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

Envision our Journey towards a Better Tomorrow #Blogg100

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

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

Percy Barnevik

Percy Barnevik

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can we all be like Google?

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

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

Sustainability Day [Tax resources and not labor]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

How can you be a modern Ninja #Blogg100

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Do you work like Leonardo DaVinci? [3D printing yourself]

Today I have listened to many more sessions from #SXSWi. Some of them great and I just want to share the here. As before I have them all collected in my list.

Cred from my hometown Varberg has also been in Austin and South bu SouthWest. Read their blog in Swedish that explains well what SXSW is all about: Keep Austin Weird

MakerBot 3D printing

Bre Pettis talks about the 3D printer MakerBot in Games: Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime. with the opening introduction to SXSWi also. It’s amazing story about the process about making 3D printing. And they apparently have a retail store in New York. So guess what I’m going to do when I visit New York next week? Read more about it on TechCrunch.

MakerBot

Bre Pettis demos a 3D Laser scanner for doing 3D printing with MakerBot

Here be Dragons [Do Sketching and Journaling]

Design Like DaVinci: Leonardo’s Sketching Lessons by Brian Sullivan. As you listen to it you can see the slideshare at the same time. Write down ideas and sketch when you are thinking. Write a Journal. Here are 7 tips from the lecture. Many of the go hand in hand with Einstein’s 5 tips for Increasing your Intelligence.

Find all tips under Journaling.

7 Steps to Everyday Genius

1. Be curious.You should be constantly learning.
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

DaVinci made 13 000 sketches in his life

DaVinci made 13 000 sketches in his life

Build trust and use Storytelling

Use storytelling to build trust with customers. The Unexpected Truth Behind Earning Trust by Rohit Bhargava where he talks about how to earn trust.

Ninja Teams

Ninja Innovation: Ten Killer Strategies by Gary Shapiro. How to be an Ninja in a modern society. The most important thing to remember is that a Ninja never works alone. And it’s great if the Ninjas have different skills and different ways of thinking.

Small teams of Ninjas can easily take on a much larger force!

More to games to come

Susan O’Connor talks about getting emotions into modern games in Angry Nerds: Being Human in the Digital Age. She is currently behind the new type of emotional Storytelling in the new Tomb Raider.

@LordSillion

Do you want to get an Epiphany? #Blogg100

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Chance favors the connected mind [Keep on blogging]

Been listening again to Where Ideas Come From from TED Radio Hour featuring Matt Ridley, Susan Cain and Steven Johnson.

How does innovation happen?

Some key points:
1. We all need each other’s skills. Nobody knows how to make anything today. The one man society doesn’t exist anymore. We all depend on others to do there part in this giant bee hive of ours.

2. Creativity comes from Coffee houses. Where people with different backgrounds and different ways of thinking meet up. Before coffee houses happened in Europe we where all drunk all day. This is where Ideas can have sex. Our modern Coffee houses is Unconferences like WebCoast and Sweden Social Web Camp. And Tweetups and Social Media Clubs.

Chance favors the connected mind

3. Go to the wilderness and be alone in your own head. Then write down your ideas. We must brainstorm and think in solitude.  To come up with hunches to bring to this coffee houses. Darwin wrote down every idea and hunch he had in his note book. So long before he had his Epiphany he had been blogging all along. It’s called Journaling and helps your brain with it’s thought process. Leonardo da Vinci did it too.

4. Share your ideas. It is easy to spread good ideas and hard to spread bad ideas. So keep on sharing! Sunlight is a great disinfectant! Do good shit alone and together using Sustainability, Collaboration, Transparency and Community.

Keep on writing down all your thoughts and blog about them and your Epiphany will come 🙂

Before we had innovation we used the same Acheulean Axe for a million years

Before we had innovation we used the same Acheulean Axe for a million years

@LordSillion