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RoamFM is the podcast all about Roam Research, for members of the #roamcult. Join us as we dive into the minds of amazing Roam users, taking a peek into how they use Roam to create wonderful connections.
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Welcome to the final episode of Season 1! In this episode, we talk with Richard Meadows, a finance writer, investor, and journalist. After quitting his full-time job at age 25, he has been pursuing his own hobbies and research interests while traveling around the world. He is also the author of Optionality: How to Survive and Thrive in a Volatile World.Optionality the book lays out the time tested strategy for not only becoming resilient to shocks, but also positioning yourself to profit from an unpredictable world, especially in the world that we are living in right now. I reached out to Richard because I found out something very fascinating about him: he is the first user of Roam Research!We talked about:Richard's origin story: from a business reporter in New Zealand to quitting his full-time job at 25Making the big trip to India and meeting Conor, becoming the first beta tester of Roam ResearchHow did his workflow improve over time? We look at Richard's writing workflows and hear what is considered a page, what queries are used, nesting decisions and moreOptionality: What is it? How can we apply it?How do we prepare for an ambiguous future and volatile world?Why asking yourself 'What's your 10-year plan' is a stupid questionHow can you use Roam to figure out what options are the best for you?Enjoy!LinksRichard's Website: The Deep DishRichard Meadows' TwitterSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode, we talk with Sam Marfleet, who is a writer, a marketer, and currently writing a study guide to The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago. He discovered Roam in early 2020, Which had answers to a question he's had in a very long time: How can he remember all of these stacks of notebooks that he's had written and forgotten?As someone fascinated with storytelling, writing, and symbolism, Sam had embarked on this study guide to explore the meaning of a story. So in this episode, we talked about:How Sam discovered Roam Research and the impact it had on himThe Hero of a Thousand Faces: why story is an interesting conceptThe relationship between books and the public intellectual space, and why we like to measure the number of books readExploring the study guide as a format: how Sam's study guide helps you understand the material betterJoseph Campbell's works on mythologies, the stories that we tell, and the psychological challenges that are manifested as symbolic charactersDiving into the empirical truth of stories (aka. metaphysical): what does it mean for a story to be true? What does it mean to have a story influence every aspect of our lives, ethics, society, and more?The Public Mythology Graph: what a graph about humanity's stories should look like, who should be involved, and more.Enjoy!LinksSam's WebsiteSam's TwitterSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode, we talk with Ramses Oudt, who is the Co-Founder of RoamStack, helping you find the tools, techniques, and workflows. You need to get the most out of Roam Research. Ramses is a teacher turned technical consultant, a move made possible becausehe is obsessed with knowledge management, having discovered Roam in February this year, after several people urged him to check it out. Roam cured his writer's block after just a few weeks of use and since then he's used it to think more profoundly about work challenges than ever before through RoamStack.We talked about:Pondering the question: How do I make knowledge my own?His career from telemarketer to policymaker in the HR department and his foray into knowledge management. Achieving greater knowledge management through Building a Second BrainImplementing the PARA system into Roam and his workflows using the toolThe problem with online courses today, as someone who is a prolific online course taker, Ramses shares his insights on why courses are formatted as they are right now as content dumps. Creating RoamStack, starting from Fabricating Serendipity by Kahlil CorazoThe purpose of RoamStack as a knowledge hub for the non-technical RoamanRamses thoughts on the best practices of managing a shared graph environment.Enjoy!LinksRamses' WebsiteRamses' Twitter RoamStack WebsiteSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode, we talk with Mridula Duggal who is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the IDEA Graduate Programme, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Focusing on monetary policy, adaptive expectations, and fiscal policy, we are going to dive into the world of economics, I hope your Roam is open because we're going to take a lot of notes for this one. From reading research papers and taking notes in the margins, as well as handwriting her own personal notes on paper Mridula found a solution to her problem