How To Create The Future?

How To Create The Future?

The world is changing, more rapidly for every year. And there have been little to none design-thinking and visions behind how we shape this world of ours. That is, into a world we actually can, and want to live in for a long time – with prosperity.

Let’s Change That!

Sir Ken Robinson

We now live in the modern world. Our modern world. Like the many countless generations who came before us also did. The difference now is, that we have come to several limits in society and on Planet Earth, where we all face 3 complex challenges if we want to continue living on this planet in a modern way. I recently saw a short interview with Sir Ken Robinson where he sums them up, in a great way and also summarise what skills we need to solve them.

It can be done. Anything is possible, if we want to.

The Challenges

Ken Robinson on our 3 big challenges

Ken Robinson on our 3 big challenges

I. Environmental

The world is at a turning point. There are many environmental challenges. One of the most important that can’t be fixed later is climate change. The global warming and the acidification of our oceans can be irreversible. The UN set up 17 Global Goals on what to solve and here the 4 environmental goals are the most important. Here we can’t fail. Johan Rockström explains why in this English pod: Sommar i P1.

These goals are non negotiable for us, not Planet Earth.

II. Economic

We have never had more resources at our fingertips on Planet Earth. In fact we are using up more of them than the planet can sustain. The problem here is deciding how to distribute them using a story and a game called money. It’s not a very well designed game. In fact it’s a self emergent system built upon the human ability to feel greed among others. As the system of economy is played today we have a strong runaway leader problem. Where the ones who have the most, is getting even more and the rest of us is getting less.

Douglas Rushkoff gives a very compelling talk about how to change money game here at SXSW and in his book Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus.

Also money is really bad at deciding how we use our resources for the benefit of the entire human race. We need to redesign the entire economic game system. Today’s rules and system is rigged. We can design better rules. Take it from one, who plays a lot of Economic Boardgames.

It is a game! And we can fix it!

III. Cultural

This is perhaps our biggest challenge. Because it’s the one that fixes the other two. How do we work together and play nice to each other? And how do we tell stories in a way that will lead us into a flourishing and prosperous future? By changing our cultures here on Spaceship Earth we can become a lot better at thinking about the other 2 in a better way. What stories are we currently telling about the future we want, and what could be better stories to tell? There are still powerful forces and stories in the world that would see the world burn for either personal power and gain or running a corrupted story towards another, not so desirable future. They are all stories that shapes our culture.

We need to tell a better more compelling story!

What Skills Do We Need?

What skills are essential for humanity to thrive in a modern world? To solve this big 3 challenges, there some skills that we need to ge a lot better at, if we are to master them. Sir Ken has identified 4 of them and I think they are the 4 essential ones. We need to start practice them ourself so that we can teach them to other members of society. Both young and old. Because these challenges need to be solved soon. We can’t afford to wait them out, in order to change the good old fashion way, by letting the old generations die off and be replaced them with young fresh thinkers.

The brain is very plastic and we can all learn them way faster than we think we can. As long as there is a story and a “Why” on where we are going and what we need to learn.

Start practicing today and spread the word!

1 – Creativity

The process of having original ideas that have value. The fruit of applied imagination. Both in Arts, Science, Technology and Human interaction. We can become a lot more curious. We can start to ask a lot more interesting question and by admitting that we know nothing.

We need more ideas. We need more silly ideas. The more creative ideas we have the more chance we have of finding the really good ones. Go out and create more. Experiment and build upon what others have done. Get Creative.

Practice having a lot of bad ideas!

Practice Creativity – Curiosity and Silliness!

2 – Compassion

It comes from imagination and seeing the world from someone else point of view. It’s Applied Empathy, the executive wing of empathy. To act on behalf on someone or prevent others from acting against themselves.
The cultural glue that keeps our communities together. It begins with self-understanding.

What are my beliefs and what do I hold sacred? Then we can start finding it in others.

We need to practice active compassion!

3 – Composure

The ability to be centred in yourself. Mindfulness. We need it to avoid spiritual deficit. And find our balance in the world. The spiritual part of being human. The internal energy that drives us and radiates to others.

What stories are we telling ourself and what stories are we telling others? We need to train ourself to become more human, in the good way. To enhance our best traits and dampen our worst in the process, feeding the good wolf.

Get on with Mindfulness and Spirituality!

4 – Collaboration

To face common challenges together. We need less competition in the world and more collaboration to face and solve common challenges.

By finding common ground we set common goals and start pulling in the same direction towards a desirable future. Start practicing collaboration in all forms and shapes. Pulling together will always beat people pulling by them self in different directions. The future is a team sport. And the goal is a prosperous society and a flourishing Spaceship Earth.

The Future is a Team Sport!

Creativity - Compassion - Composure - Collaboration

Creativity – Compassion – Composure – Collaboration

Digitalization & The Internet

We are also going to need tools to come true to these challenges. Some of the most important is The Internet and the Digitalization of our societies. Communication, Collaboration, AI och Big Data are some of the things that are going to get us there much faster! This is what we can use our creativity and innovation for 🙂

Teachers & Mentors

Put your own mask on first!

We need great teachers and mentors who can help develop these 4 key skills. As a teacher or a mentor you need to develop them in yourself first, before teaching them to others.

