Ikigai 4.0  – Flourishing Me

Last year 2017, I took a flight trip to go see the Total Solar Eclipse at the Oregon Eclipse festival. On the flight there, as I browsed through the inflight movies, I found a Japanese move called Honnōji Hotel. It was a very interesting move to me, as it is the only movie I have come across takes up the concept of Ikigai. A concept that I have applied to myself for many years. A concept of finding your passion, your mission, your profession and your vocation in life and combining it all together to your “true purpose” in life — Your Ikigai.

The Ikigai model has also been circling around in a viral way over the internet during last couple of years and it has been mentioned by World Economic Forum as one of their top posts of 2017. So it’s only fitting that I write this on my first trip to Japan, on my way to first Tokyo and then Kyoto and the World Shift Kyoto Forum 2018, where we are going to talk about questions and models just like this. And I think is time for an upgrade to the Ikigai model. So here I present to you the upgraded version that I call Ikigai 4.0 or Flourishing Me.

Floursihing Me Ikigai Michael Sillion

Ikigai 4.0 — Flourishing Me — Michael Sillion aka Captain Future


Ikigai 4.0  – Flourishing Me

I have spent the last 6 years of my life studying and redefining my identity as a Captain of Spaceship Earth. I didn’t know it from the beginning, but Jason Silva later put words and a name in my mind for the identity I was looking for all along, all based on the quote from Buckminster Fuller quote:

“We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully, nor for much longer, unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.” ~ Buckminster Fuller

The name and identity itself came into fruition during a Case Clinic at a coaching circle in the ULab mooc, where the name and the identity Captain Future was born.

For me, this was a pivotal moment. I have long been experimenting and playing with lots of different identities, titles and roles for the previous 4 years since I quit my job as a Systems Architect in the IT world. Still, I have been playing with roles and identities my whole life as a daydreamer and RPG player and game-master. But now it became much more real as I started to get custom embroidered T-Shirts with different titles on them like one of my favorites: “Holistic Thinking Ninja”.

During all these years I played with different models for doing so and most prominent was, of course, the Japanese model called Ikigai.

Ikigai Toronto Star

Ikigai  –  Image: Toronto Star

Society 3.0 and 4.0

The more I learned about and dwelled into Holistic Systems Thinking it became clear that none of the models didn’t cut it and Ikigai is more suited for the “competition-based” Industrial Economy world that Otto Scharmer calls World 2.0 or Society 2.0 in this excellent article: 4.0 Lab: Inventing the Future of Food, Finance, Health, Ed, & Management.

The world we are currently living in and constructing is the networked Society 3.0 that are so well described in Joshua Cooper’s book The Seventh Sense and by others like Seth Godin and John Hagel. A world where we are connecting and building social capital with bonding, bridging and linking.

The next step in our Civilization and Society will be a transition period into something entirely new. Like nothing we have never witnessed here on Planet Earth before. Otto Scharmer calls it Society 4.0 where awareness based systems-thinking will be part of how we do things together.

There is an excellent talk called The Transition from 2017 where Jordan Greenhall, Daniel Schmachtenberger and Forrest Landry talk about how we start prototyping this future with sense-making, compassion and systems-thinking.

Ikigai 4.0

In all this I think the Ikigai model is very outdated, so I started thinking and prototyping an updated model more suitable for today’s networked society 3.0 and tomorrows awareness based society 4.0. After a year of experimentation and prototyping, I have landed in an updated model I call “Flourishing Me”. A model to help people find their role, identity and support-structure for endeavours in co-creating and co-shaping a sustainable (or regenerative depending your preferred word choice) and flourishing tomorrow.

It’s all about adapting and exploring what role you can play in today’s society and moving into the transition period of tomorrows transformation of civilization. This is more explained in The Transition talk mentioned above.

