Unleash Your Digital Creativity 

Join the inaugural Second Brain Summit October 3-4, 2024 in Los Angeles

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What becomes possible when we combine the power of technology with the potential of the human mind?

Whether you’re building an app or a company, designing a website or a workflow, authoring a book or a life….

The Second Brain Summit is THE place to unlock the incredible possibilities of the global revolution in digital creativity we’re living through.

Join us for an immersive pop-up university designed to change your mind, touch your heart, and maybe even stir your soul.

What to expect

A 2-day immersive learning experience 

Learn the skills they never taught you in school from your favorite creators in productivity, creativity, and personal knowledge management.

Inspiring Keynotes on Transformational Ideas

The world’s leading creators, teachers, and authors will share their latest ideas with you, drawn from personal experience (not just theories).

Deep Dives and Q&As with Hands-On Coaching

Your favorite creators will become your personal mentors for two days, helping you solve your biggest challenges in hands-on workshops and interactive Q&As.

Experiences Designed to Deepen and Create New Friendships

Meet your online friends (and make new ones) with impromptu meetups, intimate small group dinners, and a series of unique experiences we are curating just for you.

We’ve designed everything about the Second Brain Summit with YOUR experience in mind – we promise this will be a turning point in your career and life.

No keynote speeches written by ChatGPT that are little more than a sales pitch.
No wading through 20 sponsor booths before you reach the main event.
No awkward “networking” with people who are trying to get something from you. 

Speakers

Learn from your favorite teachers and creators in real life

Ryder Carroll

Best-Selling Author & Inventor of The Bullet Journal® Method

Pre.K.M: Defining your purpose before building your process.

Join Ryder Carroll (creator of The Bullet Journal Method) for an exploration that explores a simple question: what are you managing your knowledge for? Without a purpose, personal knowledge management can deteriorate into overwhelming information hoarding. Whether it’s running a company, writing a book, or launching a YouTube channel, this session will guide you through ways to define a focus foundation on which to build your PKM.

Ryder Carroll

Best-Selling Author & Inventor of The Bullet Journal® Method
bulletjournal.com

Anne-Laure Le Cunff

Neuroscientist, Writer & Entrepreneur

Tiny Experiments: A Neuroscientist's Guide to Living a Life of Exploration

In this keynote, neuroscientist and entrepreneur Anne-Laure Le Cunff will unveil the core ideas in her upcoming book, Tiny Experiments, for the first time. Based on her story of finding professional success before walking away from it all, it offers a new perspective on ambition and achievement without sacrificing your wellbeing or the childlike spirit of discovery that makes our curiosity sing.

Anne-Laure Le Cunff

Neuroscientist, Writer & Entrepreneur
nesslabs.com

Nick Milo

Obsidian Expert & Creator of Linking Your Thinking

Linking Your Thinking: The Dawn of Networked Knowledge

In this keynote, Nick Milo will explore the transformative potential of linked notes in modern knowledge work. By shifting focus from mere organization to ideation, he’ll demonstrate how this approach fosters creativity and insight, moving practitioners from passive notetaking to active notemaking and the intellectual joy it offers.

Nick Milo

Obsidian Expert & Creator of Linking Your Thinking
linkingyourthinking.com

Jo Franco

Polyglot, Entrepreneur & Netflix Travel Host

Live Journaling: A Creative Practice for Modern Self-Discovery

In this dynamic and vulnerable workshop, creator and polyglot Jo Franco will introduce the practice of Live Journaling she's pioneered over the last few years as a timeless yet modern approach to self-discovery and personal development. Jo will demonstrate how Live Journaling can serve as a powerful complement to Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) and digital notetaking, including how to integrate journaling with digital tools to make it even more insightful and profound. We'll skip right past the small talk and connect deeply with yourself and those around you. No previous journaling experience is required. Just a notebook, pen, and good vibes.

Jo Franco

Polyglot, Entrepreneur & Netflix Travel Host
joclub.world

Khe Hy

Post-Achievement Professional, Writer, Podcast Host & Coach

The Productivity Delusion

In our productivity-obsessed culture, we’ve mastered the art of squeezing “more” out of every moment. In this keynote, entrepreneur, coach, and writer Khe Hy will zoom out and ask a series of provocative questions: Why do we want to be more productive? What if PKM, GTD and Inbox Zero are all just coping techniques or shallow distractions? Who are you without achievement?

