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#051 | July 9nd, 2020
Hi there! I'm Anne-Laure Le Cunff, the founder of Ness Labs. You are receiving this email because you signed up to Maker Mind, a weekly newsletter about mindful productivity. Thank you for being here. And if this email was forwarded to you, get your own ✨
Current mood: when art meets science. Artist: Ernest Haeckel.

Fail like a scientist.


Hi friends!

Mini-milestone: last week was the 50th edition of Maker Mind! It has been an amazing learning process, and I'm grateful you are part of the journey.

To celebrate, this week will be all about learning and failing like a scientist. What does it mean to fail like a scientist? How do you learn from your failures? What about fear of failure? How do actual rocket scientists go about managing risk?

I will also share my top lessons from running a newsletter for one year. If you are currently writing online—whether via a blog or a newsletter—I think you will find these helpful.

Enjoy the read, and hit reply if you have any questions, feedback, or want to say hello!

p.s. my fun tweet of the week :)

July 13th Meetup. How can we find a balance between structure and spontaneity? Join to discuss the limits of systems and to share your experience. Register »

Brain food

Managing risk with the NASA Risk Matrix
“It’s not rocket science!” Well, sometimes, projects can be so complex, making the right decision does feel like rocket science. Who better to turn to than one of the biggest space agencies to learn how to manage risk?

Fail like a scientist
Working on a new project, learning a new skill—getting out of our comfort zone can be both exciting and frightening. This fear of failure is often driven by a fixed mindset or a fear of being judged. How can we overcome it?

50 lessons learned from writing 50 newsletters
Countless hours of careful writing, thoughtful conversations, and exploring strange rabbit holes. While I believe the best way to learn is to experiment for yourself, here are some of the key lessons I learned along the way.


Brain candy

Growing the evergreens (Maggie Appleton)
“Andy Matuschak proposed the term evergreen notes to describe a system of note-taking that aspires towards cumulative personal knowledge, rather than simply information capture.”

Animals use social distancing to avoid disease (Scientific American)
“Despite how unnatural social distancing may feel to people, it is very much a part of the natural world, practiced by mammals, fishes, insects and birds.”

The Electronic Whole Earth Catalog (
“Utilising HyperCard, the Electronic Whole Earth Catalog consists of over 9,000 cards connected to one another with hypertext; essentially the web before the web existed, but offline!”


Brain trust

Here is what is going on behind the scenes in the members area this week:

  • Virtual meetup next week. Our next meetup will be all about the limits of productivity and creativity systems. We will explore the tension between structure and spontaneity. Register.
  • Work cycles. The next two virtual co-working sessions will be on Saturday, 11th July and Tuesday, 14th July. Join.
  • Community. Currently discussing the 20-minute rule when waking up at night, the Art of Not Thinking, and digital gardening. Join the conversation.
  • Mind Match. If you prefer 1:1 conversations, all members can fill this form to get matched with a fellow member for a virtual coffee chat.

Until next week,
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