#256 Mark Rabo on Appreciating Beauty, Becoming a Polymath and Carving Out Community in the Digital Age


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Tekijältä Matthew Thompson, Matthew Thompson: storyteller from Belfast, and Northern Ireland. Player FM:n ja yhteisömme löytämä — tekijänoikeuksien omistajana on kustantaja eikä Player FM ja ääntä lähetetään suoraan heidän palvelimiltaan. Napsauta Tilaa -painiketta, kun haluat seurata Player FM:n päivityksiä tai liittää syötteen URL-osoitteen muihin podcast-sovelluksiin.

Dear friends!

Excited to share with you today a very special conversation with someone I've only met once who left a big impression on me.

The short story is that I got more from a two-hour chat with Rabo (Polish-Canadian Engineer, Writer and Product Manager) at the launch of Mark Dowd's new business in December than frankly, I have in most relationships outside of my inner-circle.

Today's podcast is my attempt to recreate some of that magic and dive deeper into a wide-range of rabbit holes we left unexplored including:

  • Practical ways to slow down and appreciate beauty
  • Why community is so broken in the 21st Century
  • How Rabo's simple, yet powerful app can help
  • The value of intergenerational relationships
  • Navigating the tension between wanting to show up with the desire to escape
  • His path into becoming a polymath and why the advice to "find your passion" never worked for him
  • Some of the strange jobs he's had along the way (from documentary-making to sewer-diving)
  • How different experiences change the way we view the world
  • Why some of us are naturally attracted to entrepreneurship
  • And the kindest thing someone has ever done for him.

It's rare to meet someone with as much depth and experience as this dude right here and I hope you enjoy this brief, dipping of the toe into the wonderful world of Rabo.


— Matt


- Favourite quote: “Art must be exaggerated. Bend until your spine cracks.” ~ Szukalski (Polish Artist)


Show notes:

- Definition of sonder

- Revere App

- Rabo's writings

Webpage for this episode: https://bestofbelfast.org/stories/mark-rabo-beauty-and-community

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