Design For Engagement

Here it is. My take on making comprehensive overview of what to think about when designing an event or an activity of any kind. Things to think about is who is it for and why should they care about doing it? Look what others have designed before you and steal the best parts and experiment with them.

1. Build a story that it is easy to share into the activity you are designing!

2. Use Design Thinking! Who is your audience?

3. Onboarding and sacrifice are things to consider.

4. Find your ambassadors and elevate them!

5. Give people the option to hack and improve the experience!

6. Build content and a community around your event and prolong the experience!

Make things full with Flow, Fun, Friends and Meaning [Design For Engagement]

When designing any kind of activity, game, competition, puzzle, event, learning, system or challenge it’s good to have in mind the basic fundamentals of what motivates and triggers people to join in or take action. This is also great advice when doing crowdfunding events on sites like Kickstarter.

The activity can be learning a skill or a trade. All things we do is practice and leaning in some way towards some form improvement or mastery. When things are “Just For Fun”, it’s mostly then we are learning the fastest. Getting into “Flow” is usually the most effective way of learning something or to be the most productive in that activity. Some of the thinking here I have borrowed directly from Amy Jo Kim’s lecture mostly about gaming. I think it can be applied to most human activities. I also focus mainly on the positive motivations. Sure there are many strong negative feelings that drives change and motivation like fear, hate, revenge. But I don’t go to into how to design for them here. Instead I try to focus what makes things fly.

If you think something is missing or needs to be changed just comment below or contact me 🙂

Lets do better design thinking when we design our activities.

Triggers of The Element
[Cognitive – Athletic – Competition – Cooperation – Exploration – Expression- Collecting]

There are 6 elements in an activity that can be combined to trigger different kind of things in people: Cognitive Challenge, Athletic ChallengeCompetitive, Cooperation, Exploration, Expression. The users, combatant, player and adventurer is just not one style but a combination of these. Get to know your different user styles of the activity. Find out what types they are and how to design for them.

There is also the bonus category of Collecting

1 Cognitive Challenge

Many games – puzzles and activities revolve around a cognitive challenge that we can solve in some kind. Without this challenge many of feel that a challenge becomes dull rather shortly. It is all about hitting that sweet-spot of Flow where the challenge is just hard enough.

2 Athletic & Agility Challenge

Just as many activities contains challenges for the brain many other contains physical challenges for the muscles in some way. Be it agility, endurance, strength, or athletic ability. Almost all sports fall in the category and triggers us in so many ways. But there are also lots of other activities that we do just for fun or the challenge of intrinsic mastery. Here is also the sweet-spot of Flow somthing thats makes the activity engaging.

3 Competition

Many of us trigger by the need to compete and measure us against each other. Be it the sole competitor or a whole team against each other. This is a basic human need. The need to seem strong in front the tribe. And to seem extra useful for the Tribe. This usually followed by increased status, fame and attractiveness in the fair sex.

Competitions, Sports, Games and different forms of Challenges can been used to trigger this part of us.

4 Cooperation & Social

Humanities greatest feast is the ability to co-operate towards a common goal. A lone human had little chance of survival in the past. A great tribe of a 100 individuals could solve almost anything. We have it built into our DNA to work together and get rewarded for it on many levels. Jonathan Haidt explains this so well.

It feels great giving and helping others without the need for reciprocity. It is what binds tribes together.

Some people just like to play games as it is an activity we do together with other people. We like to do social activities.

5 Exploration

We humans are also explorers by nature. Not all but some of us get the sudden urge to seek out new unknown territory to wander in. The lust for exploration is very strong and can take form in many shapes. This is very powerfully portrayed in the this epic clip narrated by Carl Sagan: Wanderers.

Activities that includes Adventure, Mystique and Puzzles Solving are all good ways to “explore” this drive in human nature.

6 Expression

One of our most unique traits is the ability and need to express ourselves. From how we look, dress and garnish our body to external expression through art and stories. The need to both be unique, and fit in, in the tribe at the same time. To put our twist on ourselves. And also the need to create, tinker, improve and “hack” things.

