Storytelling Into The Future

Storytelling Into The Future

Welcome Traveler 4488 …

Can you use a narrative from Science Fiction to change our “real” Narrative?

As I watch the fantastic Travelers series on Netflix I jump up and down in my sofa thinking on my own mission – our mission. The mission to build a better world here on Planet Earth. Like in the “hypothetical” that I was sent here from another planet to make planet Earth the best place to live and visit in the entire Milky Way Galaxy.

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It is a Narrative that has been in my mind at least since I was 15. And I have used it many times to get my bearing for my compass into the future and as a silly “What If?” Question.

The question I get in my mind so frequently is this:

Am I alone in thinking about my Narrative in this way?

Clearly, the makers of great Science Fiction and other awesome stories think a lot about the messages they bury into their stories. My whole life I have been going alone not having anybody to talk about how to use this for real. Even now in my newfound quest as a Change Maker in a big global network of change makers I have yet to find many people, who get’s as excited as I do when I watch stories and then immediately what to discuss the story behind the story. Surely there must be a whole network of writers to the many great Sci-Fi series like the Travelers, Continuum, Orphan Black, Black Sails, The OA, Battlestar Galactica and of course Star Trek and others that meet at events and talk about this, or is there?

Must I move there to talk about this? Can I host events here in Sweden about it?

What I’m referring to now is that I would love to put together and host a very special and cool launch and premier event for the world premiere of Ghost In then Shell movie. The old Ghost in the Shell (GitS) movie from 1995 and of course  The Matrix  movie that was directly inspired by it both changed my life in so many ways. I now want to bring this conversation into the open – How new movies and TV-series can change the life of so many more people.

Or is it me being too silly for my own good and just think, that this is way cooler than it is?

Then we have futurist like Jason Silva that just makes me think otherwise. He really get’s in a creative spin and mind rush when watching some really good storytelling.

Watch or listen to Jason Silva on Impact Theory about it.

The Myth Gap

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And in his latest book, The Myth Gap and his talk on the RSA Alex Evans gives a very compelling insight into why storytelling is so important. He even quotes my favorite author Terry Pratchett on the subject:

People think that stories are shaped by people when actually it’s the other way around – Terry Pratchett 

It’s about this time in history – our must crucial yet. This is the time where we set the story and “The Myth” about who we are as a species and what we want our future societies to become.

Who Are We?

Both Travelers and Ghost In The Shell ask really profound questions about who are as individuals and as a species and who we can be and where we are going.

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Questions I have been pondering my whole life. Questions I want dig deeper into to find our quest. Questions I want to lift up to the surface to talk more often and vividly about. That’s what I do as Captian Future 🙂

Sillion Valley here I come!

As I now finally launches my company Sillion Valley I at least want to dig deeper into this what I can do as Lord Sillion – Capitan Future.

I will dedicate the whole of 2017 to see how I can apply “Ontological Design” in using stories and conversations about how we actively design the society and future we want. To be “A Force For Good“, like Dalai Lama and Daniel Goleman puts it in his latest book by the same name. To totally change the conversation this year.

What we focus on and what we talk about is what will happen. It’s how the brain works. And lately, the conversation has been about special events and special people who we don’t want.

Let’s instead focus on what we want. Start testing what we can do. To prototype it into existence. Build a global network of trust with Change Makers – Rebels – Guardians – Stewarts and Captains of Spaceship Earth.

Who is with me?

Who wants to create cool events around Sci-Fi and “What If?” Questions with me?

Lord Sillion
/I’m Captian Future

Also, listen to me and Michael Kazarnowicz talk about Ghost in the Shell in my podcast Framtidspoden

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Matt Damon – Our Future Quest

Matt Damon – Our Future Quest

Matt Damon is favorite actor of mine, as to may others, as will be come clear in a few seconds. Not only has he done some awesome roles in some awesome movies like Good Will Hunting, Rounders, The Informant and The Martian. He is also awesome in real life, where he uses his powers to do good in the world. So when I came across this commencement address at MIT this year 2016 my mind was blow away, how he articulated our challenges and our opportunities to solve them.

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Movie Magic!

Movies and storytelling is more important than you may think. I would go as far as to say that they are the number one source of shaping our future here on Spaceship Earth. I have talked a lot about the power of storytelling before: The Storytelling Animal.

This is of course one of the reasons we look up to people like Matt. Also like someone said in the comment to the speech: Matt is far better at leading us into the future than what traditional leaders and politicians are. And still he makes it very clear that he isn’t running for office. No one sane person wants to dedicate their entire life into “gaming” that old system.

Could we then use movies and science fiction to show and tell people about alternative ways to lead and run Spaceship Earth? I most definitely think so.

The Simulation Argument

Do we live in a simulation or is the entire universe a simulation?

It’s topic that has come up several times this year. Elon Musk mentioned it and here Matt Damon refers to a fascinating conversation on the topic with Neil deGrasse Tyson this spring that I have written about before too: #HackTheFuture.

I also just read this article on BBC on it today: We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter.

Be The Best You

Here is Matt’s take on it:

There is a possibility we live in The Matrix.
That our entire universe is a simulation. What to do then?
Do really interesting things so the simulators don’t shut you down.
What if the universe isn’t a simulation?
Either way … What we do matters … What we do affects the outcome.
Because this world, real or imagined, has some problems that we need to drop everything to solve.

And by that he means what I’m doing and talk so warmly about. We have to be interesting. To be the best version of ourselves. Constantly levelling up ourselves through curiosity, the right attitude and lifelong learning.

By Hacking our own future!

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Turn Towards The Problems You See

Turn Towards the problems you see and look them in the eye.

What are you going to do about them?

Look at the world and see it for what it is.

Hack The Future!

We don’t have all the answers. And that is ok. It is a lifelong quest to find new insights and answers.
Judge me by how good my good ideas are, not how bad my bad ideas are.
You got to suit up in your armour. You to be ready to sound like a total fool.
Not having an answer isn’t an embarrassment, it’s an opportunity.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Continue to listen and do lifelong learning.
Keep listening.
The world needs our ideas, good and bad.
Listen to online lectures and pods. Just keep listing to every part of society.
Democracy demands compromise even when you are 100% right.

