scholarshape margy thomas knowledge-building

What knowledge is yours to build?

We are defined by the questions we pursue.

What we wonder about—what we are trying to understand—shapes the projects we launch, the potential we cultivate, the books we write, the people we become.

Our curiosity is what drives us to create new knowledge: models of reality that let us think and act in more productive, satisfying ways.


Knowledge-building is the key to our individual purpose and our collective progress—but it’s incredibly difficult to do.

Out here on the edges of what is known, there are no guides.

And the process defies all formulas and templates; no step-by-step instructions can lead us where we need to go.

We don’t even really know what our destination looks like.

So how do we navigate the process?

Just like our ancestors navigated the mapless oceans: by recognizing the constellations and currents. By learning the deep, invisible patterns and structures that give the process coherence.

These deep patterns and structures point us to the questions we can ask ourselves anytime we need to get our bearings and decide which direction to move.

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Who, What, Why, How: these are the four moves of the knowledge-builder. Recognize the Who. Listen to the What. Envision the Why. Live in the How.

ScholarShape is dedicated to helping you find your way through the knowledge-building process.

We’re creating models of our world even as we find our place in it.


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By the way, I’m Margy,

and I’m glad to be in the middle of the knowledge-building process with you. We may be worlds apart geographically (I’m in Durham, North Carolina; where are you?), but the process we are navigating is the same. We’re mapping the edges of human knowledge, learning and communicating what has never been known before. Whether you identify as a scholar, researcher, academic, creative, or knowledge worker, the models of reality you’re building are what make progress possible — and the model I’m building will guide and support you in your quest. Let’s do this, together.

Margy Thomas, Ph.D., founder of ScholarShape