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OtiumFM is an upcoming show deep-diving into the world of Tools for Thought, or TFTs! Featuring insights on note-taking, making connections between thoughts, and serendipity, host Norman Chella brings you conversations with individuals in this space so you can better your note-taking experience. Expect guests from various TFT apps, independent researchers, and varying professions who bring with them note-taking insights, from analog to digital and even hypergraphic!

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In the first two seasons, this show was called RoamFM, the podcast all about Roam Research, for members of the Roaman community. In these two seasons, join us as we dive into the minds of amazing Roam users, taking a peek into how they use Roam to create wonderful connections.

33 Episodes
Join our AirrSpace to talk about how Roam could scale! You can find it hereIn this episode, we talk with Cato Minor, who is the Duck of Roam, quacking his way into fun, ridiculous experiments with physical controls, crazy CSS, and much more. But behind these experiments, is the intention to explore something deeper.Coming in from medieval Twitter, Cato Minor focuses on digital humanities studying medieval, Latin, as well as classic Latin. In the midst of trying out many note-taking apps throughout the years, he had stumbled into Roam.We talked about:Knowledge workers of the past and now, what are the differences between them? Memory as a process of internalization and digestion, and how outsourcing this to a tool hinders our ability to learnAdventures of note-taking: the differences between the many note-taking apps Cato has triedHow do we make the digital word more physical?The interesting physical experiments, from using a train set controller to a TV remote to use Roam!The power of medieval diagrams: how can we learn from people who have drawn outlines in the Middle AgesHow do we create win-win situations for the individual in the PKM space?How will Roam scale?Enjoy!Timestamps3:48 Where Cato Minor got his name from5:19 Medieval Latin and Cato's fascination with it7:13 In the Middle Ages, all knowledge should serve us in our seeking of God9:20 Memory is what gives us material to transform16:34 Make your notes unique18:59 Roam is a great motivator for experimentation22:47 Physical touch gives us food for thoughts24:21 Everything is a touch screen29:28 Cato's adventure in experiencing other apps41:00 How to make peace in the continent of Note-taking48:39 What you can do now with CSS55:09 How do we foster a tinkerer's community?1:05:00 Roam's growth via the community1:09:18 How will Roam scale?1:16:25 On Featuritis vs. Engelbartian Intelligence1:25:23 [[What does Roam mean to you?]]LinksCato Minor's TwitterSupport the show
Warning! This is an explicit episode!In this episode, we talk with Bardia Pourvakil, AKA @thepericulum. Bardia is a member of the Roam Research team, having started off as a technical writer and dove into the world of Roam.We talk about:Bardia's origin story as a technical writer to discovering Roam ResearchWhat are the key components for a tool autodidacts use to learn?How he joined the Roam team and built up his Clojure skills through contacting ConorRoam team's workflow, and Roam pairing sessionsBardia's emphasis on community, building things for developers to build upon and the search for fulfillment Enjoy!Timestamps4:16 Bardia's origin story as a technical writer10:43 Joining Roam as Support13:26 "You're being really annoying but I like you" - [[Conor White-Sullivan]]15:34 The 3-hour pairing session with the CTO18:48 The power of the Roam Community22:46 Build things for developers to build upon24:57 The search for fulfilment and finding that answer27:50 Never fall in love too much with what you're doing31:21 Bardia never believes in institutions34:08 Learning by Design40:34 Roam Team workflow43:36 Roam Pairing and Roam Games47:37 What Roam is still missing and documentation53:05 What Bardia is excited about: Mobile apps58:10 The wonderful world of Roamania/Roam Manor1:04:10 The cross pollination of ideas and inviting Roamans to Roamania1:08:36 The Roam House Guestbook1:11:28 [[What does Roam mean to you?]]1:13:30 Bardia's dstryd.albums and creating art naturallyLinksBardia's Twitterdstroyd.albms InstagramSupport the show
