From collector to creator

Learn how to build a creativity inbox so you never run out of ideas

Enrolment is now closed. You can join as a Ness Labs member (research reports, exclusive events, creativity-focused support groups) or subscribe below to get an email when the 2021 cohort is officially announced.


Have you ever sat down in front of a blank page, staring at it without knowing what to write about? Have you tried to launch a blog or a newsletter, but felt defeated as soon as you started?

Last year, I started writing on Ness Labs and launched the Maker Mind newsletter. Since then, more than 500,000 people have read my content, and 24,000 people have subscribed to my weekly emails.

The key to these numbers? Consistency. In one year, I published more than 200 articles on Ness Labs.

Publishing content consistently is something I used to struggle with, until I developed an easy system to capture and connect my ideas. I call it my creativity inbox, and like most inboxes, it’s never empty.

If you want to dramatically increase your creative output and consistently publish original content without ever experiencing writer’s block, this course is for you.

What’s included?

Over four weeks you’ll learn how to take useful notes, how to apply networked thinking to generate new ideas, and how to turn these ideas into original content.

Not only will you create a system that will make you consistently creative (the how), you will learn about the principles behind the creative system (the why).

The course includes:

  • 4 lessons with live Q&A (Mondays 4PM UTC)
  • 4 interactive workshops to put the lessons into practice (Wednesdays 4PM UTC)
  • Weekly assignments and worksheets
  • Access to the Ness Labs community, with weekly events and online discussion forums

What will I achieve?

By the end of the course, you’ll have a sustainable creativity system, at least 10 great ideas to write about, and one fully-fledged article published online.

You’ll have a toolkit and strategies to help you say goodbye to blank pages. No more scratching your head to try and find an idea to write about. No more struggling with consistency.

You’ll also have valuable connections with fellow creators by gaining access to the Ness Labs community where people like you strive to be more creative and more productive.

What’s the curriculum?

How to design your creativity inbox

  • Find your why
  • Define your niche
  • Harness the power of mindful time-blocking
  • Track your progress
  • Design a self-reflection practice

How to add your first notes to your creativity inbox

  • Collect content to read later
  • Capture ideas
  • Take productive notes
  • Tag your notes
  • Extract meaning from your notes

How to generate your first ideas

  • Use networked thinking
  • Practice idea sex
  • Think in maps
  • Generate new ideas from your notes
  • Select the best ideas to write about

How to write and publish your first article

  • Go from idea to outline
  • Perform extra research
  • Write a first draft
  • Edit your article
  • Publish your article


How do I join?

As this is the very first version of the course, the course fee is included in the yearly Ness Labs membership, which is just US$50 per year. All yearly members will receive a link to join when the course starts. Not a member yet? Join here before the course starts on November 16th. If you’re already a monthly member, you can upgrade your account here. Registrations close on November 13th, 6pm UTC.

Enrolment is now closed. You can still join as a Ness Labs member to get access to the community, or subscribe below to get notified when the 2021 cohort is announced.


What happens when I join?

You’ll receive an invitation to the Ness Labs online forums, where you’ll find all course-related information, and can connect straight away with fellow community members.

All sessions will be recorded, so you can watch them later if you can’t join in person. They will stay available forever. You can also submit questions in advance if you can’t join a specific Q&A.

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