Peace In Our Time – Famous words that is somewhat difficult to live by and make happen. And an absolute must in the long-term if we, as humans, are going to continue to live on our beloved Spaceship orbiting the sun.
We Come In Peace – To Plant our Flags of Peace
It was about a week before the big event here in Varberg on August 27th 2016, that I was contacted by Anna Linton. She is one of 2 founders and the Creative Manager for the big peace concert called Notes For Peace. The Challenge was this:
During the day before the evening concert, there are to be lots of activities spread out on 8 stations around the fortress in Varberg. There were also to be a quiz walk with a stop on each station. Beside the ordinary quiz question on each station, there where also to be a dialog question around peace on each station. Now Anna needed a Conversation Hosts on each station to get the dialog going.
All The Conversation Hosts – Christian Dahlqvist – Daniel Stintzing – Michael Sillion – Jörgen Welter – Christian Grönlund -Anna Numell – Steve Cook -Kajsa Jeppson – Rebecca Tomstad – Lisa Vallo – Martin Jordö
Was I up to the task to find suitable hosts for each station that would spread joy and love?
Yes I was!
I reached out in my network and after a couple of days I had a made a team of 11 amazing people. I’m all for building a community around each event I go to, so I started a Facebook chat with all the Conversation Hosts and got them to answer 2 of my favorite questions:
1.Why did you chose Planet Earth to live on?
2.And what do you have burning passion for?
The answers I got made me all warm and fuzzy inside❤
How did it go then? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This is a big topic and I must go deeper into my inner parts first.
Tony Stark: Isn’t that the end-goal? Peace in our time! – Avengers: Age Of Ultron
What Is Peace Then?
Yes, what is peace and how do we achieve it?
There are 2 meanings of the word peace:
1.freedom from disturbance; tranquillity.
2.a state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended.
I call them Inner and Outer Peace. We start with Inner Peace because I, as many others, believe that to have true Peace and Prosperity we have to start from the inside.
Whoa, wait? Now you through another word in there, prosperity?
Yes, I will come to that in a moment.
Finding Inner Peace is no easy task. For starters it is not something that is either on or of. It is a practice and a skill. Like the legend of the to wolves:
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Or Yin & Yang that is featured so prominent in mine and my daughters new favorite movie: Kung Fu Panda 3. It’s about finding oneselves true value and becoming a better version of oneself.
Master Oogway finding Inner Peace in Kung Fu Panda 3
Outer Peace then? The old definition of peace is the absence of war. The period between 2 wars. And for a long period in human history this has been the case. War and violence has been big part our history. But that is slowly coming to and end. Hearing Steven Pinker talk about his research and reading his book: The Better Angels of Our Nature, makes it clear that our modern society has never been so free of conflict ever before in history.
Here is what I think. I think that Outer Peace should no longer be the absence of war but the opposite of war. Not something we get when we are not fighting in some way our another but something we aspire to and work hard to achieve.
A new way of life. To build a better prosperous and flourishing society here on Planet Earth. Where we can all share the riches of our way of life and live in harmony with the fruits of a both socially, economically and ecologically sustainable society.
And it will always be struggle and journey to train in the skills needed to maintain such a society. Both on larger scale by finding Outer Peace between us and first foremost by staring in training and helping every citizen feeding their good wolf on the inside.
Peace is a skill we need to learn and become better at, and finally master in each and every generation born. – Lord Sillion
Is it like Alain de Botton says in this fantastic conversation: Design Matters. We are fragile human beings, that are barely holding it together under the surface. Civilisation is a thin veil.
Or isn’t it?
I think not.
One thing for sure is that every one of us can easily through a bone to the bad wolf now and again. And we know that it is not so much dictated how we are on the inside, but also in what company we are surrounded by. It is very easy to follow the tribe as a social animal.
And here in lies all of our responsibility. To be the good company of others.
To speak up and act when we hear, see and feel that something is not living up to the way we want our society to be.
My “interest” in Peace probably started when I was young. Learning of the importance kindness from the comic Bamse. Later in my thirties and came across The Scarry Guy who had a very unique way being on a mission to create World Peace.
