What Are You Made Of?

What Are You Made Of?

We are born into this world like a modeled piece of clay. We don’t stay in this shape for very long. Left to her own devices an infant or a young child will not last long in nature. We need to change, we need to adapt. We need to learn how survive and live together as a tribe. We do this with training. We learn skills from those who already know them. Stories are used to convey wisdom from those who came before us. Then we implement it in our own way and sometimes we innovate and come up with something better. And better is never automatic.

To become better we must fail many times and we have to care enough to get up from our knees and try again. We do this either until we become good or we become better or in some cases we become great at something. Then we become the craft- or thought-leader in that field.

You are not your career. Your ability to follow instructions is not your secret to your success. You are hiding your best work, your best insights, and your best self from us every day. We now how much you care and it’s a shame that the system works overtime to push you away from the people and the projects that you care about. The world does not owe you a living. But just when you needed it, it has open a door, for you to make a difference. It’s to bad that so much time has been wasted. But it would unforgivable to wait any longer. You have the ability to contribute so much. We need you! Now, go make a Ruckus! Namaste 🙂
— Seth Godin, Leap First 

In a good stagnant environment it’s easier to predict – what we need to do – to flourish. In a rapidly changing environment we need to be more adaptive and think on our feet. And come the occasional catastrophe or cataclysmic change only those who are good at adapting and co-operation survives.

What are you made of?

Right now we live in something of a shift in nature, a shift in society, a shift in the economy and shift in the community. Some call it the great acceleration. It’s a place where humans have never been before. It’s our biggest challenge and our biggest opportunity. We can either crumble under the pressure or flourish in abundance.

Sir Ken Robinson talks about the challenges and needs we have, here: How To Create The Future.

The Future

The future will bring all this at an even more rapid pace. And we need to be ready for the change. We must stop fearing change and embrace it. This is no easy feat. In many ways we are afraid of change. And yet our exceptional ability to adapt, to innovate and work together in co-operation has taken us this far. It’s about having a a growth mindset.

If we step up to the coming challenges and are ready, there no end to the possibilities on where we can go together as species on Spaceship Earth. Can we become guardians of Spaceship Earth in time?

Our Part In This

So where do we fit in? You and I? How do we get ready? If we are born ready to change but most of us don’t stay that way. How do we make ourself more ready?

We train. We train deliberately and we train hard and we train together. We lift each other up and hold each other’s back when it gets rough. I call it Level Up. We do it like in a game. We Level Up ourselves, each other, our companies and our organisations. We Level Up our society. We build a better world together.

To do this we need people dedicated to make this happen. Many of us are already doing our parts and roles of this today. Like our schools full of teachers who prepare our young in the daytime. After school it us parents and their various other activities the teach them skills and abilities.

There is a big challenge here of course. Many of the schools and parents prepare our young for the world of yesterday and not the World of Tomorrow. A past world with a stable economy, without the worry of climate change, a world of steady and slow innovation. A world where most people do what they are told at work, and at home they consume for their own private leisure. A world with no common goals and visions, other that to help grow the economy, for the sake of all the companies in it.

And higher education are often terrible at preparing us to this new world. According to Seth Godin there is now correlation between higher education and success.

Life Training

Who leads us and challenges us once we have left school? And where are the training in the many skills essential to flourish in the connection economy? According to people like Tai Lopez and me, we should be able to learn new things every week or day, on our life long journey to excellence. All of us. What did you learn today?

To change this we need a new type of leaders and roles in society. We need Change-Makers, Future Captains, Future Heroes and Mentors. People who can train and lead us thought change our whole lives. People who can set visions and show us the way. To push us through the door. And hold our hands when we get lost. To make us into Door Makers.

Future Captains and Future Heroes

My own part in this is to be a Future Captain. That’s why I call myself Captain Future [El Capitán Futuro].

A Future Captain is a person who finds and trains other Future Captains and Future Heroes. They also help guide organisations and companies in taking a deliberate part in the direction, of the future we make.

Think of it like lots of boats going into The Future – Call them Future Boats. Each Future Boat needs a captain to steer it into The Future. Each boat is also a team of people operating it together. They all need to work on getting the boat forward. Rowing in the same direction, not separate ways. That is the role of a Future Captain. To make that happen. And to coordinate the whole fleet of Future Boats, so that we’re all going in the same general direction.

On Spaceship Earth! Or big ship in space 🙂

A Future Hero is person who takes active part in creating a better future. They have one or several Future Powers that they train and use in real life, to help themselves and others in creating this future. They can form teams with other Future Heroes and/or they can act in any form of organisations to make them better as well. Each Future Boat need one or more Future Heroes.

What Are You Made Of?

We are made, and not born, they way we are. We are made out of clay, not set in stone. We are self-made and made by the influence of others.

If we are singlehandedly made into a specific shape and don’t have the tools nor the presence of other shapers it’s hard to change into something radically different and better. It is of course better if we are made flexible and capable at an earlier age. Although it’s never to late to change.

Once you have found your right combination of thinking, skills, compassion, movement passion and joy. You will have Found Your Element. Your way to flourish. To make your life into a masterpiece.

Then you know what you are made of. What you bleed. What you can’t stop doing.

So what are you made of?
What are you and the people around you making you into?
What can’t you stop doing?

/LordSillion
I’m Captain Future

Lord Sillion

This Is What I’m Made Of

I have of course listened to both Seth Godin and the song below the whole day to get the inspiration for this text.

I also launch my podcast called Framtidspodden (The Future Pod) with this post. Where I mostly talk in Swedish and sometimes in English to other Future Heroes.

Framtidspodden

 

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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