Peace In Our Time

Peace In Our Time

Peace In Our Time – Famous words that is somewhat difficult to live by and make happen. And an absolute must in the long-term if we, as humans, are going to continue to live on our beloved Spaceship orbiting the sun.

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We Come In Peace – To Plant our Flags of Peace

Mission Peace

It was about a week before the big event here in Varberg on August 27th 2016, that I was contacted by Anna Linton. She is one of 2 founders and the Creative Manager for the big peace concert called Notes For Peace. The Challenge was this:

During the day before the evening concert, there are to be lots of activities spread out on 8 stations around the fortress in Varberg. There were also to be a quiz walk with a stop on each station. Beside the ordinary quiz question on each station, there where also to be a dialog question around peace on each station. Now Anna needed a Conversation Hosts on each station to get the dialog going.

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All The Conversation Hosts – Christian Dahlqvist – Daniel Stintzing – Michael Sillion – Jörgen Welter – Christian Grönlund -Anna Numell – Steve Cook -Kajsa Jeppson – Rebecca Tomstad – Lisa Vallo – Martin Jordö

Was I up to the task to find suitable hosts for each station that would spread joy and love?
Yes I was!

I reached out in my network and after a couple of days I had a made a team of 11 amazing people. I’m all for building a community around each event I go to, so I started a Facebook chat with all the Conversation Hosts and got them to answer 2 of my favorite questions:

1.Why did you chose Planet Earth to live on?
2.And what do you have burning passion for?

The answers I got made me all warm and fuzzy inside ❤

How did it go then? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This is a big topic and I must go deeper into my inner parts first.

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Tony Stark: Isn’t that the end-goal? Peace in our time! – Avengers: Age Of Ultron

What Is Peace Then?

Yes, what is peace and how do we achieve it?

There are 2 meanings of the word peace:

1.freedom from disturbance; tranquillity.
2.a state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended.

I call them Inner and Outer Peace. We start with Inner Peace because I, as many others, believe that to have true Peace and Prosperity we have to start from the inside.

Whoa, wait? Now you through another word in there, prosperity?

Yes, I will come to that in a moment.

Finding Inner Peace is no easy task. For starters it is not something that is either on or of. It is a practice and a skill. Like the legend of the to wolves:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Or Yin & Yang that is featured so prominent in mine and my daughters new favorite movie:  Kung Fu Panda 3. It’s about finding oneselves true value and becoming a better version of oneself.

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Master Oogway finding Inner Peace in Kung Fu Panda 3

Outer Peace then? The old definition of peace is the absence of war. The period between 2 wars. And for a long period in human history this has been the case. War and violence has been big part our history. But that is slowly coming to and end. Hearing Steven Pinker talk about his research and reading his book: The Better Angels of Our Nature, makes it clear that our modern society has never been so free of conflict ever before in history.

Here is what I think. I think that Outer Peace should no longer be the absence of war but the opposite of war. Not something we get when we are not fighting in some way our another but something we aspire to and work hard to achieve.

A new way of life. To build a better prosperous and flourishing society here on Planet Earth. Where we can all share the riches of our way of life and live in harmony with the fruits of a both socially, economically and ecologically sustainable society.

And it will always be struggle and journey to train in the skills needed to maintain such a society. Both on larger scale by finding Outer Peace between us and first foremost by staring in training and helping every citizen feeding their good wolf on the inside.

Peace is a skill we need to learn and become better at, and finally master in each and every generation born. – Lord Sillion

Is it like Alain de Botton says in this fantastic conversation: Design Matters. We are fragile human beings, that are barely holding it together under the surface. Civilisation is a thin veil.
Or isn’t it?
I think not.

One thing for sure is that every one of us can easily through a bone to the bad wolf now and again. And we know that it is not so much dictated how we are on the inside, but also in what company we are surrounded by. It is very easy to follow the tribe as a social animal.

And here in lies all of our responsibility. To be the good company of others.

To speak up and act when we hear, see and feel that something is not living up to the way we want our society to be.

Varberg Calling

My “interest” in Peace probably started when I was young. Learning of the importance kindness from the comic Bamse. Later in my thirties and came across The Scarry Guy who had a very unique way being on a mission to create World Peace.

My real journey began late in 2014 when Started working on project called Varberg Calling For Peace celebrating the 100 year anniversary of peace conference held here in Varberg in 1915 that in some way or from laid the foundation for the League of Nations.

