The Kamiwaza Way [I Want to be a Godlike Ninja Futurist]

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Master – Sensei – Ninja [Who Am I?]

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

We are Godlike says Seth Godin. What Godlike Powers will I use in my future? What skills have I? What do have to learn, fail with and finally Master? Will I become Master – Sensei – Ninja?

I have spent the last year Respeccing my Talents. Just like you do in World of WarCarft. I have always figured that I was some form of visionary and philosopher. So I decided to respec my skills. It has been a very interesting journey so far. I have challenging myself to learn something new every day. From the beginning I didn’t know what to become or who I wanted to be. But the more I learned and blogged about, I was starting to connect the dots. My vision for the future was becoming clearer. So when I finally heard the 2 podcast episodes from London Real with the 2 Futurists Jason Silva and Melissa Sterry, I finally struck home. I too want to be some kind of Futurist. So when I went to embroider a T-Shirt to wear in Almedalen I had to come up with a title to call myself. Then Holistic Thinking Ninja just popped into my head. So what is that? Bear with me and find out below.

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” — Wiseman, Sucker Punch

So I will now draw a full circle on these 3 words: Master – Sensei – Ninja. They fit into my reasoning in the story below about Wolverine, Wisdom from League of Legends and becoming Godlike [Kamiwaza] that Seth Godin speaks of. Read on.

“For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know” — Wiseman, Sucker Punch

Wukong - The Monkey King -- Adapt to all situations - Bring me a real challenge

Wukong – The Monkey King — Adapt to all situations – Bring me a real challenge

The Wolverine [SNKT]

How many of you are fans of the Comic Superhero Wolverine? And if you are, have you ever been standing in front of the mirror going SNKT while extending your hands? Yes? I have. I still do it from time to time 😉

So obviously I have been to the Movies watching The Wolverine. It’s not a great movie but it’s the best Wolverine movie we have to date and Hugh Jackman is just born to play Logan. Although he is not exactly as in the comic you can’t help falling in love with him. He’s the classic unwilling hero. Because he must. To bad the Ninjas don’t put up a fight. This could have been as cool as the comic it is based on from 1982 by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. Ninjas should be cooler than that.

Ninjas are Awesome!

So what could be done better with this movie? Check out ComicBookGirl19: 10 Things about The Wolverine! Like she says in nr. 10. What is the Moral of the Story? Yes. The Moral of this story as well as in all the other big movies summer is completely missing. Let’s Make Better Art!

Wolverine and Ninjas of the Hand

Wolverine and Ninjas of the Hand

The Ninja, The Samurai and The Beast [Learning and Mastery]

Wolverine is full of Ninjas, Samurais and one Beast. Although they are Japanese, they all have 3 Chinese inspired counterpart heroes in League Of Legends. The 3 matching champions that I try to master are Lee Sin, Master Yi and Wukong. They all come with their own wisdom to share on mastery.

“Master yourself, master the enemy.” — Lee Sin, Play

“A True Master is an Eternal Student” — Master Yi, Play

“Every Mistake is a Lesson – Adapt to all situations – Bring me a real challenge” — Wukong, Master Yi’s apprentice, Play

Master Yi

Master Yi – A True Master is an Eternal Student

Well maybe Wukong isn’t a beast. But he has a close place in my heart. He is based on the old Sun Wukong, also known as the Monkey King who I was very fascinated with as a child. Because as it was one of the few animated films I saw that wasn’t Disney and it was full with wonder, magic and fighting. And awesome Chinese music. It still resonates within me today. It was one piece of Storytelling that captured my imagination. Who made me think that there is different kind of magic in the world if you let it.

apkungen

Sun Wukong – The Monkey King

Be Brave and Be Bold [Fly out on a Kamiwaza path]

The bravery of the Monkey King as he stands up against and challenge the gods draws some parallels the latest book by Seth Godin that I am “reading” [Listening] to right now: “The Icarus Deception“. In it he talks about the new connected networked society. And why we must become Artists. Art is what happens in the connection between people. There must be a receiver for there to be art.

