Envision our Journey towards a Better Tomorrow #Blogg100

#010 [X]
Where are our journey going? [Core Values, Vision and Mission]

Today I have been listening to Percy Barnevik on Connect Väst. He is talking about how to be a great leader and his work in the micro credit organization Hand in Hand. Apart from having one of the most entertaining presentations I’ve been to there is something missing. More on that in a moment.

Percy Barnevik

Percy Barnevik

Why are we doing our Journey?
Where is it going?
And how do we travel today?

After him Björn Lindqvist talks about what shall be found in the heart of any organization:

Core Values — Why are we working here? Today we must all weave in socially responsible values in our hearts. That defines the Journey we are taking together.

The Vision — A Mental Picture – of what an organization wants to achieve over time. The North Star! The direction of our journey.

The Mission — The current Quest that we are doing in order to further us along on our journey.

Check out more here: Vision and Mission – What’s the difference and why does it matter? and Mission Statements and Vision Statements.

Can we all be like Google?

The day finishes up with Annika Steiber that have been studying innovation management and what make companies like Google tick. They need to have

Ethics — Don’t be Evil and Do Good for Society.
Ambition — Shoot for the Stars and Change the World.
Behavior – The organization need to be Fast and Scalable. Never to bog down under Bureaucracy and Hierarchy.
Focus — First make a good product then the money will come.

Sustainability Day [Tax resources and not labor]

At the same time Sustainability Day is going on in Stockholm and #SDay are also trending on Twitter at the same tame as #ConnectDagen.

Here the chief economic analyst at the Think tank Global Utmaning, Sandro Scocco, says all the numbers are pointing in the wrong direction. We need change the economic incentives to make things happens. The suggest the same as Geoff Mulgan did in his speech at the RSA.

Tax resources and not labor. In that way everyone will quickly come with smart reusing with what we got. Companies can start rent everything they produce instead of selling it. So that they take full responsibility for the lifecycle. And it’s in their own best interest that all things made is made to endure.

We need to cross-fertilize [Let’s create new meeting places]

Here I also see the second problem opportunity. All the money and entrepreneurs are one event in Gothenburg at the same time as all the scientist and the creative thinkers are at another event in Stockholm. And this are not the same people with the same networks. I know because I have been to both. Here my idea is to create an event where the two worlds can meet. An unconference with focus the social and the Networking. To create new exiting enterprises.

A Vision is something you can Envision. To picture in your mind. This is because sight is our primary sensory system. The brain tries to imagine what it will envision next. Then it asks the eyes if this is the correct vision.

A vision is complex picture in your mind. Let’s create one to be proud of together 🙂

Here politicians, venture capitalists, scientist and entrepreneurs must create this vision of the future together.

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

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All the Children Shall Lead #Blogg100

#012 [XII]
What do you leave behind? [Explore new paths every day]

LunarBots

3D-printed LunarBots

Today was the last Day of NASA’s Space Apps Hackaton. The largest in the world with 9000 participants. We finished making a prototype of our boardgame including 3D-printed LunarBots. Jens took a 20 minute course in Maya and learned how to make a basic 3D-models. And I learned how to make a Stop Motion presentation movie  with 144 frames using the simple app iMotion HD.

 

See our final presentation on Bambuser.

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LunarBots presentation

Generations to come [What must they think of you?]

What I learned from the day is that we do this for our children. Let’s all think of and be like our children. With this being a space weekend we of course had to listen to some space music. And there is only one space music band for me: S.P.O.C.K. My favorite to songs is Dark Side of the Force and Wolf in the Fold.

Bu the song we feature here is the very striking All the Children Shall Lead.

I’m sitting in my quarters aboard the ship
thinking about this very special trip

400 people, destiny: our closest star
mankind has never ever been that far
Soon comes the future, then we will die
All the children shall lead
We’ll never see the world that lies ahead
long before we get there all adults will be dead

Then it is up to the kids we brought along
now they learn what is right and what is wrong
Soon comes the future, then we will die
All the children shall lead
As a bad example we show them how it used to be
before the year 2000 it was a total misery
Soon comes the future, then we will die
All the children shall lead

What path are you treading on? [Let’s craft a new path together]

Now is the time to invest in our children like never before. They must think us mad about the state we have left their Homeworld in. Change is happening all over the world. But in many places it is still on the wrong path. A path leading right of the edge of cliff. Are you on that path? If so you can help craft a new path for us and our children and their children’s children.

Life is about the journey and what we leave behind. What path do we chose to travel on?

If we teach our kids at a young age that don’t have to accept everything as it is happening to them. We can teach the to be curious about their own future. That they can be creative and design it them self. And spend their time crafting their own path.

We take our lifestyle for granted and think of it as the most natural thing in the world. That’s why we must study history. So that we can learn how different it was in the past. In this way we can see that the our future can be very different too in kind.

It only takes about 3 months for us humans to adapt to a new living condition to such a degree that we start thinking of it as “Normal”

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

NASA’s SpaceApps Challenge #Blogg100

#013 [XIII]
Making a Boardgame about Moon Mining [Teaching with games in schools]

Today we started the NASA’s Space Apps Challenge. We are 8500 hackers around the Earth on the worlds largest Hackaton. First we had a Astronaut on ISS give us a welcome presentation. Then we sent out to face the challenges.

The Swedish Astronaut Christer Fuglesang will join us on Sunday as one of the judges.