when it came to resurfacing up previous notes when she found Roam research this year. We talked about:Her note-taking origin story: How she made the transition from only paper for note-taking into Roam ResearchHer workflows on paper and applying those in RoamThe frameworks she uses when reading up research papers for her fieldThe world of macroeconomics, focusing on inflation expectations: how do agents form these expectations, what are the factors, and what policies do countries implement in response?The history of inflation targeting and her interest in a specific area of macroeconomicsEnjoy!LinksMridula's WebsiteMridula's TwitterSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode, we talk with Lukas Kawerau, aka. Cortex Futura on Twitter! A known Roaman in the personal knowledge management space, Cortex is an educator through the Roam courses Galaxy Brain and Cite to Write, to help you build deeper knowledge and think better.In the middle of getting a Ph.D. in Political Science, he has done work on governance, cyber security, and data analysis throughout his career. With that comes the itch to make things, connect, to write notes down, and create his own personal workflows until stumbling into Roam. In this episode we talk about:The name Cortex Futura: Where does it come from?Lukas' origin story and how Roam blew his mindThe Cortex Ph.D. workflow: Using Google Scholar, Zotero, Synchronous Reading, and moreThe principles of context-dependent insight, and how it differs from progressive summarizationAlgorithms of Thought, how tools of thought will expand and make an impact on existing institutionsWhat Naval said on the Tim Ferriss podcast that made Lukas upset, and whyEnjoy!LinksCortex Futura's TwitterCortex Futura's WebsiteGalaxy Brain Online CourseCite to Write Online CourseSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode, we talk with RJ Nestor, an executive coach, musician, and writer. With 20 years of experience helping people say what they mean to say and do what they mean to do, he does a variety of things: from coaching actors how to sing to teaching communication principles for business leaders and more. With Roam in his toolkit, R.J. provides the tools and guidance to execute your ideas and realize your potential. We talked about:RJ's origin story, from his background in musical theatre and juggling creative projectsUsing David Allen's Getting Things Done for coaching, creative work and writing screenplaysDiscovering Roam Research, R.J.'s Workflows and starting the day, the night beforeR.J.'s special system to capture all the chaos in our headsHow R.J.'s course Your Road to Roam can help new Roamans in designing their own Roam systemHow to sing by not singingEnjoy!LinksR.J. Nestor's TwitterR.J. Nestor's WebsiteYour Road to Roam Online CoursePowerful Task Management in Roam Research Online CourseSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode, we talk with Andy Narracott, Founder of Finding Impact, a practical resource for social entrepreneurs in the trenches, making things happen against all odds. This includes the Finding Impact Podcast, with weekly interviews on strategy, tactics, and practical advice on helping you build your social enterprise, as well as his newsletter.Andy, a consultant with a background in international development, focusing on sanitation has quite an interesting background. So reaching out to him, I wanted to ask about his workflows. His fields of interest and everything in between. We talked about:How he discovered Roam Research and how he's been taking notes before discovering this toolWorkflows on how he uses Roam for work, as well as a personal knowledge management system, deep in the fields of sanitation, international development, and social entrepreneurship.The meaning of impact. How do you find it in any business that you do? The flaws of philanthropy, introducing something else that is much more effective.A public graph for global development: What is the architecture behind it? How do you visualize the graph? What kind of information should be put in and much more? Enjoy!LinksAndy Narracott's WebsiteAndy Narracott's TwitterFinding Impact NewsletterFinding ImpactFinding Impact PodcastSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode we talk with Mike Schmitz, who is a productivity nerd (as written on his website), loves reading books and enjoys making things. He is currently the Executive Editor at The Sweet Setup, a website where you can discover the best apps and workflows for your iPhone, Mac and iPad, as well as Co-Host of the Focused Bookworm and Intentional Family podcasts.His website, faith based productivity talks about his intersections: the amazing tips, tricks and principles of productivity, and his faith from his sermon sketch notes, as well as his Bible study notes. Mike combines all of this in Roam.We talked about: Mike's origin story and how he became a productivity coach from writing so much and combining it with faithThe impact of his sermon sketch notes, as well as his quotes and passages from