with them. Don't reach the end of your career wondering if you were actually capable of more.

Join me on this incredible journey, and find out what it's really like to have the full power of a Second Brain at your fingertips.

See you inside!

Tiago

Alysson Costa

Senior Lecturer and Mathematician, Melbourne, Australia

Harirai Khalsa

Writer, Musician, and Entrepreneur, in Santa Fe, New Mexico

BASB has already impacted my life in more ways than I could have imagined. Now, I feel like an authority and I am not worried about expressing myself. 

Jenn Reid

Imagine being able to recall all the really interesting things you’ve ever read, seen and done. How good would that be? I wish I had done it years ago.

Jimmy Conway

Organizational Improvement Consultant

This course completely re-organized the way I consume content. It changed what I pay attention to and why.

Yuri Burchenya

Co-founder at GetFoundXL

As a long-term collector of information that often sat unread and unused, BASB has changed my approach to information and the possibilities are just beginning to unfold. This was life-changing.

Kiva Slade

Analytics and Operations Consultant

The world is waiting for you to make the difference that only you can make.

BASB Foundation

Our self-paced course to build your Second Brain on your own time.

  • 7 modules with succinct, polished instructional videos teaching the fundamentals of the BASB methodology
  • Writing prompts and reflections to ensure you make the right strategic decisions about your Second Brain from the start
  • Guided implementation steps to help you put what you learn into practice immediately
  • A step-by-step checklist to choose & properly set up the right notetaking app for your needs
  • A resource library of our best, most impactful content to dive deeper into digital notetaking and personal knowledge management
  • Lifetime access to future updates of this course

$499

One-time payment

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BASB Membership

Your All-Access Pass to build, sustain, and leverage your Second Brain.

Everything in BASB Foundation plus…

  • 4 live cohorts per year to accelerate your progress in 3-week sprints
  • 4 interactive live sessions per cohort with options for all time zones
  • Private members-only learning community on Circle with some of the most dedicated Personal Knowledge Management practitioners in the world
  • Personalized support from our Alumni Moderators to help you implement your Second Brain in your notetaking app of choice
  • Weekly live events and monthly Q&As with Tiago to continuously support you on your journey and keep you updated on PKM developments

$1,999 / year (save $997)

or $749 per quarter

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