My real journey began late in 2014 when Started working on project called Varberg Calling For Peace celebrating the 100 year anniversary of peace conference held here in Varberg in 1915 that in some way or from laid the foundation for the League of Nations.
We helped many interesting projects come to life in the name of peace and I also for the first time came into contact with Mark Nelson and his concept of Peace Innovation Lab.
Here you can here me talk with Jon & Malin about Varberg Calling for Peace in Swedish.
Together! We create the Future Together!
[We Come In Peace ;)]
Of course one of that absolute largest reasons we still have war in the world today is the Military–industrial complex and other Companies and Conglomerates that profiteer on selling stuff to people with fear in their hearts. People who have fed their bad wolf a long time, both on the receiving and severing end of the deal.
The reasons we are so good at killing each others in some parts of the world is that we have the tools to do it, on a mass scale. And once we have done it, it escalates into a bad spiral with people feeding their bad wolves.
There is no denying that when there is profit to be made on a large-scale, on war-profiteering, there we will always be some bad apples willing to do it. And as long as we let them continue and that they have the money and power, to continue buying their permission to do it, they will continue.
One way to protest is to continue to say no and no, again and again. We have done that for many years and it’s a slow progress.
The other way that Mark suggest is that, we in an ever-increasing scale, make it more profitable to make money on making peace. We outcompete war. We invent ever more peace technologies that connects the world and make it easier to feed the good wolf in both ourselves and our fellow tribesmen and human beings.
All we want is, not to be alone and feel connected to the people around us. Both in peace and war. And I don’t know about you, but I much prefer connecting in Peace.
And it’s not that we lack suffering and challenges that brings us closer. Because according to Sebastian Junger (the author of Tribe) we never feel so connected and close together as when we are faced with a threatening environment or challenge.
We can just chose, to put the real challenges of living 9 billion people together on a Spaceship going around the sun. With enough for everyone, to live an interesting life.
We have so many fuck-ups and man-made problems to deal with for now to go around the world, that we have our hands filled for years solving our 17 global challenges. So let’s concentrate on them. Is it going to get a lot worse before it gets better or the other way around?
It’s time to Unfuck the world.
Peace Day [P-Day]
Now how did it go on the big P-Day here in Varberg. Notes For Peace as the event is called is continuation on the Varberg Calling For Peace project and was born during that process. And as such they made it into whole experience.
Inner Peace Yoga
It all started in the early morning with some morning yoga on one of our fabulous beaches in Varberg where everyone was invited to dress in Peace White. I and Daniel, one my fellow Conversation Host, where the brave souls who went early to a modernly chilly morning wind by the sea to do yoga barefoot in the soft sand. This fabulous grounded feeling alone made it worth it. And the awesome feeling to feel connected to other brave souls all clad in white by the sea was a feeling I will not soon forget.
Morning Yoga on the Beach all in white
Then by noon it was time for all us host to get together with lunch to get to know each other and share our stories why went to create a better society together. Almost all them is people I have the privilege to get to know during my 5 year journey in becoming a Future Captain. Most of them did not know each other is was a very warm getting together lunch where everyone could tell their story in response to my 2 questions above.
We all hugged and I felt truly connected to my fellow humans.❤
Then it was time for our “Away mission”. All of my host got their own station with their own activity and questions to discuss with all the people taking the Quiz Walk. The stations or questions was as below. Feel free to comment below on what you feel and think.
1 Fairy Tale Time
This was some nice sofas where children and families read fairy tales together. Here we talked about our favorite music and why music is important to peace?
Christian on The Fairy Tale
2 The future of Transportation
How can you make a better world with sustainable transportation?
Christian talking the future of electric vehicles
3 Our 17 Global Goals
This was a guide to UN’s 17 Global Goals.
What goals are important you and how do you want to work with achieving them?
4 Speakers Corner
At Speakers Corner there were some really inspiring people giving short 8 minutes talk on creating a better world all day. I was one of them. More on that below.
Here the question was: What people are important to you?
Daniel on important people
5 Bravery and Courage
This was the climbing cube station where we talked about bravery.