Khe Hy

Post-Achievement Professional, Writer, Podcast Host & Coach
radreads.co

Marie Poulin & Ben Borowski

Creator of Notion Mastery

Digital Permaculture: A New Approach to PKM as a Wellbeing Practice

In this workshop, Marie Poulin and Ben Borowski will combine their obsessions with digital systems and organic permaculture, exploring how we can use the timeless principles of permaculture to cultivate healthier, wiser, more introspective information environments. For the first time, they'll unveil a philosophy of "digital permaculture" that promises to revolutionize how we design workspaces as sites of personal self-discovery, not just productivity.

Marie Poulin & Ben Borowski

Creator of Notion Mastery
mariepoulin.com

Thomas Frank

World's Most-Followed Notion Expert & Startup Founder

Capture Everything: Take Notes with Your Voice, Highlight the Web, and Add Anything to Your Second Brain Instantly

The best ideas often come at the worst times – while you're driving, out for a run, or chopping lumber in the woods. Without the right tools to capture those ideas instantly, effortlessly, and in-the-moment, you'll lose almost all of them. In this workshop, productivity expert and creator Thomas Frank will show you the tools he's built and wacky experiments he's run in the name of never losing a great idea, including how to generate a perfect transcript using voice notes, instantly capture web content with a couple clicks, and digitize handwritten notes using AI.

Thomas Frank

World's Most-Followed Notion Expert & Startup Founder
thomasjfrank.com

Rachel Woods

Founder, CEO & Chief AI Nerd at The AI Exchange

Rachel Woods

Founder, CEO & Chief AI Nerd at The AI Exchange
theaiexchange.com

August Bradley

Creator of Notion Life Design

Turning Your Dreams Into Action Fueled by Knowledge

In this workshop, August Bradley guides participants in a process to break down life aspirations into actionable stages — reverse engineering progress toward ambitious aspirations. We'll explore how to translate dreams into desired outcomes while integrating knowledge management to support and empower planning for each time horizon.

August Bradley

Creator of Notion Life Design
YearZero.io

Stacey Harmon

Top Evernote Consultant & Productivity Coach

Stacey Harmon

Top Evernote Consultant & Productivity Coach
harmonenterprises.com

Sönke Ahrens

Independent Researcher & Author of How to Take Smart Notes

Mental Models for External Brains

In this talk, author and educator Sönke Ahrens will discuss the mental side of working with our external brains. Our beliefs about what drives insight determine the outcome as much as the tools we use. Drawing from his seminal work "How to Take Smart Notes", countless coaching sessions on the zettelkasten method, and some deep dives into the history of science, he will present you with a handy toolbox of mental models to improve the quality of your "thinking in writing". This also translates into practical consequences for "smart note taking". Some ideas presented will be counterintuitive, but thought-provoking for sure.

Sönke Ahrens

Independent Researcher & Author of How to Take Smart Notes
soenkeahrens.de

Steven Johnson

Author and Editorial Director, NotebookLM @ Google

Harnessing the Digital Brain: The Evolution of Tools for Thought and the Future of AI Writing

In this keynote, celebrated author and thought leader Steven Johnson will explore the fascinating evolution of tools for thought, from early mnemonic devices to the advent of the personal computer, and how that history has shaped his collaboration with Google on NotebookLM, the first major AI platform for complex research and writing projects. Join us for an inspiring keynote that will bridge the past, present, and exciting future of digital thinking tools as AI transforms what is possible in creative work.

Steven Johnson

Author and Editorial Director, NotebookLM @ Google
stevenberlinjohnson.com

Tiago Forte

Creator of Building a Second Brain
And, of course, your host…

Tiago Forte

Creator of Building a Second Brain

"Everything worthwhile is done with other people."

Mariame Kaba

Schedule

What we’ve got in store for you

Virtual Meet & Greet

Get to know your fellow attendees on Sep. 4th at 12 pm ET (view in your timezone) before you even reach LA. We want to bring you all together so you can create the first connections and start conversations.