I have structured it fittingly into 5 “flower-petal” fields. The 5 fields are:

1 –  💫 Enchanting  –  Flow States  –  Curiosity  –  Love
2  – 🚀 Level Up  – Mastery – Kick Ass At  – Augment
3  –  ⛩ Dojos  – Events  – Mentors  – Wisdom – Lifelong-learning
4  – 🖖 Enablers –  Network  –  Friends  – Family  – Resources  –  Time  –  Ambassadors
5  –  🌍 Value Creation  – Make Flourish  – Society –  Ecosystems Thinking - - Why?

Here I have chosen several labels on each field for your brain to more be able to reframe and keep a dynamic adaptive awareness around each field. And keep in mind that this is a prototype, and are so for the reason, that we should keep treating both the future and your role in it, as a prototype or betaversion in constant flux and transformation.

There are no chosen order to the fields and you can revisit and iterate each field as many times as you wish. Here is a “brief” description of each field and what you should think about as you apply the model to yourself. So take a big sheet of paper and start drawing your own flower of you:

1  –  💫 Enchanting  –  Flow States  –  Curiosity  – Love

What do you love?
What do you find enchanting?
What puts you into flow-states?
What are you naturally curious about?

What can you spend hours reading about in books or online or watch in YouTube clips?
What puts a spell on you?

Start this exercise to write down what you are curious about. Try to find at least 20 things and gladly over 50. If you think this is hard you have to start splitting up the one thing you are curious about into smaller and smaller subgroups.

Then in this field, you can put down everything that you are truly curious about. You also put things here that put you into various kinds of flow-states. If you want to know more about flow, check out the best book of 2017 called Stealing Fire with Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal or start with one of the many interviews with them.

Curiosity is a curious thing. Some parts of it is a skill. Something that you can train at and get better at. There are also 2 types of curiosity. General curiosity and deep down curiosity.

Call it what you like. There is also the myth about passion. That it is something you just can go find. Passion in most cases is something that you grow. Something that you nurture. Ken Robinson call it “Finding Your Element”. It is also that. It is many ways. If you haven’t found yours yet, or grown it. You can still do it. And you can change it and go and explore new endeavors. You just have to learn how to see and how to listen for it or them, like in my case because I have many.

Some will give you the advice to double down on just one or two things in life to become a master of and that can be true for many of us. Especially when you grow in levels and becomes older. It is also true that we need many more renaissance people who can dabble in many fields and not get lost so that they can connect the dots for others. To become system-thinkers and navigators for the rest of us.

In all cases we must strive to seek wisdom in whatever we choose to do and turn into full-time sense-makers and storytellers for the all things encounter in our journey.

Go make enchanting things.

2  – 🚀 Level Up –  Mastery –  Kick Ass At  – Augment

What do you want to get better at?
What do you want to become the best in the world at?
In what niche do you want to become the “go to person”?
What do you kick ass at?

What are you adapting to in an ever-changing world?
What do you wish you could do?
Where can we enhance and augment you?

In what things do you realize that no matter how expert you think you are there is still more to master than anyone can do in a lifetime?

This section is of course coupled together with your Enchanting section. Just like all sections are coupled together in some way. Think of what you actually train becoming better at or want to become better at. And are there things that you are good at or thought that you were good at that you have abandoned, with for lack of opportunity or lack of finding them enchanting in any way?

Are there any masters or skillsets that you admire or that you can mirror or remix from?

And this leads us directly to the next section of, in what Dojo (learning place) do you level up these skills?

3  –  ⛩ Dojos  –  Events  – Mentors  –  Wisdom  –  Lifelong-learning

Do you practice lifelong-learning in any way?
Where do you go to get you daily price of whatever you are trying to master?
Who is your mentors?

What type of events do you attend to and and how do make sure to level up in some way on each of them?
Do you practice things by doing and prototyping, or do you practice by practicing? Like with a personal trainer.

What does your Dojo look like?

And most importantly, do you surround yourself with the right kind of people in every episode and situation in your life?

For a long time, we have used schools to prepare our young for life as productive society members. And we have thought that both the nuclear family and in some ways schools can make us into model citizens that will live out a fulfilling and “productive” life. When we all now know that it takes a village to raise a child. And we also know that our brains stay plastic and susceptible to change for learning new skills and forming new neuron connections our entire lives. And we can even unlearn all un-favorable skills and behaviors we don’t like. And it is actually the un-preferable other way around, so we have to be careful and considerate in this.