Art is also when we do something that is our own. When we do something that is not safe and outside our safety zone. As Brené Brown so elegantly put it, when we become Vulnerable. It’s then the Magic happens. Creativity only happens when we are willing to put ourselves at the line. Don’t copy or follow others on their safe trodden path. What is the worst that can happen? Be willing to risk a little and carve out your own path. That is why we must also be bold. Don’t fly to low to the sea. Fly high! As we are in no way in any danger of coming to close to the sun as Icarus did.

As Wukong challenges the gods, he also displays Godlike skills and powers. We must also strive to be Godlike:

Myths are ancient truths about what we are capable of. Our gods are oh so human. The deities we create are allot like us at our best — Seth Godin

Superman. Thor. Moses. Athena. George Gershwin. Thomas Edison — they each represent part of what it is to be human; they are inside all of us. We know we are capable of this — to be that strong or that cool or that generous. To persevere and connect and contribute the way our gods can — that’s why we invented them, why we revere them, and why they resonate with us. We have them inside, every day.

And yet we have no perfect word for expressing godlike abilities. We don’t know how to talk about what it is to perform in a mythological way, to strip away the artifice and let the deity express itself.

And the Icarus Deception pushes us to avoid even thinking of it. it strikes deep into our psyche with a vivid warning about the dangers of hubris.

Too late.

We’ve built a world where the only option is hubris, where the future belongs to anyone willing to act like the gods of our myths. Better coin a word for it.

The Japanese call it kamiwaza.

If the gods are us, then do we dare be as the gods are?

The Japanese term kamiwaza, like most great words for which we have no equivalent, is difficult to translate. The shortest version is “godlike.”

So when we strip away self-doubt and artifice, when we embrace initiative and art, we are left with kamiwaza. The purity of doing it properly but without self-consciousness. The runner who competes with kamiwaza is running with purity, running properly, running as the gods would run.

How dare we? How dare we presume to ignore Daedalus, to fly close to the sun, to apparently forego humility in a quest for something unattainable?

How can we not dare?

Hubris makes us godlike, and being godlike makes us human. — Seth Godin

We are the New Gods Now [So we might just get good at it]

Godlike or Kamiwaza is also a term used in League of Legends and DotA the original MOBA game. It’s a reward shouted out by the game when you have scored multiple kills in a row without being killed yourself. The reward is originated shouted out in the first Unreal Tournament game.

“We are aspiring amateur gods now” — Kevin Kelly

It’s like Jason Silva says in his London Real interview. We are the New Gods Now. We are the frontal lobes of the Universe. We are the Universe being aware of it self. And we are just at the beginning of our long journey through the Universe. So we might just become the Guardians of our own small blue and green spaceship travelling through our galaxy. So it’s not heresy to have hubris anymore. It is what we must do. But we must do it together with lots of Empathy like I discuss in my blog: The Way of Empathy [The Beast With 2 Hearts].

Seth Godin speaks like many others of this new Connected Economy. It’s good start on our path to walk on. All of us is smarter than any of us. We just need to guide each others so that we don’t walk into darkness and we need to challenge each others to do better. To do better Art!

Master - Sensei  - Ninja

Michael Sillion — Master – Sensei – Ninja

My Hubris [Master – Sensei – Ninja]

I too must be Kamiwaza or Godlike in life. Here is what I will focus on. From Michael SillioN I took M-S-N and made it too Master – Sensei – Ninja.

“The only thing standing in your way is you
When you get into flow-state you dim the self critic in the brain” — Jason Silva

Master [A True Master is an Eternal Student]

You must master yourself. Master yourself and you master the challenge. A True Master is never fully learned. This is what Socrates said long ago and what John Lloyd says in his inspiring talk on the RSA: General Ignorance: It’s all about what you don’t know.