Thursday, October 3rd

  • Register and meet your fellow attendees over coffee 
  • Get inspired at keynote talks by the world’s leading creators, teachers, and authors
  • Solve your biggest challenges in hands-on workshops and interactive Q&As
  • Join or host a meetup to dive deep into a topic you care about 
  • Enjoy dinner with your fellow Second Brainers

Friday, October 4th 

  • Enjoy more keynote talks, workshops, and Q&As with your favorite creators
  • Join or host a meetup to dive deep into a topic you care about 
  • Surprise activities (think conversations instead of lectures, and experiences instead of concepts)
  • Grab dinner with your fellow Second Brainers or head home after 5 pm 

Exclusive Circle Community

Start meeting your fellow Second Brainers in our Circle community just for attendees. This is where you can ask questions, start discussions, and stay up-to-date prior, during, and after the event. 

Experience Without Distractions

We're crafting a unique atmosphere at the Summit, designed to maximize your experience without interruptions. When you arrive, you'll be asked to place your phone in a special magnetic bag to ensure everyone can stay focused and present. However, you're welcome to use computers and tablets, and we'll provide a paper notebook for notetaking.

This ensures you can be fully present with each other without interruptions while you’re immersed in the Summit. Rest assured, your phone will stay with you, and you can step outside and use it anytime you need to.

Get Your Ticket to Unleash Your Digital Creativity

$999

Get Your Ticket

The price goes up to $1,200 on August 21st!

Venue & Accommodation

Join us in the heart of LA’s downtown fashion district

Since our physical environment shapes our thinking, we couldn’t have wished for a better location than this 1920s loft. Its wide open spaces and natural light will encourage creative breakthroughs and serendipitous “hallway conversations.” 

Stay with the other attendees and speakers at our selected hotel – the official "Summit Hub" – just a block away from our venue. Of course, you’ll receive a special rate with extra perks. Did we mention the pool and open rooftop with incredible views of LA? 

Hosted by the Forte Labs Team

Hi, I'm Tiago Forte

I’ve spent the last decade researching and experimenting with new ways of leveraging digital tools to fuel our creativity.

My biggest breakthroughs and mindset shifts have always come from collaborating with others who share my goals and values.

For years, I’ve dreamed of bringing the incredible community we’ve built in the virtual world into the physical world.

Now we’re finally making it happen – I invite you to join the most dedicated experts and practitioners of personal knowledge management in the world’s creative capital to discover what technology is now making possible.

For the full story behind this event, check out my blog post on how it came to be.

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know

Will the Second Brain Summit be live-streamed or recorded?

Nope! The Second Brain Summit won't be live-streamed or recorded in any way. This is an immersive, sensory experience that may never be repeated, so come join us in person!  

What topics will be covered at the Second Brain Summit?

We're still in the process of finalizing the topics with our speakers. Here are the ones you can already look forward to:

Nick Milo: Linking Your Thinking – The Dawn of Networked Knowledge
In this keynote, Nick Milo will explore the transformative potential of linked notes in modern knowledge work. By shifting focus from mere organization to ideation, he’ll demonstrate how this approach fosters creativity and insight, moving practitioners from passive notetaking to active notemaking and the intellectual joy it offers.

Anne-Laure Le Cunff: Tiny Experiments – A Neuroscientist's Guide to Living a Life of Exploration
In this keynote, neuroscientist and entrepreneur Anne-Laure Le Cunff will unveil the core ideas in her upcoming book, Tiny Experiments, for the first time. Based on her story of finding professional success before walking away from it all, it offers a new perspective on ambition and achievement without sacrificing your wellbeing or the childlike spirit of discovery that makes our curiosity sing.

Khe Hy: The Productivity Delusion
In our productivity-obsessed culture, we’ve mastered the art of squeezing “more” out of every moment. In this keynote, entrepreneur, coach, and writer Khe Hy will zoom out and ask a series of provocative questions: Why do we want to be more productive? What if PKM, GTD and Inbox Zero are all just coping techniques or shallow distractions? Who are you without achievement?

Marie Poulin and Ben Borowski: Digital Permaculture – A New Approach to PKM as a Wellbeing Practice
In this workshop, Marie Poulin and Ben Borowski will combine their obsessions with digital systems and organic permaculture, exploring how we can use the timeless principles of permaculture to cultivate healthier, wiser, more introspective information environments. For the first time, they'll unveil a philosophy of "digital permaculture" that promises to revolutionize how we design workspaces as sites of personal self-discovery, not just productivity.