Whatever we spend time on and trains, we become better at. That goes for all types of behaviours and skills. The rate and quality at which we do this are also extremely variable it turns out.

That is why we have to make sure that we seek out and adopt the very best approach to everything in life. We have to find the right Dojo, the right environment and the right master for anything. Be it everything from a simple app to actually go train for a master for our entire lives until we surpass them.

It is clear that we must rethink and redesign our entire society to include Dojos of all kinds and places, to better ourselves. Here I think there is a great opportunity for all public libraries all over the world to step into this role in an active way. To become the Dojos of Tomorrow.

4  - 🖖 Enablers  –  Network  –  Friends  –  Family  – Resources  -  Time  –  Ambassadors

Who are the friends, colleges, family members that you spend the most time with?
Do you have the right kind of backbone support to do all the things you were meant to do?
What do you need to make the next leap on your journey?

Who is your ambassadors who promote and speaks well of you?
Are you a member of the right networks or “Gatelands”?
Do you know the right Gatekeepers in your Gatelands (Networks) or the Gatelands you are trying to get into?

Do you make friends with people?
What relationships do you nature?
Are there any specific resources or facilities you need access to?

This used to be the classic question what can you get paid for doing? We now discover that we live in a world that is much more complex than just trying to answers that question straight out. Everything is connected in our now global world in some way, shape or form.

The classic way of living as a mammal and later like homo sapience on our planet, used to be to fulfill the now mythical Maslow’s pyramids of needs. Or not. Well, the whole model is very enticing if you don’t look to close. If you look closer it feels very painted over our human spirit with a very western, industrial society type of paint. And now we are swimming in the very virtual paint of the internet, digital networks, exponential tech and social media tools… to paint it over even further. One could go insane just thinking about it. And that’s just what we are starting to do in a very more rapid way. What Joshua Cooper Ramo calls the “Insanity challenge” of the 21st century.

So how to live in this world and not drown?

Add to that all the recent science of emotions and consciousness of what is really going on inside our brains. And when we mesh this together you have to actually navigate the world to fit you into it with all the other fields in this model, with endless opportunities and finite amount of time to do it on.

Yes we have to think very carefully about where all our enablers are in this world. And ask for help here. Ask for a lot of help. And then it also goes with without saying that you should help all that ask you for help in kind.

The meaning of life is 42 — “For Two” — We do it together! — Douglas Adams

5  –  🌍 Value Creation  –  What can you make Flourish  –  Society  – Ecosystems Thinking  –  Why?

Like Simon Sinek says: Start with why!

So sorry if you have gotten this far! You now have to answer this questions and then go back and redo everything from scratch. Just kidding. Or am I?

Why do anything?

In the world and time that came before us, many people have done just about anything, both good and bad throughout the ages. And it has still taken us to the point in society where we are today. We now live in global scale Civilisation. And we do so in millions of tribes, companies, organizations, societies and nations states. We consume endless resources, like they were anything but. And we pollute and rearrange complete ecosystems and habitats in a rapid and often catastrophic rate like we have never done before. This is all part of win-lose finite game mechanics that has taken us where we are today at the speeding rate we have done it. But the roads fork here.

We have to think and act very carefully when we chose what fork to embark on next. Because it is a choice. And it’s a collective global scale choice. A choice we have to make in a new and collaborative way that we have never done before. Or else we switch to a lose-lose game where every one loses and we crash our civilization into something we don’t want it to be… or we go extinct alltogether.

And all this we have start asking questions both on a societal level and on your own personal level like in this model.

So Why?

What does a better world look like to you?
How can you make sense of what is happening?
What do you wanna make flourish?

What can you make happen when you connects all your other fields together?
What value do you bring to the table?
What value are destroying or disrupting in doing so? (What is “the Shadow reaction” of what you are creating?)