the BibleHis Roam workflows and observations + how he pools emails as a to-do on Rome.The meaning of faith-based productivity and the true definition of hustle'Cult' which can be an uncomfortable word used to describe loyal users of a toolEnjoy!LinksMike's TwitterFaith Based ProductivityIntentional Family PodcastBookworm.fm PodcastSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode, we talk with Drew Coffman, who is an optimist interested in the connections between creativity, technology and true meaning.As someone who has been on Twitter for a very long time, Drew is in multiple circles from Tech Twitter, to Roam Twitter, and many other things that captures his attention. His YouTube channel (aptly named Drew Coffman), has videos about Roam Research from a beginner's point of view, trying to understand the different features that the tool has.We talked about:Roam's community and how that is a hidden feature of RoamThe impact of Roam research on our ability to interact with each other, through our notesThe power of nostalgia and how it impacts us.Leonardo da Vinci, The Renaissance ManAnswering the question: What would your [[Mona Lisa]] be? Enjoy!LinksDrew's TwitterDrew's YouTube ChannelSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode, we talk with Joel Chan, Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland. His involves the following quote: 'My research seeks to understand and create generalizable configurations of people, computing and information that augment human intelligence and creativity. I want to help create a future where any person or community can design the futures they want to live in.'In the pursuit of his research, he has stumbled into Roam and is dedicated to seeing its possibilities. Implementing a hybrid Zettelkasten and Zettel Question system, he has designed a system to achieve knowledge synthesis which is what we will be talking about in this episode. We covered:Joel's workflow, how he creates notes, Zettels and Zettel Questions Synthesis and the sum of all its parts: How do you integrate knowledge from different fields to create something new?Charles Darwin's notebooks, and Roam's competitorWhy is analog media so powerful?Enjoy!Timestamps2:49 Joel's note-taking system: Lab notebooks4:24 Using Evernote Premium and the cabinets5:55 Professors have their second brains in students and collaborators8:35 Discovering [[Stian Håklev (侯爽)]]'s PhD Roam workflow11:23 New version of Zettels: Zettel Questions13:56 The best insights only come from a 'single mind'16:40 Why is analog media so powerful?18:22 Charles Darwin and Note Excision20:06 Mixed media and Roam's challenges23:09 Roam's biggest competitor, and Richard Feynman thinking on paper24:38 Emulating Roam features on paper, and terrible analog media practices27:54 The meaning of synthesis and polymathy28:59 Engaging in greater knowledge synthesis with Roam30:44 The manifest function and latent function of institutions31:43 The 3 requirements for synthesis34:36 Multiplicity and how it allows for synthesis38:14 [[What does Roam mean to you?]]LinksJoel Chan's WebsiteVideo: Roam Tour #1: Professor Joel Chan- Zettelkasten and Evergreen Notes for Generative ThoughtStian Håklev (侯爽)'s VideoTinderboxSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
Click here for the video version on YouTube!With Roam Fund, Roam Scholars Program, APIs and Multiplayer Roam coming up, there's still some things I'd like to figure out:How will Roam enable creators to maintain a sustainable career?What are the possibilities and models for monetization using a Roam graph?Are there example products out there that we can replicate in Roam as a source of income?Introducing the first (of many) RoamFM hangouts, this talk will be about monetization models, premium graphs and defining the 'Roam Creator'.This hangout is simple:Zoom Room where I'll kick things with my thoughts on public/premium graphs (will be made available on the RoamFM graph), monetization models and what a Roam Creator can beAn open discussion on these topicsSome announcements for RoamFMLater on we'll close off with prompts and questions on what other possibilities to consider (to talk right then and there, or to save for another hangout)Freeform conversation after! (Anything goes)I've set this event for 2 hours just in case, but if we end earlier/later, will leave the room up accordingly.The objectives are:To expand our possibilities and use cases as creators using Roam ResearchExplore different ways for monetization and business modelsEngage in Otium: the pursuit of intellectual curiosity. Everybody is part of the discussionSee some amazing Roaman faces!I'll be exploring different models, where future of Roam might go for money-making, and how creators can fit in there. Will share my own findings and predictions, and I want to have it open up for discussion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode, we talk with Matt McGann, who is the founder of Health Horizon. tracking upcoming health technologies as they develop in real time for companies, investors, and