We helped many interesting projects come to life in the name of peace and I also for the first time came into contact with Mark Nelson and his concept of Peace Innovation Lab.

Here you can here me talk with Jon & Malin about Varberg Calling for Peace in Swedish.

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Together! We create the Future Together!

Prosperous Profiteering
[We Come In Peace ;)]

Of course one of that absolute largest reasons we still have war in the world today is the Military–industrial complex and other Companies and Conglomerates that profiteer on selling stuff to people with fear in their hearts. People who have fed their bad wolf a long time, both on the receiving and severing end of the deal.

The reasons we are so good at killing each others in some parts of the world is that we have the tools to do it, on a mass scale. And once we have done it, it escalates into a bad spiral with people feeding their bad wolves.Military–industrial complex

There is no denying that when there is profit to be made on a large-scale, on war-profiteering, there we will always be some bad apples willing to do it. And as long as we let them continue and that they have the money and power, to continue buying their permission to do it, they will continue.

One way to protest is to continue to say no and no, again and again. We have done that for many years and it’s a slow progress.

The other way that Mark suggest is that, we in an ever-increasing scale, make it more profitable to make money on making peace. We outcompete war. We invent ever more peace technologies that connects the world and make it easier to feed the good wolf in both ourselves and our fellow tribesmen and human beings.

All we want is, not to be alone and feel connected to the people around us. Both in peace and war. And I don’t know about you, but I much prefer connecting in Peace.

And it’s not that we lack suffering and challenges that brings us closer. Because according to Sebastian Junger (the author of Tribe) we never feel so connected and close together as when we are faced with a threatening environment or challenge.

We can just chose, to put the real challenges of living 9 billion people together on a Spaceship going around the sun. With enough for everyone, to live an interesting life.

We have so many fuck-ups and man-made problems to deal with for now to go around the world, that we have our hands filled for years solving our 17 global challenges. So let’s concentrate on them. Is it going to get a lot worse before it gets better or the other way around?

It’s time to Unfuck the world.

Peace Day [P-Day]

Now how did it go on the big P-Day here in Varberg. Notes For Peace as the event is called is continuation on the Varberg Calling For Peace project and was born during that process. And as such they made it into whole experience.

Inner Peace Yoga

It all started in the early morning with some morning yoga on one of our fabulous beaches in Varberg where everyone was invited to dress in Peace White. I and Daniel, one my fellow Conversation Host, where the brave souls who went early to a modernly chilly morning wind by the sea to do yoga barefoot in the soft sand. This fabulous grounded feeling alone made it worth it. And the awesome feeling to feel connected to other brave souls all clad in white by the sea was a feeling I will not soon forget.

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Morning Yoga on the Beach all in white

Host Lunching

Then by noon it was time for all us host to get together with lunch to get to know each other and share our stories why went to create a better society together. Almost all them is people I have the privilege to get to know during my 5 year journey in becoming a Future Captain. Most of them did not know each other is was a very warm getting together lunch  where everyone could tell their story in response to my 2 questions above.

We all hugged and I felt truly connected to my fellow humans. ❤

Host Away!

Then it was time for our “Away mission”. All of my host got their own station with their own activity and questions to discuss with all the people taking the Quiz Walk. The stations or questions was as below. Feel free to comment below on what you feel and think.

1 Fairy Tale Time
This was some nice sofas where children and families read fairy tales together. Here we talked about our favorite music and why music is important to peace?

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Christian on The Fairy Tale 

2 The future of Transportation
How can you make a better world with sustainable transportation?

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Christian talking the future of electric vehicles

3 Our 17 Global Goals
This was a guide to UN’s 17 Global Goals.
What goals are important you and how do you want to work with achieving them?

4 Speakers Corner
At Speakers Corner there were some really inspiring people giving short 8 minutes talk on creating a better world all day. I was one of them. More on that below.
Here the question was: What people are important to you?

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Daniel on important people

5 Bravery and Courage
This was the climbing cube station where we talked about bravery.
When are you brave?

6 Making Someone Happy
When did you make someone happy?

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Steve & Martin about making people happy

7 Yoga & Mindfullness
The last 2 stations where at the our city beach in Varberg and here pole could attended family yoga and mindfulness also with their feet in the sand.
Question: How do you rest your mind and brain?

