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

Train your Empathizing skills #Blogg100

#030 [XXX]
The Empathy Revolution [Let us Reach out across Space & Time]

Know thyself to get along with others better

We are not the self-interested creature with selfish genes that many have lead us to believe. According to the latest science we are all born highly emphatic. And it’s a skill that we can train all our life. Get to know your inner self to see what masks you are wearing and how you play the Great Masquerade.

RomanKrznaric

I stumbled upon a RSA Animate that I have missed from last years RSA events. RSA Animate – The Power of Outrospection. And the full audio Podcast. It’s with Roman Krznaric who talks about how we can get more Empathy in our society. Here it is at the RSA: The Six Habits of Highly Empathic People

Train your Empathizing skills

Yes! It is possible and you should do some of this exercises every week. Also check out this Article about it: Six Habits of Highly Empathic People.

Habit 1: Cultivate curiosity about strangers

Highly emphatic people (HEPs) have an insatiable curiosity about strangers. Challenge yourself to have an interesting conversation each week with a stranger.

Habit 2: Challenge prejudices and discover commonalities

The fact is that as a Human being you have far more in common than not with every other human being on the planet. Challenge your prejudices by searching for what you share with other people rather than what differs between you. Talk to the Elephant and find Common Ground. Like I discuss in my blog Why are we so Groupish?

Habit 3: Get into “extreme sport” of experimental empathy

Try living another persons life. Try Live Action Role Playing (LARP) as another person that are living in another culture or in a different time. Go live in a village in a different country. Or do a “God Swap” if you are religious.

This is the most rewarding but also the hardest way to train to become a HEP. Here we can also roleplay meeting our own future generations and explain our actions to them. Or just maybe Future ME will have something to say about my own actions today. Go ahead. Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself.

“Hello Future Me! What will I think of my actions today?”

Hello Future Me!

Hello Future Me!

Roman Krznaric thinks we should get a Empathy Museum where you can go and have empathy experiences. What is it like to work under sweatshop conditions or in a plantation where they grow our food?

Habit 4: Practice the art of conversation

We must practice and listen to what is really going on emotionally in another persons life. Then we open up and exposes our own personal feelings. Removing our masks. I did this at my latest session in during WebCoast. See it here in Swedish

Habit 5: Inspire mass action and social change

We need make an emphatic mass-change to our whole society. One way to do this is to start with out children. We need to teach them empathy. Talk to them about morality and what consequences our actions and behavior has on others.

Empathy should be at the heart of our Social, Economic and Political decisions. Funny enough this correlates to the three games I came up with in my Game of Life blog. We must change this 3 global games so that “winning” in them means doing good.

Game of Social – Game of Money – Game of Power

Here we are still waiting to see what emerging effects Social Media and The Network Society can have. But if we are to believe thinkers like Don Tapscott it will bring about many exiting changes if we work hard and let it.

Habit 6: Develop an ambitious imagination. Become “Outrospective”

This is the Hardest Challenge of the all. To empathize with the “Enemy”. With those who think differently. We must stop Demonizing them and get under their skin instead. Especially those in Power. If we can understand how the leaders of worlds largest companies and our politicians are thinking we can more easily affect them and make them change course.

Here bureaucracy is a great roadblock to Empathy. And we must think of new ways to get around it.

Working good ethics into the core of companies modus operandi is essential making this world work in the long run. It has already started with companies that does Social Good and with Social Entrepreneurs.  But we have a long way to go still.

Do Good Shit! — Alex Bogusky

Teaching our children more Empathy [We can all get better] 

If we start early it will be much easier to be good at this skill. Although it is never to late for any of us.

We should be teaching this in every school all over the world. And we should be talking about it in every organization. Practice it on a weekly or daily basis. We must reach out across Space & Time!

What are our core values? And how should we reach them today and tomorrow?

VNV Nation – Space & Time

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

How to make it at PAX East in Boston #Blogg100

#042 [XLII]
PAX day 1 [Gaming, Education and Networking]

This is part 5 (8) of Bro Tour USA where me Lord Sillion and my brother Fredrik visits New York and PAX East in Boston.