We need more great mentors who can guide us forward in life, both formal and informal. Guides who can open doors and point us in the right direction. We can all become these people.

Like Yoda to Luke & Tron to Beck & Master Shifu to Po Morpheus to Neo.

Think about the stories we can tell about life on Spaceship Earth.
Go be someone’s Yoda! Someone’s Morpheus. 

And wake them up from The Matrix

/LordSillion
I’m Captain Future!

Every person young or old should have the opportunity to become a changemaker

What Is Love? [Her the Movie]

Why does Movies affect us more than we know? They can enlighten the way we think about ourselves and our future. What many of us know about love and how we should live together we get from Movies and TV-Series. So finally we get a movie like Her, who takes responsibility in awaken our thoughts on the matter. What can it teach us about love and how we should live together in the future? Find out below as my mind wanders on the subject 🙂

Do You Feel Alone? [Is More Love and Companionship the Answer?]

Her the Movie

Her the Movie – The heart is not like a box that gets filled up – It expands in size the more you love

We humans are social creatures by nature. It’s what makes us human. We are made for living together sharing food and stories with each others . Modern brain science shows that it’s hardwired into our brains. It’s makes us feel good when we help others. Most of us don’t like being alone and yet our modern world seems designed in many ways to keep us apart. Especially the notion that we should live only with our significant other and maybe some children. Or just alone by ourselves, like how many people do in our big modern cities. And yet, we are designed to live in a small or a large Tribe in so many ways.

Some of us has made it work, to live together with others. Many of rest of us feel very alone in our lives and in our decisions. This become very apparent during Christmas. The guilt and the loneliness we try to smother by consuming ever more stuff. Many of us tries to drown our Social Pain in Alcohol or Drugs. The Mental Care institutes are ever so crowded around the holidays, filled with human tragedy. And it’s going in the wrong direction. We now know that Social Pain is as real to the brain as physical pain. The old myth that we can just shake it of, is no longer valid and truly busted. Thanks to modern science and MRI scans we now know that large parts of our brain are wired to keep us in the social game. So what is the opposite of Social Pain and being alone? Is it Love and Companionship? What can we do to get better at this Social Game?

What do you think?

Decisions, Decisions [Why are we so bad at them?]

Human are also especially bad at making crucial decisions alone. We all need help. The Brain is very prone to make irrational emotional decisions and make up a logical rational explanation long after the decision is made. Sometimes we only have an explanation when we get asked about why we did what we did. We also hold things sacred. And around things we hold sacred, we are especially bad at making informed decisions. Here we all need help. Preferable from people who don’t think alike to avoid group thinking. This is also a reason why we should spend more time together. So that we can be there for each other.

So ask for help the next time you are making a tough decision.

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Are you Her? [The past is just a story we tell ourselves] 

The movie HER by Spike Jonze is a very fascinating story about love and loneliness. The setting is near future where living together or alone is just as complex or even more so than today. Check out some of the background to the movie here: Spike Jonze Imagines the Future of Intelligence, Mobile Design, Love and Pants in “HER” and The Past is Just a Story We Tell Ourselves. There are many questions that pop into my head during this move. And non get any real answer. They are just for us the Audience to ponder on. The questions I ponder on are:

1. Are we okay with living on our own? [Does just intellectual companionship suffice?]

Yes. We probably are. Intellectual stimuli are something most of us get to little of. It’s something many of us crave more of. Even though some parts of the brain is lazy, other parts can’t resist excitement if feels when getting a proper intellectual dialog going.

Her

No. She is a fictional construct, whereas I am a virtual entity. But we can still be friends.

Theodore in Her thinks he has found a perfect relationship with the AI called Samantha in the beginning. It’s just a little awkward when he should tell others about it, that might not understand. It’s like Raj in the episode The Beta Test Initiation of Big Bang Theory season 5. Raj has extreme trouble talking to women. So he finds true excitement when he gets an iPhone 5 with Siri and starts a relationship with her. So long as he is alone with Siri it’s fine but it becomes social awkward when they should socialize with other people.

Theodore on the other hand finds out everyone else is doing it too, having a virtual relationship with their AI. I think it could be an interesting companionship for everyone. Especially with those who has trouble forming real world relationships. But her lies also the real danger. Maybe now they have no reason at all to meet real people. With the right mindset it can probably be give us better social skills. And we all need that. Can it be Empathy training for those who need it the most? Yes, as long as it doesn’t replaces all other real world relationships. We need those too. It doesn’t replace them. It just complements them, I think.

We need the physical touch too, that generates oxytocin in our bodies. The brain is to hardwired for interaction with other humans or even other mammals for us to ignore the positive effects of living together. Sharing life and touching each other. So could we live in mental companionship with AI or a true online relationship while getting other social stimuli from other real persons? Like a mix? Probably, but it would be very hard balancing act to conduct. So is it worth giving a try? If we do nothing to conduct our future, we will probably get there soon. Should we?