Radical Self-Expression is also part of one the 10 principles of Burning Man.

Making Things Magic!

Of course there are many more needs and desires that drive us humans like love, lust, belonging, righteousness, rebellion, fear, hate, revenge and need for the adrenaline rush. Still, these 6 big is a great way to start when designing an activity. Just focusing on one of them works great. Or combining them for a complex activity that attracts different people for different reasons works even gretater. Especial if it’s an activity done together with others.

With this is in mind, we can easier understand how to make an event more magic.

7 Harvesting – Collecting & Hoarding

There is also another aspect we trigger when we play games. Is has to do mostly with gather siade of Hunter gathering that later lead to many of us being able to farm and harvest as a way of living. It’s both sowing things an help them grow and at last harvest.

We also like to collecting things. And when have things we like to sort and arrange them in different ways too. We get a kick out of finding that rare bush of berries or that occasional lagoon full of oysters. This is easily transferable into an activity or game of any kind where we can collect things and hunt down rare objects.

It’s okay to be hoarder 😉

From Amy Jo Kim of Shufflebrain

What are you designing for? Verbs to use – From Amy Jo Kim

Intrinsic Motivations and PERMA

When we know what kind of activity to make we can then increase the level of engagement people feel when doing it. There are many models and names for the intrinsic motivations we have. I chose to incorporate them into Martin Seligmans’s and Jane McGonigal’s PERMA model. In it we divide out internal motivations into 5 categories. One that can arguably be said is missing is the reward we feel during and after any physical performance. And ultimately like I do, the ability to put oneself into trance and triggering the Hive-Switch in the brain. Still here we go. Put more PERMA into your design:

P – Positive Emotions – We all like experiencing positive emotions like urgent optimismjoy, peace, gratitude, satisfaction, trust, pride, pleasure, inspiration, hope, curiosity, or love. These emotions move us along when triggering the other forms of motivations. Arguably we can put the feelings we feel when sexually aroused or the rush we feel when dancing with danger here too.

E – Engagement (or flow) – When a situation, task, or project are in the sweet-spot between our current skill level and the difficulty of the activity we often experience a state of flow. We lose track of time & space around us. We becomes totally engulfed in the activity at hand. The ability for a person or a whole team to themselves into flow has been measured to be the largest contributor to the success of any endeavour. This is linked to the oh so popular concept of following ones passion. This is the right path towards mastery.

R – Relationships – The need for belonging in a social context is very strong. We all want to be seen, heard and acknowledged within the tribe. It’s also more important to been known for contributing to the tribe than actually doing it without any recognition.

Being social with others is at the core of what it is to being human. When having good relationships with others, is when are at our best. Co-operation and friendly competition brings out the best in us. Make the user interact with others in the system or have them sharing about content in the system outside it.

M – Meaning – Meaning comes from creating a purposeful narrative about our lives. A story where we are part in something bigger than our-self. We will often sacralize something in the group that brings meaning to us. Finding ones purpose in life can be a powerful thing indeed. Humans have it in them seek meaning and spirituality. It’s what we do. Here is great clip about Burning Man explaining it all.

Designing activities with a greater purpose and a greater vision behind them is the way to go. So many things and leaders in our society, act without a clear vision where they are taking us.

A – Accomplishments – We often seek Mastery in some form. And completing our goals and following our core values. Or we can just get good feedback and rewards from an activity we are carrying out, which also give great satisfaction. Enhance the progress the user is making by giving them great feedback.

Integrate feedback into the activity loop of the current activity. We just love checking things of our to-do list. Or getting the great feeling of completing or launching things on a grander scale. When we down that boss in an epic game. Throw your arms in the air for that great Fiero moment.

What humanity desperately need right now is a vision where we can go as a species – #BurningMan

Another way and model that I also like is the one called the 4Ps by Storyarchitects with People – Purpose – Passion – Pleasure developed by Jasmine Idun Lyman. You can probably see where this model overlaps with the one above.