Not ever problem has tech solution. We can’t science the shit out of every situation.

There is more at stake today than in any story ever told.
And how lucky we are the we are here and we are us.
Turn towards the problem of your choosing. Drop everything and solve it 🙂

– Matt Damon

So Simulation or not, there is now question what we have to do …

I invite you to join me in this quest to build a better future. There are so many quest we can go and solve together. And many of them are urgent. They are critical if we as humans are going to continue to live here on our Spaceship. Or else we get off at the next stop. And it’s cold and lonely out in space away from our beloved former home.

I choose to believe that the universe loves me and that we live in some kind of Matrix, where I can decide my own future and how I act and what I do. My own form of Free Will 🙂

/Lord Sillion
I am your Future Captain of Spaceship Earth

 

May The 4th

May The 4th

Today is #MayThe4th. Find out below why this is important and why we should celebrate it and invent more special days to celebrate!

And do check out my friend Sara Modig’s reason to celebrate and become more Force Attuned here: May The Force Be With You!

Why do we celebrate holidays?

It’s quite easy. We humans need regular reminders of things that are important. Things to think of and things to rejoice in. Both bad & good. And we need more celebration. To celebrate both the small and the big. It is part of being human. I supposed we celebrated when the tribe brought back a big hunt or when we found a tree full of delicious fruits. Even my dog, Lord Milton, gets super excited every day when it’s time to feed. As we started living in more fictitious worlds were most of the things we do, are very made up, we came up with more creative ways to celebrate.

And today is a very crazy celebration. We celebrate Star Wars DayMay The 4th. If you have to ask the guys in Big Bang Theory will explain it to you.

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Happy Star Wars Day from Captain Future!

It’s all made up

As made up holidays goes, this one is a really big one. Even Facebook made a special celebration link for it. Since Star Wars is one of the world’s biggest stories. And us true fans are as fanatic as the fans of the big old stories about Jesus and Jebus 😉

You see, story unites us. It’s the only thing that ever has. And since the J-Guy has so man holidays still, it’s about time we invent new ones for the characters that really moves us. Like Yoda and Obi Wan (Or Lord Vader). I think we need a lot more of these new kind of holidays. That can really unite us behind values we believe in.

It’s not often talked about. But Fairytales has always been the main carrier of the common beliefs that sets the standard on how we build our societies and how we behave. We have just forgotten in our modern busy & busy societies, where somehow we have gotten the idea that Fairytales should just be a way for us to distract and entertain us. Do you even know what entertain means? And the big Fairytale-Companies has jumped on the idea that stories are just for making money, in most cases anyway. There are exceptions. Those how don’t buy or spread the Blockbuster Myth.

3 and a 4th

For me, there are 3 major modern Fairytales and Fairytale Universes that set themselves aside from the rest of the movies. Movies that hover above the rest. That are more than movies. That only get better the more you watch and delve into them. For me as a Geek, they are Star Wars and Marvel CU and The Matrix. I will explore them each below. And there is also a “4th!” Namely Star Trek. Star Trek The Next Generation had a major influence on my as a young adult with its values and it’s core beliefs in build a better future. It’s so sad that modern Star Trek has gone a little away from this and more into the action story. Still there is hope for a new frontier into the future where money doesn’t run the world if it ever has 🙂

Star Wars

When I was young I sometimes tried to move an object with the force. This because, since the first time I saw the first Star Wars movies I fell in love. There was so much there to love. And I’m not the only one. And I have not yet succeeded in either moving objects or hovering in the air. Except in my dreams where I often can fly or levitate in some form. And of course being a Jedi stands for using all your abilities to do good in the world. Something needed in so many more people in the world today. We can’t get enough Star Wars and what it teaches us.

To dream, to invent, to fly and to be nice!

Marvel

What Marvel Studios have done is nothing short of amazing. They brought so many of the superheroes alive for us. And in such a good way. The characters are charming, filled with energy & humor and just amazing. And they try to do the right thing for the right reason. I am of course talking about the movies with Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Falcon, Ant-Man, Dr.Banner, Loki and Scarlet Witch.

They both celebrate what is to be a hero and using your powers for good.

With great powers comes great responsibilities – Stan ‘The Man’ Lee

The Matrix

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This is the story, that together with Ghost in the Shell, that have had the most influence on my life above anything else, I think. I tell most of my story of me here: Living in The Matrix for 17 years. It opened my already half-opened eyes for a completely new way to view the Reality around me. I now thought it possible to hack my own reality. I made my own matrix hairstyle, my own family name [Sillion] and eventually 15 years later, re-invented my whole life into the journey, that I am now on. Appearing as my Residual Self Image.

I am Captain Future!

And the fact that the world is filled with people who constantly refer to The Matrix, like Tom Bilyeu on Inside Quest who’s mission in life it is, to unplug people from The Matrix. Just like I want to do!

And the awesome panel of 2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Is the Universe a Simulation? with Neil deGrasse Tyson. There are so many concepts in The Matrix Movies that explore what is to be alive today on Spaceship Earth.

When is Marvel Day and The Matrix Day?

Let’s Celebrate!

To sum it up. There is nothing strange about celebrating holidays built on Fairytales. Every holiday we have been built on some fictitious event or made up a reason to celebrate. And there is nothing wrong with that. In a global world, we need global stories to come together too. We just need to make sure that the ones we celebrate are in some way taking us further as a species … Together.

I think we need a lot more holidays that celebrates the good parts of being human. To bring us together … as families, as tribes, as societies and as a space faring species on Spaceship Earth.

Let’s Celebrate!

MayThe4htBeWithYou

/Lord Sillion
I’m Captain Future!

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Hack The Future

Hack The Future

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There is a shift in  The Matrix . Something has happened. Most of the people haven’t noticed anything … yet. But we are many who have. The tone and the conversation is different. We have started rallying against all that is wrong in the world. We have started to look for ways to hack our common future. Or maybe it is just possible we are already live in The Matrix … A Simulated Universe. Like the discussion in this panel lead by Neil deGrasse Tyson –>
[2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Is the Universe a Simulation?]
And then hacking it should be more easy?