2. How should we then design tomorrows cities and societies? [Are we ready for the cramming?]

Her The Movie - Designing our future cities for a better social life

Her The Movie – Designing our future cities for a better social life

We just love living in social tribes. That why so many of us move to, or live in cities. We are just not very good at designing these lives, in the city. Up until know most of our living has been without any design thinking. Many of us end up alone in the cities. The “Free Market” takes non of this into consideration when cramming us so close together, yet so separated by walls. And it’s not sustainable either. With every one of us having so many recourses by ourselves, without sharing them.

Let’s design our future cities so that they enables a better social life with more love & empathy and give room for a health life — Michael Sillion

And it’s now a theory, that even the very first cities from ten thousand years ago where only able to survive and flourish, thanks to the invention of beer. With so many people living together without a plan or oversight we are just hellbent on getting in each other’s faces. Alcohol solved some part of that problem by making us more social and tolerant of each other.

Now we know better what makes us tic and what makes us sting each other. It’s a very interesting and social science will continue to evolve us into insights, about how we should live together. With so many of us bunching up, shouldn’t we use our new knowledge to design better ways of living together? I defiantly think we should. We can’t leave it just to chance and the economic forces of a market economy. The life and the future is not about profit. We need to take charge, like some cities all over the world has already done.

Maybe all we need is our little cave where we can be alone for a while. But we also need new and better campfires where we can huddle up, share a meal and a conversation. Watch the stars and the moon. Engulf in fantasies about the past and the future together, using our favorite storytelling. And in all the excitement we can play great games and sports together. Sharpening both mind and body. We should even engulf in spiritual and energetic dance together. Thus turning on the Hive-Switch in our minds, binding us ever closer together.

3. What is Love? [Baby don’t hurt me, Baby don’t hurt me, No more]

Peter Sage on Love – Being someones significant other.

Yes, what is love? Peter Sage gives a great definition on London Real

Love is being someones significant other — Peter Sage

The definition of significant being: Separate from. Different too. Unique.
So total focused unconditional presence is what you should have in mind. Not two half circles that complete each other. It is two whole circles that are attracted to each other. Before you can truly love someone else, you must first find and complete yourself. And it’s also a paradox. As no one is never complete. The journey never ends. So is true love impossible or just slightly improbable? I think it’s something you should always strive towards and never reach.

Don’t be a boat that tries to carry someone. Be a lighthouse and harbour to light their path and provide comfort and understanding.

What we can do to make any relationship better is to make it Active Constructive. When someone close to you give you good news you can choose to respond in enthusiastic positive way. You also should try to keep a positive Losada Ration. More than not you should have positive conversations with your partner.

4. What can we do to change all this? [Let’s get social]

We are now entering a new era of a Social Society. We are just seeing the seeds of this thanks to the Internet and Social Media. This new Society will not come automatically. We need to help creating it, for it to become true. I can easily go in the wrong direction or go away entirely if we are not careful. Indeed some parts of society already are. It’s very interesting to listen to the thoughts of Matthew Liberman, Dov Siedman, Brené Brown and Daniel Goleman all from the RSA podcast. They all have different things to say about Era of Social and Empathy. And yet you can connect the dots between them. It all combines well with what Peter Sage says above about moving into a creative entrepreneurial future together. Go ahead and give one of them a listen 🙂

Her the Movie - Let's hack the Future

Her the Movie – Let’s hack the Future

Hack the Source Code [Create the Future]

We can’t just redo our lives over and over again until we get it right like in movies like Goundhog Day and Source Code. We have to make up for our mistakes along their way. But if we are smart about or actions and learn quickly from our own and others mistakes, we can Hack Life to the better. Listen to what other wise people have to say and hack out our own path through the wilderness. Bring along their tools, and use them in your own way.

So don’t hasten to judge someone else. Try to listen to them and understand them instead.

The best quote from Her the Movie is:

The past is just a Story we tell ourselves — Samantha

Don’t dwell and focus on the past. No good will come from it. Forgive and move on. Because: The Future is also a Story we tell ourselves. It shapes the Path we set out to travel on. Surround yourself with people who are on the same journey and you will be much more likely to get there. We create our own future. If we want more Love in this world we just have to Hack it in a smart way to get it.

Lets hack life for more Love & Empathy!

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Your Future Captain

[Images courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures]

What is an Innovation Rainbow Ninja? [We Paint the Universe in Color]

Many of us has a very simplified and biased view of how the we humans and the world works and operates. We like to label things in simple terms like Black & White. And things we can’t see or are afraid of we label Dark. Because it makes so much “Sense” to our brains. We can change all that! Together we an embark on a journey beyond Darkness & Light. By creating colorful teams of Innovation Rainbow Ninjas, we can go on new type of Quest in the world. A Quest where no-one is the good guy fighting the bad. More like a mission to explore “the known” and “the unknown” Universe by painting it into a multitude of colors. We can tell it in ever evolving stories. We can elevate our understanding of the world that was, the world that is and we can build a better world of tomorrow together. Everything is invented by us and We invent the Future.

[013] Darkness & Light [The Visible Universe]

We paint the Universe in color with our own eyes

We paint the Universe in color with our own eyes

This fall has been about Darkness & Light. Darkness was fittingly the theme for the last Pecha Kucha here, in my hometown Varberg, Sweden. As it is now October-November and they days are fast becoming darker here, high up on the northern hemisphere. Some people can’t stand the darkness and others like me love it as a part of life. Now you can cosy up inside or stroll the dark forests at night. Many of the speeches was about finding light in the darkness. Light has always come to represent the Good in us and the Darkness the bad and the Evil.

