Prep, Pitch and Pepp

Tonight I have been to a meetup with some fellow entrepreneurs that all joined up for a course in running your own business last fall in Varberg, Sweden. We all met up to share our stories and to do some pitching. We also talked about how we should sell ourself, our products and our services. It was all led by the awesome Jannike and Lovisa, who both radiate some much positive energy where ever they go.

Prep [Be Prepared]

When ever you are going to meet someone do your homework before you meet them. Read up on who they are and what they are passionate about. Show them that you are interested in who they are and what they do. Sincerely.

It’s curios that the knowledge of How To Win Fiends And Influence People are still not common knowledge and taught to every child, despite that is almost 80 years ago the Dale Carnage came out with his famous book and that modern science has come so far as to how to build genuine connection between people.

Pitch [Pitch Black or How To Convey Any Message]

We all need to pitch. We need to pitch our ideas to friends and family. We need to pitch our business proposal to potential clients and investors. It can be a short elevator pitch of 20 to 30 seconds. It can be in the more prepared format that some did tonight with a Powerpoint presentation of 7 slides with 30 seconds speaking time each slide totaling 3 min 30 sec. Or it can be longer really prepared pitch running 15-20 minutes with months of research and work behind it. Like the ones that Oren Klaff does.

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The Croc Brain [The Lizard Brain – The Resistance]

If we want to pitch anything we must first get our words, pictures and story past the what Oren Klaff calls the Croc Brain and Seth Godin calls the Lizard Brain. we do that by telling an emotional story that resonates with the receiver. Oren Klaff, who is a professional pitcher of the biggest ideas and deals there is explains this well in his book: Pitch Anything. Or to just get the best part see or listen to this talk between Oren and Chase Jarvis. Even if his cases are bit extreme and most the time a kind of competitive pitching between people who are trying to “win” at any cost, you can still apply most of his thinking to your everyday pitching 🙂

Pepp [And Boost each other]

Then we have what Seth Godin calls the Connection Economy. This is a very deep topic. I sum it up in my blog post. in short it’s about all this things: Trust, Permission, Remarkability, Leadership, Stories that spread, Connection, Compassion, and Humility. We all want to been noticed and feel important. So it’s all about making your customers, your suppliers and your coworkers feel special. We all need to connect more. We also should seek out people who make us feel good and stay away from toxic people who drag us down. It’s what  true what Scott Dinsmore is always talking about in his Live Your Legend Local concept.

“The fastest way to do the things you don’t think can be done is to hang around the people already doing them” – Scott Dinsmore

In honor of that I’m hosting meetups where the main point is to meet up, share our thoughts, ideas and dreams of the future. To pepp each other and to hold one another accountable for the plans we all make. Do join us for the next one on February 8th in Varberg. Or do find one in of the other 44 countries all over the world hosting one.

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with - Jim Rohn

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with – Jim Rohn

Selling [Don’t Sell, Make A Connection Instead]

We are all in sales now like Daniel Pink says in his book. But sales does not mean what it used to mean. It’s now more than ever to bild a connection with your customer and give them what they need.

And don’t try to please everyone or make a product that everyone will want. Because if you try to do this, you will end up with a service or product that no one needs or wants.

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The reason I’m so exited about all this is because they I have just finished Seth Godin’s latest audiobook in a form of a 2 hour compilation from his seminars called Leap First.

What am I Making Then?

I’m finally narrowing down what my art is and what I want to spend my time doing.

I will help people and companies to navigate the connection economy. I will offer to make speeches and workshops on how to best flourish in this modern society. I will help develop ideas, visions and strategies for this networked society.

I will create places and events where people can meet and share knowledge and be creative.

I will give the young so-called Hacker-clubs and Hackathons for us more “adult”.

I want everybody to have a curious mind about the future. And I want to teach people how to become a Modern Creative Ninja. That is was my first handbook is about.