innovators as well.He is also the creator of Roam for Teamwork: covering multiplayer knowledge bases, where everything is connected and nothing is duplicated. How to set up Rome as a place where teamwork naturally builds a coherent repository of the organization's knowledge. So if you are interested in setting up a multi-player Roam for your team, this is a great resource for you. You can find this roamforteamwork.com.Starting off with a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at the Australian National University and getting into entrepreneurship, Mat is now working on Health Horizon, managing a team of four on a shared Roam Graph. So this episode will be all about processes, methods, product management and more, all on detailed Roam-specific processes. We are going to get technical In this episode.We talked about:Starting a podcast about academia and getting paid $10k for 5 episodesHow Mat stepped away from academic papers and focused on popular scientific breakthroughsThe mission behind Health HorizonMat's multiplayer workflow: queries to sprints, Sales CRM, tasklist management, pseudo-notifications and moreWhy multiplayer Roam is the inverse of singleplayer RoamAnd more. Enjoy!Timestamps2:30 $10,000 for 5 podcast episodes on academia9:20 Why is his website called Unlamed?11:23 [[Science Communication]], and losing interest in science13:52 Academic papers are more about accountability16:32 Making the jump from academia to entrepreneurship18:40 Barrier comparisons between physics and biology/medicine20:33 What happened to these promising medical breakthroughs? Health Horizon's story23:41 Who it's for: Health innovation, Roam Medical, etc.26:08 Discovering Roam by mistake during Christmas30:03 An Inverse graph, implementing Roam into [[Health Horizon]]31:58 Health Horizon workflow: The Attention page33:07 Sidebar shortcuts, tags and deliverables36:23 Splitting notifications into multiple types40:23 How [[Health Horizon]] runs sprints in Roam44:34 Pagination and standardization saves time46:13 Restructuring in Roam has little friction48:17 Using attributes to enforce structure and summarize50:54 Tracking new sales opportunities: an example54:56 Sales are a case by case basis, no templates56:39 Recreating Team Excel in Roam58:06 Mat's requests: notifications and dropdown1:02:50 Transcribing physical books and margins into Roam1:08:32 [[How would you describe Roam to someone who hasn't started using it?]]1:10:52 [[What does Roam mean to you?]]LinksMat McGann's TwitterHealth HorizonRoam for TeamworkUnlamed: The blog of Jamie Freestone and Mathew McGannSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode, we talk with Brandon Toner, a pharmacist based in Nova Scotia, Canada. He's known from his goal to build a habit of expression through a reset on Twitter. This is a broad episode ranging from healthcare to school, note-taking philosophies and the search for powerful conversations.We talked about:Doing a hard reset on TwitterInformation management in pharmacy, healthcare and possibilities with Roam ResearchIntricacies in healthcare and what information we must considerBrandon's workflow in the field of learning healthcareThe philosophy of note-taking and its connection to identity, expression and moreHow Roam can help you build your own worldviewEnjoy!Timestamps1:50 Brandon's criteria for Twitter conversations3:34 Hard reset on Twitter and connecting with people an dideas5:53 The Dark times, and the tools that never felt quite right8:01 Brandon's future version of himself9:40 What Brandon does: Pharmacy in Nova Scotia, Canada11:24 Information in healthcare and pharmacy14:59 Building dynamic reference material for healthcare16:48 "When I consume knowledge, I want it to become a part of me"18:05 The responsibilities of a clinical expert19:54 Brandon's thoughts on schooling with Roam22:07 Roam dependence and impact on our systems and routines27:58 The scaffolding for a network of information29:28 What is structure? Note-taking as a philosophy33:42 How do we balance between chaos and order?34:52 Brandon's workflow in bringing order to chaos40:39 "You can't skip that dance" and Go Boards43:35 Putting down other tools, and the burden of freedom48:14 What happens in the true believer calls? and how Brandon joined Roam54:35 Cult vs. culture, and Conor thinking out loud in calls59:35 The revolution of maintaining societal knowledge1:07:17 Exploring Roam's diversity of users1:09:56 Celebrating life and our loved ones1:14:51 Roam baked in productivity culture1:18:41 The low floor, high ceiling, and Roam possibilities1:21:34 [[How would you describe Roam to someone who hasn't started using it?]]1:30:20 [[What does Roam mean to you?]]LinksBrandon's TwitterExpanding Thoughts (Brandon's Newsletter)Brandon's WebsiteSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode, we talk with Tracy Winchell, the Founder of Roaman Journals. A teacher of daily journaling practices to others, Tracy is a self introspective person when it comes to facing ourselves in writing. And when introduced