We Fear the Dark and Love the Light. Why is it so?

The Universe is a Dark place. And we Humans places too much emphasis on light, color and vision. Maybe Rightly so, as it’s our primary sensory system. It’s how we navigate the world. Where there is Darkness the world is not. What we can’t see scares us. And now the scientist tells us that The Universe is full Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Things we can’t see. Unseen things we label dark. Things that exists in the scary world. Out there beyond the light of the campfire.

Fear the fear, feel the fear Most of the things we avoid are avoided because we’re afraid of being afraid. Too meta? — Seth Godin

Those of us who isn’t fearless, fear the Dark. But must we? Can we all become fearless of the Dark? Or should we leave it be? We have come out of the “Dark” ages past “Enlightenment” into this world we now slowly are beginning take form. A world of Sustainability, Collaboration, Transparency, Openness, Empowerment and Community. Yes, there is still much Darkness in the world. Real “Darkness” that we should fear for real. Even in our own so-called “Free Democracies“. The whole world learned this summer, thanks to Edward Snowden, that even the Land of the Free is going in the wrong direction. It’s not a given that everything is going in the right direction.

Dear darkness Dear darkness Won’t you cover, cover Me again? — PJ Harvey

We must bring our torches and shine light into these dark corners. Because they are still everywhere. Just around your own corner, there is Darkness still, in our own neighborhood. No matter how much we light our way there will still be Shadows on the wall. As long as we are aware of the Shadows, we can handle the Darkness. We can live in the Darkness. Embrace it and get to know it. It’s only in the eyes and minds of the living, that Light & Darkness exist. The Universe is neither Light nor Dark. The Worlds of Light & Darkness is where humans lives. We choose the paths that we tread into these worlds. Carrying with us our own inner Light and Darkness. –

Black & White [Stop Demonizing each other]

We humans are very prone to paint reality in Black & White. Some of us knows, that it isn’t so. Yet we struggle with our world view ourselves. We all do. Just when we think the we finally made rational sense of the world we discover that, we too, hold some things sacred. Or worse. We don’t recognize it all, and only see demons in others. This is a “Dark Path” to wander. If we are to live together in the long run on this small spherical spaceship, we can not afford to demonize each others. We must stop painting the world in Black & White.

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The Universe can be Red & Blue just as well

We must learn to see all the colors there is in each and every one of us. We must recognize that this is our strengths instead. That the best teams are made out of people with different skills and different world views. We just need better team-leaders to manage us. To help us release our inner Light, Darkness and Colors onto the world. So that we can paint it in a rich palette together. We humans paint the Universe with our eyes. We put beauty onto the things we view.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Annika R Malmberg talked about putting together teams containing individuals with different skills & colors on Webbdagarna here in Sweden. You can view it in Swedish here from Webbdagarna in Gothenburg (See Khoi Thu below for an English Counterpart). Apart from different ways of thinking, a team also need common visions and goals.

A team sets up the basic rules and methods to use when collaborating yo reach their set goals, while traveling in the direction of the Vision.

So many people are talking about it. Yet why don’t we get this: …

Rainbow Ninjas

TMNT — The Rainbow Ninjas of a sort 😉

Rainbow Innovation Ninjas [Smart Diverse Flexible Teams]

Most teams today are just one color. Black or White. We humans are exceptional good at seeing and mapping the world in color through our advance brain. Why then settle for a one-dimensional — one-color team? Here is great opportunity for small teams of Rainbow Ninjas. Ninjas work in small flexible teams that thinks on their feet. Who can take on a much larger foe or challenge. They can attack a problem from all angles using different skill-sets. Ninja Innovation is a book by Gary Shapiro in with we are given the insight into what it means to be a modern Ninja. Then Rainbow Innovation Ninjas are a team of Ninjas consisting of members of different prominent colors. Usually most small teams are to narrow-minded and subject to strong group think. We can change all that by making better teams like I’ll explain below. Cowabunga!

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The 6 Types of Thinkers to Seek for Your Team

On the this subject Martin Berg fittingly talked about Intellectual Antimatter. Not just choosing between the Red or the Blue pill like in The Matrix. Give us more options. Give us A Third Pill. The Green Pill. Just like what The Matrix is really about … Choice. The Free Will to make choices between many options. We need to cross-fertilize our society. Then the Magic of a multicolored palette of choice happens. Scientist need to meet Entrepreneurs, and Business Developers need to meet Creative Hippies. And all teams needs Doers, Dreamers and Leaders. It’s the same idea that Khoi Tu gives a great presentation on The RSA called The Secrets of Super-Teams. I also came across this article about The 6 Types of Thinkers to Seek for Your Team. I translated that into the 7 types of Creative Ninjas. A team of Creative Rainbow Ninjas can be but together by all or some of the 7 roles. It’s also possible for a ninja to fill several roles. Here are the 7 roles:

