The Nation State Boardgame

How do we get people thinking about how we design our world and society? What if you could simulate and redo your choices everyday? Is the society you see around you the result of som serious systems thinking? And, if not, then why not? Can we make the world like a boardgame? And can we use games to make people act out their inner desires to build an empire without them damaging our only world in the process?

Are You A Civilisation Builder? [Simulating Society Building]

Being a politician and playing the game called “The Nation State” is just like when I play any Civilization boardgame or Logistics boardgame except for one big difference. I can redo my choices every time I play my game.

Clash of Cultures the Civilization Boardgame

Clash of Cultures the Civilization Boardgame

In my games there are always many schools, strategies and tactics you can use to build a great nation or economic engine. You can experiment and see what works from game to game. In real life it’s a bit more complicated. The biggest problem is that each individual has their own life at stake for the choices they make. Another one is that changing the system can’t be done in a couple of hours and then back again.

AncientWorlds

Ancient Worlds – Building a Civiliztion through Colonialism

This all comes down to a very slow and inflexible system where no one wants to innovate and try new stuff.

My idea is that all decision makers should play more boardgames where they run a Nation State where they are exposed to a myriad of other options into how to run a society. Wouldn’t it we great if everyone worked together to build a better society instead of just forwarding their own personal agenda. What is your idea on how to make a better society? Is the Networked Society changing all this? Will transparency and openness shine a light on what the people in power really are doing? Can we help them in some way?

Setting up a trading family inside the Roman Empire in the game Concordia

Setting up a trading family inside the Roman Empire in the game Concordia

Increase Your Cognitive Thinking [Design The World Around You]

Me, myself, love the both social and cognitive exercise, that playing modern designer boardgame is. Have you tried it? And have you then reflected on what systems the boardgame are simulating?

Bring your brain out of its default power saving mode by doing everything on routine and into the creative curious high energy mode of learning new stuff very day – Lord Sillion

We can do this. Try to se the world and things happening around you in new light each day. What is happening and why? Has someone deliberately designed the system or is just and emerging effect of other small steps and choices?

Lord Sillion
Holistic Thinking Ninja

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.

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Sun Wukong – The Monkey King

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Too late.

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

The Japanese call it kamiwaza.

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

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

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

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

How can we not dare?

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

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

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

“We are aspiring amateur gods now” — Kevin Kelly

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

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

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

eSports FTW #Blogg100

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Dreamhack Open and League of Legends at the same time [eSports is growing outside Korea]

Starcraft and League on the same time

Starcraft and League on the same time

Yesterday and today I have been watching Dreamhack Open Starcraft eSports on National Swedish Television. At the same time League Of Legends [LoL] Spring series have been running their finals both in Europe and North America. Today Sunday saw some epic matches with all matches being played both in Eu and NA. You can find all the Grand finals matches here:

Fnatic vs. Gambit Gaming – EU LCS finals Game 1, Game 2, Game 3, Game 4, Game 5

Team Solo Mid vs. Good Game University  – NA LCS Finals Game 1Game 2Game 3Game 4Game 5

The level of the play and the skill and engagement of the commentators have really step up this spring. They have really made it to an entertainment sport to watch and get exited about. BarCraft is really taking of here in Sweden and me and my brother are looking into having a LoL Bar where we show League Of Legends eSport.

The Geek in me are smiling

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

NASA’s SpaceApps Challenge #Blogg100

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Making a Boardgame about Moon Mining [Teaching with games in schools]

Today we started the NASA’s Space Apps Challenge. We are 8500 hackers around the Earth on the worlds largest Hackaton. First we had a Astronaut on ISS give us a welcome presentation. Then we sent out to face the challenges.

The Swedish Astronaut Christer Fuglesang will join us on Sunday as one of the judges.

Team #LunarBots

Team #LunarBots

Send me to the Moon [We’re Whalers of the Moon]

Me myself had no team so I teamed up with Jens Nockert to take on one of the 50 Challenges that NASA have issued. We took on Bootstrapping of the Space Industry (#MoonVille). Check out the Google Hangout below for more information about the challenge. We are both gamers so we decided to make this game as a Boardgame called LunarBots. It’s about launching a self sustaining mining operation to the moon.

We think of it as a learning and inspiration game for school kids to be used in school. To get the interested in space exploration and the space industry. To start them think about building a sustainable future here on earth where they can be an active part. The game is also a logistics puzzle with some co-operation.

We had tour of Lindholmen Science Park where the challenge is being held here in Gothenburg, Sweden. We stopped by the Interaction Institute where they have a 3D-printer that we will be using to print our LunarBots in the game. Follow it on Twitter: #LunarBots.

Sharing is Caring [Let us all improve the future together]

The project is of course a open source project so that anyone can download the game and craft a own copy. They can also help improve, develop and play-test the game. As a game of this type requires allot of balancing and play-testing before it is done.