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People – Purpose – Passion – Pleasure developed by Jasmine Idun Lyman

Flow – Mastery and Passion

On of the most talked about thing now is the notion that you should find and follow your passion. This is both true or as Tai Lopez calls it: Accurate. It’s all about design an activity with life-cycle aspect in mind. Start with Onboarding for the Newbie like Amy Jo Kim says. Then makes sure there are different challenges with increasing difficulty so that a participant can easily get into flow depending on their skill level. Not all event should have all skill levels depending on what type of activity it is. Over time a well design activity develops passion in the participant as they increase their skill level on their journey.

Tim Ferriss has a new TV show out called The Tim Ferriss Experiment where he tries to master 13 different challenging skills in just 5 days. In order to do this he needs apply a very precise set of points to stay in flow and take the quickest route towards the path of mastery. He shows us that it is possible to learn a skill very fast with the right and best teachers, science, technique, motivation, attitude and design thinking.

Design an activity towards mastery with flow all the way

Design an activity towards mastery with flow all the way – By Amy Jo Kim

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Stories – Ambassadors – Choice – Sacrifice – VIP – Adrenaline Rush – Prolonging

Stories
All great activities and products have an inbuilt story. One that we can tell our self while doing it. A kind of internal Self-Narration. And another that we can tell others and share before, during and after an activity. Here it helps designing content and context around the activity that can be shared and easily internalized.

We are basically a storytelling ape with a big brain that is excellent in recognising, enjoying and telling stories.

 

Sacrifice and Pain
Some activities also benefits if there is some kind of sacrifice, hardship and pain built into them. It scares some people away and attract others. Physical challenges and some competitions often use this to great benefit. The benefits of doing something hard and painful are often enjoyed after the event. When the pain is forgotten and all we have left is a good story. Doing hard stuff together with others and sharing the pain also brings people closer together and builds bonds.

It also makes people much more emotionally invested in the event. Which in turn makes for better long term commitment and creates excellent ambassadors.

Try to sell the story people can tell when they are part if an exclusive tribe that have mastered the challenge.

Scarcity and VIP
We all like to be VIP och part of some exclusive tribe sometimes. By making an activity only available to a selected few who either cued for the event or paid extra to get extra treatments and perks is great way to increase the overall attractiveness of the event. This is used with great success in crowdfunding activities with different perk levels. Here scarcity both in time and in the number of available slots serves a way to make people sign up faster.

Give people the ability to feel or dream about the status and exclusiveness that a special offer or VIP treatment brings.

Ambassadors
Any event or activity also needs great Ambassadors to flourish. Try to find people who are willing to invest time and energy into it. Or the people who are already doing it. The can be in it for some of the different reasons mentioned above. Interact with them. Give them VIP treatment. Ask them how you can improve the experience. Study them. Give them options to tell your story to more people.

Find your ambassadors and elevate them!

Feel the Rush
Some activities is all about the adrenaline or rush we can feel when doing something exciting and dangerous. Some people become adrenaline junkies and are always looking for more ways to experience more rushes. All things that get the human mind rushing is alluring.

How can you make your activity more exciting?

Choice and Autonomy
People like making choices. This makes us feel autonomous. It’s just that we are different when we think about what rules we want to follow when making choices and forming habits. Gretchen Rubin divides us into 4 different type of people when adopting new habits: Obligers, Questioners, Upholders and Rebels. Of course many of us like the excitement and angst when choosing between different options.

Give people the option to hack and improve the experience!

Prolong and improve the experience
If you are dealing with a event or happening in any way the is ways to prolong and extend the experience. Build up the campaign with onboarding and signaling. Like in the Tesla Launch.

Use social media and #hashtags to get people talking and interacting both with you and other fans long before the event. During the event get people talking using #Hashtags and other tools. make them livestream the event with their smartphones and do use a professional livestreaming team as well. After the event encourage people to share their experience with all kinds of media like videos, photos, blogs, podcasts, forums and Facebook groups.

Build content and a community around your event!

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Fellow friends at my Future Lunch event!

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/Lord Sillion
Holistic Thinking Ninja

Life and gaming is about making interesting choices 🙂

And remember: Be nice!

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Extra Bonus Update!!!