to Roam, she has started implementing the tool into journaling.In this episode, we talked about:Life before Roam Research: her time as a journalist, within broadcasting and moreHer workflow for journaling and introspection in RoamOur relationship with the creator/higher powerThe intricacies of daily journaling and how Tracy approaches itThe three selves, and how we should confront themThere is a part one and part two to this episode, so you might hear a disconnect in the middle of the episode due to technical difficulties. Enjoy!Timestamps1:36 Artillery and firing guns5:04 Accidentally ending up in front of a microphone: Tracy's origin story8:28 Starting the Reboots Podcast and the moment of clarity10:23 Discovering Roam Research14:58 Combining journaling techniques with Roam19:09 Interviewing Dr. Benjamin Hardy of Personality isn't Permanent21:26 Outsourcing the recall 24:04 Tracy's workflow for starting the day: Note to Next Day Self30:03 Checklists and how they stop you from execution33:00 2nd Half, and RoamBrain36:04 The three selves, according to Dr. Benjamin Hardy40:43 Projecting things into the future, and intersecting future emotions and time43:25 Just in time wisdom44:14 Tracy's Reflecting pool, and the Serenity Prayer50:47 Faith and a higher power54:00 Introducing Roam to a journaling audience58:05 Tracy does not want to look at her analog journals1:02:39 The friction finding something of value in previous journals1:05:05 What does victory mean to you?1:10:07 The next trinity of fields Tracy will dive into1:11:57 [[How would you describe Roam to someone who hasn't started using it?]] and [[What does Roam mean to you?]]LinksTracy's TwitterRoaman JournalsRoaman Journaling for Self-Awareness & Growth CourseReboots PodcastSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode, we talk with Dalton Mabery, a YouTuber, video editor and tweet thread maker at 20 years old, trying to find the intersection between church and technology. His YouTube channel covers tech, productivity, and lifestyle with a lot of tutorials and guides on many networked thought thinking tools, including Roam.We talked about:His note-taking origin story, and stumbling into RoamDalton's information capture workflow, and remixing past knowledgeOvercoming traditional definitions of creativityWhy he left #roamcult due to negative experiences and impressions: can we be elitist or too cultish?Future-proofing notes and why Obsidian caught his attentionNote: This was recorded a while ago and ever since then, Dalton has made the decision to come back to Roam Research.Enjoy!For the full transcript, click hereTimestamps1:19 The fun in reading books: Dalton Mabery's note-taking origin story3:06 Discovering Roam through Not Overthinking, and the Aha Moment4:44 Small response from friends when demonstrating Roam7:51 Dalton Mabery's workflow in Roam and use cases9:09 How he reads and takes notes on articles10:35 Creating tweet threads from his notes11:32 The Master Page and researching for the next YouTube video to make13:48 Filtering types of content through organization and tags16:41 Remixing content into other formats and our different note-taking systems19:09 "If anyone comes up with something completely new, it's probably heresy"20:33 What new ideas are now, and distilling data into knowledge22:04 How YouTubers interpret tools, and Austin Kleon says steal, don't copy25:24 Why Dalton Mabery left Roam27:06 The elitist vibe of #roamcult28:52 The host is not happy against elitism30:59 Comments of potential users being sick of Roam, and Keep Productive31:56 Creators' responsibility to have a good impression of note-taking tools33:09 Handling a YouTube channel about Roam34:37 YouTube comments are can be really good or really bad37:00 You don't need much to start creating content around Roam38:34 If you want to start an interview show40:31 Dalton's looking for guests for his new show42:00 Future-proof notes, and the advantages of Obsidian45:33 What happens the tool closes down?48:23 [[How would you describe Roam to someone who hasn't started using it?]]49:55 [[What does Roam mean to you?]]LinksDalton Mabery's TwitterDalton's YouTube ChannelDalton Mabery's WebsiteSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode, we talk with Ali Abdaal, a Cambridge university medicine graduate, a former doctor in the UK National Health Service and a prolific YouTuber, making videos about life as a medical student, productivity tips, tech, Roam Research, Notion and more.We talked about:Ali's note-taking origin story: From storing notes on close-up magic to seduction, medicine and now book notesHis information capture workflow, using Evernote, Notion and Roam for specific uses.Why Ali thinks he is not a creative personDefining creativity from remixing content as opposed to originalityPursuing the perfect note-taking app, and the similarities between note-taking apps and marriageand content creation, as well as the value that we can provide to others who we are trying to help defining the perfect note taking app. Ali talks to me about