An Experiment for 2016 #TiL253

This is an Experiment. I’m having a go at recording some of the interesting things that cross my path.

It’s called #TiL253. Today I Learned (TiL), I’ll explain the # and the 253 in a minute.

Why Bother?

  • Most days I; read about / get told / overhear / observe / randomly discover interesting things
  • Most days I forget them by bedtime
  • I want to see if I can record them (the most interesting ones) in a reasonably organised way
  • If I share them, people can then have a look to see if they also find them interesting
  • At some point, I can have a look back to see if the ‘interesting things’ add up to anything useful, or ‘interesting’

How will it work?

  • I’m going to use Twitter to share the interesting things I’ve collected
  • This means I have to keep it short – it don’t want to burden anyone
  • A twitter hashtag means I can keep track of what I’ve been doing
  • #TiL253 appears to be an uncommon hashtag

Why #TiL253?

  • TiL = Today I Learned
  • 253 = a number of TiL’s I’m aiming for
  • Why 253? (there is a bit of logic to this)
  • I didn’t want to be tied to a time period – like a year
  • But, there are 365 days in a year
  • I don’t want to be committed to ‘working/thinking’ about this all of the time
  • There 52 weekends and 8 Bank Holidays when I can ‘rest’
  • 365 minus weekends and Bank Holidays = 253
  • It’s a challenge to reach 253, but achievable (I think) – time will tell
  • 253 could be a ‘Goldilocks Number’
    • Not too big (unachievable)
    • Not too small (a bit trivial, not enough of a challenge)
    • ‘Just Right’ (ha ha ha, ‘The Goldilocks Zone’ will be my first #TiL253)
  • As I go along I might turn some of the #TiL253’s into blog posts which I’ll post on this page

It might all go horribly wrong………

My first #TiL253The Goldilocks Zone‘something in just the right place’.

Also known as the circumstellar habitable zone (CHZ), see NASA , The Goldilocks Zone for more details.

There’s more about the CHZ / Goldilocks Zone in this Wikipedia Article where you can also find this image from the European Southern Observatory.



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I'm from Old South Wales and I'm interested almost everything. Narrowing it down a bit: cooperatives, social enterprises, decent public services, complexity science, The Cynefin Framework, behavioural science and a sustainable future. In 2018/19 I completed a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, looking at big cooperative enterprises and social businesses in NE Spain and the USA. You can find out more here:

8 Responses

  1. HI Chris – this is a great idea and I really like the story behind the hashtag. I think the key will be the thought process that goes into what you regard as interesting and how often you will realistically get back to review what’ on the #TiL253 line. I have been doing “What I learnt this week” #WILTW ( for nearly two years now (85 without break!). My learning is that it is actually quite difficult to define what you able actually learnt (rather than just reflected on) and the same may apply to what is ‘interesting’. The other thing I noticed originally was how difficult it was to find the time to do it. Recently it has now become so embedded in my weekly routine that I make time for it. For something like #TiL253 I suspect you will have to be quite tough with yourself that you make sure you do the review or otherwise you will be collecting but not curating! All the best – will follow with interest…

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