Admitting you know nothing is the only way to recognize you still have much to learn — John Lloyd

I will do my best to learn something new every day. To Challenge Myself and my Brain every day.

Sensei [Every Mistake is a Lesson]

I want to spread my findings to others. To share my thoughts on the future. We must learn from our mistakes and share the lessons. As we learn to embrace our vulnerability we are able to share our mistakes and iterate faster to successful innovation. This is a very hard thing to for us humans to do. But as Brené BrownSeth Godin and Neil Gaiman puts it: It is both necessary and the only way the we can put forth our creativity and do True Art.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” — Joseph Campbell

Ninja [Taking the Holistic Approach]

Ninjas is small team that can take on any challenge using cooperation and smart approach. Check out my blog: How to be a modern Ninja and the audio from SXSW: Ninja innovation.

Taking the Holistic approach and sneak in my thoughts everywhere. I don’t want to stand still. I want to go boldly into the future with Collaboration, Sustainability, Transparency and Community in mind. To be a Holistic Thinking Ninja 🙂

Small teams of Ninjas can easily take on a much larger foe using teamwork and their abilities in a smart way — Ninja Innovation

Time to Ninja up!

Time To Ninja Up

Time To Ninja Up!

My Futurist Path [Holistic Thinking Ninja]

As a Futurist and Holistic Thinking Ninja I want to do at least 4 things:

1. Future-Dojo
I want to create a Future-centre or a Future-Dojo. Preferable here in Varberg, Sweden, where I live with my children. A place where all ages can come and experiment with creativity and tech stuff. Things like 3D-printers and MaKey MaKey. People can build things in Minecraft together and then 3D print them. A place where we can watch inspiring talks from RSA and TED. And discuss them together. And watch Sci-Fi Storytelling together and then talk about what is possible and not. I talk more about my thoughts on Sci-Fi Storytelling in this Blog series: Summertime Storytelling

We could do exercises in Empathy to discuss the importance of Cooperation and Collaboration in the a future where food, water and recourses will be scars. A place where we create the future together. Every School should come visit as often as they could to experiment and talk about the future. A Future Temple where both Ninjas and Pirates are welcome 😉

2. Future Meet – Unconference [How should we create a sustainable society?]
I want to have a Future meet event. Like the best part of Almedalen where people come together in an Unconference type of way to discuss how we should Architect the Future together. Taking the Holistic Approach about how should we create a sustainable society together? Either as a standalone event and/or as recurring event on the Future-centre.

3. Futurist Visionary [Speaker and Teacher]
I want visit others as a Futurist. I want to share my thoughts on the Future. As an inspirational teacher [Sensei] and Public Speaker who teaches others how to inspire themselves. I want to meet kids in school and inspire them. Every school and workplace should have Futurist who comes to visit and inspire them for the Future. Who help them create Visions for their own.

4. Future and Science-Hacks
I want help create and organise Science Hacks, Future Hacks and Hackatons like Science Hack Day for aspiring designers, developers, scientists and other geeks. Just about anyone interested in designing the future together are welcome.

“Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone” — Jason Silva

See Jason Silva below


Lets make Future Together!

“So be wise, because the world needs more wisdom, and if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would.

And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.” — Neil Gaiman

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Holistic Thinking Ninja

Update
My Ninja Clan [Superhero Ninja Party]

In honor of me hitting level 40, I had Superhero Ninja Party this summer. We played “Superhero KUBB” where everyone got a special ability to use during the game. We should do this in more sports and games. As it is really empowering. Everyone also got the chance to dress up as hero, ninja or pirate of some kind. Then we designed our own personal special skills for the Future 🙂

I love this type of Party. So I will continue to develop the concept for the Future. Me and my Ninja Clan – My Extended Family.