What or who are you an ambassador for?
What part of a greater puzzel and system(s) are you operating in?

Flourishing Me

And in the center of it all is you. The worlds most perfect being. Just kidding. We have to go at this model with great awareness as not to become to ecocentric and instead see that we are part of something so much bigger than ourselves. Like Otto Scharmer says: To go from Ego to Eco!

So when you start connecting the dots of the mental model that is you, there can now emerge something that is the future possibility of you. It is here you should meditate on yourself. What can you become in relationships to it all?

Start Small or Big!

I know I went a little far out on the elaboration on these fields. And that is okay. If you just want to start small and at least start answering the basic questions on some of the fields that is okay. That is what I have done during the last 6 years. And I am in no way done asking my questions or answering them. And that is how the model goes. You are never done. Always lots of room for improvement. Let’s keep it that way.

So you can go about it any way you like. The world needs you to start thinking and taking this questions seriously at least. Or you can go the silly route and just make up a bunch of silly or made up answers for each part and see where that takes you. There is nothing more serious than silliness if we are going to take the creative path out of this and into a future where all of us can find our role and identity. If we start enabling all of us, we are sure to find those people that in a stroke of genius can find the first thread of a solution to a global challenge.


And last and most importantly, we can never do this alone. We do it together! Seek out and surround yourself with the people that inspires you.

We can all become crew-members of Spaceship Earth! Each one of us has an important role to play in building better flourishing tomorrow. Let’s find yours.

Let’s do this!

With Love From
Michael Sillion  –  Captain Future

The Hour Of Need

The Hour Of Need

Thank god I was able reach you in time. I write you in most desperate hour of need. As I look out the window I urgently think of the path ahead and threats moving in on me. Our quest that are before us is the biggest in humanities entire history. We are going to redesign an entire civilization. This is also a great opportunity for you and me. I’ve come over some key ingredients that will take us leaping into this future way ahead of everybody else…

All I need is your bank-account number and I can start transferring …


Co-Creating The Future at the first Burning Man Week event

Put Words To Your Thoughts

Just kidding. This is my beginning of new quest that many friends new and old begins on this day. Well it is actually several quests. The first one is the #Blogg100 challenge that me and many others jump on again this year where I will be sharing my story on this quest. It will be full my written thoughts and insights combined with some audio- and video blogs of the same. We will do this every day for the coming 100 days. Do join in this challenge. It’s okay to start late. The most important thing about blogging is that you write for yourself by putting words to your thoughts. In that process your thoughts become so much clearer and crystallized.

The first year I did this in 2013 really changed my life to the better. I found a sense of purpose and direction into the future that I am still navigating. This would later result that in the autumn of 2015 I redefined my role as Captain Future. A Future-captain. A person who helps others in navigating the future we want and setting their direction into this future. I did this in taking the #ULAB MOOC while pre-sensing my own future with the help of my coaching circle.


Co-Creating The Future

The other quest that starts today for me and others is the #BurningManWeek in Stockholm and the Burning Man European Leadership Summit. This week is all about we can take what is best for the co-creating and participatory culture of Burning Man and apply that in creating new form of innovation, leadership and democracy.

This is also the first official start this year for me, in our common theme this year in #PrototypingTheFuture. We will do this at a lot of great events in what we call the Impact Journey. It will have its cresendo in October with Nordic Impact Week in San Franciscio. More on that in coming episodes.

My part in this talking to people why and how we actually do this. I do this in all my channels like this blog, my podcast #Framtidspodden (The Future Pod) and my new audio and video show called #TheCaptainFutureShow


The Fire Bird

At the Burning Man Week we are also going to burn a big wooden Phoenix

The Burn of the Phoenix is gonna take place on Saturday 18:00 for the #BurningMan European Leadership Summit and Stockholm #BurningManWeek.