LordSillion
Holistic Thinking Ninja

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Creative Rainbow Ninjas

Creative Rainbow Ninjas

Creative Rainbow Ninjas

Creative Rainbow Ninjas

There are 7 types of Creative Ninjas. One for every color in the rainbow. You can read more about it in my blog here: What is an Innovation Rainbow Ninja? [We Paint the Universe in Color]. A team of Ninjas can be but together by all or some of the 7 roles. It’s also possible for a ninja to fill several roles. Here are the 7 roles:

1. Master Green – The Dreamer. The Visionary who always challenges what is possible. They bring the energy to make dreams come true. The think big and never stops asking questions like Why? and What If?

2. Master Yellow – The Debater. The Mindbender who finds problems where others finds none. They test your irrational emotional thinking and preconceived notions if they hold up to science and logic.

3. Master Red – The Disruptor. The Explorer who takes a different path and helps the team to see things in a new light or calls out a groupthink plan. They are excellent at finding new opportunities.

4. Master Violet – The Driver. The Lord Commander who pushes the team forward. The one who communicates with other teams or the receiver and customer of the mission. They motivates the team when the excitement wears of and keeps them focus on a goal in sight. They can also keep conflicts from tearing the team apart.

5. Master Blue – The Detailer. The Engineer who controls facts and keeps the rest from making silly mistakes. They find bugs in the system and relentlessly considers every facet where something can break.

6. Master Orange – The Doer. The Warrior who does all the hard work and is in charge executing tasks at a flying rate. They make things ship.

7. Master Indigo – The Coach. The Ranger is the secret invisible Ninja working outside the team gathering intelligence for the rest of the team. Or inspiration for that matter. Tracking ahead or spying from a distance. Or coaching the team without interfering too much.

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Holistic Thinking Ninja

What is an Innovation Rainbow Ninja? [We Paint the Universe in Color]

Many of us has a very simplified and biased view of how the we humans and the world works and operates. We like to label things in simple terms like Black & White. And things we can’t see or are afraid of we label Dark. Because it makes so much “Sense” to our brains. We can change all that! Together we an embark on a journey beyond Darkness & Light. By creating colorful teams of Innovation Rainbow Ninjas, we can go on new type of Quest in the world. A Quest where no-one is the good guy fighting the bad. More like a mission to explore “the known” and “the unknown” Universe by painting it into a multitude of colors. We can tell it in ever evolving stories. We can elevate our understanding of the world that was, the world that is and we can build a better world of tomorrow together. Everything is invented by us and We invent the Future.

[013] Darkness & Light [The Visible Universe]

We paint the Universe in color with our own eyes

We paint the Universe in color with our own eyes

This fall has been about Darkness & Light. Darkness was fittingly the theme for the last Pecha Kucha here, in my hometown Varberg, Sweden. As it is now October-November and they days are fast becoming darker here, high up on the northern hemisphere. Some people can’t stand the darkness and others like me love it as a part of life. Now you can cosy up inside or stroll the dark forests at night. Many of the speeches was about finding light in the darkness. Light has always come to represent the Good in us and the Darkness the bad and the Evil.

We Fear the Dark and Love the Light. Why is it so?

The Universe is a Dark place. And we Humans places too much emphasis on light, color and vision. Maybe Rightly so, as it’s our primary sensory system. It’s how we navigate the world. Where there is Darkness the world is not. What we can’t see scares us. And now the scientist tells us that The Universe is full Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Things we can’t see. Unseen things we label dark. Things that exists in the scary world. Out there beyond the light of the campfire.

Fear the fear, feel the fear Most of the things we avoid are avoided because we’re afraid of being afraid. Too meta? — Seth Godin

Those of us who isn’t fearless, fear the Dark. But must we? Can we all become fearless of the Dark? Or should we leave it be? We have come out of the “Dark” ages past “Enlightenment” into this world we now slowly are beginning take form. A world of Sustainability, Collaboration, Transparency, Openness, Empowerment and Community. Yes, there is still much Darkness in the world. Real “Darkness” that we should fear for real. Even in our own so-called “Free Democracies“. The whole world learned this summer, thanks to Edward Snowden, that even the Land of the Free is going in the wrong direction. It’s not a given that everything is going in the right direction.