LunarBots the Boardgame in prototyping

LunarBots the Boardgame in prototyping

Think new, Think different

We also had a very interesting presentation on the work of the Interaction Institute by Peter Ljungstrand. He talked about all crazy real life experiments they are doing with technology and science. I also found out that my Boardgaming friend Staffan works there.

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

Makers and Gamers #Blogg100

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Gaming isn’t a waste of time [All creative people do it]

Today has been crazy day indeed. I have been on a after work hangout on Lindholmen Science Park. It’s was an open invitation to all people who was interested in the NASA Space Apps Challenge tomorrow.

We had a great time with some people demoing some very creative tools and toys. Here playing music on Water. There also was alto of gamers. And we talk about our gaming and geek history. What makes a gamer today.

Are you a Hardcore or casual gamer? And How do you play to feed your creativity?

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

The Secret of SuperTeams #Blogg100

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Avengers Assemble [What Marvel Legendary and Avengers can teach us]

Playing Marvel Legendary

Playing Marvel Legendary at DeckBox in Varberg

Tonight I have been playing Marvel Legendary at My Local Friendly Professional Game Store. I Bought it when I was at PAX East in Boston last month and finally got a chance to sit down and play it. It’s semi cooperation deck-building card game. You start out with a couple S.H.I.E.L.D agents and the recruit the actions of a chosen 5 of all the Marvel Heroes included. All to beat down a Master Villain and all his Sub Villains and Henchmen. This feel like a really good Deck-building game. And we did make a great time bringing down The Red Skull just moments before his master plan was complete. All the 5 key ingredients below was at place to make this teamwork come through.

Joss Whedon get’s his recognition [The Fans is right]

If you saw the Oscars fiasco you know that The Avengers got no love there. Also the host and the sexism was the worst I have seen. So it’s with great joy that I sat down tonight to watch MTV Movie Awards, that took place this weekend. The host and the jokes are a little lame and it doesn’t hold up to earlier years great standards av MTV Movie awards. But here the fans get their say in who we should really celebrate. Finally The Avenger’s Cast and Crew get the recognition it deserves.

Tom ‘Loke’ Hiddleston wins for best villain which he deserve for the Evil Mastermind he plays so well. The Avengers wins the price for best Movie and Joss Whedon with the cast gets up on stage tho thank all the fans who have seen it more than once. Me, myself has seen it 4 times so far 🙂

Now we can’t wait for The Avengers 2 that comes out in 2015.  In the mean time we get Iron-man 2 and Thor 2 this year.

What makes Marvel and The Avengers so great is the hope it inspires to do great teamwork to overcome any obstacle. Something that we humans are going to need so direly in the near future.

The Secret of Super Teams [Why does Superhero teams beat impossible odds?]

“Every organisation lives or dies by the quality of its teamwork. In a complex, fast-moving, increasingly connected world, the need to work effectively as a team is more urgent than ever. And only great teams can face a crisis and emerge stronger.”

What makes The Avengers and other Marvel Superhero teams, so effective in taking on impossible tasks and beat overwhelming odds against the greatest of Villains? Listen to the discussion with Khoi Tu at The RSA as they talk about what it takes to Make a Super Team. Or read this excellent blog.

Here are 5 key ingredients to make a Super Team:

  • Excellence is a habit. Great teamwork come from lots of practice.
  • Great individuals. You can’t have a great team without great individuals. The challenge is that many individuals are also the most unreasonable. Here a Team Leader or Manager will have a key part in handling communication.
  • Trust and cohesion. Teams need to figure out how to master conflict and cohabit. To harness the power of the great individuals without it running amok.
  • A common purpose. A navigable North Star that connects individual motivation to collective action. The Team will have to be the best way for each member, as an individual, to achieve his personal ambitions.
  • Diversity of the team. All Team members will have an intellectual and ideological diversity to create the right kind of creative spark.

Great teams don’t happen by accident. The happen by design and by deliberate practice — Khoi Tu

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

Boardgaming and Dancing #Blogg100

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Keyflower and Octocore in Halmstad [I Love my Friends]

Tonight I have visited some of my closest friends in my hometown Halmstad in Sweden. We had a Great time eating, talking  and playing the new boardgame Keyflower. It is one of the best designed Logistics puzzle game I have ever played. Björn Frölich struck in a victory with and unprecedented bonus of 50 points on a single tile.

KeyFlower

HardStyle for Life

I also took a short visit to the Octocore Hardstyle dancing event danced like Crazy to some good Headhunterz beats. Check out his great Hardstyle podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud: Hard With Style.

High intensity dancing turns on the Hive-Switch in the brain under the right circumstances.

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

LordSillion at Octocore

LordSillion at Octocore