The #FireBird 🔥🦅 is also the symbol for the new #TibetanNewYear. It’s a symbol for turbulent times – Both challenges and opportunities in store for us 💥🌈

Let’s make 2017 a year where we move forward into the future. We do that to #CoCreate The Future and #PrototypingTheFuture as we go ❤️🌍🚀

/Lord Sillion
I’m Captain Future


Storytelling Into The Future

Storytelling Into The Future

Welcome Traveler 4488 …

Can you use a narrative from Science Fiction to change our “real” Narrative?

As I watch the fantastic Travelers series on Netflix I jump up and down in my sofa thinking on my own mission – our mission. The mission to build a better world here on Planet Earth. Like in the “hypothetical” that I was sent here from another planet to make planet Earth the best place to live and visit in the entire Milky Way Galaxy.


It is a Narrative that has been in my mind at least since I was 15. And I have used it many times to get my bearing for my compass into the future and as a silly “What If?” Question.

The question I get in my mind so frequently is this:

Am I alone in thinking about my Narrative in this way?

Clearly, the makers of great Science Fiction and other awesome stories think a lot about the messages they bury into their stories. My whole life I have been going alone not having anybody to talk about how to use this for real. Even now in my newfound quest as a Change Maker in a big global network of change makers I have yet to find many people, who get’s as excited as I do when I watch stories and then immediately what to discuss the story behind the story. Surely there must be a whole network of writers to the many great Sci-Fi series like the Travelers, Continuum, Orphan Black, Black Sails, The OA, Battlestar Galactica and of course Star Trek and others that meet at events and talk about this, or is there?

Must I move there to talk about this? Can I host events here in Sweden about it?

What I’m referring to now is that I would love to put together and host a very special and cool launch and premier event for the world premiere of Ghost In then Shell movie. The old Ghost in the Shell (GitS) movie from 1995 and of course  The Matrix  movie that was directly inspired by it both changed my life in so many ways. I now want to bring this conversation into the open – How new movies and TV-series can change the life of so many more people.

Or is it me being too silly for my own good and just think, that this is way cooler than it is?

Then we have futurist like Jason Silva that just makes me think otherwise. He really get’s in a creative spin and mind rush when watching some really good storytelling.

Watch or listen to Jason Silva on Impact Theory about it.

The Myth Gap


And in his latest book, The Myth Gap and his talk on the RSA Alex Evans gives a very compelling insight into why storytelling is so important. He even quotes my favorite author Terry Pratchett on the subject:

People think that stories are shaped by people when actually it’s the other way around – Terry Pratchett 

It’s about this time in history – our must crucial yet. This is the time where we set the story and “The Myth” about who we are as a species and what we want our future societies to become.

Who Are We?

Both Travelers and Ghost In The Shell ask really profound questions about who are as individuals and as a species and who we can be and where we are going.


Questions I have been pondering my whole life. Questions I want dig deeper into to find our quest. Questions I want to lift up to the surface to talk more often and vividly about. That’s what I do as Captian Future 🙂

Sillion Valley here I come!

As I now finally launches my company Sillion Valley I at least want to dig deeper into this what I can do as Lord Sillion – Capitan Future.

I will dedicate the whole of 2017 to see how I can apply “Ontological Design” in using stories and conversations about how we actively design the society and future we want. To be “A Force For Good“, like Dalai Lama and Daniel Goleman puts it in his latest book by the same name. To totally change the conversation this year.

What we focus on and what we talk about is what will happen. It’s how the brain works. And lately, the conversation has been about special events and special people who we don’t want.

Let’s instead focus on what we want. Start testing what we can do. To prototype it into existence. Build a global network of trust with Change Makers – Rebels – Guardians – Stewarts and Captains of Spaceship Earth.

Who is with me?

Who wants to create cool events around Sci-Fi and “What If?” Questions with me?

Lord Sillion
/I’m Captian Future

Also, listen to me and Michael Kazarnowicz talk about Ghost in the Shell in my podcast Framtidspoden


Are We The Passengers? Or The Crew?

Are We The Passengers? Or The Crew?

Watching Passengers I can see the parable to our story.
Are we the Passengers?
Or are we the Crew?