“When the smoke clears and you get right down to it, only three things really matter: your faith, your fortitude, and your family. Good night” — Jim Profit

My Ninja Clan

My Ninja Clan – My Extended Family

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Elysium [What we can Imagine –> We can Build]

This is part 3 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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The Elysium Future [What we can Imagine –> We can Build]

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?

The Elysium Future

The Elysium Future

So it was time for my 4th movie trip of the summer. Previous trips that I have discussed are Man of Steel, Pacific Rim and The Wolverine. Now it was time for the one story that would savior them all. Elysium was going to be epic judging from the imagery and visions I’ve seen. Maybe a next Matrix? Nah.

It’s a basic action story with to many logic loopholes. It’s set in a dystopic future that tries to provoke with cheap points about hell on Earth and heaven in space for the rich and powerful. On earth we have high-tech robot making facility made with human workforce in the worst Tayloristic way. Where threats of sacking is used to motivate people to do their best quality job. Not riming well with Johan Lange’s LUCK-conept and Daniel Pink’s findings what motivates people. Elysium is also defended by a one man crazy mercenary back on Earth? Not Plausible.

Social Media is always missing from today’s Sci-Fi movies [Why is that?]

And where is the Internet and Social Media? By now everyone should have Google Lenses built into their eyes at birth with access to everyone of earth. Or at least the old and the powerful that had their inserted before the catastrophes.

“Many believe the brain separates fiction from reality. In “reality” the brains stores everything as stories. Humans are creatures of Neverland. We live in Neverland because we can’t not live in Neverland.” — Jonathan Gotschall

Yet again a disappointment. Now I am mad. A book writer would never get away with it. As I’ve said before in my post on Pacific Rim. It’s now time to use the power of Storytelling for what it is. “Profound lessons that you should internalize“. The brains already scans the story for what message to learn. If there is none or a bad one the brain still learns it. It’s time to step up that game if we are to move into the future with a Vision Worthy of the Human Race. Movie makers should listen to what Seth Godin and Neil Gaiman says. Make Good Art. When your art fails. Make Better Art. Don’t just copy old formulas. Or try to make lesser art by picking parts from other movies. Take the best parts and make something new and better. Be Bold. Make Better Art

Elysium should be about a dystopian future. But one where the Mega corporations and the Banks have taken control of Earth. They are run by some rich power-hungry Families that has taken over all power on earth, including the Military. In order for that to work they must have taken total control over the internet and Social Media. A complete Surveillance Society where you can get to anyone that as much as lifts a finger against the authority. Rebels can only make a resistance in rogue secret networks using the network against itself with supreme hacker skills. On Earth we have a complete chaos on an environmental disastrous planet where focus for the masses consists in finding clean water and food for the day. The Powerful remains in power with the help of the Robot Armies of the Mega Corporations with drones everywhere as human soldiers couldn’t be trusted. — Now that is better plot in the right direction. Maybe I should help Hollywood out?

Neil Gaiman - Make Better Art!

Neil Gaiman – Make Better Art!

We have a responsibility to tell better stories! Business as usual won’t cut it on Earth anymore. When making this huge Sci-Fi Storytelling Projects we have a responsibility to put together a large team of Futurist that can try to imagine and show us what one or another future might look like depending on what path we trod down. Make Better Art! Make Better Stories!

Stories I love [Continuum, Dollhouse and Hemlock Grove]

“I can’t change the past but I’m here hoping to change the future” — Jim Martin, Continuum

Well the summer wasn’t a complete dry on good Storytelling. I got to see 3 great TV-Series. First was the second season of Continuum. It really makes me think about what future we want to create and that Mankind can do it together. The season finale is just Epic for a true mind.

“Change the Architecture of the Future Change the Architect of the Future” — Jason, Continuum

Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse also really grew on me as I was watching season 1 on Netflix. The final episode “Epitaph” was also Epic Storytelling.

