In an era marked by pressing global challenges and escalating uncertainties, the wake-up call for unity, collaboration, and purposeful action has never resounded louder. In the latest episode of ReFi Podcast, John Ellison sits down with Matt Cyrankiewicz, founder of HOO KOO E KOO & Future Quest and they delve deep into the heart of collaboration, stressing the pivotal role of communities and every individual within them.
Through an enlightening journey from self-reflection to global vision, the discussion sheds light on the essence of what it means to truly care, not just for oneself but for the entire human collective. Join us as we navigate the transformative power of collective action, deep human connections, and the simple joys of everyday moments, setting forth a beacon of hope and a blueprint for a brighter, more sustainable future.
Matt's Transformative Journey of Self-Discovery 🌱
Matt's life reads like a tale of exploration and self-discovery. Beginning in Ireland with studies in multimedia, his trajectory shot from marketing to design, achieving rapid success. However, beneath the material achievements lay discontent. Searching for answers, Matt journeyed across India and Sri Lanka, arriving to Silicon Valley. It was during these travels that he confronted a spiritual void, leading him back to a rediscovery of spirituality on his own terms. From a sceptical teenager to a soul awakened, Matt's story is a reminder of the transformative power of introspection.
From Silicon Valley to HOO KOO E KOO 🌐
Embarking on a journey across 60 countries, inspired by the digital nomad wave, Matt embraced a limited workweek ethos. Yet, the undeniable environmental and social issues he witnessed created a dissonance. HOO KOO E KOO, the project he founded, was soon reoriented with a mission: 'building a better future'. As it evolved, his personal quest veered towards the essence of happiness. Long-standing melancholy from his teen years, intertwined with my religious scepticism, gave way as he rediscovered spirituality outside traditional doctrines. Embracing Buddhism and plant medicine, he found an equilibrium.
Future Quest's Bold Beginning in Web3 🐉
In response to the landscape of 2020, Matt and his team created Future Quest, a community-based accelerator for high-impact climate projects leveraging web3, gamification and science.
Pioneering into the Web3 realm, they amalgamated concepts from Future Horizon Rio and decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). With an initially crude deck titled "An Ugly Deck for a Beautiful Future," the project garnered a staggering 1.7 million in commitments. Despite the shadows of the bear market, Future Quest flourished. They not only funded but also facilitated connections among passionate founders, ultimately supporting 17 organizations with sizable contributions.
The Essence of Community and Conservation 🌳
In contemporary discussions, it's easy to dismiss the sentiment of love and care as mere "hippie" ideals. Yet, the undeniable truth remains that genuine affection and mutual respect form the cornerstone of human societies. Children, devoid of love, suffer, emphasizing that beyond the race for peak performance and biohacking, the human soul thrives on connection.
As we witness a resurgence of collaborative communities, it becomes apparent that the way forward lies in compassionate togetherness. But while humans remain resilient, our environment is not.
The serenity of our environment directly influences human well-being. Thus, as much as we need to ensure the survival of endangered species, it's equally crucial to nurture human bonds and acknowledge their interdependence with the natural world. This balance, once achieved, is the key to a harmonious future.
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