Just like my last text on The Revenant this is also about being slumbering awake or wide awake. My movie reviews is usually about what I take with me after watching a good story – The open and the hidden messages and parables.


Narration and Narrative

Much can be said for the movie’s story – the Narrative – and the Narration. I will go into deep thoughts of what spurred me and what I take with me as I narrate this to myself 🙂


We humans have lived on earth for a long time. We do so in an ecosystem with gazillions of symbiotic creatures living both inside us and around us in “Nature”. It is only now in the last 100 years that we have new narrative to consider. That just like the passengers of Avalon we are traveling on a spaceship through space. Most of us are asleep in the sense that this is not included in our daily narration nor in our journeys, missions and quests in life.

The fact that a critical failure, in they way a planetary ecological system works, will be the end many species continued existence as we now it today. Life will go on. We on the other hand may or may not survive a big extinction event. An especially the way live and the system we have curated and given birth to over the last couple of thousand years. Namely our societies, cultures and our entire civilization.


We Live On A Ship

Some have been half awake to the fact that we human are now the biggest force in shaping the future for life on the spherical rock going around the sun. And smaller group have even be “awoken” to and are trying to internalize the narration that this is indeed a ship we live on – going through space. A Spaceship. And just like both the real life versions like ISS or the Apollo missions to the Moon and the numerous versions in fictional stories of Space Fantasy and Science Fiction, we need to treat it like a ship. A ship with functions like life-support and climate-control. We also have a whole crew of species “running” the ecosystem. There is also us Humans. Who have just stumbled half awake onto the bridge and accidentally started pressing a lot of buttons in what Otto Scharmer calls “Organized Irresponsibility“. Now wide awake we Captains of the Bridge has to come up with a way not to crash or self destruct our ship before the time runs out.

Sounds like any kind of movie you are familiar with?

Wake Up!

Well Passengers certainly got me thinking in these terms. It also raises some other interesting “What If?” questions. Like: What is right to do? In the beginning Jim is faced with the question if it is right to wake Aurora. Then later we all learn that he should awoken many more because they would have been doomed anyway. So what first seemed selfish and questionable later turned out to be essential to the brink of being fatal. Back to that soon.

So what is mine and your quest? Our quest?

Who shall we awake from the dream that everything is going to be okay? (or “Not” okay). In an awake state we can narrators of our own life. To make the change we want to see in the world.

Here we have heroes like Elon Musk, with his awakening projects and companies like Tesla and Space X, being a big role model how we can do this on a larger scale and still within the narration of the old capitalist system. We have Narrator and entertainer Leonardo DiCaprio awaken us with both factional stories like The Revenant and the documentary Before The Flood. Injecting us with inspiration to do more and be fully awake and alive in our surroundings.

It’s Skill Time!

What are your skills as crew-member? And what skills do you want to learn to be part of the journey on this ship?

I think we both need to specialize in deep-skills that it take years to master. In an ever evolving dance of lifelong learning and adapting.

And we need the type of Meta skill that Joshua Cooper Ramo calls the Seventh Sense. The ability to se and understand the networks world we live in and that are on the horizon of the future.

And for that we have all the tools and skills that Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer has bundled up as Theory U. The skills of Presencing, Crystalizing and Prototyping the future we want to emerge.

Evolving The Future

Going back to Jim and his decision only to awake Aurora could have been a much better decision to wake more people. Well he tried to wake the crew but failed in his defence. Still with the proper training of Presencing skills he could have sensed a future coming where he definitely would have needed a hole team to prevent the missions from failing and everyone from dying.

How do we create and evolve the networks, hubs, events and meetups? Where all this happens? How do we create positive Social Fields – Collective Behavior Patterns? So that we can take the collaborative steps in ensuring that this spaceship runs well and continues to evolves us and all living things into a prosperous flourishing future?This is where I see my role – and my need to learn – the skills needed – to nourish this Awakening. To become a Evolutionary Leader. And you can too by studying some of the:

[Seven Competencies of Evolutionary Leadership as Foundational Framework for Developing Designers of Alternative Economic Futures]

Does anything of what I have said so far intrigue you?
Does it resonate?
What are your thoughts?

