Mark Trexler

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Download as many of our External Brains as you want (the Climate Web excluded). Currently your options are:

  • COVID-19 
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Personal Knowledge Topics
  • Climate Change. 
And we'll welcome your suggestions for new Mini-Brains, or even entirely new External Brains. 

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About

Imagine if, as Carla O'Dell suggests in the quote above, anyone could easily access the most important topical information relevant to our daily lives, interests, and goals. We all used to think that's what the internet would be so good for, but it hasn't worked out that way. Too much information has turned out to be almost as big a problem as too little information.  

My wife and I have been exploring how knowledge management (KM) tools can advance our interests and help us accomplish our goals for 30 years. The potential is huge. We've settled on one tool in particular: TheBrain software. What makes TheBrain so great is its ease of use, its flexibility in being adapted to different needs, and its ability to manage virtually infinite information. Our personal External Brains hold all of our past work, all of our key documents and photos, and MUCH more. When I say that if something were to happen to my External Brain, retirement or hara kiri would be my only options, I'm not really kidding. That's how valuable our External Brains have become to us.

But External Brains can be used for much more than organizing personal information. TheBrain software is used in companies of all sizes and in governmental agencies that have complicated KM needs such as the U.S. Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency. We've been building one External Brain, the Climate Web, for more than 10 years. Today, it's the closest thing to a collective climate change intelligence that exists. 

But we've also been building simpler External Brains that save almost anyone time in exploring topics in which they are interested. That is what this Patreon Project is about. Many of our External Brains are open access and available to anyone online. However, knowing exactly what we're doing with them, and being able to download them to your desktop, laptop, or mobile device, is a huge advantage over online access. That's what this Patreon project is all about. You can even use the FREE version of TheBrain software.

Currently, we have 4 External Brains as well as the Climate Web to which you can gain special access through our Patreon Project:

1. Our COVID-19 External Brain, which organizes the best resources we're finding day to day. There are a lot of great resources out there. 

2. Our Type II Diabetes External Brain, which organizes resources you wish you had time to search for if you've been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes. When I was diagnosed many years ago, I had a lot of trouble finding that information (again, the problem isn't a shortage of information, it's information overload). 

3. Our Personal Topics External Brain, which organizes information around a bunch of topics ranging from protecting your internet privacy to managing healthcare costs and solving the plastics problem and much more. You don't have to be interested in all of the included topics to get a lot of value out of this External Brain. 

4. Our Climate Change External Brain, which includes dozens of topical Mini-Brain that we have extracted from the much larger and more complicated Climate Web. If you're interested in climate change, you can come up to speed on numerous climate topics in a small fraction of the time it would take to do so on your own. It's like having your own personal researcher pulling together what you need every day.  

5. The Climate Web, which integrates tens of thousands of books, reports, journal articles, news stories, videos, and websites into an amazing knowledge web. We've spent 20,000 hours building the Climate Web.  

















Most of the Climate Web is an open-access resource. Want to learn about climate science, how to communicate climate change, or what experts are forecasting when it comes to a low-carbon transition? It’s in the Climate Web. Want to find out what experts are saying about carbon pricing and cap-and-trade policy? It's in the Climate Web. The Climate Web can save you hours, days, or months of time, depending on how you use it. It can point you to great resources you would never otherwise come across, and help you think about solving climate change in a completely new way.  

You can access just a single External Brain, or all of our External Brains, and even gain Premium Access to the Climate Web itself, through the several tiers of this Patreon Project. 

I suspect that once you become accustomed to using an External Brain with TheBrain software you'll start using the software for many other purposes, and that's great! It's really easy to get started through our External Brains Patreon Project, and we'd welcome you aboard! Thank you! 
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We’ll survey our patrons to identify new topics you would like to see covered in one or another of the External Brains, and implement the top requests. 
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