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SCP E304 Unlocking the Possible with Diversity of Thought and Human Potential, with Zubin Pratap

Hi #smartcommunity friends! In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast I have another insightful conversation with Zubin Pratap. Zubin has successfully built careers in 3 domains including international corporate law, commercialisation strategy and software engineering and is a self-taught coder. Zubin also commits to personally coaching people to show them how to change careers at any stage, any age, and anywhere. Zubin was last a guest way back in Episode 37 (when we were The Smart City Podcast) in 2018, so I am very happy to have him back on the podcast and having this conversation. In this episode we begin by Zubin telling us about his varied and interesting background in law, business, startups and software engineering, Zubin then tells us what a Smart Community means to him, and also tells us about the work he does and passion for helping people to transition careers. We then discuss the factors that contribute to people wanting to change careers, as well as how to deal with change and how to progress in Smart Communities. Zubin then shares with us some of his observations of the metaverse space, we discuss the importance of diversity in thought in Smart Communities, and Zubin shares with us some of the projects has been working on since we last spoke, as well as some of his favourite learnings from those projects. We finish our chat discussing the emerging trends of taking small steps to make big impacts on the environment, and the changing role of education in our lives. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it! 

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What we cover in this episode:

  • Zubin’s varied background in law, business, startups and software engineering
  • What a Smart Community means to Zubin
  • His passion for helping people transition careers
  • The work Zubin does with people helping them to transition careers 
  • The factors that contribute to people wanting to change careers 
  • Dealing with change and how to progress in Smart Communities  
  • Some things Zubin has observed in the metaverse space 
  • The importance of diversity in thought in Smart Communities 
  • Some of the projects Zubin has been working on since last recording and some of his favourite learnings
  • The emerging trends of taking small steps to making big impacts on the environment, the changing role of education in our lives 

Quotes: 

“I tend to think of anything that’s smart, is just something that’s enabled, that plugs into data and accordingly evolves. When the data changes, it changes, it transforms and I think human life is meant to be lived that way. And cities are starting to reflect the values of human civilization, which has always been one of change in response to data.”

“I love engineering, and I don’t want to give that up. But I also really, really have a great, a great passion. And dare I say even perhaps a gift for helping people do things that they don’t have the confidence of doing on their own.”

“I think the notion of what a career is, has changed, but also that there’s been such a huge shift in our values, that what our parents told us is what we should want in our careers, is not what we actually end up wanting in real life. And then we have this horrible values conflict between what we’re taught to believe and what we end up experiencing in the real world. And so many people struggle with that every single day.”

“Perhaps the largest category of people I ended up working with is the people who feel called to something else, viscerally pulled to something else, like physically, they feel the need to do something else, but they’re afraid to explore, they’re afraid to give themselves permission.”

“Most of the information we see, we see big outcomes. And we don’t see the decades of incremental changes that enabled those big outcomes.”

“Teams typically bring strengths, but also [so do] people having multifaceted careers. You can’t get any depth in anything in two to three years. But you can do it in five to ten. And then you stack up all those experiences. So people like you [Zoe], with your multifaceted background, you just fundamentally look at problems from a multifaceted lens. You may not have all the pieces of information, but it’s better than having one lens to look through.”

“I love thinking from first principles, because you pretty much invent things as you go along and figure it out and build mental models.”

“I think that’s the role of the community is there will always be the statistical majority who aren’t steeped in dogma. And they can play a really outsized role in the evolution of the dogma to the new version of the dogma. That’s just a wonderful process. It’s an evolution.”

“The outcomes we produce today are because of actions we took, at some point in time in the past, those actions were because of thoughts. We thought before that those actions, those thoughts arose, because certain beliefs we held. And if you trace back the history of any life, every action can be traced back to a belief.”

Links: 

Episode 37 with Zubin Pratap

Future Coders Training Website 

Chain Link Labs Website 

Connect:

Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community 

Connect with Zubin via LinkedIn and Twitter 

Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community  

Connect with My Smart Community via LinkedIn or Twitter and watch on YouTube

The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital

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