The stereo sound was very confusing so I made a Mono mp3 file 🙂

Hack Away!

Update:
Also check out what Elon Musk has to say on the subject: Is life a video game?

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#HackTheFuture #EarthDay #Ulab #CloneClub #TheMatirx

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Leading  From An Emerging Future

This week is Earth Day. Where we celebrate our Spaceship Earth, the way we want it to be. This week I also took part of the follow-up live session for U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self with Otto Scharmer. It’s a new way of thinking when it comes to create the future, the way we want it to be. It’s all about presenting the future to become, and then go create it. Prototype it as you go and learn to really listen and sense, the best possible future. Then act on what we collectively are feeling and thinking on this future. It really works. There are parts of this that are already accepted science and practices. Some call it Fake it till you make it. Others call it Priming your brain. We can together incrementally, hack our brains and reality to reach a new level of understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

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#EarthDay CloneClub

Also The Collapse of Nature and  Transgressive Border Crossing is the latest episode of Orphan Black. The latest season has picked up on the Neolutionist Body Hacking story. It’s about hacking your own body. Something that many futurists think will become a common practice soon.

Dr. Leekie: Neolution is an open-source concept. We embrace the fringes. They’re fiction to our science. 

Beth: Well, your book inspires them to play God… to tinker on themselves in basement labs. 

Dr. Leekie: Every scientific discovery in history, including God, began with tinkering in a basement. 

Beth: God was a scientific discovery? 

Dr. Leekie: A little joke. We’re all impatient for the future. 

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The Neolution Book – Detective Beth meeting Dr. Leekie in Orphan Black

If we are going to hack the future, let’s make sure we make it a good one!

/Lord Sillion
I’m Captain Future

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#HackTheFuture
#CloneClub
#EarthDay
#Ulab

#TheMatrix 

Also Elon Musk on the subject

 

2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Is the Universe a Simulation

2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Is the Universe a Simulation?

2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Is the Universe a Simulation?

Dare!

Every Day we chose the red pill or the blue pill. What does the red and the blue pill mean to you?

For me taking the red pill means it means something like the quote from Overwatch

“Never accept the world as it appears to be
Dare to see it, for what it could be”

Taking the blue means pulling the sheet up over my head and do tomorrow what I could do to day. (I do that somedays too)

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/LordSillion
I’m Captain Future

The Buccaneer Spirit

The Buccaneer Spirit

Are you an opportunist?
Are you curios about your next endeavour? We live in an opportune world. That means that you and your tribe are responsible for what you hunt down. What path you take through life. No-one else is going make the choices for you. In the distant past fortune belonged to the hunters. But then came the farming revolution. In the near past, fortune was hard to come by if you weren’t born into it. Some small part of us who were still hunters where able to cast of the Yoke to get ahead. Especially in the golden age of piracy. Namely the Buccaneers.
 But now we can’t use questionable moral to get what we want anymore. We have to collaborate and be nice to get it, if we are going to have surviving chance on this planet.

We can still use the driving force behind what it is to be a hunter and a buccaneer, to become great entrepreneurs, heroes and adventurers. What I call the Buccaneer Spirit. We can use it to ignite a better narrative for our lives and how to make better life here on Planet Earth. Fortune Favours The Bold!

Opportunity Favours The Bold

“Opportunity favours the bold” — Richard Branson

This is how Richard Branson opens a great post about opportunity: My top 10 quotes on opportunity. In a way it triggered me to write this post about the concept of opportunity. This and 4 very “pirately” events that affected me, in the same week this summer. Both from the aspect of the mythical pirate and Buccaneer and the modern entrepreneur. I feel that this is closer to the hunter mentality rather the new farmer craze that we have seen in the last couple of thousand years. There are great entrepreneurs that possesses both the hunter mentality or the farmer mentality. The one Seth Godin puts forth here: Hunters & Farmers. We are all different. Some of us, has far more of the hunter essence. The opportunist essence. The one I call the Buccaneer Spirit.

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“Opportunity favours the bold” — Richard Branson

I start of with my poem to the Buccaneer Spirit:

The Buccaneer Spirit

What is that drives the heart of man to go on a foolish endeavour? To risk everything for the gain of gold, fame and fortune? Why do some people hunt for more than that they currently have? And why will they do crazy things to get it? Is it …

The lust for adventure?
The lust for a golden prize?
The lust for togetherness?
The lust for violence?
The lust in pushing oneself?
To take away the pain of the past?
To lift the Yoke of the old world?
The Ambition to get ahead?

The lust for fame & glory

Is it in all of us, or are we different and some people are just born as farmers?

What is an entrepreneur? Are we born to do it or can it be trained?

Can the Buccaneer Spirit be tamed or channeled? Or should it be suppressed and forgotten? Is it something the military has traditionally done? How can we do right by this energy in a modern world? Is it for Athletes and Warriors? Or for go-getting Entrepreneurs?

Can everyone plant their flag in the right way and make a stand?

What fights are worth fighting?
What rebellions are worth dying for?

For what future would you do anything, to see succeed?
Are you a buccaneer too?

Do you have the Buccaneer Spirit?

In an opportune world only the opportunist gets ahead

— Lord Commander Sillion

It’s An Opportune World [Who Are Your Monsters?]

Mankind is the greatest opportunist and omnivore this planet has ever seen. This is no small feat. There are many spices that are extremely adaptable and has survived the eons of change on this planet. But none other than us has tamed the environment and actually gone into space and to the moon.

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

Of course some of us are far more opportunistic and adaptable than others. I’m especially thinking of the pirates and adventurers that sailed the Caribbean Sea and the Spanish main during the Golden age of piracy. Both mythical and real, they occupy a certain place in many of our hearts. Many of them had a very questionable moral by modern standards and did many hideous acts of cruelty. As where common in a different age.