WARNING: This is an explicit episode!This is for Lydia.In this episode, we talk with Beau Haan, a trained actor, model, and one of the key pillars of the Roaman community. Leading the Roam Book Club, he's built a space for many participants to share their thoughts with a Roam-specific Zettelkasten method. With up to 300 actives in RBC3, they found the chance to discover more of themselves and their thoughts at block-level.We talked about:Beau's origin stories, from running away from home to entering rehab and telling storiesThe loss of loved ones and the impact that has on one's lifeDiscovering Roam Research and how he became a true believer without even trying the appWhat he learned from his personal coaching sessions with [[Sönke Ahrens]]How questioning the way you learn is questioning your identityEnjoy the episode!Timestamps3:55 How Roam has changed how Beau behaves in the world7:13 "I'm supposed to be dead": Beau's origin story11:35 "I wish they had Roam" losing loved ones to drugs or alcohol13:06 The story of Lydia19:29 Discovering Roam Research for storytelling21:21 Signing up for the Believer's Plan22:25 [[Sönke Ahrens]]' private coaching sessions25:31 Roam granularity and the power of the community27:40 Testing Roam Zettelkasten with Roam Book Club29:16 "You're wrong about Zettelkasten"32:18 The Angel named [[Matt McKinlay]]36:19 Learning who you were in Roam Book Club 340:29 Preparing for the next wave of Roamans45:35 Questioning the way you learn is questioning your identity50:49 Becoming defensive from questioned identity53:17 Outsourcing our learning methods to others and blaming them for failure 55:55 We have the fear of public speaking and thinking as ourselves57:55 [[Sönke Ahrens]]: Forget about the tool and focus on the writing1:03:50 The rush of being at the peak of a mountain1:10:17 Emitting the same energy as the believer's call 1:13:59 The friend, and the RBC Workflow1:18:30 The beauty of Roam is the people1:22:07 The Roam Energy, and articulating infinity1:23:58 Protect the Roamans from those only wanting to make profit1:29:52 Join the town and be part of Roam1:31:37 [[What does Roam mean to you?]]1:33:22 A Letter to LydiaLinksBeau Haan's TwitterRoam Book Club's TwitterBookclub 4 Waiting ListSupport the show
In this episode, we talk with [[Abhay Prasanna]], Founder of Roam Bounties, and active Roaman in Slack as well as the Twitter Roaman community. Abhay is always up to date when it comes to everything related to CSS and adding in visualizations to one's roam graph to make it look prettier, more functional, and much more.As someone who has created one of the most, used Roam themes, Dracula Pro (adapted set of colors from another theme), Abhay has been on a long journey to explore himself through the usage of Roam. We talked about:Life before Roam: From engineering to management consultingGaining a vision once he discovered Roam: The perfect notebookHis daily notes workflow where 90% of his blocks live only in his daily notes! Aesthetics and how they play a part in him viewing his own knowledge graph Tackling the voice of the unreliable narrator, defining who you are through making connections and building evidence on yourselfWhat do you really want from your Roam graph and how does that affect you in life? From algorithms of thought to algorithms of feeling. Enjoy!Timestamps3:47 Abhay's origin story and the little breadcrumbs of our lives5:40 Connecting life experiences and emergent writing in Roam9:46 The anticipatory regret for not writing something and not making a connection12:47 You write for the entirety of your knowledge graph14:05 Abhay's workflow is an evolution16:34 Marginality, Mattering and the Roam Community19:43 The writing happens in conversations, and Pokemon evolutions24:06 Valuing the structure of your mind and your Roam graph30:54 We are completely innocent and blameless and make mistakes32:39 The shadow of optimization, and wanting to feel functional35:33 CSS and the power of aesthetics38:32 Learning CSS with Roam as the experiment 40:14 Providing the act of service for the Roam community46:28 Why purple is a memorable color49:01 How do you plan for Roam experiments?51:20 There are things that we value, but do not have exclusive rights to our attention52:31 Salience, sovereignty, and protecting our own attention59:54 How do we tackle the Unreliable Narrator, our lies and our truths?1:01:50 Continuity of contact, not closure into conclusion, and facing heuristics1:03:34 Finding what you don't resonate with helps with answering what you really want1:10:52 The only agenda is to figure out what is actually salient1:15:01 Algorithms of feeling and using Roam templates for your emotions1:20:00 Revelation and illumination are hard to distinguish1:20:49 What Abhay is looking forward to in Roam1:23:42 [[What does Roam mean to you?]]LinksAbhay's TwitterDracula Pro Roam ThemeMasonry Vanilla CSSSupport the show