1. Master Green – The Dreamer. The Visionary who always challenges what is possible. They bring the energy to make dreams come true. The think big and never stops asking questions like Why? and What If?
2. Master Yellow – The Debater. The Mindbender who finds problems where others finds none. They test your irrational emotional thinking and preconceived notions if they hold up to science and logic.
3. Master Red – The Disruptor. The Explorer who takes a different path and helps the team to see things in a new light or calls out a groupthink plan. They are excellent at finding new opportunities.
4. Master Violet – The Driver. The Lord Commander who pushes the team forward. The one who communicates with other teams or the receiver and customer of the mission. They motivates the team when the excitement wears of and keeps them focus on a goal in sight. They can also keep conflicts from tearing the team apart.
5. Master Blue – The Detailer. The Engineer who controls facts and keeps the rest from making silly mistakes. They find bugs in the system and relentlessly considers every facet where something can break.
6. Master Orange – The Doer. The Warrior who does all the hard work and is in charge executing tasks at a flying rate. They make things ship.
7. Master Indigo – The Coach. The Ranger is the secret invisible Ninja working outside the team gathering intelligence for the rest of the team. Or inspiration for that matter. Tracking ahead or spying from a distance. Or coaching the team without interfering too much.

I will go more into detail in a later blog how we can create and use Ninja Teams for a future to come. Will you be a Ninja with me? –

Fear & Love [Why should we Love more and become Ninja Lords] Lizard

We have also discussed the many Fears we have in life that holds us back from our true potential. Seth Godin explains it well in his blog posts: Avoiding Fear by indulging in our fear of fearFearlessness is not the same as the absence of fear and Fear the fear, feel the fear.

Life without fear doesn’t last very long – You’ll be run over by a bus (or a boss) before you know it. The fearless person, on the other hand, sees the world as it is (fear included) and then makes smart (and brave) decisions — Seth Godin

Each and every one of us has the ability and potential to become a Linchpin. Someone who resists the fear that the Lizard Brain constantly warns us about. The Lizard Brain is always stronger so we need methods and training to come up with ways to win over the Lizard Brain. But of course we only do this when there isn’t any real danger to be afraid of. The Lizard Brain consist of the Amygdala and it has kept us alive for million of years and it will continue to do so for million of years to come. Our mission is to train ourselves to recognize when not to listen to it and to trick it with our own acting. I will discuss this in a coming blog post. Things that helps are: Deadlines, Iterate & Ship often, Thrash early, Do “Today-lists”, Have fun & play.

“Shared anger destroys trust. It eliminates dialogue. It activates the lizard brain of everyone within earshot, and produces nothing of value.” — Seth Godin

Fear - Love Line -- Donnie Darko

Fear – Love Line — Donnie Darko

You may have seen Donnie Darko when they talk about the Fear-Love Line. Yet another way to make the world into the same one-dimensional grade as Darkness & Light and Black & White. So wrong and yet it feels so right at the same time.

Donnie: Well, life isn’t that simple. I mean, who cares if Ling Ling returns the wallet and keeps the money? It has nothing to do with either fear or love. Kitty Farmer: Fear and love are the deepest of human emotions. Donnie: Okay. But you’re not listening to me. There are other things that need to be taken into account here, like the whole spectrum of human emotion. You can’t just lump everything into these two categories and then just deny everything else. — Donnie Darko

Should we only try to have a White, Light World full of Love? Is it even possible? OR should we try to abandon this way of thinking? I say we love as much as we can. Although I can imagine that much change has come into the world by people hating the current system with real fear of losing one’s own head. Most of the hate in the world leads to no good. Even a hateful spark that started a rebellion had little chance of success if not planned in a cool-headed manner. That would almost always lead to a new way system no better than the last one. What ever the emotion that started something we must balance our way of thinking when executing and shipping change. We can become Ninja Lords of our own thinking and doing. Masters and Eternal Students of ourselves and the whole of The Universe. This is also a big paradox. We are trapped inside our human minds. Things will always be emotional. We just have to be aware of it and help each others when we become stuck in our thinking. Watch out for oversimplified Mental Models because we can’t stop using them and they often do us no good. There is always at least another version of every story. –

Evil Overlords & Warriors of the Light [Stories will paint our way]

Malekith the Dark Elf wants to Paint It Black

Malekith the Dark Elf wants to Paint It Black

Or should we go the Way of the Dark Elves in Thor 2: The Dark World. By making the Universe a very dark place to live. Maybe even Sauron has something to say about plans to cover the world in Darkness? Why is this the goal of so a many Evil Overlords? What will they do once it is black?

“Fear leads to anger – Anger leads to hate – Hate leads to suffering” — Yoda

Nah. Neither would do. As it’s all in our heads anyway. So by taking all of the above into account it becomes clear that we can choose for ourselves how we would like to perceive the world. Yet in our stories, we like it nothing more than when an underdog fighting for the light defeats a much more powerful foe with bucket of black paint that are trying to paint it black… that is, the Universe. It’s our own human fear of the dark that puts Darkness on the agenda of the so-called Prime Evils. That’s why stories about Evil Overlords are so fascinating. They can embody our own thoughts and apply agency to the Darkest parts of our emotions.