Everyone is a monster to someone.
Since you are so convinced that I am yours, I will be it – Captain Flint

Still we romanticizes them and the myth of what they did simply because of the entrepreneurial spirit they possessed to actually succeed in their many endeavors. This goes not only for the pirates but for all adventures setting sails and casting out in a harsh unknown world on the seven seas. In a time that the likeleyhood to die from Scurvey or other decies was far higher, than be killed in comabt or any other way. I call this the Buccaneer Spirit after the name Buccaneer.

We all have some monsters to slay, some dictator to topple, a revolution to fight. To find what is true to us, is no small task. Many of us are set on the wrong fight and challenge. What are your challenges in life? Your truth?

In an opportune world only the opportunist gets ahead - Lord Commander Sillion

In an opportune world only the opportunist gets ahead – Lord Commander Sillion

The Buccaneer Charm [Here Be Pirates]

My own enchantment with the buccaneers began as child when I first saw the movie The Crimson Pirate from 1952 starring Burt Lancaster and Nick Cravat as swashbuckling acrobats. This movie together with Star Wars was the first moves my uncle had on VHS that me and my brother watch repeatedly during our childhood. I think it formed us many ways to live a life full of dreams and stories.

Be careful what stories we imbue our young with – Lord Commander Sillion

Here comes the four Buccaneer triggers I experienced in one week:

Pirates! and Merchants & Marauders

When Sid Meier’s Pirates! came out in 1990 on our Amiga, it became one of our most played games ever. We simply loved the narration and the freedom of the game. Now in modern times there has come out a fantastic boardgames version of Pirates called Merchants & Marauders designed by Christian Marcussen. And this summer there was an expansions for the game called Seas of Glory that I finally got to play during the weekend of WarCon – PeaceCon gaming convention in Varberg. So this is the first of 4 pirately triggers for this article. I just love this open sandbox feeling you get in this game. You feel like you are set on an adventure with an open goal. To craft your way into a glorious future. If you get the chance to play, do so. Maybe with me?

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Playing Merchants & Marauders at Warcon

Götheborg and Fortress Varberg

This was also the week the rebuilt 18th century ship Götheborg visited the harbour of Varberg will full flavour. There is something special about standing next to a ship of this magnitude staring into a broadside of cannons. It does something to my pirate heart. Present of the harbour of Varberg is also the very large Fortress Varberg. It only adds to the flavour. One can suddenly understand the strategic importance of a large fortress with big cannons on a high wall that can reach much further than the ships at bay. Standing up there the big ships looks both big and small at same time.

Buccaneer Sillion in front of Götheborg

Buccaneer Sillion in front of Götheborg

Bilgewater & Gangplank of [League Of Legends]

This was also the week that the Bilgewater event launched in my favorite game League Of Legends. Full to the brims with pirately skins, maps, voice-overs and an awesome Theme-song very inspired with the Black Sails song. The main character Gangplank was already a favorite of mine and now he was improved to be even cooler and better. And the new Rouge Admiral Garren and Captain Fortune looks awesome.

“Fortune doesn’t favour fools” — Captain Miss Fortune

The story is summarized in this cool song on YouTube: This is Bilgewater.

“Fortune doesn’t favour fools” — Captain Miss Fortune

“Fortune doesn’t favour fools” — Captain Miss Fortune

Black Sails [Blood Red]

The last trigger is of course my new favorite show: Black Sails. I have been holding of to see season 2 of it all spring for some unknown reason. Clearly it was no coincidence that this was the very week I would start see season 2. It is almost to good to be true. When writing this I have seen 8 episodes of season 2 so far and can without a doubt say that this some of the best story and writing I have ever seen. There is great dialog and great writing with lots of references to Marcus Aurelius stoic thoughts from his book Meditations. Awesome multidimensional characters all with different goals and agendas. A stunning setting and visuals in vividly live Nassau. You can feel the sweet all the way to the sofa of the heat. This was meant to see on a sweaty summer like this.

Black Sails so enhances the feeling in the rest of my triggers that it makes the whole narration for me. Many of the characters embody the driving force of the #BuccaneerSpirit.

Jack Rackham is the charming leader with good social skills and cunning.
Eleanor Guthrie is the driven entrepreneur who has to be very tough to make it in a mans world.
Charles Vane as the ruthless hunter that sheer no methods to get ahead.

Max is the provider of secrets and information with a grander plan.
Captain Flint is unstoppable force with true grit, who will stop at nothing reach his hidden goals and vision.
John Silver is the true opportunist that can’t not take the opportune road.

John Silver - The True Opportunist

John Silver – The True Opportunist

The Buccaneer Endeavor [Become An Opportunist]

“You can’t outwit fate by standing on the sidelines placing little side bets about the outcome of life… if you don’t play you can’t win.” – Judith McNaught

Where does that leave us then, You and I? Are you a Hunter or Farmer? Or little of both? How can we use this to become better versions of ourselves? It’s all about finding the right narrative for our own journey. We human are nothing but suckers for our own and other’s stories. The better the stories the more excitement it ignite in us.

How can we ignite the Buccaneer Spirit in us?

Captain Flint promises his men that if they dig in and makes an extraordinary effort they will become princes of the new world. It’s the same for us entrepreneurs. The old industrial world is slowly being taken over by a new one. A world that you and I can help architect, build and flourish in. It’s gonna be hard work. It’s gonna require extraordinary skill. Some people will laugh at you. Some people will even hate your guts. This is the way it’s supposed to be. If no-one feels anything for what you doing, good or bad, you’re not hauling ass enough 😉

“Friends…brothers…the prize that you and I have been pursuing is L’Urca de Lima. The Hulk. A prize of almost unimaginable value. Now with this page securely in our possession, we can begin our hunt and we will succeed. No matter the cost. No matter the struggle. I will see that prize is yours. I’m not just gonna make you rich. I’m not just gonna make you strong. I’m gonna make you the princes of the New World!” — Captain Flint

I believe that anyone who is willing, can muster up with a new crew to cast away, set sails and go on an endeavour into this new world of opportunity. There are many of us who longer believes that the preservation of status quo as slaves under the old world of consumerism and capitalism, where we are to do as we are told no longer holds up. Sure there will be resistance from most of the slaves under the system that are so invested in the old system that they won’t and can’t unhook from it.

