In this episode we talk with Stian Håklev, who is the engineer/learning architect for Minerva Project.

  • We talked about his origin story: diving open science, collaborative communities, and international development and connecting all these findings through Roam.
  • What should get a page and what shouldn’t, using references as an inbox and more
  • His thoughts on Roam as a networked thought tool, and how it changed his thinking.


Check out the full transcript here


  • 1:59 Stian Håklev’s origin story
  • 4:13 Linux, programming and open source
  • 5:48 Academic citations in multiple Chinese journals
  • 6:47 How can we support self-learners and collaborative learning? Ph.D. and pedagogical theories
  • 9:30 Minerva Project and rethinking undergraduate education
  • 11:54 Introducing Roam into Stian’s Ph.D. reading workflow
  • 14:06 Building the Frankenstein of Roam Research
  • 18:31 How Stian Håklev uses Roam Research: From manual linking to using the tool
  • 21:58 The Daily Pages concept and design affordances
  • 23:30 No friction when starting from daily pages, and references as an inbox
  • 27:13 There is no distinction between page, tag, and link
  • 28:25 Struggling with Zettelkasten or Evergreen Notes
  • 33:00 Collecting all the artifacts and projects Stian has built
  • 36:10 Collaboration and harnessing the creative exhaust
  • 39:22 The vision for a collaborative Roam
  • 40:57 Exploring complex design issues and semantic technologies
  • 43:37 How to describe Roam to someone who hasn’t started using it yet?
  • 46:47 What does Roam mean to you?