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]

Hacking for the Future #Blogg100

#017 [XVII]
Let’s push the Final Frontier [What Sci-Fi inspires us today?]

space_app

The coming weekend I will be participating in NASA’s Space App Challenge.  Where people all over the World will be solving some of the over 50 challenges issued. In a great collaborative effort to make Earth a better place to live together today and tomorrow.

Here in Sweden it will take place in Gothenburg. We start out on Friday with a Get together and Afterwork. Do follow us on Swedish Twitter: #SpaceAppsSWE or on international: #SapceApps .

Space. The Final Frontier …

For each year that we grow into the network society the world keeps getting smaller. I think we will get some really fantastic emerging effects from events like these.

Back in the 60ties it was Star Trek that inspired many scientists and engineers.

Where does our main inspiration come from today?

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

The Secret of SuperTeams #Blogg100

#018 [XVIII]
Avengers Assemble [What Marvel Legendary and Avengers can teach us]

Playing Marvel Legendary

Playing Marvel Legendary at DeckBox in Varberg

Tonight I have been playing Marvel Legendary at My Local Friendly Professional Game Store. I Bought it when I was at PAX East in Boston last month and finally got a chance to sit down and play it. It’s semi cooperation deck-building card game. You start out with a couple S.H.I.E.L.D agents and the recruit the actions of a chosen 5 of all the Marvel Heroes included. All to beat down a Master Villain and all his Sub Villains and Henchmen. This feel like a really good Deck-building game. And we did make a great time bringing down The Red Skull just moments before his master plan was complete. All the 5 key ingredients below was at place to make this teamwork come through.

Joss Whedon get’s his recognition [The Fans is right]

If you saw the Oscars fiasco you know that The Avengers got no love there. Also the host and the sexism was the worst I have seen. So it’s with great joy that I sat down tonight to watch MTV Movie Awards, that took place this weekend. The host and the jokes are a little lame and it doesn’t hold up to earlier years great standards av MTV Movie awards. But here the fans get their say in who we should really celebrate. Finally The Avenger’s Cast and Crew get the recognition it deserves.

Tom ‘Loke’ Hiddleston wins for best villain which he deserve for the Evil Mastermind he plays so well. The Avengers wins the price for best Movie and Joss Whedon with the cast gets up on stage tho thank all the fans who have seen it more than once. Me, myself has seen it 4 times so far 🙂

Now we can’t wait for The Avengers 2 that comes out in 2015.  In the mean time we get Iron-man 2 and Thor 2 this year.

What makes Marvel and The Avengers so great is the hope it inspires to do great teamwork to overcome any obstacle. Something that we humans are going to need so direly in the near future.

The Secret of Super Teams [Why does Superhero teams beat impossible odds?]

“Every organisation lives or dies by the quality of its teamwork. In a complex, fast-moving, increasingly connected world, the need to work effectively as a team is more urgent than ever. And only great teams can face a crisis and emerge stronger.”

What makes The Avengers and other Marvel Superhero teams, so effective in taking on impossible tasks and beat overwhelming odds against the greatest of Villains? Listen to the discussion with Khoi Tu at The RSA as they talk about what it takes to Make a Super Team. Or read this excellent blog.

Here are 5 key ingredients to make a Super Team:

  • Excellence is a habit. Great teamwork come from lots of practice.
  • Great individuals. You can’t have a great team without great individuals. The challenge is that many individuals are also the most unreasonable. Here a Team Leader or Manager will have a key part in handling communication.
  • Trust and cohesion. Teams need to figure out how to master conflict and cohabit. To harness the power of the great individuals without it running amok.
  • A common purpose. A navigable North Star that connects individual motivation to collective action. The Team will have to be the best way for each member, as an individual, to achieve his personal ambitions.
  • Diversity of the team. All Team members will have an intellectual and ideological diversity to create the right kind of creative spark.

Great teams don’t happen by accident. The happen by design and by deliberate practice — Khoi Tu

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

How to Influence and Persuade #Blogg100

#019 [XIX]
Why our decisions usually goes with what the Tribe wants [Are you a Tribesman?]

I got the tip from Helena Viberg about the 6 Principles of Influence and Persuasion according to science. See the excellent animated Youtube video below or read this great blog: Cialdini’s Six Principles of Influence.

influence

1. Reciprocity

We humans are programmed to return Favors. Here it helps to be the first to give and make sure that what you give feels natural and with the receiver in mind.

