Our Story through the eyes of Pranshu, a founding partner at Stranger Sapiens

StrangerSapiens
Sep 2, 2020 · 7 min read

A Personal Growth Community built on a decade of Experimentations & Optimisations

It feels like Yesterday…Not

  • The events that have unfolded in this past year were more like a cluster of challenges, often self-imposed, that I had to take on one at a time. There were setbacks and a couple of failures. I would be lying if I said I had planned, prepared, or even predicted most of it. Things emerged as a consequence of this exercise and here we are today.
  • The pandemic contributed, in no small part to this uncertainty, creating troubling dynamics that were quite simply impossible to account for in advance. On the other hand, there was no way I would be where I am — which is not a bad place to be in, had the pandemic not obliterated the very status quo of how society functioned.
  • It is under these circumstances that I met Moses Sam Paul in a Zoom session about poetry writing. He was the host and founder of a community called Stop Being Boring. This was part of an ecosystem of communities he was building with other partners as part of a larger vision.
  • The communities were formed around the ideas they wanted to explore more with the added bonus of having like-minded people around. Sam already had the intention to build a community in the “knowledge work” space. We got to talking and discovered common interests.
  • It has been frustrating to see our current education systems fail us so heavily when it comes to personal growth in the 21st century. A growth mindset, cutting edge research/tools and rational optimism — 3 of our personal tenets are all but absent from most public discourse and professional training. I am sure many of you share this sentiment.
  • StrangerSapiens was originally formulated as a community to connect people who shared our tenets, and the quest for a relevant self-education. The idea for us was to meet, share, understand, and then hopefully practice these useful concepts and techniques. And in doing so, share it with the world in the form of podcast episodes, blog posts, tweets, etc.
  • For us, Consistency means two things — Optimal (not maximal) and Sustainable.
  • The Optimal part is important because extreme efficiency has to go hand in hand with making progress on getting our results effectively (least effort). And at the same time, we have to balance our overall Well-being (mental, emotional, social, physical, and financial). That balance needs optimization.
  • Sustainability is a product of harboring an attitude that is truly practical, yet excellent, or at least “good enough” at the same time. This is not to side with complacency. We believe that there’s a synergy between sustainability and nurturing rationally optimistic ambitions. Consistent Productivity is balancing all these simultaneously.
  • Something like a community of Data Scientists is immediately more appealing because of the technical nature and association with industry buzzwords. The “Return On Investment” & the value proposition is immediately clear and understood. Not true with knowledge work. And individuals can hardly be blamed for this. But there’s more.
  • The fight for our attention and money, the golden age of content, and exponential technological disruption in almost every vertical have brought about the modern struggle of abundance. From ancient times to just a few generations ago, the struggle was that of scarcity.
  • We decided that we will go further. Along with facilitating a breeding ground for people who already shared our interests, we wanted to help people get “initiated”. Besides, the best way to learn is to teach. It was clear. We needed some sort of course. We didn’t need to be experts on every topic — a good enough introduction was “good enough”.
  • With some collaboration, there seemed to be no reason why we wouldn’t be able to hit the mark. We wanted to facilitate the widespread awareness of what seems to actually work, helping people tap into more of their potential. The purpose? — to build the most convenient way to get a comprehensive view of the consistent productivity landscape.
  • That’s how POWER was born. POWER or Productivity Optimization for Well-being with Effective Results is a 31 session course that’s divided into 3 levels. The topics themselves remain more or less constant as we dive deeper. We are currently focused on bringing Level 1 to fruition. The process is painstaking, the standards strict.
  • POWER is inspired by Dr. Alan Watkins’ research. Borrowing from his idea of Complete coherence, POWER is the confluence of 6 human stacks: Physiological, Energy, Experience, Thinking, Behavior, and Performance. The idea is that we need to fix ourselves from the ground up as a whole to be “excellent every day”.
  • Our pedagogical method is the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy. This well known hierarchical structure for categorizing educational goals has 6 different steps: Remember, Understand, Apply, Analyze, Evaluate, Create. The last step of Create is channeled via our in house Accountability Program. Head to our website for details & FAQs.
  1. LEARN together in a virtual classroom setup or share ideas in offline groups.
  2. ENABLE each other through Peer Learning sessions or by pushing each other through our Accountability Program.
  • - 2) Research / Curation (Note-taking, filtering, exploring content & tools)

StrangerSapiens

A “Phygital” Community for Consistently Productive Sapiens

StrangerSapiens

Stranger Sapiens is a “Phygital” (live online) personal growth community for Consistently Productive Sapiens. For us, Consistency means two things — Optimal (not maximal) and Sustainable. Visit us at “StrangerSpaiens.Club” to know more.

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A “Phygital” Personal Growth Community for Consistently Productive Sapiens

StrangerSapiens

Stranger Sapiens is a “Phygital” (live online) personal growth community for Consistently Productive Sapiens. For us, Consistency means two things — Optimal (not maximal) and Sustainable. Visit us at “StrangerSpaiens.Club” to know more.