“The alliance… will die. As will your friends. Good, I can feel your anger. I am defenseless. Take your weapon. Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!” — The Emperor

I think that it’s necessary to paint & illuminate the world in many colors. Colors that only we can see. That live inside our minds like stories do. As our scientist are continually exploring and painting the Known Universe in color (Even the Dark parts). We should tell Stories about it that only live in our imagination. To continually light the way for how we can see into the future. To keep the passion alive and inspire us to build a new, better and more colorful society. The Eternal Struggle of Heroes vs Villains [Evolve our Quest]

Vader vs Yoda - The Old Quest

Vader vs Yoda – The Old Quest

Life isn’t An Eternal Struggle between Light & Darkness. It may be convenient to slap either label on something. Thus reducing our mental map to a one-dimensional one. It’s makes for such a great narrative. But it’s not they way forward for our ever evolving consciousness. Sure we all love stories about underdog heroes and charismatic villains. And this Stories will always have their place in our hearts. As long we recognize that they are just that, Stories. And relate to them and the real world in a thoughtful manner.

OH, YES. A VERY SPECIAL KIND OF STUPIDITY. YOU THINK THE WHOLE UNIVERSE IS INSIDE YOUR HEADS. ’You make us sound mad,’ said Susan. A nice warm bed … NO. YOU NEED TO BELIEVE IN THINGS THAT AREN’T TRUE. HOW ELSE CAN THEY BECOME? said Death helping her up on Binky. — DEATH and Susan, Hogfather

Now we have the chance to tell ever more and better complex stories. And some have already started. And we like it. That’s why so many of us likes stories like Game of Thrones, Revenge, The Americans, True Blood, The Borgias, Dexter and Continuum. We want life to be more complex. We are all Sinners and Liars without us being evil or bad for that sake. We can all help each other to make life a little more colorful. Stories like Revenge start out by giving us a clear set of Heroes and Villains. But then they change it by giving them all complex emotions and agendas. They even questions the Agenda of Revenge and what it teaches us about ourselves and being good and having Empathy.

“Fear. It’s a fire that burns from birth and even in the coldest heart. It motivates and paralyzes the best of us, or it’s used as a weapon by the worst. But when your path is one of treachery and deception, the greatest fear of all…is that the truth is absolute” — Emily Thorne

revenge

Our Lust & Fear of Revenge – That creates much of the Evil in this World

“Fear is the most primal of emotions. Can linger as a memory burned into one’s mind of a parent taken to soon. Or burrow into one’s soul as self-doubt over child rejection. But the one fear we all fear the most is the unknown.” — Emily Thorne

Of course we should make it our quest to fight all Evil in this world. We must just be aware that there is no Pure Evil to fight like in the old Fairy Tales (or the new ones for that matter). Life is so much more complex. And fighting Evil & Darkness with the same kind, usually just means we get more of the stuff. We need to upgrade our Mental Maps of the world. Make new complex quests to go on adventure on. Evolve our Visions & Missions to match our ever growing understanding of how we and the world works. Let’s assemble new and better teams of Innovation Rainbow Ninjas. And I say we start by paining the world in color… So that we all can visualize the beauty, we can explore together. Just remember that everything is invented. We Invent our Future.

I say: Paint the
Universe in color!
Invent a better Future and
Tell it in Stories about us.

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Holistic Thinking Ninja

The World 3.0

Who creates the world of tomorrow? Earth 3.0? We do. WE DO. By singing a silly song about it or by having a deep conversation with fiends and strangers alike. The important thing is to spread the word and listen to what others are thinking. Today! It’s not our planet. We must give it to the generations to come. In what shape and form will we deliver it?

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My Dream for a New and Better World 3.0 [We Create It Together, Today!]

The Scary Guy - You Create You

The Scary Guy – You Create You

 

Tonight was a fantastic night where I met and talked to some new interesting people. We had all found an event through Social Media called Sweden 3.0. It’s a initiative stared by Navid Modiri. Here we met and shared our dreams for a better tomorrow. We all sat down and had constructive dialogs about what we can do on a personal level to make this dream of our’s to come true. How do we want our future Sweden and the World to be like? The future is both something that just happens to you. All who want it can take part in creating the future we want together.

Sverige 3.0

The people on Sverige 3.0 who stayed until the end

Some of the things we talked about was:

Spreading the word
All the people who met here was all from the same tribe. How can we spread the word to other tribes? Well, we can start with all other tribes we ourselves are members of. Then we go from there.

What about School?
We need to design a whole new school from the found up. This is what we talk about in the Swedish network #Skolvåren [School spring] too as the project #Skolvision [School vision].

How to keep the torch burning?
How shall we keep this conversation going? It’s easy. We just keep doing it and bring others to next event. We are aiming to get 10 000 people talking on the same day next spring.  This will be an event spread out over 10 Swedish cities. Can we make it happen?

Freedom of Speech
Where is the line drawn between freedom of speech and discrimination? Should it be a hard line or a fuzzy line? This is a tricky conversation. One that I did not have the opportunity to indulge myself in. Maybe next time. Check out XKCD’s taken on Free Speech.

