The Mistake Bank

I came across this interesting site, The Mistake Bank, which is dedicated to ‘sharing learning from faux pas, slip-ups and decisions gone wrong’. It links in to my interest in ‘lessons learnt’ or (more usually) ‘lessons captured’ (see here).

From the site:

Aims and Guidelines:

“Errors are the portals of discovery.” James Joyce

The Mistake Bank is a place to share stories of mistakes people have made in their lives and careers. Please contribute videos or blog posts recounting your mistakes that you think others could learn from. Start a forum topic or participate in an existing forum.

Please comment on and share the entries. Invite others to join. All are welcome. Sharing mistakes is a gift–please honor that by keeping your comments constructive and civil.

And a note on the sensitive issue of privacy:

This network is open to anyone to join, but the posts, videos, etc., are only available to members. Search engines do not have access to the data on the site other than the main page.

This I hope will provide the safety people need to share stories. And, with the efforts of everyone who shares mistake stories, perhaps we can do a small part to reduce the stigma of making mistakes.

Which, of course, is something everyone does–especially, I am learning, prominent, successful people.

See  also here:

The Mistake Bank idea came out of trying to create a story library of mistakes that people could consult when they underwent some change–say, a large investment, a new company, a new job, etc. And where people who were retiring could leave a bit of a legacy. Now that it’s in place and starting to grow, I’m finding, not surprisingly, that there are all sorts of interesting side benefits as well.

The Mistake Bank is an experiment–so its goals are non-numerical. However, among the objectives are to heighten awareness for the value of experimentation and the constructive use of failure for learning, the destigmatization of mistake-making and the fight against “Hermione Granger Syndrome”–the belief that anything other than perfection is useless and unproductive.

It’ll be interesting to see how the membership, groups and variety of stories develop, including the proportion of watchers and participators (see here).

The site was created via Ning, a company co-founded by Marc Andreessen (of Netscape fame), and which focuses on allowing people to set up their own social networks.


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