In this episode, we talk with Jeff Morris Jr. aka @jmj on Twitter, who is the Founder and General Partner of Chapter One VC. He was previously the VP of Product Revenue at Tinder, and in the role, Tinder became the number one top-grossing apps in the app store. He invests in early-stage startups who are passionate about the future of work developer tools and subscription businesses. So if you are interested in having a product person on your cap table, Jeff is the person to go to.As someone who I've been following for quite a while on Twitter @JMJ, he is quite the enthusiastic person when it comes to Roam Research and tweeting about it quite a number of times. I've brought him onto the show to talk about:His origin story, how he dreamed of becoming a professional NBA player, to screenwriting and diving into tech startupsBecoming connected with Roam Research after glancing at the tool from someone's screen-share and getting connected with [[Conor White-Sullivan]] later on. What to look out for as an investor In companies like Roam: staying far away from the San Francisco Bay area startup scene, becoming non-conformist to tackling problems and moreWhat is it about Conor's decisions that has compelled Jeff to invest in Roam Research? Jeff's workflows on how he keeps track of investor meetings, learnings, health and moreWhat will Roam look like 40 years from now, and why it's the Jimi Hendrix of the PKM space.Enjoy!Timestamps3:00 Jeff's dreams of becoming a professional NBA player, and Jumpsoles4:53 Catcher in the Rye, Screenwriting and getting a script picked up by Sony8:26 Discovering Roam Research through an engineer's screenshare9:55 People who invested in Evernote did not think Roam was a good investment idea10:39 The 10-hour pitch on the porch and beers12:54 Evernote vs Roam, from an investor's perspective16:04 Jeff's note-taking workflow before and after Roam17:13 Roam Consultants and Multiplayer Graphs21:03 Conor's truth seeking and conspiracy theories21:58 How do you measure scalable complexity?24:09 "Roam was meant for power users at the start"24:42 "I think the goal of Roam should be to make Roam accessible to as many people as possible"26:15 New users can get overwhelmed by all the power users30:18 The Non-Conformist Personality of Roam Research, and Jimi Hendrix33:06 Hiring the Roam team, and why Conor needs to find his lead guitarist36:03 The flaws of the Bay Area, and tech talent groupthink40:16 The rise of distributed companies and what that means for investors44:32 What will Roam look like decades from now according to the both of us49:35 The metric of company durability51:12 Infopop, the information management system for the physical world53:59 When is Jeff going to hire a Chief Meme Officer?57:06 How Jeff structures his Roam graph for investor meetings and more through templates1:00:00 Product frameworks and investing frameworks1:03:16 [[What does Roam mean to you?]]LinksJeff's Twitter (@jmj)Chapter OneSupport the show
In this episode, we talk with Ryan Muller, the author of Fractal Inquiry. Focusing on learning and education at Google For Education, Ryan wrote Fractal Inquiry in pursuit of a system for building knowledge in Roam.It covers the tools you need, plus six tips and eight use cases in building your knowledge graph through one of my favorite methods of knowledge expansion: questions. How do you develop the right questions to dive further into a field/thought/idea?We talked about:How evergreen and atomic notes are tied together via questions, using fractals as an analogyRyan's origin story, how he dove into note-taking and spaced repetition, from learning languages to other fieldsFractal inquiry: What is a fractal? How do you shape the right questions? What constitutes a good and bad question? When should you delete them? When should you filter them out?Would a public fractal inquiry graph work? The education system and how the field as a whole is slow in growth compared to others.If you're on the journey to cultivate a quality knowledge graph, Look no further. Let's dive into my chat with Ryan Muller, the author of [[Fractal Inquiry]].Timestamps5:19 Ryan's origin story and obsession with spaced repetition7:11 Discovering [[Stian Håklev (侯爽)]]'s research system9:47 Combining the spaced repetition system with block references12:56 When do you stop inquiring into one atomic idea?15:26 What is a fractal, and how does it help with questions20:38 Can you do fractal inquiry in a public graph? What do you need?23:39 Current focus on macro-economics 27:13 Formulating useful questions using spaced repetition31:20 A very small percentage of Ryan's inquiries in his graph are future-oriented34:04 Changes in education, learning with YouTube and Minecraft39:00 Where the US education system may be going and where does Roam fit into that 48:32 Excited feature request: more support for incremental reading in Roam51:37 [[How would you describe Roam to someone who hasn't started using it?]]53:35 [[What does Roam mean to you?]]56:12 What compelled Ryan to start asking more questions in the first place? + How to do it in RoamLinksRyan's TwitterFractal InquirySupport the show
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 PodcastSupport the show
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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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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