WHAT IS ONESLIDE?
OneSlide is a library of ideas, zipped into little white squares with snakes on them. It’s where ideas and concepts are bite-sized into simple visual hooks that can help you remember them and explain them to others on the back of a napkin.
WHY DOES IT MAKE SENSE?
Time goes fast, knowledge is vast. Only a tiny bit of human knowledge is now applicable in the practical world. I love books, but one can only really read a few. I love Wikipedia, but you don’t usually have enough time to dig into the vast knowledge there.
That’s why OneSlide.org is, effectively, a twitter for concepts. It’s about packing knowledge into clear memorable presentations.
ISN’T IT TOO SHALLOW?
Yes, when engaging in zipping you end up grossly oversimplifying and losing the depth of knowledge, but it is the price you have to pay in order to make knowledge applicable, memorable and actionable. Tor Nørretranders has had some interesting ideas on this subject. OneSlides are meant to be useful as intros or teasers, as well as reminders. We are trying to lose as little beauty and hint at as much inner depth as we can. We always try to put source information in, so that an interested mind can go and truly dig in.
IS IT ALL ORIGINAL WORK?
Yes and no.
- Sometimes both the idea and the zipping is original.
- Sometimes the zipping (i.e. oneslide-ing) is done by us, but the idea or concept itself was originated by someone else
- Occasionally both the concept and the visual representation are borrowed
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
You get a virtual hug for simply asking. Just send your OneSlides (even crudely drawn on the back of the napkin to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will publish them (if they fit the concept), with a link back to you.
CAN I STEAL THIS?
Yes, you can! Unless noted otherwise, everything published on OneSlide.org is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution License, i.e. you are free to use as long as you attribute to the author. More information can be found here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
WHAT’S UP WITH THE SNAKE?
Love that you asked. We’re not gonna tell you though, except that it has something to do with the serpent and a very special tree in a rather nice garden a long long time ago.