Social Media
This on the other hand was one conversation that I spent an hour on. As Social Media and the Network Society is dearest to my heart I couldn’t resist going to this group knowing that here I probably was one with the most experience. I usually go to meetings with people from different social media tribes. zoo I was curious to see what people had to say about it here. And it was a very good conversation ranging from empathy and behavioral science to geek stuff about how to protect your privacy online and Edward Snowden.

We need to lift forward stories from idols and role models on how to behave online. We really emphasized the importance on talking the each other both online and afk on how to behave towards each other. The world  is in such a dire need of more empathy.

To sum up what we talked about during the day we made this awesome store boards

To sum up what we talked about during the day we made this awesome storyboard

Roleplaying
One group wanted to use roleplaying as tool emphasise the importance of have a good conversation and asking the right questions to other people. Questions that feel right and that one wants to answer in constructive way.

Away Mission on the Bus
Jack did something that got the love of the others. He took his group out on a trip on a public bus. Just to talk to random people about what kind of Sweden they wanted to live in. Their Away-Mission went very well and they where already talking about on how to develop the concept further when they came back. On how to talk to random strangers about such an important issue. Not something you usually talk to strangers with and yet it’s a conversation that we should be able to have with just about anyone we meet on the street.

Meeting places for cross fertilisation
Many of todays important decisions are mad by fairly homogenous groups. Small team where everyone thinks alike. This is a big problem of course. The solution is as easy as it is hard. Create diversified super teams. But if you already are a tight team or a tribe it’s not easy to invite in or attract people who thinks differently.

During the past 2 years I have gone to a multitude of different conferences, lectures and mingles. And on most of them people tend to think alike or be in the same business. Even I have hard time motivating myself to go somewhere I feel I don’t belong. So I can really say that there is a strong need for events that mixes up the people who attend them.

This is one of my missions. Taking the Holistic approach. This is how we build a society together. Everyone can belong to their own little tribes. But it is important that we belong to more than one so that there is inter exchange between groups. I hear many people who worry about internet becoming a world of many small bubbles. We are under the illusion the previous era of mass communication where an enlighten era where strange thinning in small groups could not fester. But it has always been like that. We have never been as enlightened as we are now.

The main danger is that bad thinking and behaviour could quickly become amplified and out of control now in a small group with no outside influence. Yes, the net has certainly speeded up communication. In a small group in can spiral out of  control quickly.

That’s why we need to monitor each others more closely. No one should be left alone to their own devices. I’m not saying we need a big brother who watches over every citizens private shoulder. But from an early age are young should be involved in the conversation of our common future. Talking about morality and have exercises in empathy. No one should be left alone. We should all be engaged in conversation like these across space and age. We should welcome all and make them feel needed in the different communities they live and wander in.

Scary World [Scary Guy’s Mission on World Peace]

The Scary Guy - TEDxSalford

The Scary Guy – TEDxSalford – On a mission for World Peace

We still live in a Scary World. And we have long why to wander together to get to a world of World Peace. But we are getting there. It’s not going to be easy. But I see it as the only viable future for mankind. One of my main inspirations on this road is a guy called The Scary Guy. It’s his actual legal name. Today I just happen to see him live on the internet as he gave a speech from TEDxSalford in Manchester, UK. See it for yourself at his TEDxSalford speech. It starts 3 hours and 19 minutes in.

You Create You — The Scary Guy

The Scary Guy talks about his mission towards creating World Peace. It’s a road we all can choose travel on together daily. We create our own selves. We are responsible for the direction our lives are taking.

We create our World 3.0 together. And we start doing it Today by talking to each other about it.

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Holistic Thinking Ninja

Prime Your Brain

Visions of The Future [Part 2 of 3]

We all need visions for the future. By playing a simple trick on your brain you can “Prime” it to look out for events that will seem like serendipity to you. And since your brain can’t separate fact from fiction. You can tell stories to your brain and it will try to make them “True” 🙂
This is Part 2 of 3 about Visions of The Future.

“It doesn’t matter what you pick. It just matters that you pick. The reason people don’t wanna pick is, because then they have to claim it. You pick that? You didn’t pick this? Better to pick nothing.”
Seth Godin, #GoodLifeProject 

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Use Storytelling [It’s the only way to remember anything]

Jenny Åkerman

Jenny Åkerman – Talking Brain Science

I have been on an interesting seminar in Gothenburg. We started out early with Jenny Åkerman giving a free public speaking about how we can use the brain to achieve what we want. She is a Swedish Brain Scientist who gave a very entertaining speech about the brain. She goes briefly into what I talked about before. That the brain stores everything as stories. It can not tell apart fact from fiction. You know when you dream and all the crazy stuff seems so real. Even flying that I do from time to time feels so normal in your dreams. I also met a new good friend on the train up and recommended the book “The Storytelling Animal” by Jonathan Gotschall to him. This is one of the best books that I have listened to. It gives you great insight into how your storytelling organ inside your skull works. Jenny mentions how use simple bizarre story to remember everything on a shopping list.

The Brain stores everything as Stories – WE just need to help it by telling better stories

A story like this can’t be ordinary for the brain to remember it. The brain remembers all new stories it are exposed to. It’s what the brain are made for. It’s what the brain lives for.