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Anna at the Yoga beach

8 What Is Peace? & making Peace Flags
Here people could make their own peace flags and plant them in the sand. (Do you have a flag? Stealing Empires with the cunning use of flags – Eddie Izzard)
We talked about: How do you create Peace?

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Kajsa talking about What is Peace? and making Peace flags

In the name of Peace
[Should we brand it peace?]

During the evening all we hosts got together again to eat and talk in the sunset on-top of the Fortress wall, all while the Peace Concert where warming up below. Our best conversation we had, was around the brand and name Peace itself. This was a big questing that we struggled with during our whole celebration year of Varberg Calling for Peace in 2015. Because as I say below many of the people involved in our projects and that showed up on our open call meetings, where not the people busy working making money and creating our common future. The very people we wanted to show up and take part in commercial projects creating our future.

To many peace is has its roots during the hippie- and peace-movements during the 60ties and the 70ties. World Peace is something that volunteers and help organisations are working with and not something business and people do in their daily work and activities. Peace Work is something that you do by giving charity.

The rest of the times we are busy working and doing our hobbies.

This is of course the big challenge as we build our future with all our collective thoughts and activities.

Peace and Prosperity will only come when we work on it full-time in our companies, communities, families and societies. Should we then call it Peace?

Or what should we call it?

Much of what we do when we build a better future,  some of us have chosen to call it Impact. Like Impact Investing, Impact Navigators, Impact Journey and the Nordic Impact Week we are going to now in September in San Francisco.

Is this a good word for Peace?

Even the artist have a hard time telling us what Peace is, as I will talk about now below.

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All the hosts talking about what peace is and how do we create it?

The Main Chorus 

Now it was time the main event or The Main Chorus of the P-Day. (pun intended)

The event took place on really massive stage in front the Fortress and the sea in Varberg. Together with Stockholm Concert Orchestra and some of Sweden’s most cherished artists, when it comes to spreading the important message of love, took on the stage infront of a massive crowd.

The weather had been on top all day. After a couple of cold and rainy weeks we got 3 days of fantastic summer heat culminating on this day. All artist delivered some their best songs accompanied by the Stockholm Concert Orchestra. And the main treat for me and many of my geek friends was when the Orchestra played the whole Star Wars medley on their own. I had goosebumps all over my body and soul.

It was a perfect commentary and “What If?” question on war and peace. Can we only get peace by fighting a war to get it? Like our latest World War II. Or the rebellion in Star Wars? (Is the rebellion good or bad?) Is Peace worth dying for?  (when so many people die fighting other fights).

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Notes For Peace – The Concert!

I had also spent the week leading up to P-Day watching a lot of content on love and war. Like Oliver Stone’s documentary series on what really happened with World War II. And Alain De Botton on Love. And of course listening to the fascinating book Tribe by Sebastian Junger.

And when it came to the artist they all shared their thoughts in peace. Peace is love. And it comes from your heart. So the consensus is that Peace starts with Inner Peace at least.

But what comes after? Like I have talked about above. If we are going to live in a world  of peace and prosperity we have to get so much better at doing it. How do we do that?

And that My friends some of us talked about on stage at Speaker Corner during the day:

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Björn Natthiko Lindeblad – Am I my thoughts? And am I my flesh costume? 

I Want A Peace Of Your Mind!

Speakers Corner is warm place for me to talk about, because I am a Public and Keynote Speaker myself. I was give a spot to do a 8 minute talk on stage with many of my fellow speaking heroes like Micke Gunnarson and Björn Natthiko Lindeblad. I was really exited and wanted to deliver something extra on the subject on Peace. As I am a Future Captain and call my self Captain Future of [Framtidskapten in Swedish] I wanted to inspire people with tools and thoughts about how we create the future.

I gave a quick glance of my concept I have put together over the years that now finally has name 🙂

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Lord Sillion asking how we create the future on Speakers Corner

SKATE into the Future

I have collected and curated thousands of hours of content on how become better versions of ourselves and create a better future for all of us. I wanted sum it up in one short model where I try to include everything important. Into a toolbox that I call SKATE into the Future.

My talk on stage: Lord Sillion – SKATE into the Future. Since we live on the side of Spaceship Earth – Steve choose to film it tilted 😉

Here you will get the very short and summed up model. I do workshops, seminars and keynote speeches on this topic as a Future Captain. Please join me in this quest.