You won’t believe what happened next! [6 Signs You Are A Sharer]

As with any great activity it’s helps get momentum if people tell other people about it. We now live in a time when it’s not only mass media who gets to decide what gets attention and not. We humans have always shared stuff through language. It’s what we do. We have always done it on small limited scale within our tribe. It has just got a whole lot easier and scalable to share stuff. Then what do we share?

According to Jonathan Berger who has done som research on the subject it all boils down to six categories on why we share stuff. Not just online but we still share most of it mouth to mouth.

Social Currency — We share things that make us look good
Triggers — Top of mind, tip of tongue
Emotion — When we care, we share
Public — Built to show, built to grow
Practical Value — News you can use
Stories — Information travels under the guise of idle chatter

Build a story that it is easy to share into the activity you are designing.

That way you will get more attention to it. Unless you want to keep it a secret 😉

Design Thinking is complex when trying to comprehend the big picture

Design Thinking is complex when trying to comprehend the big picture

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The Nation State Boardgame

How do we get people thinking about how we design our world and society? What if you could simulate and redo your choices everyday? Is the society you see around you the result of som serious systems thinking? And, if not, then why not? Can we make the world like a boardgame? And can we use games to make people act out their inner desires to build an empire without them damaging our only world in the process?

Are You A Civilisation Builder? [Simulating Society Building]

Being a politician and playing the game called “The Nation State” is just like when I play any Civilization boardgame or Logistics boardgame except for one big difference. I can redo my choices every time I play my game.

Clash of Cultures the Civilization Boardgame

Clash of Cultures the Civilization Boardgame

In my games there are always many schools, strategies and tactics you can use to build a great nation or economic engine. You can experiment and see what works from game to game. In real life it’s a bit more complicated. The biggest problem is that each individual has their own life at stake for the choices they make. Another one is that changing the system can’t be done in a couple of hours and then back again.

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Ancient Worlds – Building a Civiliztion through Colonialism

This all comes down to a very slow and inflexible system where no one wants to innovate and try new stuff.

My idea is that all decision makers should play more boardgames where they run a Nation State where they are exposed to a myriad of other options into how to run a society. Wouldn’t it we great if everyone worked together to build a better society instead of just forwarding their own personal agenda. What is your idea on how to make a better society? Is the Networked Society changing all this? Will transparency and openness shine a light on what the people in power really are doing? Can we help them in some way?

Setting up a trading family inside the Roman Empire in the game Concordia

Setting up a trading family inside the Roman Empire in the game Concordia

Increase Your Cognitive Thinking [Design The World Around You]

Me, myself, love the both social and cognitive exercise, that playing modern designer boardgame is. Have you tried it? And have you then reflected on what systems the boardgame are simulating?

Bring your brain out of its default power saving mode by doing everything on routine and into the creative curious high energy mode of learning new stuff very day – Lord Sillion

We can do this. Try to se the world and things happening around you in new light each day. What is happening and why? Has someone deliberately designed the system or is just and emerging effect of other small steps and choices?

Lord Sillion
Holistic Thinking Ninja

The Kamiwaza Way [I Want to be a Godlike Ninja Futurist]

We are Godlike says Seth Godin. What Godlike Powers will I use in my future? What skills have I? What do have to learn, fail with and finally Master? Will I become Master – Sensei – Ninja?

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Master – Sensei – Ninja [Who Am I?]

This is part 4 of 4 of for the Big Summertime Storytelling I do this summer with Man of Steel, Wolverine, Pacific Rim and Elysium.

I have spent the last year Respeccing my Talents. Just like you do in World of WarCarft. I have always figured that I was some form of visionary and philosopher. So I decided to respec my skills. It has been a very interesting journey so far. I have challenging myself to learn something new every day. From the beginning I didn’t know what to become or who I wanted to be. But the more I learned and blogged about, I was starting to connect the dots. My vision for the future was becoming clearer. So when I finally heard the 2 podcast episodes from London Real with the 2 Futurists Jason Silva and Melissa Sterry, I finally struck home. I too want to be some kind of Futurist. So when I went to embroider a T-Shirt to wear in Almedalen I had to come up with a title to call myself. Then Holistic Thinking Ninja just popped into my head. So what is that? Bear with me and find out below.

