Design For Engagement

Here it is. My take on making comprehensive overview of what to think about when designing an event or an activity of any kind. Things to think about is who is it for and why should they care about doing it. Look what others have designed before you and steal the best parts and experiment with them.

Make things full with Flow, Fun, Friends and Meaning [Design For Engagement]

When designing any kind of activity, game, competition, event, learning, system or challenge it’s good to have in mind the basic fundamentals of what motivates and triggers people to join in or take action. This is also great advice when doing crowdfunding events on sites like Kickstarter and Rallygate.

The activity can be learning a skill or a trade. All things we do is practice and leaning in some way towards some form improvement or mastery. When things are “Just For Fun”, it’s mostly then we are learning the fastest. Getting into “Flow” is usually the most effective way of learning something or to be the most productive in that activity. Some of the thinking here I have borrowed directly from Amy Jo Kim’s lecture mostly about gaming. I think it can be applied to most human activities. I also focus mainly on the positive motivations. Sure there are many strong negative feelings that drives change and motivation like fear, hate, revenge. But I don’t go to into how to design for them here. Instead I try to focus what makes things fly.

If you think something is missing or needs to be changed just comment below or contact me :)

Lets do better design thinking when we design our activities.

Triggers of The Element
[Competition – Cooperation – Exploration – Expression]

There are 4 elements in an activity that can be combined to trigger different kind of things in people: Competitive, Cooperation, Exploration, Expression. The users, combatant, player and adventurer is just not one style but a combination of these. Get to know your different user styles of the activity. Find out what types they are and how to design for them.

Competition

Many of us trigger by the need to compete and measure us against each other. Be it the sole competitor or a whole team against each other. This is a basic human need. The need to seem strong int the tribe. And to seem extra useful for the Tribe. This usually followed by increased status, fame and attractiveness in the fair sex.

Competitions, Sports, Games and different forms of Challenges can been used to trigger this part of us.

Cooperation

Humanities greatest feast is the ability to co-operate towards a common goal. A lone human had little chance of survival in the past. A great tribe of a 100 individuals could solve almost anything. We have it built into our DNA to work together and get rewarded for it on many levels. Jonathan Haidt explains this so well.

It feels great giving and helping others without the need for reciprocity. It is what binds tribes together.

Exploration

We humans are also explorers by nature. Not all but some of us get the sudden urge to seek out new unknown territory to wander in. The lust for exploration is very strong and can take form in many shapes. This is very powerfully portrayed in the this epic clip narrated by Carl Sagan: Wanderers.

Activities that includes Adventure, Mystique and Puzzles Solving are all good ways to “explore” this drive in human nature.

Expression

One of our most unique traits is the ability and need to express ourself. From how we look, dress and garnish our body to external expression through art and stories. The need to be unique and fit in, in the tribe at the same time. To put our twist on our self. And also the need to create, tinker, improve and “hack” things.

Radical Self-Expression is also part of one the 10 principles of Burning Man.

Making Things Magic!

Of course there are many more needs and desires that drive us humans like love, lust, belonging, righteousness, rebellion, fear, hate, revenge and need for the adrenaline rush. Still, these 4 big is a great way to start when designing an activity. Just focusing on one of them works great. Or combining them for a complex activity that attracts different people for different reasons works great to. Especial if it’s an activity done together with others.

With this is in mind we can easier understand how to make an event more magic.

From Amy Jo Kim of Shufflebrain

What are you designing for? Verbs to use – From Amy Jo Kim

Intrinsic Motivations and PERMA

When we know what kind of activity to make we can then increase the level of engagement people feel when doing it. There are many models and names for the intrinsic motivations we have. I chose to incorporate them into Martin Seligmans’s and Jane McGonigal’s PERMA model. In it we divide out internal motivations into 5 categories. One that can arguably be siad is missing is the reward we feel during and after any physical performance. And ultimately like I do, the ability to put oneself into trance and triggering the Hive-Switch in the brain. Still here we go. Put more PERMA into your deign:

P – Positive Emotions – We all like experiencing positive emotions like urgent optimismjoy, peace, gratitude, satisfaction, trust, pride, pleasure, inspiration, hope, curiosity, or love. These emotions move us along when triggering the other forms of motivations. Arguably we can put the feelings we feel when sexually aroused or the rush we feel when dancing with danger here too.

E – Engagement (or flow) – When a situation, task, or project are in the sweet-spot between our current skill level and the difficulty of the activity we often experience a state of flow. We lose track of time & space around us. We becomes totally engulfed in the activity at hand. The ability for a person or a whole team to themselves into flow has been measured to be the largest contributor to the success of any endeavour. This is linked to the oh so popular concept of following ones passion. This is the right path towards mastery.

R – Relationships – The need for belonging in a social context is very strong. WE all want to be seen, heard and acknowledged within the tribe. It’s also more importune to been known for contributing to the tribe than actually doing it without any recognition.