SKATE into the Future

[S]illy

To solve out problems we need to get creative and invent the future. Innovation & Creativity all starts with Silliness, Humor and Curiosity. In order get a great idea we need to have 100 silly ideas first. Eventually one of those ideas evolve into an awesome idea by having sex with other ideas. And it do that in company of other ideas.

Get Silly and have Silly ideas!
Laugh and get people around you into a happy and silly mode!
Be curious! Ask a lot of silly questions!

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Steve being Silly

[K]ind

In Kindness I mean the skill and ability of empathy, compassion, mindfulness and happiness. The ability to feed the good wolf in oneself and others.

You all know people who are good at this skills when you meet them. And it is skill, because you can must train it, to be good at it, on daily basis.

It’s all about being kind to and aware of yourself, and your surroundings. By having an Open Heart, Open Mind and Open Will. Join in on the Ulab course this fall: Transforming Business, Society, and Self – Leading from an emerging future and learn these skills. And celebrate kindness.

[A]wesome

We can all be awesome at something, if we choose to. It takes practice and dedication. It’s part of doing lifelong learning and by realising we are never fully learned in a skill. It is also about finding what is true for ourselves. On how we can contribute to building a better society and future.

The pursuit of knowledge and awesomeness is a lifelong quest. In that quest we also transform ourselves, our mids and literally rewire our brains to new level of understanding ourselves and the world around us. I have written another great post on how we Level Up Our Minds.

Level up you Mind, Body and Heart in a lifelong quest towards Awesomeness!

[T]ogether

We are not alone. Well, many of us are today. But we are not supposed to be. We are a highly social animal that have lived in small to medium-sized tribes during our entire history, just until last 1oo years maybe. Then we were sold on the idea of individualism and living alone or in a nuclear family in a house by ourselves. Sure we go and work with others during they day but we all feel that there is something missing. We all feel it when we are on social media. Some say it’s strange to hug your smartphone the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do before you fall asleep. It is nothing strange with that. The smartphone is our connection to the tribe that our souls are missing.

This is the backside of our society. Loneliness, depression and suicide are on our biggest problems in our modern society. And we can fix it. Just becoming aware of it will start us thinking, talking and doing something about it.

All of our challenges, innovation and events we will do together. That’s how we do the future and win! 

I wrote along pies alone on me chasing it as my word: Together.

[E]levate & [E]xplore 

We are all procrastinators. And we all boost ourselves in the company of other great people. We are terrible at making good decisions on our own. They way to solve this is to spend time in the right company. Where we all inspire and lift each others up.

And when we all perform better and are held accountable for our actions, it is much easier to go out and explore a brave new path into a more prosperous future!

Elevate and challenge others to become the best versions of themselves and seek out the company of others who can elevate you in kind. And go out and explore a better path and direction into the future together!

Love – In The Name Of

Events like Notes For Peace is just the beginning of a trend towards a more prosperous future. Still it’s not going to be cakewalk either into the future. There are many people lock into the other arc of fear and feeding the bad wolf. But at least we get to celebrate with this big amazing events and getting together. They have their events in mass media and social media bubble spreading fear, hate and missinformation.

Note For Peace ended with all the artist singing U2’s – Pride (In the Name of Love)

We just have to make our events warmer, better, more often and spreading love in more that one way. So ….

Join in on the celebration towards a more peaceful society ❤

And thanks everyone embarking on this journey and exploration into our future!

Remember: SKATE into the future:

Be Silly!
Be Kind!
Be Awesome!
Be Together!
Elevate Others & Explore Our Emerging Future!

/Lord Sillion
Your Future Captain of Spaceship Earth

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SKATE into the Future: Silly – Kind – Awesome – Together – Elevate & Explore

 

 

 

Together

Together

One Word?

What is your one word?

Today, Tonight or Tomorrow? It may change over time. Form month to month or from hour to hour. But right now, what is your one word that you live by?

For me it’s Together!

It sums up one of my craziest weeks ever with a finale in tears of joy at Urban Burn.

Count Collab & Captain Future at Urban Burn (Olle Bjerkås & Lord Sillion)

Count Collab & Captain Future at Urban Burn (Olle Bjerkås & Lord Sillion)

Four Two (42) – We Do It Together

I knew from the beginning, that this week would be another milestone in my life. That I would turn out transformed in the end of it. And by that I mean more transformed than usual. It was week full of excitement, inspiration, realisations and love. The great finale was the Urban Burn event in Stockholm.