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” — Wiseman, Sucker Punch

So I will now draw a full circle on these 3 words: Master – Sensei – Ninja. They fit into my reasoning in the story below about Wolverine, Wisdom from League of Legends and becoming Godlike [Kamiwaza] that Seth Godin speaks of. Read on.

“For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know” — Wiseman, Sucker Punch

Wukong - The Monkey King -- Adapt to all situations - Bring me a real challenge

Wukong – The Monkey King — Adapt to all situations – Bring me a real challenge

The Wolverine [SNKT]

How many of you are fans of the Comic Superhero Wolverine? And if you are, have you ever been standing in front of the mirror going SNKT while extending your hands? Yes? I have. I still do it from time to time 😉

So obviously I have been to the Movies watching The Wolverine. It’s not a great movie but it’s the best Wolverine movie we have to date and Hugh Jackman is just born to play Logan. Although he is not exactly as in the comic you can’t help falling in love with him. He’s the classic unwilling hero. Because he must. To bad the Ninjas don’t put up a fight. This could have been as cool as the comic it is based on from 1982 by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. Ninjas should be cooler than that.

Ninjas are Awesome!

So what could be done better with this movie? Check out ComicBookGirl19: 10 Things about The Wolverine! Like she says in nr. 10. What is the Moral of the Story? Yes. The Moral of this story as well as in all the other big movies summer is completely missing. Let’s Make Better Art!

Wolverine and Ninjas of the Hand

Wolverine and Ninjas of the Hand

The Ninja, The Samurai and The Beast [Learning and Mastery]

Wolverine is full of Ninjas, Samurais and one Beast. Although they are Japanese, they all have 3 Chinese inspired counterpart heroes in League Of Legends. The 3 matching champions that I try to master are Lee Sin, Master Yi and Wukong. They all come with their own wisdom to share on mastery.

“Master yourself, master the enemy.” — Lee Sin, Play

“A True Master is an Eternal Student” — Master Yi, Play

“Every Mistake is a Lesson – Adapt to all situations – Bring me a real challenge” — Wukong, Master Yi’s apprentice, Play

Master Yi

Master Yi – A True Master is an Eternal Student

Well maybe Wukong isn’t a beast. But he has a close place in my heart. He is based on the old Sun Wukong, also known as the Monkey King who I was very fascinated with as a child. Because as it was one of the few animated films I saw that wasn’t Disney and it was full with wonder, magic and fighting. And awesome Chinese music. It still resonates within me today. It was one piece of Storytelling that captured my imagination. Who made me think that there is different kind of magic in the world if you let it.

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Sun Wukong – The Monkey King

Be Brave and Be Bold [Fly out on a Kamiwaza path]

The bravery of the Monkey King as he stands up against and challenge the gods draws some parallels the latest book by Seth Godin that I am “reading” [Listening] to right now: “The Icarus Deception“. In it he talks about the new connected networked society. And why we must become Artists. Art is what happens in the connection between people. There must be a receiver for there to be art.

Art is also when we do something that is our own. When we do something that is not safe and outside our safety zone. As Brené Brown so elegantly put it, when we become Vulnerable. It’s then the Magic happens. Creativity only happens when we are willing to put ourselves at the line. Don’t copy or follow others on their safe trodden path. What is the worst that can happen? Be willing to risk a little and carve out your own path. That is why we must also be bold. Don’t fly to low to the sea. Fly high! As we are in no way in any danger of coming to close to the sun as Icarus did.

As Wukong challenges the gods, he also displays Godlike skills and powers. We must also strive to be Godlike:

Myths are ancient truths about what we are capable of. Our gods are oh so human. The deities we create are allot like us at our best — Seth Godin

Superman. Thor. Moses. Athena. George Gershwin. Thomas Edison — they each represent part of what it is to be human; they are inside all of us. We know we are capable of this — to be that strong or that cool or that generous. To persevere and connect and contribute the way our gods can — that’s why we invented them, why we revere them, and why they resonate with us. We have them inside, every day.