The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it. — Morpheus – The Matrix

Do you feel the itch? To do something more adventurous with your life? Are you stuck in your own Matrix? Do you want to rewrite our own Narrative? A chance to take the RED Pill Rum each day? 😉

Hunt Down Your Destiny [Cast Of Your Yoke]

It’s time to hunt down your own Destiny.

Ships aren’t meant to sit in the harbour. There meant to sail the seven seas and take chances on great endeavours. Some say plant your flag and take a stand as a warrior. I say Raise Your Flag and become the Opportunity Hunter and Buccaneer. Sure fighting a rebellion on an island for hope is a worthy cause. Still there are an archipelago of undiscovered truths waiting to be discovered by mankind. Are you one of the frontier explorers on the this “Enterprise”? Are you ready cast of your Yoke?

“Where no man has gone before?”

So open your logbook and record your journey along the way.
Let’s hunt some opportunities in an opportune world!

Civilization needs its monsters. You think Whitehall wants piracy to flourish in the Bahamas? No, I don't think they want it, but I think they're aware of the cost associated with trying to fight it. And I think that that sound travels. You're an educated man, my lord, but I think it worth reminding you that in most cases a man trying to change the world fails for one simple and unavoidable reason... everyone else -- James McGraw [Captain Flint]

Civilization needs its monsters.
You think Whitehall wants piracy to flourish in the Bahamas? No, I don’t think they want it, but I think they’re aware of the cost associated with trying to fight it. And I think that that sound travels. You’re an educated man, my lord, but I think it worth reminding you that in most cases a man trying to change the world fails for one simple and unavoidable reason… everyone else — James McGraw [Captain Flint]

The Buccaneer Spirit Party [Hunters & Explorers]

My thoughts immediately go to a gathering of like-minded entrepreneurs. Do you love the spirit of the buccaneer as much as I do? Are you a frontier explorer? A Hunter and not a farmer?

Could we make a conference or a meetup next summer of sorts with the buccaneer and opportunist theme? We all know it’s good to pivot when stuck and “Dead in the Water”. This will be about helping each other to spot the right opportunities and pivot on old ideas. And set together an able crew for an entrepreneurial endeavour. The lift the gold-haze on being stuck on the hunt for the wrong prize. To sharpen ones buccaneer tools. You could even call it a “A Pivoteer meetup” 😉

Could we have it in Varberg on the fortress if and when the ship Götheborg returns? Maybe we could even book a dinner onboard the ship? Or in any other flourishing harbor that is exited about the idea and what it represents? To make a visual stance in that we are doing something different. Something BOLD and adventurous. We are lifting the Yoke of the old economy and scaling the rails in the new world.

A Buccaneer Spirit Party for Entrepreneurs, Hunters and World Explorers.

/Lord Commander Sillion
Buccaneer and Free Sailing Thinker

Göteborg arriving in Varberg Harbour with cannons firing - Foto Varbergs Flygklubb

Göteborg arriving in Varberg Harbour with cannons firing – Foto Varbergs Flygklubb

The Full Bilgewater

The Full Bilgewater

Corsair Quinn & Rouge Admiral Garen

Corsair Quinn & Rouge Admiral Garen

Smarter Than Yesterday

Have you been curios and learning something new today? If you haven’t there is no need to give up hope. Turns out that curiosity is trainable. And even learning new skills doesn’t take years if you apply the right methods according to Tim Ferriss, who has been a human guinea pig in learning new skills in the shortest amount of time. You too can chose to get better every day. The best way to do this, is to spend time with others who also Level Up! each day 🙂

I call this being a Curiosity Ninja!

Ignore Everybody [Do Learn Form Them]

Today I got inline to get some Norway Lobsters at a local fish wagon. Same place I went to yesterday when I didn’t get any because I was there to late. So I did learn and became smarter than yesterday. Some people do. Others has worked for 20 years and only have 1 year of experience to account for, i.e. they has the same 1 year of experience 20 times. This I “Read” today as I listened through the audiobook Ignore Everybody with Hugh MacLeod. I really peculiar book that isn’t for everybody. It was for me. I really like the double messages that confirms that nothing is ever black or white. Check it out: Ignore everybody and 39 Keys To Creativity.

Many people have already made the mistakes that your are about to make. You don’t have to learn form your own mistakes. You can actually learn from others 🙂

Ignore Everybody - The Blog

Ignore Everybody – The Blog

Level Up! [Make Smarter Choices]

What I’m getting at is that becoming smarter each day by learning by your own and preferably others mistakes is a choice. I choose to do things differently today to see if they turned out any better. Different is of course not always better. But without experimentation we can’t innovate and improve ourselves.

Neo , The Chosen One – Are he making decisions or are he just to understand the choices already made?
– What Choices Do You Make?

I will go back to the word “Choice”. Am I really choosing to do things different? This is a very interesting question. So interesting that I had to re-watch my absolute favourite movie on the matter tonight: The Matrix Reloaded. Did I have choice in watching it tonight or am I just to understand why I watched it again? The question of free will and if the universe is deterministic is very interesting on a human level. Mostly because this is the only level, part from some really smart mathematicians, that most humans can think on. And it’s ok. We need to think like humans and we need to become better at it all the time.

Most of us humans don’t really think about becoming better humans on a daily basis.

But what if we did?

I now feel that this is one of the things I really care about. How can we become better versions of ourself than we where yesterday? How can you? Like in a roleplaying game like World Of Warcraft where one of the main focuses is getting more experience each day so the you can increase your skills and learn new talents every week, month and year. To Level Up! This is the book I’m writing. How to Level Up! your life. By training your brain, your body and your empathy and social skills every day.

Check Tai Lopez too and his take on investing and improving yourself every day: Invest in Yourself.

Double down on your own brain and invest in yourself — Tai Lopez

I have also been reading and doing exercises in Daniel Priestley’s books, Key Person of Influence and Entrepreneur Revolution. They are all about defining yourself and all of your experiences into a clear version of yourself. One that you want to take further into life. One that others will look up to in your particular tribe and niche.

Do give Daniel a listen on his long talk on London Real.