Dear darkness Dear darkness Won’t you cover, cover Me again? — PJ Harvey

We must bring our torches and shine light into these dark corners. Because they are still everywhere. Just around your own corner, there is Darkness still, in our own neighborhood. No matter how much we light our way there will still be Shadows on the wall. As long as we are aware of the Shadows, we can handle the Darkness. We can live in the Darkness. Embrace it and get to know it. It’s only in the eyes and minds of the living, that Light & Darkness exist. The Universe is neither Light nor Dark. The Worlds of Light & Darkness is where humans lives. We choose the paths that we tread into these worlds. Carrying with us our own inner Light and Darkness. –

Black & White [Stop Demonizing each other]

We humans are very prone to paint reality in Black & White. Some of us knows, that it isn’t so. Yet we struggle with our world view ourselves. We all do. Just when we think the we finally made rational sense of the world we discover that, we too, hold some things sacred. Or worse. We don’t recognize it all, and only see demons in others. This is a “Dark Path” to wander. If we are to live together in the long run on this small spherical spaceship, we can not afford to demonize each others. We must stop painting the world in Black & White.

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The Universe can be Red & Blue just as well

We must learn to see all the colors there is in each and every one of us. We must recognize that this is our strengths instead. That the best teams are made out of people with different skills and different world views. We just need better team-leaders to manage us. To help us release our inner Light, Darkness and Colors onto the world. So that we can paint it in a rich palette together. We humans paint the Universe with our eyes. We put beauty onto the things we view.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Annika R Malmberg talked about putting together teams containing individuals with different skills & colors on Webbdagarna here in Sweden. You can view it in Swedish here from Webbdagarna in Gothenburg (See Khoi Thu below for an English Counterpart). Apart from different ways of thinking, a team also need common visions and goals.

A team sets up the basic rules and methods to use when collaborating yo reach their set goals, while traveling in the direction of the Vision.

So many people are talking about it. Yet why don’t we get this: …

Rainbow Ninjas

TMNT — The Rainbow Ninjas of a sort 😉

Rainbow Innovation Ninjas [Smart Diverse Flexible Teams]

Most teams today are just one color. Black or White. We humans are exceptional good at seeing and mapping the world in color through our advance brain. Why then settle for a one-dimensional — one-color team? Here is great opportunity for small teams of Rainbow Ninjas. Ninjas work in small flexible teams that thinks on their feet. Who can take on a much larger foe or challenge. They can attack a problem from all angles using different skill-sets. Ninja Innovation is a book by Gary Shapiro in with we are given the insight into what it means to be a modern Ninja. Then Rainbow Innovation Ninjas are a team of Ninjas consisting of members of different prominent colors. Usually most small teams are to narrow-minded and subject to strong group think. We can change all that by making better teams like I’ll explain below. Cowabunga!

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The 6 Types of Thinkers to Seek for Your Team

On the this subject Martin Berg fittingly talked about Intellectual Antimatter. Not just choosing between the Red or the Blue pill like in The Matrix. Give us more options. Give us A Third Pill. The Green Pill. Just like what The Matrix is really about … Choice. The Free Will to make choices between many options. We need to cross-fertilize our society. Then the Magic of a multicolored palette of choice happens. Scientist need to meet Entrepreneurs, and Business Developers need to meet Creative Hippies. And all teams needs Doers, Dreamers and Leaders. It’s the same idea that Khoi Tu gives a great presentation on The RSA called The Secrets of Super-Teams. I also came across this article about The 6 Types of Thinkers to Seek for Your Team. I translated that into the 7 types of Creative Ninjas. A team of Creative Rainbow Ninjas can be but together by all or some of the 7 roles. It’s also possible for a ninja to fill several roles. Here are the 7 roles:

1. Master Green – The Dreamer. The Visionary who always challenges what is possible. They bring the energy to make dreams come true. The think big and never stops asking questions like Why? and What If?
2. Master Yellow – The Debater. The Mindbender who finds problems where others finds none. They test your irrational emotional thinking and preconceived notions if they hold up to science and logic.
3. Master Red – The Disruptor. The Explorer who takes a different path and helps the team to see things in a new light or calls out a groupthink plan. They are excellent at finding new opportunities.
4. Master Violet – The Driver. The Lord Commander who pushes the team forward. The one who communicates with other teams or the receiver and customer of the mission. They motivates the team when the excitement wears of and keeps them focus on a goal in sight. They can also keep conflicts from tearing the team apart.
5. Master Blue – The Detailer. The Engineer who controls facts and keeps the rest from making silly mistakes. They find bugs in the system and relentlessly considers every facet where something can break.
6. Master Orange – The Doer. The Warrior who does all the hard work and is in charge executing tasks at a flying rate. They make things ship.
7. Master Indigo – The Coach. The Ranger is the secret invisible Ninja working outside the team gathering intelligence for the rest of the team. Or inspiration for that matter. Tracking ahead or spying from a distance. Or coaching the team without interfering too much.