the similarities between a note taking app and marriage. Enjoy!Timestamps+1:091:09 Life after 9-53:09 Fulfillment from creative work5:21 Ali Abdaal's note-taking origin story8:09 When Building a Second Brain came into play9:30 "It was as if this guy was speaking to my very soul"10:18 Ali doesn't use PARA at all12:44 What is a project? Ali's use case as a YouTuber14:13 Evernote as a base for long-term memory15:53 Ali Abdaal's fluid information capture workflow17:17 Discovering Roam and the $250,000 missed opportunity19:17 Roam is unsatisfying so far, and the Nibble Framework21:49 How productive does Ali Abdaal want to become?25:00 What is enough? How much money is enough?26:46 "I'm not creative at all. I don't think I have any original ideas"30:46 Creativity does not come from originality33:40 First-brain breakthroughs and how Roam encourages that to happen35:13 We have observed X, therefore we think Y38:20 The flaw behind Roam Research, and Notion vs. Roam39:45 Roam vs. Notion followers on Ali Abdaal's YouTube channel40:23 Drafting a video: The Perfect Note-taking App41:27 There is no such thing as a soulmate43:43 Different people are attracted to different personalities46:43 Getting divorced is messy and expensive48:25 Meaningless sex with lots of people is unfulfilling51:41 Polyamorous note-taking relationships53:34 Why all these note-taking apps aren't competing against each other55:29 Labeling is simplifying and dangerous59:11 What system do I want? How do I know this app fits me?1:02:30 Talking with a creator vs. a consumer1:05:27 How does Ali handle parasocial interactions?1:06:23 Repeated value is value nonetheless1:08:21 Repeated vs. Original vs. Spontaneous value1:10:42 The Table of Contents Notes Game1:12:50 What Ali Abdaal would like to see from Roam1:19:40 Ali doesn't think about Motivation1:21:41 Editing our respective podcasts1:27:35 What Norman does1:29:18 How I explain myself to family1:30:56 [[How would you describe Roam to someone who hasn't started using it?]]1:32:07 [[What does Roam mean to you?]]LinksAli Abdaal's TwitterAli Abdaal's YouTube ChannelAli Abdaal's InstagramSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode, we talk with Aravind Balla, a software developer working remotely from Hyderabad, India. He loves JS and CSS, and is the co-host of the Learning Curve podcast, sharing his findings, discoveries, and, his learning journey with fellow host Bretik.In the #roamcult community he is known for creating Gatsby-theme-Andy, a digital gardening theme inspired by the works of Andy Matuschak and is based on Gatsby-theme-brain.We talked about:Aravind's note-taking workflowHow Notion and Roam plays different roles in his workExamples of evergreen notes from Aravind's graphThe origin story of Gatsby-theme-andyDefining what is publishable in a digital gardenPlanning episode for the Learning Curve PodcastEnjoy!Timestamps03:24 From Evernote to Notion and Aravind's meta questions05:54 No more Evernote except for Kindle highlights08:40 There was no friction in transitioning to Roam09:38 Notion vs Roam for Teams10:58 Loading up Roam in low network connectivity13:09 "Once it is loaded, it never dies. So I never turn my MacBook off"14:53 Aravind's main workflow, information capture and more17:06 Some fleeting notes are thrown away, and examples of permanent notes18:18 Aravind Balla's Evergreen notes from [[How to Take Smart Notes]] and Linchpin20:02 Have empathy towards your work21:58 Publishing notes online can strike ideas in the person who's reading it23:05 How Aravind remade Andy Matuschak's digital garden theme in Gatsby25:47 Gathering around digital gardeners and Andy's followers28:38 What's considered publishable? Defining a digital garden34:56 How did the Learning Curve podcast start?37:46 Predicting conversations with #roamcult, and Mental Agility42:48 Aravind's keen for the API to rollout45:48 Planning an episode for the Learning Curve Podcast49:48 [[How would you describe Roam to someone who hasn't started using it?]]51:48 [[What does Roam mean to you?]]LinksAravind's TwitterAravind's WebsiteAravind's Notesgatsby-theme-andySupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
Today's guest is Kahlil Corazo, who is building Project Accessible Genomics, a playbook for deploying genomic pathogen surveillance in the global South. He is also creating training materials on using Roam for project management, as well as Fabricating Serendipity, connecting Roam individuals to each other, and see its results.The longest episode so far in RoamFM, we talked about: Project Management and how startups can use RoamThe Idea-to-Reality production stack, and the Rider and the Stallion ModelFabricating Serendipity between RoamansBreaking down the Business Model Canvas using RoamPossibilities in the field of genomicsIncluded as well are my own reflections on the podcast so far. Enjoy!Timestamps2:14 Fabricating serendipity: The podcast and RoamStack4:16 Masterminds and Discovering Roam7:08 Serendipity happened because of that simple meetup9:02 Training teams for project