Team #LunarBots

Team #LunarBots

Send me to the Moon [We’re Whalers of the Moon]

Me myself had no team so I teamed up with Jens Nockert to take on one of the 50 Challenges that NASA have issued. We took on Bootstrapping of the Space Industry (#MoonVille). Check out the Google Hangout below for more information about the challenge. We are both gamers so we decided to make this game as a Boardgame called LunarBots. It’s about launching a self sustaining mining operation to the moon.

We think of it as a learning and inspiration game for school kids to be used in school. To get the interested in space exploration and the space industry. To start them think about building a sustainable future here on earth where they can be an active part. The game is also a logistics puzzle with some co-operation.

We had tour of Lindholmen Science Park where the challenge is being held here in Gothenburg, Sweden. We stopped by the Interaction Institute where they have a 3D-printer that we will be using to print our LunarBots in the game. Follow it on Twitter: #LunarBots.

Sharing is Caring [Let us all improve the future together]

The project is of course a open source project so that anyone can download the game and craft a own copy. They can also help improve, develop and play-test the game. As a game of this type requires allot of balancing and play-testing before it is done.

LunarBots the Boardgame in prototyping

LunarBots the Boardgame in prototyping

Think new, Think different

We also had a very interesting presentation on the work of the Interaction Institute by Peter Ljungstrand. He talked about all crazy real life experiments they are doing with technology and science. I also found out that my Boardgaming friend Staffan works there.

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

Makers and Gamers #Blogg100

#014 [XIV]
Gaming isn’t a waste of time [All creative people do it]

Today has been crazy day indeed. I have been on a after work hangout on Lindholmen Science Park. It’s was an open invitation to all people who was interested in the NASA Space Apps Challenge tomorrow.

We had a great time with some people demoing some very creative tools and toys. Here playing music on Water. There also was alto of gamers. And we talk about our gaming and geek history. What makes a gamer today.

Are you a Hardcore or casual gamer? And How do you play to feed your creativity?

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

Life is a Lesson #Blogg100

#015 [XV]
The Future of Learning [What must we teach our kids?]

Stefan Hyttfors was interviewed on Swedish Radio today saying with the irony implied:

Don’t let school get in the way of your studies [Låt inte skolan komma i vägen för studierna] – Stefan Hyttfors

What he implies is that we learn all our life and some of the most important stuff are not taught in school … yet.

Transforming education [Let’s do it together]

You may just have seen some of Sir Ken Robinson’s TED speeches. If you haven’t you should do it right now. Go on. I’ll be waiting here while you do it.

“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”
― Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson

– You learn by doing.
– You learn when it is fun.
– You learn when you know why and how to use your learnings.

Here in Sweden there have been the Event SETT dagarna with is a Swedish variant of the British BETT. Find all the Swedish blogs from the event here: Bloggers-Corner.  And here in Varberg we are going the the Event Skolvåren this summer to witch I am going.

There is an increasing number of teachers and educators that are joining up on events and Social Media to discuss and learn from each other. Why are they doing this? Because the politicians aren’t doing anything. So they are taking matter into there own hands creating events and discussions under hashtags on Twitter.

There is a Swedish Podcast discussing learning called Skolsnack. They sum up BETT the way you should sum up most conferences:

Not: How good was BETT? But: How great did you make BETT?

I think all educators should join small networks where they can discuss and share ideas. Here Google Hangout is an excellent tool to do this on a weekly basis.

New ways [New skills]

“Ideas only work when they travel in Packs and reinforce each other” — Geoff Mulgan – Learning to Innovate

We need new ways to learn skills and we need to learn new skills. We can’t go on and pretend that the future will be like the past. We need to create a whole new sustainable world. And to do that we need teach our young how to live in this new world. So we need to gather up all the ideas we have on how to do this and discuss them and put them together. Let’s do this together.

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

“Life is a lesson you’ll learn it when your through” — Limp Bizkit

What a piece of crap is a man? #Blogg100

#016 [XVI]
How irrational in reason? [How finite in faculty?]

Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely

Although I have read all his books and seen many talks of Dan Ariely I still decided to sign up in his online course A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior.

Too Predictable? Did I have a choice? Can we make choices?

The more we learn about the brain and our behavior the more fascinating it gets. We are not the rational creature many set us out to be. Many of our decisions are made on a gut feeling and then rationalized by our conscious thought after. We know this because in numerous studies of Dan and his likes can predict our irrational and emotional behavior.

Talk to the hand [Because no-one is home listening]

The best mental model and metaphor for our brain is that of a very large elephant that makes up most parts of our brain that are in a constant debate of what decisions make. Then we have the small rider that is our conscious thought and reasoning.

Jonathan Haidt call this model: The Elephant and The Rider.

The Elephant stands for our intuition that makes constant and instantaneous decisions. The Rider then works like Press secretary that makes up a story that correlates and justifies with the decision made by The Elephant. With the help of this Press secretary, we are able to lie and cheat often, and then cover it up so effectively that we convince even ourselves

The Elephant itself consist of many small parts of the brain that is in constant “conflict” with each others on what decisions to make.

The Rider is there to guide the Elephant where to go and what decisions to make but the Elephant and it’s many parts are in charge.

What can we do?

We must keep an open mind to that we are this animal creature. And we must help each other to spot when we making wrong decisions. So that when someone tells you are doing it wrong me can step out of our self and try to se what we can do differently instead of getting defensive.

It’s not an easy task. But we can strive to make Shakespeare’s quote come true 🙂

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty!

Check out more post about Dan Ariely.

 

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]