I will go more into detail in a later blog how we can create and use Ninja Teams for a future to come. Will you be a Ninja with me? –

Fear & Love [Why should we Love more and become Ninja Lords] Lizard

We have also discussed the many Fears we have in life that holds us back from our true potential. Seth Godin explains it well in his blog posts: Avoiding Fear by indulging in our fear of fearFearlessness is not the same as the absence of fear and Fear the fear, feel the fear.

Life without fear doesn’t last very long – You’ll be run over by a bus (or a boss) before you know it. The fearless person, on the other hand, sees the world as it is (fear included) and then makes smart (and brave) decisions — Seth Godin

Each and every one of us has the ability and potential to become a Linchpin. Someone who resists the fear that the Lizard Brain constantly warns us about. The Lizard Brain is always stronger so we need methods and training to come up with ways to win over the Lizard Brain. But of course we only do this when there isn’t any real danger to be afraid of. The Lizard Brain consist of the Amygdala and it has kept us alive for million of years and it will continue to do so for million of years to come. Our mission is to train ourselves to recognize when not to listen to it and to trick it with our own acting. I will discuss this in a coming blog post. Things that helps are: Deadlines, Iterate & Ship often, Thrash early, Do “Today-lists”, Have fun & play.

“Shared anger destroys trust. It eliminates dialogue. It activates the lizard brain of everyone within earshot, and produces nothing of value.” — Seth Godin

Fear - Love Line -- Donnie Darko

Fear – Love Line — Donnie Darko

You may have seen Donnie Darko when they talk about the Fear-Love Line. Yet another way to make the world into the same one-dimensional grade as Darkness & Light and Black & White. So wrong and yet it feels so right at the same time.

Donnie: Well, life isn’t that simple. I mean, who cares if Ling Ling returns the wallet and keeps the money? It has nothing to do with either fear or love. Kitty Farmer: Fear and love are the deepest of human emotions. Donnie: Okay. But you’re not listening to me. There are other things that need to be taken into account here, like the whole spectrum of human emotion. You can’t just lump everything into these two categories and then just deny everything else. — Donnie Darko

Should we only try to have a White, Light World full of Love? Is it even possible? OR should we try to abandon this way of thinking? I say we love as much as we can. Although I can imagine that much change has come into the world by people hating the current system with real fear of losing one’s own head. Most of the hate in the world leads to no good. Even a hateful spark that started a rebellion had little chance of success if not planned in a cool-headed manner. That would almost always lead to a new way system no better than the last one. What ever the emotion that started something we must balance our way of thinking when executing and shipping change. We can become Ninja Lords of our own thinking and doing. Masters and Eternal Students of ourselves and the whole of The Universe. This is also a big paradox. We are trapped inside our human minds. Things will always be emotional. We just have to be aware of it and help each others when we become stuck in our thinking. Watch out for oversimplified Mental Models because we can’t stop using them and they often do us no good. There is always at least another version of every story. –

Evil Overlords & Warriors of the Light [Stories will paint our way]

Malekith the Dark Elf wants to Paint It Black

Malekith the Dark Elf wants to Paint It Black

Or should we go the Way of the Dark Elves in Thor 2: The Dark World. By making the Universe a very dark place to live. Maybe even Sauron has something to say about plans to cover the world in Darkness? Why is this the goal of so a many Evil Overlords? What will they do once it is black?