Sönke Ahrens: Mental Models for External Brains
In this talk, author and educator Sönke Ahrens will discuss the mental side of working with our external brains. Our beliefs about what drives insight determine the outcome as much as the tools we use. Drawing from his seminal work "How to Take Smart Notes", countless coaching sessions on the zettelkasten method, and some deep dives into the history of science, he will present you with a handy toolbox of mental models to improve the quality of your "thinking in writing".

Jo Franco: Live Journaling – A Creative Practice for Modern Self-Discovery
In this dynamic and vulnerable workshop, creator and polyglot Jo Franco will introduce the practice of Live Journaling she's pioneered over the last few years as a timeless yet modern approach to self-discovery and personal development. Jo will demonstrate how Live Journaling can serve as a powerful complement to Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) and digital notetaking, including how to integrate journaling with digital tools to make it even more insightful and profound. We'll skip right past the small talk and connect deeply with yourself and those around you. No previous journaling experience is required. Just a notebook, pen, and good vibes.

Steven Johnson: Harnessing the Digital Brain –The Evolution of Tools for Thought and the Future of AI Writing
In this keynote, celebrated author and thought leader Steven Johnson will explore the fascinating evolution of tools for thought, from early mnemonic devices to the advent of the personal computer, and how that history has shaped his collaboration with Google on NotebookLM, the first major AI platform for complex research and writing projects. Join us for an inspiring keynote that will bridge the past, present, and exciting future of digital thinking tools as AI transforms what is possible in creative work.

August Bradley: Turning Your Dreams Into Action Fueled by Knowledge
In this workshop, August Bradley guides participants in a process to break down life aspirations into actionable stages — reverse engineering progress toward ambitious aspirations. We'll explore how to translate dreams into desired outcomes while integrating knowledge management to support and empower planning for each time horizon.

Ryder Carroll: Pre.K.M – Defining Your Purpose Before Building Your Process
Join Ryder Carroll (creator of The Bullet Journal Method) for an exploration that explores a simple question: what are you managing your knowledge for? Without a purpose, personal knowledge management can deteriorate into overwhelming information hoarding. Whether it’s running a company, writing a book, or launching a YouTube channel, this session will guide you through ways to define a focus foundation on which to build your PKM.

Thomas Frank: Capture Everything –Take Notes with Your Voice, Highlight the Web, and Add Anything to Your Second Brain Instantly
The best ideas often come at the worst times – while you're driving, out for a run, or chopping lumber in the woods. Without the right tools to capture those ideas instantly, effortlessly, and in-the-moment, you'll lose almost all of them. In this workshop, productivity expert and creator Thomas Frank will show you the tools he's built and wacky experiments he's run in the name of never losing a great idea, including how to generate a perfect transcript using voice notes, instantly capture web content with a couple clicks, and digitize handwritten notes using AI.

Do you offer discounts for the Second Brain Summit?

We're dedicated to making the Second Brain Summit accessible to a diverse range of participants. If you're affiliated with a non-profit organization, NGO, educational institution, or are a student or faculty member, please complete this form to apply for a discounted rate.

We also support Purchasing Power Parity Pricing. Based on your location, you might qualify for a reduced ticket price for the Second Brain Summit. If you do, you’ll automatically see a banner with a discount code on this page. Make sure to disable any VPN since this will block the banner from showing.

Can I get my ticket for the Summit reimbursed by my employer?

If you need help asking your employer for professional development reimbursement, we’ve created this proposal template you can fill out and send to your manager. Many organizations have budgets for conferences and professional training, but you have to ask!

Can I sponsor the Second Brain Summit?

Thank you for your interest, but we are not accepting sponsors at this time.

What's your refund policy?

Tickets to the Second Brain Summit are not refundable. However, they are transferable to someone else up to 14 days prior to the event. 

Are you taking applications for speakers?

We're carefully tailoring a special experience and thinking through every detail from the moment you land in Los Angeles to the moment you head home– that includes our speaker list. We've already sent invites to those who we think are the best fit, so we’re not taking speaker applications at this time.

What are your COVID-19 protocols?

We’re dedicated to ensuring a safe experience for our team and attendees.  We are following guidance from the CDC and local health authorities in our plans and will continue to update them accordingly.  

What happens if the event is canceled because of COVID-19?

In the event that the Second Brain Summit must be canceled due to COVID-19, all tickets will be refunded.

Get Your Ticket to Unleash Your Digital Creativity

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The price goes up to $1,200 on August 21st!

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