It sure intrigues me. That is why call myself Captain Future. A silly way to talk about the need for a crew of Spaceship Earth. And it’s not a solo job. I need a core team of crew members and they need me. And we need many mote teams working in unison to solve our missions and quests.

Are you with me?

/Lord Sillion
I’m Captain Future

Oh and what would you do to see a star up close?

Avalon star.jpg

Before The Flood

Before The Flood

Are you like me wide awake and slumbering awake at the same time? What is your wakeup call? Here I will talk about some of mine this year. And Leonardo DiCaprio is part of 4 of them all tied together. The Revenant – His UN Speech – Before The Flood and A World Unseen.

Join me in things like #ULAB and Evolutionary Leadership. So that we are prepared to enter the bridge of Spaceship Earth!


Who Is The Revenant?

After just finishing watching The Revenant I now connect beck to my thoughts I got from watching the documentary with the same and amazing Leonardo DiCaprio – Before The Flood – I followed up by watching the documentary made about the making of The Revenant and about the journey it took to make it – both physically, cognitively, mentally and foremost spiritually. Its called A World Unseen and can be watch free online.


And I am now lastly watching Leo’s second speech at the UN from this year 2016, as the UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change. This speech also powerfully ends the Before The Flood movie and I was moved to tears listening to him speaking about our organised irresponsibly of transforming our only home world and only way of staying alive having a prosperous, flourish and just society and civilization.


This is a wakeup call for us all. We are now having the hottest winter ever at the North pole and 2016 was the hottest year on Planet Earth, that we know of, since the dawn of man. Some of us has been awake and seeing this with clear eyes for at least the 40 last years. Still during 2016 there is a whole new movement and awakening all over the world.

Tools For Crew-Members

We all have new tool and point of intersection to use, that is also unprecedented in human history. Suddenly we can talk, make plans, meet, rally and take action all over the globe. What was only the privilege of kings, generals and priests of the olden world is now available to us all to use and transform the world with. We now have a global apparatus to take the reins and the helm of this Spaceship traveling around the Sun.

Can we connect to what it is to truly be alive on a planet as part of an amazing ecosystem? Can we take parts of the ecosystem with us to another planet and become multi planetary?


As so many of us have woken up this year I have seen many pledges to make 2017 the year that so many more of us connect, stand up and actually change the course of history. With all our problems and challenges all over the globe reaching critical awareness we can now make sense of what we are doing collectively.

I have spent the entirety of 2016 learning many of the tools we need to make this change real, through courses like #ULAB with Otto Scharmer and the Evolutionary Leadership community. Are you like me at the forefront of leading the “The Future That Emerges” please join me and other in planning and doing how to best make 2017 a where get a new direction into the future.

They do also talk about some of the solutions at the Before The Flood site.

We run our Spaceship Earth the way we want it to run before the flood – we do it Before The Flood.

Join me on “The Bridge”

I am Captain Future

Navigator of the Future



My Earth

Join me and the other future heroes as we embark on the endeavour to create a better future on Spaceship Earth!

Awe of Nature

I’m having one of my biggest moments of awe in my life. It has lasted 10 hours and has really culminated at the end. I’m flying to San Francisco from Amsterdam. We have been flying first leaving the fascinating flat Holland by the sea. And just when we where passing over Greenland the clouds disappeared and we get to see the amazing Greenland glaciers that are quickly melting away and all the Icebergs in the fjords.


Greenland Glacier

Then it was mostly clouds all the way to Alberta square farmlands. Then we saw them. The Canadian Rocky Mountains. So beautiful and endless. Then after some more farmlands in Washington state the large Volcanos stared to appear both close and by the horizon. Just awesome peaks standing over the rest of the horizon all white on top.


Canadian Rocky Mountains

We truly live on beautiful planet. That is why I choose Earth to live on. To make sure that it stays a beautiful place to visit in the galaxy. Our utmost communal challenge is to become Stewards, Guardians, Captains and All crew members of Spaceship Earth as soon as possible.