“Fear leads to anger – Anger leads to hate – Hate leads to suffering” — Yoda

Nah. Neither would do. As it’s all in our heads anyway. So by taking all of the above into account it becomes clear that we can choose for ourselves how we would like to perceive the world. Yet in our stories, we like it nothing more than when an underdog fighting for the light defeats a much more powerful foe with bucket of black paint that are trying to paint it black… that is, the Universe. It’s our own human fear of the dark that puts Darkness on the agenda of the so-called Prime Evils. That’s why stories about Evil Overlords are so fascinating. They can embody our own thoughts and apply agency to the Darkest parts of our emotions.

“The alliance… will die. As will your friends. Good, I can feel your anger. I am defenseless. Take your weapon. Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!” — The Emperor

I think that it’s necessary to paint & illuminate the world in many colors. Colors that only we can see. That live inside our minds like stories do. As our scientist are continually exploring and painting the Known Universe in color (Even the Dark parts). We should tell Stories about it that only live in our imagination. To continually light the way for how we can see into the future. To keep the passion alive and inspire us to build a new, better and more colorful society. The Eternal Struggle of Heroes vs Villains [Evolve our Quest]

Vader vs Yoda - The Old Quest

Vader vs Yoda – The Old Quest

Life isn’t An Eternal Struggle between Light & Darkness. It may be convenient to slap either label on something. Thus reducing our mental map to a one-dimensional one. It’s makes for such a great narrative. But it’s not they way forward for our ever evolving consciousness. Sure we all love stories about underdog heroes and charismatic villains. And this Stories will always have their place in our hearts. As long we recognize that they are just that, Stories. And relate to them and the real world in a thoughtful manner.

OH, YES. A VERY SPECIAL KIND OF STUPIDITY. YOU THINK THE WHOLE UNIVERSE IS INSIDE YOUR HEADS. ’You make us sound mad,’ said Susan. A nice warm bed … NO. YOU NEED TO BELIEVE IN THINGS THAT AREN’T TRUE. HOW ELSE CAN THEY BECOME? said Death helping her up on Binky. — DEATH and Susan, Hogfather

Now we have the chance to tell ever more and better complex stories. And some have already started. And we like it. That’s why so many of us likes stories like Game of Thrones, Revenge, The Americans, True Blood, The Borgias, Dexter and Continuum. We want life to be more complex. We are all Sinners and Liars without us being evil or bad for that sake. We can all help each other to make life a little more colorful. Stories like Revenge start out by giving us a clear set of Heroes and Villains. But then they change it by giving them all complex emotions and agendas. They even questions the Agenda of Revenge and what it teaches us about ourselves and being good and having Empathy.

“Fear. It’s a fire that burns from birth and even in the coldest heart. It motivates and paralyzes the best of us, or it’s used as a weapon by the worst. But when your path is one of treachery and deception, the greatest fear of all…is that the truth is absolute” — Emily Thorne

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Our Lust & Fear of Revenge – That creates much of the Evil in this World

“Fear is the most primal of emotions. Can linger as a memory burned into one’s mind of a parent taken to soon. Or burrow into one’s soul as self-doubt over child rejection. But the one fear we all fear the most is the unknown.” — Emily Thorne

Of course we should make it our quest to fight all Evil in this world. We must just be aware that there is no Pure Evil to fight like in the old Fairy Tales (or the new ones for that matter). Life is so much more complex. And fighting Evil & Darkness with the same kind, usually just means we get more of the stuff. We need to upgrade our Mental Maps of the world. Make new complex quests to go on adventure on. Evolve our Visions & Missions to match our ever growing understanding of how we and the world works. Let’s assemble new and better teams of Innovation Rainbow Ninjas. And I say we start by paining the world in color… So that we all can visualize the beauty, we can explore together. Just remember that everything is invented. We Invent our Future.

I say: Paint the
Universe in color!
Invent a better Future and
Tell it in Stories about us.

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Holistic Thinking Ninja

7 Questions About The Last 20 Years

Visions of the Future [Part 1 of 3]

Why is visions so important? In this series of 3 I will talk to you about why I think so. The first 2 will go into personal visions answering these 2 questions: Who are you 20 years from now? & Where are you a year from now? In part 3 I will go into depth about creating shared visions for the future of our tribes, companies and societies. This is Part 1 of 3 about Visions of The Future.

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Visit Earth 20 Years from now [What Stories should Intergalactic Tourists tell?]