Within the context of an environment, certain outcomes become very normal - Daniel Priestley

Become part of an environment that normalizes what ever you want to succeed with – Daniel Priestley

Do want to get a brain that sees the world in a new perspective?

Both Robert Kegan and Peter Sage both talk about another effect of pursuing knowledge and insights each day. Our brain can reach new orders of mentality and consciousness where we perceive the ourself and the world in whole new ways. Read more here and here. So by training yourself you can actually become better at training yourself. This is very good news for you. Also people will wanna hang out with you if you are a wiser person.

Find Your Fellows [Start a Level Up! Club] 

The central theme in all this is to spend time with other people who also want to Level Up! their lives. Not with people who drag you down but with people who lift you up. This is sometimes hard. There are global meetups like Live Your Legend Local and online communities like London Real Academy that tries to gather people into peer groups that boost each other on a regular basis. Or start your own Level Up! Club. Start befriending people you want to have in you Level Up! club.

As for the book I mention at the top: Ignore Everybody. With it I mean Ignore Everybody except for your Level Up! Club.

And Mentors [Who Are Your Mentors?]

Try to find mentors to include in the group of people who you spent the most time with. People who are already ding things toy want to do. Listen to Geoff Woods on the subject: The Mentee. And listen to Tai Lopez TED Talk. I know this isn’t easy. I have never had a mentor in my life. And the all the mentors I have today come in the form of Books and Podcast with interesting people. Still I would like to find some real mentors and become one as well.

Do find it in yourself to Level Up! each day even if it’s only 5 minutes before bed — Lord Sillion

And how did it go with my Norway lobsters? They tasted delicious when me and my family ate them in our annual Lobster Party 🙂

/Lord Sillion
Level 42 and climbing

 

Our Lobster/Crayfish party at House Sillion

Our Lobster/Crayfish party at House Sillion

Jupiter Descending

Jupiter Is Descending [Make Better Art]

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending

– So Jupiter is Descending.

– You mean Ascending?

– No I mean Down.

– Up or down? What does it matter? Is there even up or down in space or is it just in your head?

– Yes it matters. Maybe you think that it’s only words. But words and stories is the land where human lives.

– Ah, so you mean it was bad?

– Bad is putting mildly. It sucked Space Balls. I won’t go into too much detail. If you want the whole deal you can check this review out: Jupiter Ascending’ Is Like ‘Battlefield Earth’ Without The Excuse Of Scientology.

– That bad. But it’s a Wachowskis? The siblings that made “The Movie” and gave us Cloud Atlas?

– Yes… We don’t know what went wrong. Not even drugs can explain this… this Accident.

– So, should we stay the frack away?

– No it can probably be seen. But this movie falls 100% under what I call the Blockbuster Myth.

– And here we was hoping for the movie of the year… I feel sad and sick at the same time. Any true artist is supposed to level up their skills over the years. It can’t just be written of as a with the now so popular term “Failure”. Everyone who is making movies would be familiar with the Pixar Method by now. Even at Pixar every movie start out as a failure and a bad idea. But over time every movie is iterated through a creative process that either makes it into a success in storytelling or the movies goes on the scrap heap. A place that Jupiter Ascending should be on now. There is no excuse ever to make a bad movie anymore. Especially not with the track record and expectations that comes after Cloud Atlas. The impossible novel that was made into one of the best movies ever.

– So is it 100% rotten?

– Not completely. The movie is a Space Opera just like Guardians of the Galaxy and The Fifth Element. It is visually stunning. And even if it was a goofy B movie it would have been good. But it completely lacks all the charm and humor that would have made us forgive all the plot holes and totally unrealistic way all the characters behaved. It is space eye candy that would have been beautiful as an art project with no story at all. Now it’s just plan fracking bad. Why Wachowskis, Why? Why?

– Guess they failed. Isn’t that what everybody is talking about now a days. Fail often, fail fast?

– Yes. You fail on the way. Practice makes perfect. It’s like Seth Godin says: You Thrash Early. And you fail early… may times… and over time your project becomes better. Then finally when it approaches shipping it becomes great. Or you don’t ship it at all. This especially true for a $176 million project like this movie. Please don’t make a bad movie ever again. One director (or two directing siblings) holding full creative freedom over a creative project of this magnitude is not acceptable anymore. Pull it together. Make good art. Make better art like Neil Gaiman says. And the whole Pixar Method is available to everyone.

– So is there no story at all?

– Yes there is a very good seed. The whole premise that time is the most precious commodity in the universe is something some of us think are true here on Earth already. They could have made such a great movie around this story with real freedom fighters figthing for the freedom of the universe. Now there is whole galaxy that doesn’t seem to care what 3 rich spoiled kids do. They just tucker on with some stupid made up bureaucracy that in now way, shape or form could have made it through billions of years in the galaxy.

– But it’s just a movie. Why are you so upset? Just shut off your brain and enjoy it for what is. Why can’t you do that?

– Haven’t you been listening at all? You can’t just shut of your brain. It’s when you think your brain is the most relaxed and just watching a silly movie, that it is at its most acceptable for a good story with a good message buried inside it. Movies of this magnitude, especially sci-fi and fantasy is the most important tool we have to build a better world.

With great powers of storytelling comes great responsibilities!

Make better art!!!!!!

No Jupiter is Descending

No Jupiter is Descending

/LordSillion

Holistic Thinking Ninja

18 Years In The Matrix

Red Or Blue Pill?

It’s now 18 years ago (April 2017) that I first took the “Red Pill“. It was the spring of 1999. A friend of mine had gotten us tickets to a pre-show of a movie that looked really cool. The event was hosted by Maya, the 3D rendering program that was used to make some of the effects in the movie. We went to Grand on Sveavägen in Stockholm with 200 other nerds who thought this was going to be something extra. And boy was we right. This was for me the most accelerating experience in my life. I remember coming out of the theatre so excited that I jumped over every bench, wall and bush I could find. After collecting my thoughts half an hour later I called my geek brother. Then I told him. That he was going to have to wait for months for the real Swedish premier of the coolest movie ever made…
 The Matrix .

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Red Or Blue?