Live From PAX Blizzard queue

Today was PAX East day 1. And what a day full of impression it have been. Arriving at the enormous Boston we quickly com inside just to join a massive horde of People queuing up to enter the exhibition hall.

Live going into the exhibition hall

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The Horde waiting to get in

The Horde vs Penny Arcade

The Horde vs Penny Arcade

69 000 people has signed up to go to PAX East. And here you can find all sorts of gaming, gamers, ninjas and pirates. Many people has but down enormous amount of time and energy to create a cosplay costume of their favorite gaming characters. There a large selection panels happening all day and night all related to gaming in some kind. The most popular ones will have long queue outside.

Gaming and Education [We learn through Friends, Fun and Feedback]

I picked two panels regarding gaming as an education tool and using badges and gamification in school. I have filmed both using Bambuser. Apparently Ninja filming is still a unknown concept here too. The first one was really good about how to us a real and well designed game to teach kids about water quality with real scientific data and simulations. It was held by Steve Swink. Read about it here Game Designers are Defining the Next 50 Years of Education.

See it on my Bambuser: Gaming in Education part 1Gaming in Education part 2

The Doctor's Cure (Plague: Modern Prometheus)

The Doctor’s Cure (Plague: Modern Prometheus)

The second one was about if badges could teach kids in school to learn things. Using statistical studies. Just like grades badges don’t work on all people. Even if they tried to state that their is a difference between extrinsic and external motivation I still think it motivates for the wrong reason.

Take a look yourself: Badges

Bianca Woods who sat next to me also live blogged both panels. So I will try to link them in here.

Exhibition Hall [League of Legends and Cosplay]

In the exhibition hall you can find some of the Large giants in the gaming industry along side small indie developers and tabletop gaming like Wizard of The Coast and Privateer Press. There is a ridicules long line to try out the Beta of the MMO Neverwinter. There are allot of new MMOs (Massive Mutiplayer Onlinegame) coming that are present here, City of Steam. WildStar is hosting a very large presence here with their very World of Warcraft looking MMO. Blizzard is showing of the Console version of Diablo III and they also reviled a new game. It’s a freemium online Collectable Card Game called HearthStone.

Then we have the super crowded Riot Games booth. League of Legends has taken the world with storm. In their booth they have a full on eSports show with some teams playing.

League Of Legends at PAX

League Of Legends at PAX

Even if most people here are commonly dressed you still get the feeling that the place is crowded with cosplayers because they stand out so much. The most common them among the cosplayers are very clearly League of Legends. When I get home I put up all my pictures of the cosplayers.

Taric, Lux, Sona, Janna

Taric, Lulu, Sona, Janna

Wood Ashe

Woad Ashe

Ironman

Ironman

Jayce

Jayce

There is free Wi-fi throughout the whole convention and the use of social media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the new Vine is prominent. But far from every one is is using it.

Network and Party [Social interaction is at the core of everything]

The Last panel I went to today was one about Breaking Into Gaming & Partying On! with some of the most prominent people in the videogaming business. They discussed how to get a foot into the gaming industry. Of course you need to be good at what you do and have real passion. But if no-one knows about it that won’t do you any good. We are still humans living in a human world. You have to go to the right conventions and on them you have the meet right people. And that you do by being social on the right parties. It’s all about partying on. See my live recording of it here with Martine ParisAmy Brady, Warren Price and others.

Live Stream: Breaking Into Gaming & Partying On!

Breaking Into Gaming & Partying On!

Breaking Into Gaming & Partying On!

Wildstar Party

Wildstar Party

So using Social media I managed to find out that there where a Twitch party tonight at club Boston Royal. I went and meet some great people in the gaming industry. Some of them who where on the panel.

SWEDEN! Faith Harrison shouts at me 🙂

@LordSillion

Invest in Your Future #Blogg100

#047 [XLVII]
What can you do every day? [Theseus Day]

Find many of the Tips here under Journaling.

MuggShot

Today started with my own session on WebCoast. I have collected all my insights from this and my other 2 blogs. From them I have selected some that will make you a better person. More Cretive, Thinking about your future, Mindful about the Present. Getting up and Exercise more.