Think of a future where we have some intergalactic tourists visiting Earth. They are living in your collective tribe using Milky Way BnB [#MilkyWayBnB]. Here are 7 questions you can ask yourself about what you are going to tell them:

  1. What would you like them to see and visit?
  2. What stories will you tell them about Earth?
  3. How did you pull it together and help build up the flourishing society that you live in today?
  4. On what projects did you pull weight during the last 20 years?
  5. What was the first big tipping-point that lead to the radical transformation of how we live together today?
  6. What mattered most?
  7. Who did you do it with?
Alien Tourist

What will you tell this Alien Tourist 20 years from now?

These are hypothetical stories that we can play around with. This is what Sci-Fi is really about. Not some crap action movie where society looks and feels exactly the same as today with a few tweaks. We need to use our imagination to provoke some new radical thinking. It’s only then that things will start to happen and new emerging systems will appear.

I want to create a space. Where you can  have these kind of discussions. And I want to combine it with a #MakerSpace. What I call a Future-Space or a Future-Dojo. We can both experiment with sustainability and discuss how we can live sustainable together. A Place to hang around with lots of different kinds of people who do not think alike. Not just the new hot MakerSpaces. Whoever awesome as they seem. I get the feeling that they are very polarized as well. Prove me wrong.

And in 20 years time I’ll be running a whole network of Future-Dojos as a Master Holistic Thinking Ninja and a Cyber Ninja Futurist.

There is nothing better for Self-Growth than somebody challenging your own viewpoint — Richard Gerver

Paint Lots of Pictures [Prime You Brain]

What will the future look like? The only way to find put is to paint lots of pictures. Take the ones we like the most and make them into a vision, to have before us as we travel on our path ahead. Together we can Prime our brains in this way. WE make our future happen. Not someone else. This is our time. Not Kings and Emperors of The Olden World. The new networked society is finally here. It’s time to Ninja Up.

No fate! But what we make 🙂

What stories can you tell 20 years from now? — Lord Sillion

Lord Commander Sillion - Cyber Ninja

Lord Commander Sillion – Cyber Ninja Futurist

@LordSillion [Michael 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

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

Becoming a Creative Ninja Master

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Evolve the world with you in it. [The Story about Me]

We can all become better at mingle. Even if some of you are pros already there is still more skills to master. Here are some pro tips in English and in Swedish.

Almedalen [Escalating the Network Society]

Today I have been planning my trip to Crown Mingle event here in Sweden: Almedalen. Everyone who is the slightest interested in changing society here in Sweden should go there. So in preparation I have been listening to the Swedish podcast Almedalen Sherpas about making the most about your stay there. Especially episode 10 about how to mingle.

ONCE UPON A TIME [The Pixar Pitch]

I have also been Listening to Daniel Pinks tips for for pitching your self or an idea. One of the tips are the The Pixar Pitch or the Story Spine. Here is a basic outline of it. Try doing it in the voice of the American Trailer Way.

ONCE UPON A TIME____________, EVERY DAY___________,
ONE DAY____________, BECAUSE OF THIS_____________,
BECAUSE OF THIS_________________,
UNTIL FINALLY_____________________.

Holistic Thinking Ninja

Creative Ninja Master – Holistic Thinking Ninja

So I must create a story of me. One that they will tell in thousands of years to come. I will bring about my storytelling voice and go:

ONCE UPON A TIME There was Creative Ninja Master living on Planet Earth,
EVERY DAY He would train his Creative Ninja Skills,
ONE DAY He realized that his skills could make an impact on the World,
BECAUSE OF THIS he set forth to Architect the Transformation of Society,
BECAUSE OF THIS The New Network Society is now on the right track towards a sustainable future,
UNTIL FINALLY WE all learned how to live together sharing our resources and our knowledge in an epic quest to make Earth the best place in the Universe to live.

My Future Diagram [Social Ninja – Gamer – Futurist – Demon Dancer]

I also did a Future Diagram the other day about my Future. I should make more of those. Here are mine:

Social Ninja - Hardcore Gamer -  Future Philosopher - Demon Dancer

Social Ninja – Hardcore Gamer – Future Philosopher – Demon Dancer

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]