My Core

I’m just taking into my core of this amazing experience so far. So much awe and so much to work for. And now I’m going to stay in San Francisco for 9 more days during the whole of Nordic Impact Week. I’m going to meet many more Future Heroes and Future Captain who understand the gravitas of the expedition and endeavour we are about to embark upon.

For me it becomes ever more clear that this is why I choose to live on Earth in this interesting time of history. To build a global movement of changemakers. To connect and elevate others. That’s why I find the Theory U – U.Lab course: Transforming Business, Society and Self so fascinating and right in time to spread the tools to make sustainable change.

/Lord Sillion
Your Future Captain


Matt Damon – Our Future Quest

Matt Damon – Our Future Quest

Matt Damon is favorite actor of mine, as to may others, as will be come clear in a few seconds. Not only has he done some awesome roles in some awesome movies like Good Will Hunting, Rounders, The Informant and The Martian. He is also awesome in real life, where he uses his powers to do good in the world. So when I came across this commencement address at MIT this year 2016 my mind was blow away, how he articulated our challenges and our opportunities to solve them.


Movie Magic!

Movies and storytelling is more important than you may think. I would go as far as to say that they are the number one source of shaping our future here on Spaceship Earth. I have talked a lot about the power of storytelling before: The Storytelling Animal.

This is of course one of the reasons we look up to people like Matt. Also like someone said in the comment to the speech: Matt is far better at leading us into the future than what traditional leaders and politicians are. And still he makes it very clear that he isn’t running for office. No one sane person wants to dedicate their entire life into “gaming” that old system.

Could we then use movies and science fiction to show and tell people about alternative ways to lead and run Spaceship Earth? I most definitely think so.

The Simulation Argument

Do we live in a simulation or is the entire universe a simulation?

It’s topic that has come up several times this year. Elon Musk mentioned it and here Matt Damon refers to a fascinating conversation on the topic with Neil deGrasse Tyson this spring that I have written about before too: #HackTheFuture.

I also just read this article on BBC on it today: We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter.

Be The Best You

Here is Matt’s take on it:

There is a possibility we live in The Matrix.
That our entire universe is a simulation. What to do then?
Do really interesting things so the simulators don’t shut you down.
What if the universe isn’t a simulation?
Either way … What we do matters … What we do affects the outcome.
Because this world, real or imagined, has some problems that we need to drop everything to solve.

And by that he means what I’m doing and talk so warmly about. We have to be interesting. To be the best version of ourselves. Constantly levelling up ourselves through curiosity, the right attitude and lifelong learning.

By Hacking our own future!


Turn Towards The Problems You See

Turn Towards the problems you see and look them in the eye.

What are you going to do about them?

Look at the world and see it for what it is.

Hack The Future!

We don’t have all the answers. And that is ok. It is a lifelong quest to find new insights and answers.
Judge me by how good my good ideas are, not how bad my bad ideas are.
You got to suit up in your armour. You to be ready to sound like a total fool.
Not having an answer isn’t an embarrassment, it’s an opportunity.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Continue to listen and do lifelong learning.
Keep listening.
The world needs our ideas, good and bad.
Listen to online lectures and pods. Just keep listing to every part of society.
Democracy demands compromise even when you are 100% right.

Not ever problem has tech solution. We can’t science the shit out of every situation.

There is more at stake today than in any story ever told.
And how lucky we are the we are here and we are us.
Turn towards the problem of your choosing. Drop everything and solve it 🙂

– Matt Damon

So Simulation or not, there is now question what we have to do …

I invite you to join me in this quest to build a better future. There are so many quest we can go and solve together. And many of them are urgent. They are critical if we as humans are going to continue to live here on our Spaceship. Or else we get off at the next stop. And it’s cold and lonely out in space away from our beloved former home.

I choose to believe that the universe loves me and that we live in some kind of Matrix, where I can decide my own future and how I act and what I do. My own form of Free Will 🙂

/Lord Sillion
I am your Future Captain of Spaceship Earth