Later that summer we of course went to get tickets to the real Swedish premier. We went for the biggest and best theater in Stockholm, Sergel 1. On the opening show, when we entered the theater, we where all handed a little plastic bag with a red and a blue pill. The 3 of us, who hade seen it before, immediately went bonkers of excitement again. We where some of the few people there, who already knew what the pills represented 🙂

This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. – Morpheus

Before the movie was about to start, the head of Warner Brother Sweden stepped up on the stage, to tell us we where about to witness the coolest movie premiere of all time and to honor that they started throwing out T-Shirts and Sunhats into the audience. Sadly I got none. It didn’t matter. Prior to the event I had entered every promo competition for the film I could find and had already won both a T-Shirt and some Matrix branded sunglasses. Mind blown. Again.

What is real? How do you define ‘real’? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain. – Morpheus

Later I went to see it 2 more times that summer just to completely get into this new future. Finally there would be lots of cool movies. How could it not? How wrong I was…

I also have to mention that by that time I was already deep into Cyber-Philosophy. My favourite movie before this one was of course Ghost in the Shell that I had probably seen 20 times already by that time. I have read the comic and was completely in love with this philosophical cyber genre. My first official party I hosted as head of my party-section [Sexmästare] when I studied was a Cyber Party heavily inspired by Ghost in the Shell and Billy Idol’s Cyber Punk album. I even called my self Mikee Boy – CyberDemon of Joy then.

Ghost In The Shell

Ghost In The Shell

Dream Reality Party of 1999

Back to 1999. My brother was turning 25 and was coming up to Stockholm to have his party. I was hosting so I turned it into a heavily Matrix inspired party with live roleplaying called the Dream Party. A party where everyone had to come dressed as their cool Residual Self Image. So I had to go out and buy some cool sunglasses and get a cool haircut. The party was a blast. So from that day on, I now wear this Residual Self Image of mine. It’s my Matrix Haircut. If you want to know more about it you can listen to this podcast in Swedish: Gott Prat.

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Our innovation to the Dream Party of 1999

The Matrix Brothers

The Matrix Brothers

Later the fall I bought my first DVD player, Home theater system and of course The Matrix on DVD. With it and Fight Club as my only first movies, we continued to remind ourselves, what is really “real” and important in life.

The Dream World

The Matrix resonates with me on so many levels. I remember when was about 15. We used to stay up all night playing boardgames & roleplaying games. Afterwards we used to go outside and talk about games and other philosophical things for hours in the middle of the night just before going home. The neighbors weren’t so happy with us with our loud, long conversations. One occurring conversation was that there was no way of telling if we all lived inside a big collective dream. The Dream World.

Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world? – Morpheus

As I and many others now know more about the brain, it’s not far from the truth. What The Matrix opened our eyes in such a wide manner to. That we are responsible for our own experience of reality. The brain is literally a storytelling machine. It’s a pattern recognition machine that is so good that it can recognize it’s own thinking patterns. This consciousness became very useful for us. It’s an exceptional system for simulation of events. Past, present and future. It allowed us to become very effective at collaborating. Both our internal and shared stories made us into this amazing mammal we are today that has managed travel across 384,400 km of empty space to the moon and back. And we are just at the beginning of this epic tale of our story in the universe.

Your brain and all your sensory system are handling a staggering amount of data every second. Your conscious self take a very, very small part of this data and put together a thing that acts like a “Reality Feed”. Your story about you. Your own personal Matrix of the world around you. Now don’t be alarmed. You are still you, the whole you. Still in control of your thoughts, feelings and actions. You simply has an amazing way of experience the myriad och data and decisions that make up you. Without you going completely mad and bonkers on the way.

Morpheus: How did I beat you?
Neo: You… you’re too fast.
Morpheus: Do you believe that my being stronger or faster has anything to do with my muscles in this place? Do you think that’s air you’re breathing now?

Red or Blue?

Red or Blue?

We can’t fathom the difference of being real-real or dream-real. For all we know we could just be a simulation of big computer. A “Real” Matrix. So enjoy your story, as you yourself are writing it for you. I recommend taking part in the writing. Being the Architect of your own life and future. Doing this together with other like-minded Matrix Ninjas will elevate both you, the people in your tribe and the entire human race to new mind-boggling heights.

Do you want join on this epic quest of defining our own “reality”?

Lord Sillion
Captain Future

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: …

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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

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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

Premium Rush [Life Begins At The Edge of Reality]

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Life Begins At The Edge Of Your Comfort Zone [Feel the Rush]

How often do you go outside your comfort zone? And when you do it. Do you do it out of fear or for the rush? We should all do it more often. Because it’s then that life happens and you are going forward on your journey. Happy hunting!

I’ve just been watching the movie Premium Rush. Wow what “A Ride” (Pun intended). I spent the whole movie jumping up and down, heart racing and shouting out loud. Maybe it’s just me. I’ve been riding my bike almost everyday my whole life just for fun. I also worked as a bike messenger  in my hometown Halmstad. So maybe that’s why I get such a Kick from watching this movie. I also went to New York for first time this spring and revisiting many places here also get my mind “racing”. Joseph Gordon-Levitt does almost all of the cycling himself and it’s just crazy. Just see it with the rush in mind 🙂

“Breaks are death”
“Can’t stop. Don’t want to either” — Wilee

Premium Rush - Ride Like Hell

Premium Rush – Ride Like Hell

What Is Real? [How Do You Define Real?]

What makes you feel real? We all know that the reality we perceive around us is just a very complex picture painted by our brain using an incredible rich amount of sensory data in form of firing synapses. It’s a marvel that our brain deceives us by making this picture seem so normal and “Real”.

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” — Philip K. Dick

When we enter the brain-state we are in when doing a full rush on a bike ride, like in the movie Premium Rush. Everything just seem so much more real, when we are in that state of mind. “Open up the pores and take it all in” like Jason Silva says. So why does so few of us do it for “Real”? We should all do it more often! Put ourselves in a state of Premium Rush. It’s also the way I feel when I dance really, really intense to House and Hardstyle music. I activate the Hive-Switch in my brain, like Jonathan Haidt calls it.