You can see my whole session i Swedish in this 3 parts on Bambuser:

Del 1
Del 2
Del 3

Increase your Creativity and and become a better Version of yourself

Here are my blogs that Cover some of the Topics

Increase your Intelligence and Challenge Yourself
Oxytocin
Befriend everyone
Active – Constructive Relations
MoonWatch and Stargaze together
Teach our children and adults with Storytelling

Be mindful about what is important for you
Become a better version of you
Life is a Game
Fail, Adapt and Iterate
Use Moral Reminders to lie less
Have Fiero Moments

End of the Road

The Best session today was from Dr PO and Johan Lange. It’s about Earth Society version 3.0. See it blow in Swedish. We have come to the end of the old society. There are 3 inevitable ways we can change to a new one. Preferable The Networked Society. One thing is sure: We have come to the end of the road. We are are either learning how to fly or we are going to crash hard. The Change Scenarios are:

1. Catastrophe
2. Crusade
3. Small iterating steps

Theseus Day

Theseus Day is the day in Contimuum that started it all. With out spoiling it I can say that it triggers all kind thoughts around Fate, Destiny, Free Will and a deterministic Universe. If You haven’t seen the show I can really recommend it if you can find it. It’s a little bit cheesy and as usual in most Science Fiction there is very little talk about Social Media and The Network Society.

Anyhow. Referring to  the 3 scenarios above. There will come a day that you will instantly know that this is the day that a big change will begin to happen. What are your thoughts about it?

This summer the 3 of us will go to Almedalen and set up shop. There we will bring more light on the subject. Changing Sweden and the education of it’s new citizens.

@LordSillion

Do you want to engage more? #Blogg100

#069 [LXIX]
Hope and learning for the future? [Vad kan du och andra göra?]

Shimmer of hope?

Shimmer of hope?

Is there hope for the future?

I have just seen the last double episode of Last Resort. It gave me a shimmer of hope just like my biking on the frozen beach did earlier today. How do we help others engage and learn for the Future? Gabe Zichermann gives his view in his tedtalk about using Gamification in schools and in Swedish we see Anna Olsson (@Anasoux) talk about engaging others with social media from #SSMX.

Changing the Game in Education

There is lots to do in education. First we most stop to ask our kids “Sit down and pay attention for 8 hours a day” and then expect the to learn anything. Learning is something we we do while playing and having fun. This is when the brain is in “learning mode”. Learning is not passive. It’s active. It is something we DO. Like Yoda says:

Do or do not. There is no try.

Do or do not. There is no try.

Make Langue and Mathematics our 2 most important evolutionary and discovery skills. The most interesting classes to take. Through help of the 3F of Gamifiaction.

This is how we learn: Feedback, Friends and Fun

We also learn from failing. We must fail fast and then Adapt: Adapt, Adapt, Adapt

Also Watch Gabe from Social Media Week. Here he talks about why the youth of today thinks our old world is too boring.

More on Gamification check out my guide to Smart Gamification.

[SWE] Engagera andra!

Idag har det varit SSMX i Stockholm och jag har följt det lite via Twitter. Jag såg en video som Stefan Waborg la upp i sin blogg där Anna Olsson pratar om Opinionsbildning i sociala medier från #SSMX. En väldigt bra 1 timmes diskussion om att engagera andra.

Nyckel punkterna är

Backend – Ha en bra backend organistion som stödjer, bevakar och regerar så fort det händer något.
Keep the Story Moving – Håll storyn levande. Spin vidare på det som engagerar.
Nya nivåer av Mastery – Se till att dom som vill hjälpa till får rätt nivå på sin utmaning. Så att dom kan utveckla sig själva samtidigt.
Summera statistik och håll mätbara mål – Försök mäta mål och gör statistik för att se vad som fungerar.
Klona bra metoder – Ta reda på vad som fungerar bra och kopiera det.

@Anasoux Opinionsbildning i sociala medier från #SSMX.

@Anasoux Opinionsbildning i sociala medier från #SSMX.

River

How to bring order to the River of Chaos

@LordSillion