As I finished it, by watching Avengers: Age Of Ultron, with Sara Modig’s husband and children, one word really stood out: Together. It’s the word Captain America uses several times to describe how to face an unseemingly large challenge. And how I, as Captain Future, would like us to face the future. We face it together! This is the third time I watch Age of Ultron and it was even better this time, filled with so many parallels to our challenges. The best movie of 2015 for me. Check out what I wrote last time about it: We Save the World Together, as I filled a whole page with my takeaways. And it also couples together with the theme of the next Captain America movie: Civil WarDivided We Fall. But United We

Ultron: How do you hope to stop me?
Tony Stark: Like the old man said, Together.

Together [Tillsammans] was also the theme of this week’s Pecha Kucha I did in Varberg. More on that below.

My Crazy Week of Together

“Peace In Our Time” – Tony Stark

The week stared on Sunday. I joined in the closing ceremony for a year and half long project here in Varberg called Varberg Calling for Peace. A project that Jon & Malin, who I talk to in my podcast Framtidspodden, has facilitated. It’s project that have brought modern thinking into how we create the peaceful creative society we want. It’s been done by coordinating lots of small and big events. Often through open creative meetings they call: Open Call. Where everyone can participate in innovating the events we want to create. Since we didn’t want the energy to end we had an event where everyone could write down something on a big yellow pilates-ball. That we then passed on to someone who was tasked in keeping the idea or event alive. Mine was to create The Future-Dojo, that I have talked about before. Where we gather a lot of creative activities together in one big creative mesh. Like an incubator, a co-corcing place, a cafe, a mentor center, a Future Center, a MakerSpace, a playground and son on with lots of activities like Hackathons and Lunch-beats. The sky is the limit.

Malin - Sillion - Jon Varberg Calling for Peace - A Future-Dojo

Malin – Sillion – Jon Varberg Calling for Peace – A Future-Dojo

And I aslo believe if we are to build a better world together, it’s not just something we can do in our “spare time”, when we are not “working” for money. It has to be done in all activities in all levels of society. We have to be able to make and earn money down what the world needs. And the other way around. Not making any money when we do the wrong things unto the world.

The more people what spend their waking hours building a better world the quicker we will get there. We do it to- … wait for it … -gether 🙂

Success & Entrepreneurship

I stared my week by prepping for my Framtidslunch [Future Lunch] and my Pecha Kucha by studying John Spence and his take on Success. With the YouTube clip and my show notes.

I also visited a great lunch seminar with Jannike Åhlgren about the new incubator Potential.VBG, in my hometown Varberg. An incubator is a place where newly started businesses sit together to get a much more successful launch. It’s all about the environment. You become like the people you spend the most time with.

Success comes from being together with other awesome people!

Future Lunch [Live Your Legend Local]

On the Tuesday it was time for my Framtidslunch [Future Lunch] in Varberg. It’s a concept where awesome people get together to boost each other and have some kind of creative workshop together. It’s part of me hosting my Live Your Legend Local events here on the west coast of Sweden.

Tuesday also brings forth the International Women’s Day. It’s been a long fight to give women to become equal citizens with us men. And it’s not over. Watch the movie Suffragette. Where we can see the importance to organise and fight for change, together.

Our next lunch will be in March 22nd in Varberg with the theme pitching. And there will be a Future Party on March 31st as well.

Framtidslunch Varberg 8 March

Framtidslunch Varberg 8 March

Framtidspodden and Social Entrepreneurship

This week I also launched my 6th episode of my podcast Framtidspodden [The Future Pod]. This time it’s an episode in English the Future hero Bert-Ola Bergstrand. Check him out. He is all about solving the worlds problems with entrepreneurship and connect different clusters of creative people all over the world. So that we can learn from each other in a better way and do it together.

Lord Sillion & Bert-Ola in Framtidspodden

Lord Sillion & Bert-Ola in Framtidspodden

Authoritarianism

I also read the best article, that explains the counter forces we are facing. Like the Trump-march in the US. It’s all due to a thing called Authoritarianism. Not a thing, we want more people doing together. And we can’t fight them. The feed of fear and opposition. The best way to disarm them is by not filling the news and media with fear, like what most of massmedia does today. I’ve spoken against this for many years. Fill the news with positive things happening instead.  Solutions, not problems. By leading by example and visions. For every challenge, we answer this 3 questions:

1. What challenge are we facing?
2. What might solve it?
3. How can I help?

Hot As Hell

This winter has yet again been the hottest winter on the north pole that we know of. If we don’t do something soon together, it brings chaos, into the human world, that we don’t want. We act together for a sustainable future!