Let’s Dance! Let’s Rock n Roll!

“How do you define real?” — Morheus

Here is my attempt I made over 15 years ago after being inspired by movies like Ghost in the Shell:

R e a
l i t y
Online with your brain
On track with your senses
In focus with your mind
In aim with your dreams
In contact with your body
In phase with Reality
In thoughts we wander
In chaos we exist
In truth we believe
To destiny we yield
In information trust
In Reality we live

Feel The Quickening [Expand Your Reality Together]

The world is full of wonder. Much of it is destroyed every day. Never to return to Earth. Let’s fight for a better tomorrow! Take that step. Feel the rush when you are dangling close to the Edge. It’s called life! Go out and live it! Dance the Night Away. Sprint in Sunlight, Moonlight or Rain on your favorite vehicle [Shoes included]. The Adrenalin pumping in your veins. Your heart pounding.

Feel the Quickening!

And do it together!

Life Begins At The Edge of Reality — Lord Sillion

The Brothers - Lord Sillion and Lord Miglos - Jumping on the Cliffs

The Brothers – Lord Sillion and Lord Miglos – Jumping on the Cliffs

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Holistic Thinking Ninja

A Rim Vision of the Future

This is part 2 of 4 of for the Big Summertime Storytelling I do this summer with Man of Steel, Wolverine, Pacific Rim and Elysium.

Also check out my Storytelling post on Cloud Atlas, Iron Man 3, Oblivion and Princess of Mars.

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Pacific Grim [A Rim Vision of the Future]

We must use Storytelling and Science Fiction to envision a new Future. And to raise important question for an ongoing dialog about the future and where we are going. We should draw parallels to our past and present to give us better picture of who we are and how we build our society. Why do we go forward?

I am a Mech Lover. Somewhere in my heart I just love big moving robots. I don’t know why but maybe you do? So that’s why I had to go and see the latest Mech Movie: Pacific Rim. It starts out great. The first 5 minutes we get a fast walk-through of the events leading up to current situation in the movie. This really feels like we are going to see an epic Sci-Fi movie with great visions of the future. And then… We get nothing of the things promised…

Don’t get me wrong. The Mechs are just awesome and the Action is superb. Expect that apparently they have a sword that is super effective in the fights, but it’s not used at all until the very end. And if this a popcorn movie where you are supposed to leave your brain at the door… Sorry, no can do. I am my brain and so are you. All movies weather are dumb or smart is all about storytelling and it affects us all in some way. There is no excuse to make a dumb movie ever. Storytelling is the ultimate learning and visionary tool and we are using it wrong.

“Storytelling is about Profound lessons that you should internalize.
sugar-coated in an entertaining ride. That are not to challenging but are embedded with deep truths” — Jason Silva

I’ll talk about some of the things missing in the movie below and how it should be.

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Mechs are cool! Gigantic Mechs are Awesome!

Social Media [We will just not drop it]

Come on it’s now 2013 and we’ve been using social media for many years. Are all Sci-Fi movies and television shows from now on set in an alternative universe where Social Media didn’t happen? It’s so Sad that they all have to be this way. And it will not be like today. It will have evolved to a whole new level. Try using your fantasy to imagine it for us 🙂

The Future is a Team Game [Only together can we save Earth]

In the opening there is this great mention of that all nations came together. And then nothing. The science department is a one man show. We are now really starting to see that the future will be a collaborative effort. We are beginning to Crowdfund and Crowd-develop all sort of things at an exponentially growing rate. We are not going to stop that just like that, when a crisis shows up. It’s exactly then that we going to put these tools to really good use. I can see that the design and construction is the effort very large collaborating teams all over the world. We would all join up and contribute to our favorite Mech Design. With this new gigantic Metal Gods we would all bow to them in Awe.

We would proudly fly the team color of our favorite Mech Team.

And speaking of Games. In a future with gigantic Mechs, every aspect of them are going to turn into a game. We would have large virtual simulation games of the Mechs. That way we are going to find the absolute best pilot teams as the winners of massive eSports tournaments. Not the pathetic sparring they have in the movie.

All this should be in the movie…

Storytelling FTW [Let’s Gear Up for Joint Tomorrow]

Movies like these should be an awesome experience in creating a vision in what Mankind is capable of when put under the threat of extinction. We should leave the theater in an absolute astounding sense of awe of what we can do if we all work together against a common enemy. Not just pointless stuff to earn more money. I know that ComicBookGrl19 calls this “The one original film that came out this summer”. But not so. For me this feels like a standard action movie made in the 90-ties.

Storytelling has been around for as long as we have been humans. And it’s the storytelling itself that first made us into the storytelling chimpanzee we are today. You must embrace fiction. It will make you more empathetic and more able to navigate life’s problems and dilemmas. — Jonathan Gottschall

Stories pulls us together and unites us with common values. It’s the core that makes us into a groupish vehicle for our genes to pass down to our offspring. We use them to set a shared Moral Matrix for the group. They create our culture and our entire existence. — Lord Sillion

This is what Storytelling has always been about. Not a whimsical nonsense without wisdom and visions. The Wachowskis showed us with The Matrix over 10 years ago that you can make a cool action movie with deep truths, embedded with philosophy and thought provoking, meaningful visions of the future. As did their main inspiration: Ghost in the Shell before them. And they did it again now with Cloud Atlas.

Read Jonathan Gottschall’s The Storytelling Animal to find out more about how our brain thinks all its thoughts in stories. And read my blog about Storytelling.

Why is this Important? [What we can Imagine –> We can Build]

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We don’t need a Time Machine to redesign the Future

Because what we can Envision and Imagine we can build together. It’s how the brain works. It runs on stories. Particular the visual ones. We must stop treating movies and television as dumb entertainment and use it for what it really does. All things we see and experience affects us in some way. We are constantly bombarded with visions and messages. Let’s make them something we can be proud of and aspire to.

It’s time to take the future back. We start by building a common vision of the Future.

I’ll soon talk about how to build a common vision…
And tomorrow I will go and see Elysium. I put my hopes up for Elysium and the Story it will tell.

Read about Elysium here.

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Holistic Thinking Ninja