And yet we have no perfect word for expressing godlike abilities. We don’t know how to talk about what it is to perform in a mythological way, to strip away the artifice and let the deity express itself.

And the Icarus Deception pushes us to avoid even thinking of it. it strikes deep into our psyche with a vivid warning about the dangers of hubris.

Too late.

We’ve built a world where the only option is hubris, where the future belongs to anyone willing to act like the gods of our myths. Better coin a word for it.

The Japanese call it kamiwaza.

If the gods are us, then do we dare be as the gods are?

The Japanese term kamiwaza, like most great words for which we have no equivalent, is difficult to translate. The shortest version is “godlike.”

So when we strip away self-doubt and artifice, when we embrace initiative and art, we are left with kamiwaza. The purity of doing it properly but without self-consciousness. The runner who competes with kamiwaza is running with purity, running properly, running as the gods would run.

How dare we? How dare we presume to ignore Daedalus, to fly close to the sun, to apparently forego humility in a quest for something unattainable?

How can we not dare?

Hubris makes us godlike, and being godlike makes us human.Seth Godin

We are the New Gods Now [So we might just get good at it]

Godlike or Kamiwaza is also a term used in League of Legends and DotA the original MOBA game. It’s a reward shouted out by the game when you have scored multiple kills in a row without being killed yourself. The reward is originated shouted out in the first Unreal Tournament game.

“We are aspiring amateur gods now” — Kevin Kelly

It’s like Jason Silva says in his London Real interview. We are the New Gods Now. We are the frontal lobes of the Universe. We are the Universe being aware of it self. And we are just at the beginning of our long journey through the Universe. So we might just become the Guardians of our own small blue and green spaceship travelling through our galaxy. So it’s not heresy to have hubris anymore. It is what we must do. But we must do it together with lots of Empathy like I discuss in my blog: The Way of Empathy [The Beast With 2 Hearts].

Seth Godin speaks like many others of this new Connected Economy. It’s good start on our path to walk on. All of us is smarter than any of us. We just need to guide each others so that we don’t walk into darkness and we need to challenge each others to do better. To do better Art!

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Michael Sillion — Master – Sensei – Ninja

My Hubris [Master – Sensei – Ninja]

I too must be Kamiwaza or Godlike in life. Here is what I will focus on. From Michael SillioN I took M-S-N and made it too Master – Sensei – Ninja.

“The only thing standing in your way is you
When you get into flow-state you dim the self critic in the brain” — Jason Silva

Master [A True Master is an Eternal Student]

You must master yourself. Master yourself and you master the challenge. A True Master is never fully learned. This is what Socrates said long ago and what John Lloyd says in his inspiring talk on the RSA: General Ignorance: It’s all about what you don’t know.

Admitting you know nothing is the only way to recognize you still have much to learn — John Lloyd

I will do my best to learn something new every day. To Challenge Myself and my Brain every day.

Sensei [Every Mistake is a Lesson]

I want to spread my findings to others. To share my thoughts on the future. We must learn from our mistakes and share the lessons. As we learn to embrace our vulnerability we are able to share our mistakes and iterate faster to successful innovation. This is a very hard thing to for us humans to do. But as Brené BrownSeth Godin and Neil Gaiman puts it: It is both necessary and the only way the we can put forth our creativity and do True Art.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” — Joseph Campbell

Ninja [Taking the Holistic Approach]

Ninjas is small team that can take on any challenge using cooperation and smart approach. Check out my blog: How to be a modern Ninja and the audio from SXSW: Ninja innovation.

Taking the Holistic approach and sneak in my thoughts everywhere. I don’t want to stand still. I want to go boldly into the future with Collaboration, Sustainability, Transparency and Community in mind. To be a Holistic Thinking Ninja 🙂

Small teams of Ninjas can easily take on a much larger foe using teamwork and their abilities in a smart way — Ninja Innovation

Time to Ninja up!

Time To Ninja Up

Time To Ninja Up!