2. Scarcity

By making something limited in numbers or by window of time it’s available, we increase the level by which we desire it. The Feeling that we will miss out if we don’t act now and the opportunity will be gone forever.

3. Authority

We feel a sense of duty or obligation to people in positions of authority or in uniform. We listen to what credible experts say.

4. Consistency and Commitment

Once we made a commitment however big or small, we like to stay with that commitment as not to look the fool. If you want a big decision grounded. Make someone make a small insignificant commitment in same tune.

5. Liking

We tend to be more influenced by people we like. People we trust or people who pay us compliments or people who seems similar to us. People we feel we belong to. Try to establish common ground. What are your similar goals and believes?

6. Consensus

If someone is uncertain in their choices they tend to look at what others have done before them. In general we don’t want to stand out doing the odd thing. We easily follow the Buzz or the Flow of the tribe.

Daniel Pink - Life’s a pitch

Daniel Pink – Life’s a pitch

The Art of Persuasion [Attunement – Buoyancy – Clarity]

Cialdini’s 6 steps are from are from 1984. Do they go hand in hand with Daniel Pink’s ABCs of Persuasion: Attunement, Buoyancy and Clarity?  Are Pink’s model a little more updated or are they just the same?

What do you think?

Dan Ariely also tells us that if we want someone to choose from 2 similar choices. Throw in a slightly less attractive version of the one we want them to choose and they are more likely to choose door number 1.

Are you under the influence? [Who is inside your head poking around?]

Also keep them in mind when you are going to make an important decision. How are others influencing your decision process. Make up a list and try to identify these 6 points. Are you been tricked?

And remember as always. With every new skill you learn use it responsibility and for the better good.

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

Update:

Find Helena’s blogs here in Swedish:

Cialdini’s 6 påverkansprinciper i kortfilm

Cialdinis 6 principer för påverkan

A Sustainable Future #Blogg100

#020 [XX]
The End of Economic Growth is here [Let’s think outside “The Globe” and Evolve]

Today I have been participating in an local event here in Varberg. It has the intent to bring into light the work that has to be done to move to a more sustainable society. I have filmed 2 sessions I went to here on Bambuser in Swedish:

Björn Forsberg Tillväxtens slut 1(2) and Björn Forsberg Tillväxtens slut 2(2)

#Varberg2025 Omställningens utmaningar part 1 and part 2

Crisis = Opportunity

Every crisis in here on earth presents an amazing opportunity here on Earth for life. It is usually during the biggest catastrophes the new life come into being. It opens up new niches for those who can adapt.

It’s only through change that we can evolve.

Because now humanity faces it’s biggest “opportunity” yet.

Everyone wants growth [The End of Economic Growth]

If you speak to the leaders of any local town here in Sweden they all want it’s population to grown in the near future. Because this is a easy way to ensure local Economic Growth as well. But we all know we can’t increase Earth’s population any much more. The political leaders here in Sweden still thinks the recession will end and that we can consume our way into a new economic boom. When in fact we have reach the end of Growth.

Peak Everything [The Resource Wall]

We have in fact reached Peak Everything regarding most natural resources. The so called “Resource Wall”. All the Scientist all agree on this. Check out the Sustainability part of my The Best of RSA. So when both the population will continue to grow and many more of the current population of Earth will have much grater demand on Earths resource. We are probably going to crash. And then it can get really ugly if we are not prepared.

One thing we can do that Geoff Mulgan snuggest is to start Taxing resources that we dig out of the ground instead of manned labor. This will lead to that we recycle all our resources to much larger degree. And that all companies take responsibility on how the use the resource they already have.

New Currencies [Local gardening]

Things that has grown out of necessity all over the world is local urban gardening and the introduction of new local currencies to support these local markets. These Local Currencies has been developed all over the world.

Let’s make this Transition of society happen before we forced to take mush more desperate actions. 

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

Kung Fu of Life #Blogg100

#021 [XXI]
Keep your Mind and Body Fit [Kick as and rule the Universe]

Sebastian Foucan

Sebastian Foucan

Been listening more to the London Real Podcast. Just search in your podcast player for London Real or watch the Youtube clips below

First out is Tim Ferriss – The 4-Hour Phenomenon

Good things he does every morning:

  • The 5 minute mindful meditation.
  • Things he is grateful of.
  • Makes a todo list 3 things. Circles the toughest one and considers it a successful day if he finishes just that one. He also put up today’s don’ts. Like not getting stuck in emails.

