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Humans are Information Processing Machines.


Watch a child learn, and you’ll notice that most aspects of their development are information problems.

  • Information: What is an 🍎? We need to teach children to call it an ‘apple’.
  • Ability: How to draw with a ✏️? We need to teach children to hold a pencil and draw straight lines.
  • Action: Should one eat 🥦 or 🍕? We need to persuade kids to build an appreciation for the former.
  • Belief: Should one steal? We need to help children build a perspective about what’s good or bad.

In everyday life, most corporate work is also an information exchange that serves these four information needs. Below are a few examples:

  • Information: Stand-ups, Cadence Meetings, Financial Updates, Quarterly Reports, State of the Union Address, Code Walkthroughs, Showcase, etc.
  • Ability: Knowledge Transfers, Technical Documentation, Playbooks, Lectures, Classes, Courses, Academic Papers, etc.
  • Action: Sales Pitch, Product Launch, Job Interviews, Story Pitches, Call To Actions, etc.
  • Belief: Company Strategy, All Hands, Culture and Values, etc.
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