Why what’s your fantasy? Oh. I’m okay right here in the real world, thanks. No, no, you have a fantasy, okay? We all do. We need it to survive. — Doll House

Both are just the way a “Real” Sci-Fi show should be. Just on the border of being to complex. It should have you sitting on the edge of the sofa or even standing up, mind racing and heart beating faster. Challenging us to keep up all the time 🙂 And finally we have Hemlock Grove also on Netflix. A very nice story about Werewolfs and other magic set in a small town in Pennsylvania in the spirit of Twin Peaks and Vampire Diaries. With a huge secret plot that is revealed a little piece at the time.

Ouroboros & Yin Yang

Ouroboros & Yin Yang

In both Hemlock Grove and Continuum is also the mention of Ouroboros. I saw the episodes on the same night and it freaked me out 🙂

Why is Storytelling Important?
What we can Imagine –> We can Build
— Lord Sillion

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Holistic Thinking Ninja

Check out Jason Silva below on why Cinema is so fantastic 🙂

The Future [Almedalen FTW]

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This is what the future looks like [Almedalen shows the way]

What can we expect from the future? What will it bring us? These are both valid questions. But they are both wrong. The right questions to ask is: What can the future expect from us? What will we bring into the future?

The first week in July has been one of the best weeks in my life. I have been visiting The Island Gotland. Some 3 hours by ferry from the east coast of Sweden in the middle of the Baltic Sea. The main city is called Visby and it’s a beautiful city from the Middle ages with preserved lime stone city-walls. It has some of the best summer weather in Sweden with lots of sun. It’s also the location of one of the most remarkable events in the word. During the first week of July each year over 20,000 people travel here to a place called Almedalen, to meet and discuss the future together. It’s an extraordinary mix of Scientists, Politicians, Environmentalists, Teachers, Schools, Entrepreneurs, Companies, Social Media Experts, Journalists, Bloggers and Health People… Well just about anyone interested in taking part in this large mingle party. All events and seminars are open to all and free of charge. It’s what modern democracy is all about. The new Networked Society in its infancy.

Cross-Fertilization and Teamwork is key for the Future — Lord Sillion

Visby Ruin

Visby is full of beautiful Ruins 

What did I take away from this extraordinary week?

That there are 3 ways to look upon the future.

1. We can watch it happen. We can just sit down in our sofas and watch passively as the future unfolds before our eyes. Like watch TV and not taking part in the Stories told. Even in Almedalen I think some people are doing just that. Listening to what the experts are saying and nodding along.

2. We can make it happen. Given the ability to see and shape the path before us we will take part in doing so. The feeling of autonomy is present here and makes our life seem more meaningful. I believe them many people are in Almedalen for just this reason.

3. We can shape the future. Like I put on one of my T-Shirts I had made for Almedalen: Lord Sillion – Architect of the Future. We can be this Architects. To give fate a helping hand to shape our shared Destiny.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself” — George Bernard Shaw

Futurist [Holistic Thinking Ninja]

I’ve also come to realization that I want to be / am a Futurist. As all I ever do all day long is think about the future. I have recently seen and heard both the Futurists, Jason Silva and Melissa Sterry, on the podcast London Real. They did really convinced me of what I am and what I want to do. The helped me put word on what I am. A Futurist.

And all Futurist are different and all have a different approach. My approach is that I am a Holistic Thinking Ninja. I will explain it here in this Blog from the Future: The Kamiwaza Way [I Want to be a Godlike Ninja Futurist]]. I think the Futurist has always been inside me. But I realised it for real when I first started using internet in 1993 and when I first saw Ghost In The Shell. Read about it: My Fisty social Media Experience.