Being social with others is at the core of what it is in being human. When having good relationships with others is when are at our best. Co-operation and friendly competition brings out the best in us. Make the user interact with others in the system or have them sharing about content in the system outside it.

M – Meaning – Meaning comes from creating a purposeful narrative about our lives. A story where we are part in something bigger than our-self. We will often sacralize something in the group that brings meaning to us. Finding ones purpose in life can be a powerful thing indeed. Humans have it in them seek meaning and spirituality. It’s what we do. Here is great clip about Burning Man explaining it all.

Designing activities with a greater purpose and a greater vision behind them is the way to go. So many things and leaders in our society, act without a clear vision where they are taking us.

A – Accomplishments – We often seek Mastery in some form. And completing our goals and following our core values. Or we can just good feedback and rewards from an activity we are carrying out which also give great satisfaction. Enhance the progress the user is making by giving them great feedback.

Integrate feedback into the activity loop of the current activity. We just love checking things of our to-do list. Or getting the great feeling of completing or launching things on a grander scale. When we down that boss in an epic game. Throw your arms in the air for that great Fiero moment.

What humanity desperately need right now is a vision where we can go as a species – #BurningMan

Another way and model that I also like is the one called the 4Ps by Storyarchitects with People – Purpose – Passion – Pleasure developed by Jasmine Idun Lyman. You can probably match where this model overlaps with the one above.

People

People – Purpose – Passion – Pleasure developed by Jasmine Idun Lyman

 

Flow – Mastery and Passion

On of the most talked about thing now is the notion that you should find and follow your passion. This both true or as Tai Lopez calls it Accurate. It’s all about design an activity with life-cykle aspect in mind. Start with Onboarding for the Newbie like Amy Jo Kim says. Then makes sure there are different challenges with increasing difficulty so that a participant can easily get into flow depending on their skill level. Not all event should have all skill levels depending on what type of activity it is. Over time a well design activity develops passion in the participant as they increase their skill level on their journey.

Tim Ferriss has a new TV show out called The Tim Ferriss Experiment where he tries to master 13 different challenging skills in just 5 days. In order to do this he needs apply a very precise set of points to stay in flow take the quickest route towards the path of mastery. He shows us that it is possible to learn a skill very fast with the right and best teachers, science, technique, motivation, attitude and design thinking.

 

Design an activity towards mastery with flow all the way

Design an activity towards mastery with flow all the way

Choice – Sacrifice – VIP – Stories

Stories
All great activities and products have an inbuilt story. One that we can tell our self while doing it. A kind of internal Self-Narration. And another that we can tell others and share before, during and after an activity. Here it helps designing content and context around the activity that can be shared and easily internalized.

We are basically a storytelling ape with a big brain that is excellent in recognising, enjoying and telling stories.

Sacrifice and Pain
Some activities also benefits if there is some kind of built in sacrifice, hardship and pain built into them. It scares some people away and attract others. Physical challenges and some competitions often use this to great benefit. The benefits of doing something hard and painful are often enjoyed after the event. When the pain is forgotten and all we have left is a good story. Doing hard stuff together with others and sharing the pain also brings people closer together and builds bonds.

Try to sell the story people can tell when they are part if an exclusive tribe that have mastered the challenge.

Scarcity and VIP
We all like to be VIP och part of some exclusive tribe sometimes. By making an activity only available to a selected few who either cued of the event or paid extra to get extra treatments and perks is great way to increase the overall attractiveness of the event. This is used with great success in crowdfunding activities with different perk levels. Here scarcity both in time and in the number of available slots serves a way to make people sign up faster.

Give people the ability to feel or dream about the status and exclusiveness that a special offer or VIP treatment brings.

Feel the Rush
Some activities is all about the adrenaline or rush we can feel when doing something exiting and dangerous. Some people become adrenaline junkies and are looking for more ways to experience this feelings.

Choice and Autonomy
People like making choices. This makes us feel autonomous. It’s just that we are different when we think about what rules we want to follow when making choices and forming habits. Gretchen Rubin divides us into 4 different type of people when adopting new habits: Obligers, Questioners, Upholders and Rebels. Of course given inside a certain system we can like the excitement and angst when choosing between different options.

Life and gaming is about making interesting choices :)

And remember: Be nice!

/Lord Sillion
Holistic Thinking Ninja

Design Thinking is complex when trying to comprehend the big picture

Design Thinking is complex when trying to comprehend the big picture

Jupiter Descending

Jupiter Is Descending [Make Better Art]

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending

– So Jupiter is Descending.

– You mean Ascending?

– No I mean Down.

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

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

– Ah, so you mean it was bad?

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

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

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

– So, should we stay the frack away?

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

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

– So is it 100% rotten?

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

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

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

– So is there no story at all?

