Knowledge Management Content and Methods
- Francesco D'Alessio is a productivity expert and the host/creator of the Keep Productive channel while August Bradley is the host and creator of the Life Design channel. Nick Milo is the host and creator of the Linking Your Thinking channel.
- Keep Productive helps the audience find the most suitable or perfect productivity apps/tools for work and life while August Bradley helps those that feel they are stagnant in life to achieve their aspirations by implementing a Life Operating System called Pillars, Pipelines & Vaults (PPV).
- Nick Milo (Linking Your Thinking) seeks to help the audience to regain a sense of trust and mastery with digital notes. It helps viewers develop a "personalized, anti-fragile, flexible, and future-proofed" Personal Knowledge Management system.
This report presents the top three knowledge management teachers on YouTube. This includes the names of the channels and the teachers, description of the channels/series, description of the teachers, channels' following, links to most viewed videos and viewership figures, links to the teachers' social media channels, and the number of followers, books published or courses run by the teachers, and a description of the tools they use or recommend using for knowledge management. The research found that the top three knowledge management teachers on YouTube are Francesco d'Alessio (Keep Productive), August Bradley (Life Design), and Nick Milo (Linking Your Thinking). Detailed findings and research strategy can be found below.
Francesco d'Alessio — Keep Productive
- The channel seeks to help the audience find the most suitable productivity apps/tools for work and life.
- Keep Productive is on Twitter with 10K followers and on Instagram with 2,427 followers. Francesco D'Alessio is a productivity expert and the host/creator of the Keep Productive channel. He is also on Twitter with 18K followers, on Instagram with 1,583 followers, and on LinkedIn with 1,945 followers.
- It has a series on Obsidian, Notion, Evernote, and RoamResearch for knowledge management. It also has a series on Notion Users, Notion for Teams, and Evernote for Students. The channel also has webinars, reviews, tips and tricks for planning apps, to-do list apps, communication tools, and project management apps.
- Keep Productive recommends Notion, RoamResearch, and Obsidian among the Top 10 Best Note-Taking Apps of 2021.
- Notion is a workspace that centralizes information and helps to navigate content easily. It is flexible, and has a wiki structure, different views, and blocks but lacks a traditional text editor and has limited editing tools.
- RoamResearch is a note-taking tool that helps with writing and organizing ideas more effectively. It is also a powerful research app for students, researchers, and advanced note-takers. It has "organized knowledge, bi-directional links, custom themes, and outline structure." On the downside, it is expensive with only a web version and it has a learning curve.
- Obsidian is a personal knowledge base that sits on a local folder and uses Markdown. It is a note-taking app that helps to create powerful notes and build manage graphs. Its advantages include "GitHub Flavored Markdown, graph view, backlinks, customizable panes, custom CSS and templates." On the downside, it only has a desktop version and it has a learning curve.
- Keep Productive has 269K subscribers with 32,252,819 views. The most viewed videos are "All Microsoft 365 Apps Explained in 6 Minutes" with 854,436 views and "Your First Day with Notion" with 626,337 views.
- It also has a tool academy with courses such as Obsidian Made Simple, Notion Made Simple, and Roam Made Simple. The course instructors are Justin DiRose, Francesco D'Alessio and Jonathan Stewart, and Mickey Mellen respectively.
Other Experts Involved with the Project
- Justin DiRose has a YouTube channel, newsletter, podcast, and blog that help remote workers with personal knowledge management, productivity, work apps, and tips. The YouTube channel has 11.9K subscribers.
- Mickey Mellen is a website and productivity geek with a YouTube channel and blog where he provides content for WordPress and Notion. The YouTube channel has 4.44K subscribers.
- The channel seeks to help those that feel they are stagnant in life to achieve their aspirations by implementing a Life Operating System called Pillars, Pipelines & Vaults (PPV). The PPV Life OS is built in Notion and identifies a person's true priorities, aligns life aspirations to daily actions, activates focus, breaks old habits, and provides feedback loops.
- It has a series on Notion Personal Knowledge Management System, Full Notion Learning, and Notion Life Operating System (PPV).
- August Bradley recommends Notion for performance enhancement as it has unprecedented capability over other systems. He has leveraged Notion to apply performance systems, growth psychology, and life design.
- The channel has 54.5K subscribers with 2,936,057 views. The most viewed videos are "My Notion Life Operating System Overview" with 265,739 views, "Intro & Overview of PPV" with 165,919 views, and "Notion Dashboard Creation" with 151,678 views.
- August Bradley is the host and creator of the Life Design channel. He also has a blog. He focuses on the enhancement of personal performance and optimization for work and life. He is also on Twitter with 12.5K followers, on Facebook with 728 followers, and on LinkedIn with 4,844 followers.
- August Bradley has a life design studio with courses such as Notion Life Design and Notion for Teams. He also offers coaching and consultation services for both individuals and teams.
Nick Milo — Linking Your Thinking
- The channel seeks to help the audience to regain a sense of trust and mastery with digital notes. It helps viewers develop a "personalized, anti-fragile, flexible, and future-proofed" Personal Knowledge Management system.
- Nick Milo is the host and creator of the Linking Your Thinking channel. He is only active on Twitter with 8,690 followers. His motto is "rekindling the joy of thinking and sparking a knowledge revolution."
- Linking Your Thinking has a series on Obsidian for Beginners, Obsidian Updates, and Personal Knowledge Management. It also has a series on Obsidian Users and Linking Your Thinking Frameworks (Obsidian).
- Linking Your Thinking recommends Obsidian, a personal knowledge base that sits on a local folder of Markdown text files. It sells an educational and hands-on product on Obsidian known as Obsidian Flight School.
- The channel has 47.1K subscribers with 2,320,296 views. The most viewed videos are "Obsidian for Beginners: Start Here" with 644,517 views, "Obsidian for Beginners: 6 Keys to Markdown" with 205,628 views, and "Obsidian for Beginners: 8 Key Settings" with 141,254 views.
- Linking Your Thinking runs a six-week hands-on workshop for knowledge management. In addition, they have LYT Workshop+ and LYT++ Workshop which provide additional benefits such as personalized coaching sessions, group coaching, and priority support and check-ins. The workshop instructors are Nick Milo, Bianca Pereira, Rok Sanda, Sana A Ahmed, and Eleanor Konik.
Other Experts Involved with the Project
- Bianca Pereira is a researcher of industry-academia partnerships in Computer Science. She is on Twitter with 3,802 followers.
- Rok Sanda is a creative writer who has gained a reputation for his historical plays and won multiple theater awards. He can be found on LinkedIn with 114 followers.
- Sana A Ahmed is a brand consultant and content creator who helps in building brands online. She is on Twitter with 8,214 followers and on LinkedIn with 4,490 followers.
- Eleanor Konik researches, teaches, and writes on ancient civilizations and is the creator of the Obsidian Roundup newsletter. She has a YouTube channel with 114 subscribers, is on Twitter with 4,175 followers, and on Instagram with 161 followers.
For this research on the top three knowledge management teachers on YouTube, we leveraged the most relevant social media platforms, including YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook. After exhaustive research and reviewing the sources, we identified Keep Productive, August Bradley — Life Design, and Linking Your Thinking as the top three knowledge management channels on YouTube. We selected the channels through a YouTube search, before considering the teachers' websites and other social media platforms for information on the teachers, links to the teachers' social media channels and the number of followers, and books published or courses run by the teachers.