The Future is a Team Game [Tillsammans]

It’s only fitting that my topic for my 11th Pecha Kucha, I was doing this week, on an evening the theme was Tillsammans [Together]. My own topic on that theme was Framtiden är en Lagsport [The Future is a Team Game]. You can see it here if you know Swedish: Framtiden är en Lagsport.

Lord Sillion Pecha Kucha - Framtiden är en lagsport

Lord Sillion Pecha Kucha – Framtiden är en lagsport

Code Of Conduct

I also got a call from upcoming eSport LAN where they want me to talk about how we get rid of all the Toxicness that is a big challenge for all online gaming. Especial in my favorite game League of Legends. Riot Games has done a great deal to fight it of. Still there some lingering problems that is spreading across the whole of internet. Not just in eSport but on the internet as a whole.

We need a better a Code Of Conduct on how we behave in this world. A Moral Matrix that we can evolve and talk about. I will do my utmost to lift this problem to the surface in creative constructive way. As there are many more LAN-parties coming up this spring in Sweden I would like to visit as many I can and talk on all of them. So if you are an organizer and would like me to talk on your event please contact me.

We do it by being nice to each other both offline and online.

Strength – Health & Happiness — Wim Hof

I also finally watched the documentary with Wim Hof about how he can endure the cold through simple breathing techniques. Watch it here: Inside the Superhuman World of the Iceman. I have tried it a couple of times before. This time I downloaded his app and started doing the breathing exercises, with stretching and push ups. I haven’t tried showering in cold water yet. But is about time.

Wim is on a mission. A mission to give all humans more Strength – Health & Happiness. And it is something I think is very important as it will solve a lot problems in the world.

Breath Mother-Fracker!

Framtidsmaskinen and World Cafe

This Thursday I visited Framtidsmaskinen [The Future Machine] in Halmstad. It’s a fair for young entrepreneurs, coupled with a great event for us grown ups as well. We did a World Cafe event where we talked about how to make the world more creative and what we ourself, could do to make it happen… Together 🙂

We finished it of by pledging, what each and every one of us, could do. I promise to keep doing my Future Lunches twice a month and also do a Future Breakfast and a Future Party (all in the spirit of Live Your Legend) once a month.

Next Future Lunch is 22 March in Varberg

Be the SHIELD

It is finally Friday and I’m of to Stockholm to attend a large-scale indoor Burn. It’s a Burning Man event called Urban Burn. On my way there, I watched an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D season 3 where Coulson explains why he risks his life, to do, what he does. He does it to protect those who can’t, protect themselves. And the number of accepted casualties is always ZERO. They protect us, by being a great team.

“They are the reason there is a SHIELD” – Agent Coulson 

SXSW – South by South West

There is also a festival going on in Austin, Texas, this week called SXSW (South by South West). It’s one of the worlds largest creative festivals. Where people get together to be inspired and get more creative energy. I’ve been longing to go for 4 years now and I promised to go next year now with Sara and others.

From this year there are at least 2 awesome keynotes from both Jane McGonigal and Barak Obama

Jane McGonigal. Jane shared her speech and I saw it on the train up to Stockholm as well. One thing stood out there as well and it was this:

“The Future is a place where everything can be different” — Jane McGonigal

We can all choose to Believe in a future that is better. And if we can imagine it, we can build it.

Time For Urban Burn

As I arrived in Stockholm I went straight to the Urban Burn festival. I was immediately welcomed, hugged and initiated with the welcome ritual. This is my first Burn and it felt completely overwhelming. Joining this creation in a participatory culture as the final pieces were put in place was exiting.

Welcome home!
Gustaf Josefsson said in his initiating speech and I cried

As everyone has to give I had figured out how was to participate. I was to give with holding to 2 session. One in a Ulab Theroy U coaching circle and the other in how we activate the Hive-Switch (Where we become more than ourselves) in out brains. Which is especially easy at a festival of this kind.

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Space Flowers at Urban Burn

Find the Others – Coaching Circle

As I mentioned before I took the MIT MOOC: U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self this fall and are redoing the content and Coaching Circle with the same group this spring. Originally most of us where planing to go here but only Tess and I where able to make it in the end. Tess and I held a great circle with some other burners that can be summed up in phrase: Find the Others. This is big part of my Level Up! concept.