When are you brave?
6 Making Someone Happy
When did you make someone happy?
Steve & Martin about making people happy
7 Yoga & Mindfullness
The last 2 stations where at the our city beach in Varberg and here pole could attended family yoga and mindfulness also with their feet in the sand.
Question: How do you rest your mind and brain?
Anna at the Yoga beach
8 What Is Peace? & making Peace Flags
Here people could make their own peace flags and plant them in the sand. (Do you have a flag? Stealing Empires with the cunning use of flags – Eddie Izzard)
We talked about: How do you create Peace?
Kajsa talking about What is Peace? and making Peace flags
In the name of Peace
[Should we brand it peace?]
During the evening all we hosts got together again to eat and talk in the sunset on-top of the Fortress wall, all while the Peace Concert where warming up below. Our best conversation we had, was around the brand and name Peace itself. This was a big questing that we struggled with during our whole celebration year of Varberg Calling for Peace in 2015. Because as I say below many of the people involved in our projects and that showed up on our open call meetings, where not the people busy working making money and creating our common future. The very people we wanted to show up and take part in commercial projects creating our future.
To many peace is has its roots during the hippie- and peace-movements during the 60ties and the 70ties. World Peace is something that volunteers and help organisations are working with and not something business and people do in their daily work and activities. Peace Work is something that you do by giving charity.
The rest of the times we are busy working and doing our hobbies.
This is of course the big challenge as we build our future with all our collective thoughts and activities.
Peace and Prosperity will only come when we work on it full-time in our companies, communities, families and societies. Should we then call it Peace?
Or what should we call it?
Much of what we do when we build a better future, some of us have chosen to call it Impact. Like Impact Investing, Impact Navigators, Impact Journey and the Nordic Impact Week we are going to now in September in San Francisco.
Is this a good word for Peace?
Even the artist have a hard time telling us what Peace is, as I will talk about now below.
All the hosts talking about what peace is and how do we create it?
The Main Chorus
Now it was time the main event or The Main Chorus of the P-Day. (pun intended)
The event took place on really massive stage in front the Fortress and the sea in Varberg. Together with Stockholm Concert Orchestra and some of Sweden’s most cherished artists, when it comes to spreading the important message of love, took on the stage infront of a massive crowd.
The weather had been on top all day. After a couple of cold and rainy weeks we got 3 days of fantastic summer heat culminating on this day. All artist delivered some their best songs accompanied by the Stockholm Concert Orchestra. And the main treat for me and many of my geek friends was when the Orchestra played the whole Star Wars medley on their own. I had goosebumps all over my body and soul.
It was a perfect commentary and “What If?” question on war and peace. Can we only get peace by fighting a war to get it? Like our latest World War II. Or the rebellion in Star Wars? (Is the rebellion good or bad?) Is Peace worth dying for? (when so many people die fighting other fights).
Notes For Peace – The Concert!
I had also spent the week leading up to P-Day watching a lot of content on love and war. Like Oliver Stone’s documentary series on what really happened with World War II. And Alain De Botton on Love. And of course listening to the fascinating book Tribe by Sebastian Junger.
And when it came to the artist they all shared their thoughts in peace. Peace is love. And it comes from your heart. So the consensus is that Peace starts with Inner Peace at least.
But what comes after? Like I have talked about above. If we are going to live in a world of peace and prosperity we have to get so much better at doing it. How do we do that?
And that My friends some of us talked about on stage at Speaker Corner during the day:
Björn Natthiko Lindeblad – Am I my thoughts? And am I my flesh costume?
I Want A Peace Of Your Mind!
Speakers Corner is warm place for me to talk about, because I am a Public and Keynote Speaker myself. I was give a spot to do a 8 minute talk on stage with many of my fellow speaking heroes like Micke Gunnarson and Björn Natthiko Lindeblad. I was really exited and wanted to deliver something extra on the subject on Peace. As I am a Future Captain and call my self Captain Future of [Framtidskapten in Swedish] I wanted to inspire people with tools and thoughts about how we create the future.