“Why wait for the future when the future came looking for you” — Matthew Kellog, Continuum

I aslo ran into Pernillan who had brought her Google Glasses from USA. It was fun to try them on to get a glimpse of what the Future might “look” like. Just don’t become a Google Glasshole 😉

Lord Sillion - Futurist

Lord Sillion – Holistic Thinking Ninja – Futurist with Google Glasses 

School Futurists [Every School should have a Futurist]

I was on a seminar in Almedalen about the school “Fryshuset” [Ice House]. They have something called “Klassmorfar” [Class Grandpa]. It’s a person in school who is there as an extra adult. To provide social comfort and bridge the gap to society. Someone all children and students can talk to about everything in life. The it dawned on me. Every school also needs a futurist. A person who can be there help the children envisions a better tomorrow that we can build together. To inspire them to take part in shaping their own future. To engage in discussion about what the future might look like. To make the dream big and dream bold about the future.

I filmed most of the seminar on Bambuser here:  #Fryshuset.

The School Spring event

#afkAlmedalen – The School Spring event

#afkAlmedalen: The School Spring [Why School?]

The people I went to Almedalen with are all tied together with a project called “Skolvåren” [The School Spring]. We are here to start asking the question: Why? Like Simon Sinek says. Why School?

Skolvåren started as a conversation on Twitter using the Hashtag #Skolvåren just 5 months prior to Almedalen. Just before Almedalen we had our first real Meetup in Varberg called #afkVarberg. The Meetup was a fantastic event with so many new contacts and new ideas for the Future of School. There I also gave a Pecha Kucha type of Speech in Swedish on why I think Games, Play and Storytelling is essential in all learning processes.

Johan Ronnestam held a great speech on that I filmed about The Future of School in 2 parts. Part 1, Part 2. You can find the rest on Skolvåren’s Bambuser page .

So naturally we called our event in Almedalen for #afkAlmedalen. I filmed part 2 on Bambuser about what #Skolvåren is.

We also wanted to change the format that many other events has. Instead of having a lecture or a panel of “experts” we had  chairs in rings with no tables so that we could have small open group dialogs.

Also City of Malmö and Malmö University had an event about: The school’s responsibility for a sustainable society – an example of the opportunities and challenges. See it in Swedish here:  Skolans ansvar för ett hållbart samhälle.

What is Culture for?

Pier Luigi Sacco visited Almedalen for one of the few seminars in English talking about What Culture Is For. See the Video here:
What is culture for? The interaction between culture and commerce for regional development.

Culture has started to drive the innovation in the society. This is what what many more like Seth Godin and Brené Brown are talking about too as I have mentioned in my blog.

We Make Future [What do we want to make better?]
Another event that took place in Almedalen was a new project called “Vi Gör Framtid” [We Make Future]. @ViGorFramtid. A project to bring forth people who works actively to shape the future as creative entrepreneurs.

We also talk about what do we want for next years Almedalen. What format we want on the events and what do we want to make better for next year.

Head on stick

3D Printed Heads

Gooooood Mooooorning Almedalen [Bloggers unite]

There is also a place called Blog Place H12 where all the Social Media people and bloggers can meet and enjoy Wi-Fi together.

From here every Morning a show called Good Morning Almedalen is broadcasted live on internet with you as audience. They sum up most things that is happening in Almedalen with touch of comedy.

Here you could also find the head of each of the Political Parties 3D Printed each morning free to grab. Check out this video in Swedish from Almedalen: Henrik Ahlén och Tomas Seo pratar 3D-skrivare i Godmorgon Almedalen.

The Human Quest

The Human Quest

The Human Quest [Project Homeworld]

Johan Rockström and Mattias Klum took part in a event on the first day where they talked about there work that ended up in their book “The Human Quest“. How can we build a sustainable society from both a social, an ecological and an economical viewpoint? The scientists all know what must be done yet it’s going in the wrong direction in many parts of the world. Many decision makers has invested a great deal prestige in making the wrong decisions. And they are not about to lose face in saying they where wrong anytime soon. The very clear-sighted Mark Blyth explains very well all that is wrong with our system today in his talk at the RSA: The Austerity Delusion.

Here is a write up of the monday sustainability event in Swedish.