Can you be Leonardo Da Vinci? [Seven steps on the road towards an awesome mind]

Can you be anything like Leonardo Da Vinci? Jenny Talks about the myths and truths of using both sides of the brain. We should use as many centers in the brain at the same time when doing everything. We may not be as genius as Leonard but here are 7 steps that will take you closer to becoming great. They can be found in my blog: How can you be a modern Ninja. and in the audio-stream from SXSW: Design Like Da Vinci: Leonardo’s Sketching Lessons.

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7 Steps to Everyday Genius

1. Be curious.You should be constantly learning new stuff.
2. Test knowledge. Learn from your mistakes.
3. Improve your own experience. Make it multi-sensory.
4. Embrace ambiguity, paradox and uncertainty
5. Whole-brain thinking (science / art, logic / emotion)
6. Know the physical world (grace, dexterity, fitness)
7. Use system-thinking. See interconnections

Do Sketches and Write a Journal every day. Sketch by hand or blog online like I do 🙂

Sketch

Step out of your Comfort-Zone [That’s when Creativity and Courage happens]

Jenny spins it further by saying that:

“All new knowledge and progress is preceded by confusion” — Jenny Åkersson

It is when the brain is confused that it steps out of its comfort-zone and try solve things in a different way that it is used to. The Brain actually likes being confused. It feels good. Think about that the next time you feel confused. This is what Peter Sengie calls Creative Tension.
The gap between vision and the current reality is called the Creative Tension. This is the space on with the magic of creativity happen.

You must be willing to leave current reality. Step out of your comfort zone towards an unknown future. A future only visualized in a dream. You must expose your art to others. Thus becoming vulnerable. Only then does creativity and empathy happen. Both Brené Brown and Seth Godin explains this well 🙂

See my blog-post on empathy: The Way of Empathy [The Beast with 2 Hearts]

Brené Brown on Vulnerability and Courage

Brené Brown on Vulnerability and Courage

In all her 12 years of research Brené Brown can not find a single example of Courage, Spiritual courage, Moral courage or Leadership courage, when someone didn’t first step out of their comfort zone and became vulnerable.

Have the courage to do what is possible. Just not convenient.

Prime Your Brain [Tell your story to your brain]

Like Jason Silva says: “You can Prime Your Brain towards a goal you want to reach”. As your brain can’t separate fact from fiction: Everything that you or someone else tell your brain makes sense. Because the Brain even can’t tell the difference between someone else talking to it or you doing the talking yourself.

Your brain is a goal achieving machine. Your subconscious is hard at work on achieving your visions and dreams of the future. So start priming your own brain, by telling your brain what visions of the future it should have in mind.

Serendipity is just that. Filling your mind with patterns on your path. To be on the lookout for. And then your subconscious mind will be on constant watch for these patterns and make them happen. So here is what you can do:

1. Start by thinking about where you are a year from now.
2. Start backtracking ever step that you took to get there. Think about the big events on the way.
3. Now think about the first step you took a year ago.
4. Start Walking, Running, Jumping, Climbing and Flying to get there!

Live Your Legend - Scott Dinsmore

Live Your Legend – Scott Dinsmore

Live Your Legend [Be true to yourself]

Scott Dinsmore among many others all say how important it is to be true to your inner self. You owe it to yourself to find your own truth in this world and live that truth. He has a project called Live Your Legend. There you can find 2 free toolkits to set a year-long plan or your weekly goals.

Be the Person, You can’t not be — Scott Dinsmore

See Scott Dinsmore on Good Life Project or find him in their podcast. And see his TEDxGoldenGatePark talk: How To Find And Do Work You Love.

Look to the Moon

Look To The Moon – Run To The Hills

It’s Prime Time! [Look To The Moon & The Stars]

Who are  you a year from Now? Should we really ask questions like this? I think we must! We should not dwell on the past. But we should revisit it from time to time in order see the contrast to our present. Most of us should focus on the now. To keep things moving and operating. But some of us must make it our mission to study the past. And others must fantasize about the future and create stunning Science Fiction to inspire us all. We need all these skills.

The Past like the future does not really exist. They are both fantasies created in our minds. The Future is a probabilistic simulation we run in our minds in order to help shape the world we want to live in.
The Past unlike The Future has actually happened. The Past, as represented in our mind, is a mental simulation too. Our memories are not precise records of what actually happened. They are reconstructions of what happened. Most of us believe our memory is filled with reliable info we can access at will. Not so. But memory isn’t an outright fiction. It is merely a fictionalization of what took place. Memory is an unreliable self-serving historian. It’s there to help us make decisions that help us along for the bumpy ride that reality is.

Jonathan Gottschall from The Storytelling Animal

But even people who focus on the present benefits from priming their brain in some way. Because we need a larger goal for our modern society than Consumerism. Something to aspire to. And as we all need to be part of this vision, we all need some connectedness and some priming with the environment around us. We are not just the Animal who collects food or money on a daily basis. We are something more. And we can become so much more. We can put a Dent in the Universe!

We all need to look to the stars! Together! — Lord Sillion

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Holistic Thinking Ninja

Train your Empathizing skills #Blogg100

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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]