I gave a quick glance of my concept I have put together over the years that now finally has name🙂
Lord Sillion asking how we create the future on Speakers Corner
SKATE into the Future
I have collected and curated thousands of hours of content on how become better versions of ourselves and create a better future for all of us. I wanted sum it up in one short model where I try to include everything important. Into a toolbox that I call SKATE into the Future.
My talk on stage: Lord Sillion – SKATE into the Future. Since we live on the side of Spaceship Earth – Steve choose to film it tilted😉
Here you will get the very short and summed up model. I do workshops, seminars and keynote speeches on this topic as a Future Captain. Please join me in this quest.
To solve out problems we need to get creative and invent the future. Innovation & Creativity all starts with Silliness, Humor and Curiosity. In order get a great idea we need to have 100 silly ideas first. Eventually one of those ideas evolve into an awesome idea by having sex with other ideas. And it do that in company of other ideas.
Get Silly and have Silly ideas!
Laugh and get people around you into a happy and silly mode!
Be curious! Ask a lot of silly questions!
Steve being Silly
In Kindness I mean the skill and ability of empathy, compassion, mindfulness and happiness. The ability to feed the good wolf in oneself and others.
You all know people who are good at this skills when you meet them. And it is skill, because you can must train it, to be good at it, on daily basis.
It’s all about being kind to and aware of yourself, and your surroundings. By having an Open Heart, Open Mind and Open Will. Join in on the Ulab course this fall: Transforming Business, Society, and Self – Leading from an emerging future and learn these skills. And celebrate kindness.
We can all be awesome at something, if we choose to. It takes practice and dedication. It’s part of doing lifelong learning and by realising we are never fully learned in a skill. It is also about finding what is true for ourselves. On how we can contribute to building a better society and future.
The pursuit of knowledge and awesomeness is a lifelong quest. In that quest we also transform ourselves, our mids and literally rewire our brains to new level of understanding ourselves and the world around us. I have written another great post on how we Level Up Our Minds.
Level up you Mind, Body and Heart in a lifelong quest towards Awesomeness!
We are not alone. Well, many of us are today. But we are not supposed to be. We are a highly social animal that have lived in small to medium-sized tribes during our entire history, just until last 1oo years maybe. Then we were sold on the idea of individualism and living alone or in a nuclear family in a house by ourselves. Sure we go and work with others during they day but we all feel that there is something missing. We all feel it when we are on social media. Some say it’s strange to hug your smartphone the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do before you fall asleep. It is nothing strange with that. The smartphone is our connection to the tribe that our souls are missing.
This is the backside of our society. Loneliness, depression and suicide are on our biggest problems in our modern society. And we can fix it. Just becoming aware of it will start us thinking, talking and doing something about it.
All of our challenges, innovation and events we will do together. That’s how we do the future and win!
I wrote along pies alone on me chasing it as my word: Together.
[E]levate & [E]xplore
We are all procrastinators. And we all boost ourselves in the company of other great people. We are terrible at making good decisions on our own. They way to solve this is to spend time in the right company. Where we all inspire and lift each others up.
And when we all perform better and are held accountable for our actions, it is much easier to go out and explore a brave new path into a more prosperous future!
Elevate and challenge others to become the best versions of themselves and seek out the company of others who can elevate you in kind. And go out and explore a better path and direction into the future together!
Love – In The Name Of
Events like Notes For Peace is just the beginning of a trend towards a more prosperous future. Still it’s not going to be cakewalk either into the future. There are many people lock into the other arc of fear and feeding the bad wolf. But at least we get to celebrate with this big amazing events and getting together. They have their events in mass media and social media bubble spreading fear, hate and missinformation.
Note For Peace ended with all the artist singing U2’s – Pride (In the Name of Love)
We just have to make our events warmer, better, more often and spreading love in more that one way. So ….
Join in on the celebration towards a more peaceful society❤
And thanks everyone embarking on this journey and exploration into our future!
Remember: SKATE into the future:
Elevate Others & Explore Our Emerging Future!
Your Future Captain of Spaceship Earth
SKATE into the Future: Silly – Kind – Awesome – Together – Elevate & Explore