My Futurist Path [Holistic Thinking Ninja]

As a Futurist and Holistic Thinking Ninja I want to do at least 4 things:

1. Future-Dojo or Social Dojo
I want to create a Future-centre or a Future-Dojo. What I call a Creative Social Dojo. Preferable my first here in Varberg, Sweden, where I live with my children and then spread the concept out into the world. A place where all ages can come and experiment with creativity and tech stuff. It’s a meeting place for creative people. Here we would all train in becoming better versions of our self. What I call Creative Ninjas. Who train their muscles every. The cognitive creative one, their social empath one and the actual body we all live in.

I’m thinking of it as having 4 functions.

Modern School, MakerSpace and Dojo

Incubator and Idea Cavern ThinkTank

Co-Working place

Social Meeting Ground and Awesome Play Ground

People can build things in Minecraft together and then 3D print them. A place where we can watch inspiring talks from TED and all other events. And discuss them together. And watch Sci-Fi Storytelling together and then talk about what is possible and not. I talk more about my thoughts on Sci-Fi Storytelling in this Blog series: Summertime Storytelling

We could do exercises in Empathy to discuss the importance of Cooperation and Collaboration in the a future where food, water and recourses will be scars. A place where we create the future together. Every School should come visit as often as they could to experiment and talk about the future. A Future Temple where both Ninjas and Pirates are welcome 😉

2. Future Meet – Unconference [How should we create a sustainable society?]
I want to have a Future meet event. Like the best part of Almedalen where people come together in an Unconference type of way to discuss how we should Architect the Future together. Taking the Holistic Approach about how should we create a sustainable society together? Either as a standalone event and/or as recurring event on the Future-centre.

3. Futurist Visionary [Speaker and Teacher]
I want visit others as a Futurist. I want to share my thoughts on the Future. As an inspirational teacher [Sensei] and Public Speaker who teaches others how to inspire themselves. I want to meet kids in school and inspire them. Every school and workplace should have Futurist who comes to visit and inspire them for the Future. Who help them create Visions for their own.

4. Future and Science-Hacks
I want help create and organise Science Hacks, Future Hacks and Hackatons like Science Hack Day for aspiring designers, developers, scientists and other geeks. Just about anyone interested in designing the future together are welcome.

“Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone” — Jason Silva

See Jason Silva below


Lets make Future Together!

“So be wise, because the world needs more wisdom, and if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would.

And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.” — Neil Gaiman

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Holistic Thinking Ninja

Update
My Ninja Clan [Superhero Ninja Party]

In honor of me hitting level 40, I had Superhero Ninja Party this summer. We played “Superhero KUBB” where everyone got a special ability to use during the game. We should do this in more sports and games. As it is really empowering. Everyone also got the chance to dress up as hero, ninja or pirate of some kind. Then we designed our own personal special skills for the Future 🙂

I love this type of Party. So I will continue to develop the concept for the Future. Me and my Ninja Clan – My Extended Family.

“When the smoke clears and you get right down to it, only three things really matter: your faith, your fortitude, and your family. Good night” — Jim Profit

My Ninja Clan

My Ninja Clan – My Extended Family

eSports FTW #Blogg100

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Dreamhack Open and League of Legends at the same time [eSports is growing outside Korea]

Starcraft and League on the same time

Starcraft and League on the same time

Yesterday and today I have been watching Dreamhack Open Starcraft eSports on National Swedish Television. At the same time League Of Legends [LoL] Spring series have been running their finals both in Europe and North America. Today Sunday saw some epic matches with all matches being played both in Eu and NA. You can find all the Grand finals matches here:

Fnatic vs. Gambit Gaming – EU LCS finals Game 1, Game 2, Game 3, Game 4, Game 5

Team Solo Mid vs. Good Game University  – NA LCS Finals Game 1Game 2Game 3Game 4Game 5

The level of the play and the skill and engagement of the commentators have really step up this spring. They have really made it to an entertainment sport to watch and get exited about. BarCraft is really taking of here in Sweden and me and my brother are looking into having a LoL Bar where we show League Of Legends eSport.

The Geek in me are smiling

@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]

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]