management through Roam13:38 New ways for online education through projects20:16 The Rider and the Stallion Model22:53 Our relationship with passions and emotions are political24:59 Taming the stallion through Roam, workflows30:35 Morning pages and written meditation33:15 Maker Manager Days and different stallions38:17 Focus on the problems because you want to fix problems39:24 Systems versus Goals44:18 The Roam Business Model Canvas46:44 Combining Zettelkasten and the Business Model Canvas47:51 Validating ideas in the field of genomics52:41 Making genomic pathogen surveillance accessible55:23 Roam trains you to think, Re: Stian's episode59:21 Use Roam to find an area that just fits you1:01:28 Contemplating the future of Roam Research (startups, features)1:04:53 [[How would you describe Roam to someone who hasn't started using it?]] and [[What does Roam mean to you?]]1:06:18 Explaining Roam as a power tool for thinkers1:13:52 Interesting answers in describing Roam1:21:55 Incremental changes to my relationship with Roam1:25:21 Generating ideas through the Art Oracle DeckLinksRoamFu TwitterKahlil Corazo's TwitterRoamFu Thread ListRoam and Your Idea-to-Reality Production StackSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode, we talk with Jessie Li, an independent consultant at Singapore Management University's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, and Founder of Fat Garage, an interesting website covering Chinese entrepreneurs in niche markets, such as asteroid mining, synthetic biology, and more.She founded the roam/cn Community, a collective of Roam users from all walks of life in Mandarin, filled with videos, articles, and other resources to learn together, and develop use cases for Roam Research.We talked about:How she discovered Roam through Product Hunt, and getting jealous of her friend's Roam graphSupporting Chinese Roam users in roam/cn and growing up to 200+ members The future of Roam in media, as a university and a new TwitterEnjoy!Thank you to Matt Brockwell for the awesome review!Timestamps3:45 Jessie's background, developing China's entrepreneurship ecosystem8:25 The meaning of 'Fat Garage'11:31 Discovering the tool through Product Hunt13:32 "I was jealous of his graph"16:15 Roam in beta, and the a-ha moments19:35 The Business Model Canvas24:04 Jessie Li's templates and routines27:18 Starting roam/cn and gathering the Chinese Roam community29:48 Interpreting Conor's interview on 20minutesvc33:36 WeChat group with 230+ members38:20 Overlap between Roam China's members and other WeChat groups41:33 Seeing roam/cn in 5 years, and the future of Roam42:36 Roam will be a better university44:58 Roam can be a better media48:59 Roam can be a better Twitter59:41 Running roam/cn in a chaotic way54:06 Collective intelligence and the roam/cn public Roam graph57:52 [[How would you describe Roam to someone who hasn't started using it?]]1:03:53 [[What does Roam mean to you?]]LinksJessie's TwitterFat Garage Websiteroam/cn BiliBili Channelroam/cn Public Roam GraphSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
In this episode, we talk with David Crandall, a software architect and fractional CTO. As someone involved in Data Architecture since the mid-nineties, he has been obsessive with note-taking, having done so for 25+ years(!). Roam fits the bill for writing all his thoughts!We talked about:The Dark times: how he found Roam, moving abroad with 26 luggage bags and moreDavid's workflows: Meeting notes, habit tracking and anti-productivityWhy he dislikes non-contextual metadataPredicting the future of Roam from a software architect's perspective, and #roamcultEnjoy!Timestamps2:28 25 Years of Note-taking and discovering Roam 5:40 What caught his attention, and the Daily Notes page8:52 Transferring all his analog notes in9:40 Moving a family of six to Cozumel, Mexico13:12 David's workflow, and learning Roam in quarantine17:02 Meeting notes: David's process for turning nouns into pages20:20 Non-contextual tagging and why David hates it24:12 Finding value from graph overview + suggestions26:37 How David uses Roam to track his habits32:02 Being anti-productive34:06 David's main Twitter account and Minecraft36:18 Future Roaman Jrs.38:21 The future of Roam and David's accurate prediction42:09 The way we interact with Roam will change46:14 The potential of #roamcult in this future51:29 Networked social media, Visa and threaded conversation54:30 What scares David about the hive mind concept55:29 Describing Roam as a Jarvis [[How would you describe Roam to someone who hasn't started using it?]]57:28 [[What does Roam mean to you?]], Roam's use in counseling, therapy, and vulnerabilityLinksDavid's TwitterDavid's WebsitePredicting the Future of RoamSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/normanchella)
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Tristan Bailey

Even if you don’t use roam and just like writing and ordering your thoughts the conversations are always interesting and strangely relaxing

Dec 14th
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