Gustaf Josefsson & Uv Painting

Gustaf Josefsson & Uv Painting

The Avatar – Mushroom Forest

Have you seen one of my favorite movies: Avatar? If you have, did you wonder what it would be like running around in the luminescent night forest? I just found out. It can’t be explained. It has to be experienced. And I did in the awesome Magical Mushroom Forest installation at Urban Burn. So cool!

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The Magical Mushroom Forest at Urban Burn

The Avatar – Magical Mushroom Forest at Urban Burn

Hugging

And everywhere we went we greeted each other with a hug. And the not the formal kind. Instead is was long warm loving hugs. This how I want the future to be. There were even a booth where you could Kiss A Stranger. If you wanted to. You stared into a strangers eyes for 2 minutes,, then kissing was optional. “Live a little” ❤

Hug more!

Hug more!

Rave Yoga

One of the coolest thing I experienced there was a Dance Yoga session with Christian Wigardt. Even the Downward Facing Dog was done while swaying the hips from side to side. The best yoga I have done so far.

Dance Yoga with Christian Wigardt - Photo: Michaela Mika Neiglick

Dance Yoga with Christian Wigardt – Photo: Michaela Mika Neiglick

Rave [Turning on the Hive-Switch]

And the there was the dancing together! To Rave music. The last hour of Saturday was a special gig by Jesper Lejfjord with an awesome kind of Dubstep I never heard before.

I went completely bonkers. Deep in the Hive-Switch / I love everybody – territory, I danced like I never done before. 

Rave at Urban Burn

Rave at Urban Burn

Imagine

I one of the tents I joined in a sing along session. We did Imagine at least 4 times. My eyes filled with tears of joy. That powerful feeling when you do it together!

Hack the Future

On Sunday I went to visit the last part of the Hackathon Hack For Sweden #Hack4Swe. This was a great Hackathon with lots of creative solutions. There and on the way home I spoke to several people like Mattias Östmar and Darja Isaksson about what we can do to create more creative Hackathons.

A Hackathon not so much an event where you go to see or listen in the classical passive way. It’s a new type of event in the participatory culture category, like the Burns and the Un-conferences. Where all the attending people are participating in co-creating the event.

I think we can do a more creative type of event where we bring in people from different type of creative groups. I’m have a lot in mind like: Hackers, Coders, Designers, Cosplayers, Streamers, YouTubers (Vloggers), Entrepreneurs, Startup people, Information Officers, NERF-hackers, Steampunkers, Makers, Burners, Gamers, Geeks, LARPers, Artists, Thinkers, Bloggers, Scientists

I am fascinated with the creative power in many of these groups. Many of them are fans of pop-culture worlds and works. They in turn can have many fans them selves, from hundreds up to millions of fans. Think what that would do to an event. If you can come co-create with some your favorite idols. At first you would come there as fan and being starstruck. Then after a while that will wear off and we would actually realize that we all have our creative talents in some way. That when we work together, with different angles to view a challenge ora problem, we are much more likely to come up with new innovative solutions.

I get exited just thinking about it.

Who is with me?
How can we do this together?
For a more creative Future?

@LordSillion @pernillan @mattiasostmar at #Hack4Swe

@LordSillion @pernillan @mattiasostmar at #Hack4Swe

I’m Lord Sillion – I’m Captain Future

I also meet with one of my oldest friends, Ulrika. We talk about lot’s of stuff. She has been with me, on my whole 20 year journey, into the person I am today. She was the first girl who made me dare talking to girls. I was a very shy person back in 1995 when we first started studying together in Norrköping. Today she helped me thinking about what I should call myself going into my future.

Am I a?

Future Captain (Framtidskapten)
Future Strategist (Framitdsstrateg)
Future Hacker (Framtidshackare)
Future Visionary (Framtids Visionär)

Ambassador of The Future (Framtidsambassadör)

Or all of the above?

How should make a living doing all the stuff I have talk about in this post so far? And more?

I believe in a Creative Future. A future we create together. In a social participatory way.

Tony Stark: Does anybody remember when I put a missile through a portal, in New York City? We were standing right under it. We’re the Avengers, we can bust weapons dealers the whole doo-da-day, but how do we cope with something like that?
Steve Rogers: Together.
Tony Stark: We’ll lose.
Steve Rogers: We do that together too.

/LordSillion
Who am I, now 
again?

Follow Your Dreams

Follow Your Dreams

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