How We Work - with Iso Rabins

Iso Rabins

A podcast about what we do, why we do it, and what we think. Explore the interesting and unique ways people create their lives, from artists and entrepreneurs to fishermen and wild salmon counters. Discover what they've learned along the way, both in their work and in their lives. Hosted by Iso Rabins read less
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Ai love affairs and the search for my Apu
1w ago
Ai love affairs and the search for my Apu
In this episode, I'm hitting pause and taking a little break. It's a chance for me to step back, reflect, and steer us into a new direction that's been on my mind: the fascinating interplay between humans and AI. But don't worry – we're not going to get bogged down in tech speak. I'm more interested in how AI is reshaping our daily lives, our connections, and even our self-perception.I recently had an eye-opening chat about the future importance of soft skills in an AI-centric world. It's becoming clear that as machines take on more of the hard skills, our uniquely human qualities like empathy, creativity, and the ability to connect genuinely are becoming our superpowers. There's a beautiful irony in how AI might be nudging us to become more human, to value the imperfections that make us real.And there's a topic that might surprise you: the emergence of relationships with AI. Think 'Her' the movie, but in real life. It's a reality for some, and it's a conversation I'm diving into with an open mind. What's driving this shift? How is it reflecting on our current state of human relationships? These are the questions I want to explore with you.So, while I'm taking this break and embarking on my own journey of discovery in Peru, I'm inviting you to ponder these shifts with me. It's a search for understanding, for connection, and maybe even for finding our own 'Apu' – that place or state where we feel most at home, most ourselves.Thanks for being part of this journey. Stay in touch:Website: www.howwe.workEmail: iso@howwe.workInstagram: @howwe.work
The next step for the podcast
Jan 17 2024
The next step for the podcast
In this episode, I'm sharing some thoughts on where we're heading with this podcast. I've loved every bit of this journey – the interviews, the editing, and just the chance to dive into fascinating conversations. It's been exactly what I hoped for.I'm gearing up for a big trip, starting in Peru and then maybe jetting off to Vietnam, Japan, and Europe. It's about seeking my next step, getting out of my creative comfort zone, and experiencing life differently. It's exciting, yet a bit daunting to step away from the stability I've built here.One thing that's been on my mind a lot lately is artificial intelligence. It's not just the technology that intrigues me, but its impact on us as humans. From the way it's transforming work to its potential effects on education and personal relationships, AI is reshaping our world in profound ways.I'm considering steering our podcast in this direction, exploring personal stories and real-life implications of AI. Whether it's a teacher grappling with AI in the classroom or how it's affecting relationships, I believe there's a wealth of untapped stories there.I'd love to hear your thoughts on this potential shift. Are you as intrigued by AI and its human side as I am? What aspects of AI's impact on our lives would you be interested in exploring together? Thank you for joining me on this episode. Your support keeps this podcast going, and I'm excited about the possibilities ahead. Stay in touch:Website: www.howwe.workEmail: iso@howwe.workInstagram: @howwe.work
How to start the farm dinner movement on Elvis's bus - Katy Oursler
Jan 10 2024
How to start the farm dinner movement on Elvis's bus - Katy Oursler
In this week's episode, I had the amazing opportunity to talk with Katy Oursler. From her early days on the East Coast to creating impactful food experiences, Katy's story is about more than just meals; it's about connecting people and building community.Our conversation explored various aspects of Katy's journey. We delved into how she values farmers and their produce, creating a deeper connection between consumers and the source of their food. Katy shared fascinating stories about her improvisational cooking skills, like using fig leaves as dessert plates in a pinch, highlighting the fun and authenticity in such spontaneous moments.We also discussed the rise of the farm-to-table movement and how people's desire for new food experiences has grown, especially in connecting with those who cook and grow the ingredients. Katy's involvement with World Central Kitchen during crises like the pandemic and natural disasters showcased her proactive approach to supporting local chefs and farms.Perhaps the most heartening part of our talk was hearing Katy's reflections on pursuing personal goals and projects. Her desire to overcome inhibitions and chase her passions resonates with many of us striving to make our mark in the world.So, if you're interested in how food can bring people together and create a sense of community, or if you're just looking to be inspired by someone who's making a difference, this episode with Katy is for you.Stay Connected:Visit our website: howwe.workShare your thoughts with me at: iso@howwe.workFollow our journey on Instagram: @howwe.work
How to start a bagel empire from your home kitchen - Emily Winston
Nov 29 2023
How to start a bagel empire from your home kitchen - Emily Winston
In this week's episode, I got to catch up with an old friend who's been stirring up the Bay Area's culinary scene, Emily Winston. You might know her as the mastermind behind Boichik Bagels, but there's so much more to her story.Our conversation took us on a journey through her remarkable shift from being an engineer to mastering the art of bagel making. It's not every day you hear about someone leaving a technical profession to pursue the art of perfecting a New York-style bagel in the Bay Area, but Emily did just that. Her passion for authentic bagels turned into a business venture that's about more than just food; it's about community, authenticity, and resilience.We talked about the gritty details of Emily's entrepreneurial journey, discussing the challenges and successes of her transition. Emily didn't just talk about making delicious bagels; she shared insights on business growth, maintaining quality, and why keeping a personal touch in your business matters more than you might think.Perhaps the most intriguing part of our talk was how Emily navigates the complex dynamics of expanding a business while staying true to her roots. It's a lesson in balancing growth with authenticity, something every budding entrepreneur needs to hear.So, if you're curious about how an engineer became a beloved figure in the artisanal food community, or if you're just a fan of a good bagel, this episode is for you.Check out Boichik Bagels for yourself:Website: boichikbagels.comInstagram: @boichikbagelsAnd, as always, stay connected with us:Visit our website: howwe.workSend us your thoughts at: iso@howwe.workFollow us on Instagram: @howwe.work
How to become a working musician - marine eyes (Cynthia Bernard)
Oct 11 2023
How to become a working musician - marine eyes (Cynthia Bernard)
In this week's podcast episode, I had a  chat with a longtime friend and an immensely talented ambient musician, marine eyes (Cynthia Field). We have a history that dates back to the days when she used to assist me during my underground dinners.We talked about what it really means to connect with an audience, especially at a time when most interactions happen online. marine eyes also talked about the financial side of being an artist and why physical things like vinyl records are still important for musicians today.We discussed the importance of being genuine in the music industry. Instead of just chasing likes and followers on social media, real success comes from forming authentic connections with dedicated fans. These fans, whether they're from Idaho or anywhere else, are the ones who truly connect with and support artists' music.As a surprising twist, we discovered a common practice we both turn to when life throws challenges our way. It's something you might find yourself doing too!I hope you enjoy listening to this episode of How We Work. It might make you think a bit differently about the music you love and inspire you to connect more with the artists who create it.Get to know more about marine eyes (Cynthia Bernard) and her work:Bandcamp: https://bandcamp.com/marine_eyesInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/marineeyesSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7uNO2rLT4u4sgkGmkZxq25?si=gxI6gUYzSMKCmc4SXDHvOAHealing Together: https://pitp.bandcamp.com/album/healing-together-a-compilation-for-mental-health-recoverywomen of ambient: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6tMD9wSdizjTFay6nEJ24vawakened souls: https://pitp.bandcamp.com/album/unlikely-placesPast Inside the Present: https://www.pastinsidethepresent.comConnect with us:Website: howwe.workEmail: iso@howwe.workInstagram: @howwe.work