Sebastien Foucan – Find Your Way

He is the Freerunning and Parkour master who stars in in the beginning of Casino Royal.

“You don’t need energy drink. You’ve got energy, the sun is your energy, the air is your energy, the water is your energy.” – Sébastien Foucan

“Nobody ever invents anything You’re inspired and sometimes you can improve” – Sébastien Foucan

Felicia Day Takes on Parkour and Freerunning

I also stumbled upon Felicia Day earlier this week doing some Parkour Training

Keep on running free

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

It’s about the Journey & The Venus Project

#022 [XXII]
Jacque Fresco and Steven Pinker is two of our greatest modern thinkers

I have been listening to some more great episodes of London Real. It’s all about the Journey.

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

Everything Changes

I came across them talking to the now 96 year old Jacque Fresco and the Venus Project. Check him out on London Real. Also see his speech from Stockholm 2010.

Whatever happens in the world is real, what one thinks should have happened is projection. We suffer more from our fictitious illusion and expectations of reality. — Jacque Fresco

Jacque Fresco Venus Project Building

Jacque Fresco Venus Project Building

Jacque Fresco

Jacque Fresco

Linguistic thinkers

They also give very good conversation with Steven Pinker. Check it out here Steven Pinker – Too Much Morality?
Steven Pinker is a linguistic who studies what it means to be human. Just like we have Fredrik Lindström here in Sweden who talks about What is a human [Vad är en människa].

In his latest book The Better Angel of our Nature he shows us, that contrary to popular belief, violence of all kinds are at a mush lower rate in human society than it have ever been during our entire history. Only the picture we get through Mass Media will tell us differently.

There is hope for us humans that we can get along in a reasonably peaceful society here on earth if the resource wars don’t get out of hand.

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

Is Oblivion our legacy? #Blogg100

#023 [XXIII]
Will we humans be able to put a dent in the Universe? [How far can we reach ourself?]

Tonight I have seen the premier of Oblivion the movie with Tom Cruise and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. This is the third good Science Fiction movie I have seen this year. The other 2 being Cloud Atlas and John Carter.

Oblivion_01

The movie is a visual fest. An amazing movie with sceneries to die for. The Plot is far from perfect but at least it doesn’t fall apart like so many other Sci-Fi movies of late. Times flies by fast as I sit stunned by the beautiful sunset and sunrise scenes in the Skytower. The Narration turns out a little cliche. When everything else falls human ingenuity will still drive us to maximize the best out of every situation. But not here. Dare to ask yourself some tougher questions please movie makers!

Where are the big questions?

Like all great Sci-Fi Movies it must ask some important questions. What we would we humans do to survive? Will we be united or will there still be fighting amongst us self over power and different ideas?

What legacy will we leave behind?

Will we fall into oblivion after we flourish? How long can we make the human civilization to last? These are question that this movie doesn’t dare to ask. We can just feel a hint of them under the surface. But still these are questions that we should be asking ourself.

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

The Future of my Hometown #Blogg100

#024 [XXIV]
Can we make a nest for creative people? [We are only just in the beginning of things to come]

Today I have been walking with a local politician here in my hometown Varberg. Everyone who participated got a chance to walk with a local politician for 2 hours and talk about the future. I walked with Lilith Svensson. We talked about the role of Social Media and how we can use it to change society. What impacts will it have on local democracy?

Lilith Svensson and Michael Sillion

Lilith Svensson and Michael Sillion

Varberg 2025 – The Creative center-point on the west coast

A little over a year ago Varberg took on the challenge of making itself a Center for Creativity in a plan stretching towards 2025. By making it a sustainable place regarding ecological, social and economical thinking. We talked about what must be done to work on this vision together in the community. How can you make the local residents feel that they take part in creating their own future?

Creative people want creative culture and activities

If you want creative people to live, work and create business here you must give them chance to experience creative culture, activities and entertainment. We discussed what could be done to help people organize their own activities. We must also make sure that they can commute to take part such activities in the surrounding towns. In Varberg’s case there is now way to get home from Gothenburg in the night if you have been out on a late dinner, concert, club or similar cultural event. If you want people to live here you must first supply things like that.