There was also many events about a Sustainability. In fact it was the most common topic of the 2300 events this year. I went to a few of them. And it’s all clear like Mark Blyth says. If we want to have a sustainable society before it’s too late we must create Economic Incentives sooner rather than later if it is to happen.

My own name for The Human Quest would be Project HomeWorld. Referring to that this actually a spaceship we are living on. And when we start thinking about it that way it much easier to grasp and envision what earth really is to us. Our only home. We can’t buy a new one.

2030 [The Think Tanks think about the Future]

There was also several Think Tanks present like Kairos Future, Respect and Global Utmaning. They had whole day together about a Sustainable Welfare State in 2030. Karios Future also ran a series of breakfast seminars about what our society might look like in 2030 with different angles. They can all be seen here: Kairos Future i Almedalen 2013. I went to the second one about How we should Work in 2030 and the discussion was not about 2030 but rather about today and tomorrow. But apparently this was the only one that was bad. The last one was about building a New Community for 2030 and was rather good.

“Nobody can tell us who we are, Julian. We create our own future, that’s the only destiny that there is.” — Alec, Continuum

Futerra held another interesting seminar What messages about sustainable development can be used on Swedish people? [Vilka budskap om hållbar utveckling går hem hos svenska folket?]

I filmed it with Bambuser in 3 parts here: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Sustainability Questions from a Holistic Perspective [Take the “High” Road]

Why Austerity doesn’t work and why we must invest in our future during bad economic times.  What Mark Blyth doesn’t mention is that the economic engine that drives our modern society is all based in inputs into the system in form of energy and recourses.
Also David Stuckler talks about why Austerity is bad for health and is an evil spiral towards depression and turmoil in this RSA talk: The Body Ecomomic.

Many people are talking about what we must do or how we should do it. Or some just have their head in the sand in full denial. Or Even worse. Most people on Planet Earth have their own daily problems to deal with. But what many don’t realize is that most catastrophes and disasters on Earth has it roots in the neglect of sustainable thinking. We must take the “high” road [As in Elevated] and the Holistic approach in dealing with all problems on Earth.

TEDxAlmedalen - The Garden

TEDxAlmedalen – The Garden

TEDxAlmedalen [Let’s go boundlessness into the Future]

I also signed up to get into TEDxAlmedalen. I signed up in the first 4 minutes so I was pretty certain to get in. During the Day before we got the mail to see who could go to this very popular event. I went with 2 friends of mine Helena Roth and Maria Gustafsson and it was  very lovely inspiring event. As it had rained in the morning we was blessed with a fantastic summer evening in a lovely garden in the fantastic Visby.

The event was about new world without boundaries and borders. How far can we take Mankind on Planet Earth if we do it together. Even more hints for me that we need create more visions for the future together.

To see the whole event go to www.tedxalmedalen.se where it is dived in 2 parts on Bambuser in Swedish. Here Falkevik Danehav did another great job in filming the event.

“Make sure there are no borders in your imagination” —  Ida Östensson

Braiiiiiiiins [Sleep, Eat and Exercise Right]

There also was some interesting Events about the Brain. I filmed the last part on Bambuser: The Brain. Key points is that we should Sleep, Eat and Exercise right to keep our brains in trim. All of which we did not do in Almedalen 😉

Being Social Together

Being Social Together

Being Social [Meet, Greet and Share Ideas]

What is last thing you touch before going to sleep and what is the first thing you touch when awaking up?
It’s not your phone. It’s your Tribe. Your Social Network.

Almedalen is also about being social, eating and drinking together. To meet new and interesting people. I can’t wait to go there again. But before that much must happen. As a Futurist I want go to other “Future events” like SWSX and I want to create my own event(s). All before the next Almedalen. Do you want to join me?

Do you want to join me in creating The Future?

Let’s do this! My Future is so bright I gotta wear Google Sunglasses 🙂

My Future is so Bright I gotta wear Google Sunglasses

My Future is so Bright I gotta wear Google Sunglasses 🙂

@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 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