Surf’s up [Let’s make life more interesting]

Varberg has long been a center for the surf-culture and especially windsurfing. Last year we had a very big event called Coastal Culture. It was a very well visited event where every one could try out or watch all kinds of events like windsurfing, skimboard, skateboarding and lots of other stuff. There where lots of lectures on creativity and culture. Sadly this event won’t be taking place this year.

This is also a kind of event that will draw creative people to live and work here. If we can create all kinds of opportunity for lots of different kind of sports and extreme sports to happen the community around it will come and flourish. And with it, we will bring along all kind of smart people who demands this kind of leisure-time. The active kind of people who make things happen.

Creative Sustainable Future

Me myself want to create a meeting-place in the form of an Unconference. There I want to discuss a Creative Sustainable Future. Where everyone can share and develop new ideas together. A place where creative people meet who thinks about the future.

Let’s invest in our own future

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

Elementary Dear Michael #Blogg100

#025 [XXV]
The Extended Mind [I need more focus]

elementary-duo

I have just seen the first episode of the new TV-Series Elementary with Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. It has promise and I just love good Sherlock Holmes stories. And now that modern Brain Science actually confirms that his way of thinking is accurate according to Maria Konnikova.

Sherlocks_mind

Listen to the RSA talk: The Scientific Method Of The Mind: What Sherlock Holmes can teach us about decision making with Maria Konnikova.

  • To solve problems take time and reflect over them. Go into the “Wilderness” alone
  • Doing 5 minutes of Mindful Mediation each day has scientific measured effect of increased cognitive ability.
  • Use your memory right with techniques of Chucking and Storytelling.
  • Focus at the Task at hand. Multitasking is a myth.

Now I just have to see season 2 of Sherlock too. The 3 parts of season 1 was brilliant 🙂

You wanna a Piece of … me mind?

I also found this today David Chalmers from TEDxSydney talking about  The Extended Mind.

Tomorrow I’m going to to “Speak my Mind” as I’m walking with a local politician here in Varberg. So far so many of my thoughts has been circulating around the mind, reality and the future here on planet Earth. And on Friday we are talking the Sustainable city here in Varberg too.

I will just have to trust my mind to bring all the puzzle-pieces together 🙂

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

Discussion with Eddie Obeng and Daniel Pink #Blogg100

#026 [XXVI]
I found a new great podcast [What Podcast do you listen too?]

Found a new Podcast today: London Real. There are 2 great episodes with Eddie Obeng and Daniel Pink. They are available on iTunes and Youtube as well (See Below).

Eddie Obeng on London Real

Eddie Obeng on London Real

Imagine the Fish [Problem finders and Thinkers]

Eddie is an educator that’s educate organizations on how to get along in the “New World”. He doesn’t tell people what to do. He teaches them to figure out what to do. The old saying “Give a man fish” doesn’t apply anymore. Here is Eddies modified variant.

Teach a man how to learn how to fish and he may also learn how to hunt, farm, produce works of art or cook.
Teach a man how to teach others to fish and you feed the village and then the world. And for you, again for 2013 and onwards I now say – First, IMAGINE A FISH. — Eddie Obeng

In the Old World your boss was someone who had done your job along time ago and know how to do it. But now everything has changed. Now your boss must help you facilitate you doing stuff that he has just a vague idea of how to do.

Daniel Pink I have to talk to before in Life’s a pitch [How you can “Sell” and Persuade better].

Psilocybin [One of Hive-Switch Tiggers]

Also check  out Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris talking about the effects of Psilocybin & MDMA and how they could be used to help with depression and addiction, his controversial colleague Professor David Nutt who claimed Cannabis & Ecstasy were safer & less addictive than Alcohol & Tobacco.

Psilocybin is one of the triggers that switches on the Hive-Switch in your brain that Jonathan Haidt talks about.

Other great Podcasts[What is your inspiration podcasts?]

Other great podcasts that inspire me is of course The RSA that I have talked about before on my Inspiration Lists. What make The RSA so great is the fact that after a person have given their presentation there is a short conversation follow by live question from the audience and Twitter. So that it becomes a dialog instead.

Other interesting podcasts is TED Radio Hour and HBR Podcast.

Gaming and Swedish

For eSports I currently listen to LowElo for League Of Legends.

I also listen regularly to 3 Boardgame podcasts. The Dice Tower, The D6 Generation and Ludology.

[SWE] In Swedish I listen to Nördsnack, Gott prat, Maktministeriet och Klotet.

Listen to more enriching PodCasts. What have I missed?

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]