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

– But it’s just a movie. Why are you so upset? Just shut off your brain and enjoy it for what is.

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

With great powers of storytelling comes great responsibilities!

Make better art!!!!!!

No Jupiter is Descending

No Jupiter is Descending

/LordSillion

Holistic Thinking Ninja

Bikes vs. Cars

I’m a biker. And I have been so for my entire life. I live for biking around in the spring, summer and fall. Not so much in the winter as I live in Sweden. Still, I do commuting by bike in the winter but not the pleasure kind of riding. I like riding by the sea with no particular goal in mind. So it’s with great pleasure I attend events like this one tonight. I also want you to watch the movie Premium Rush. There are lots of movies out there that celebrate cars and driving like The Fast and The Furious but few movies like this one that involves both bikes and action in a realistic way.

I have also been attending Johan Lange’s and his LUCKc breakfast in Varberg this morning. Johan is one of the greatest consultant out there who get how we humans work and helps leaders and companies with his insights into modern leadership.

I also talk about it in Swedish in my pod here: Bikes vs Cars and LUCKc breakfast.

Trying out the a new Electric Bike

Trying out the a new Electric Bike

Doc Lounge Varberg – Biking For The Future

Tonight was a special night here in Varberg. First we was treated with great Bike Trail show by Martin Kleivard and the opportunity to try som new electric bikes from Cressent. These bikes were much better designed and better performance than previous bikes I have tried. Really nice handling and could take curves better.

Tony Grimaldi

Tony Grimaldi

Tony Grimaldi gave a speech about wanting to make Varberg a better bike city. I agree. With the increased range and speed for ordinary commuting with this new types of electric bikes there is much greater opportunity to go for a biking city. Many larger cities in Europe like Copenhagen and Amsterdam has already done it. So the only thing lacking in smaller cities with much shorter distances are the political will to do it.

Bike vs. Cars 

After a great mingle it was time for the main event for Doc Lounge Varberg, the movie Bikes vs. Cars. It was an interesting movie who started out portraying the history of biking and cars in Los Angeles and São Paulo. The we get comparison with Copenhagen where over 40% of the population commute by bike. And this is in a Nordic country with nordic winters as well.

The movie gives a great overview of the commuting problems we are faced with today and in the future as urbanisation of all our cities are increasing with an exponential rate. This is one of our largest challenges as we spend an enormous amount of energy, earth natural resources and time commuting all over the world. It’s a gigantic industry that is ripe for disruption.

Håkan Cullberg talks about Varbergs new city planing

Håkan Cullberg talks about Varbergs new city planing

My Friend Håkan Cullberg was also there tonight giving a short insight into what Varberg’s new city might look like and what we want to do for all bike riders here.

All we know about the future of Varberg is that it won’t look like this
– Håkan Cullberg

Get Ready for the Disruption

The mornings meet-up with Johan Lange was also a great experience. We had a long conversation about the disruption that the shift to the Connection Economy will bring with is. Many people already get it but many people are still lagging behind in the thinking.

LUCKc Breakfast with Lord Sillion - Issan - Kjell

LUCKc Breakfast with Lord Sillion – Issan – Kjell

Together with Kjell and Issan we also talk about what format is the best to publish our books in. I’m going to go with a small handbook type format with my books and we thought that Johan should go with it as well for his sum of the LUCK-concept.

So can we combine the quest for human wellbeing and activities like biking a new way to think and see the world?

Life Begins At The Edge Of Your Comfort Zone

It’s time for me to be the Ruckus Maker I set out to be. Do you want help make a Ruckus  in your life or company? Pleas contact me, if you do :)

Take care of yourself, your loved ones and the only planet we live on – Lord Sillion

/Lord Sillion
Holistic Thinking Ninja

My notes from the LUCKc breakfast

My notes from the LUCKc breakfast

 

 

15 Years In The Matrix

Red Or Blue Pill?

It’s now 15 years ago that I first took the “Red Pill“. It was the spring in 1999. A friend of mine had gotten us tickets to a pre-show of a movie that looked really cool. The event was hosted by Maya, the 3D rendering program that was used to make some of the effects in the movie. We went to Grand on Sveavägen in Stockholm with 200 other nerds who thought this was going to be something extra. And boy was we right. This was for me the most accelerating experience in my life. I remember coming out of the theatre so exited that I jumped over every bench, wall and bush I could find. After collecting my thoughts half an hour later I called my geek brother. Then I told him. That he was going to have to wait for months for the real Swedish premier of the coolest movie ever made… The Matrix.

Matrix_Ninja

Red Or Blue?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ghost In The Shell

Ghost In The Shell

Dream Reality Party of 1999

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

The Matrix Brothers

The Matrix Brothers

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

The Dream World

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

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

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

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

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

Red or Blue?

Red or Blue?

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

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

Lord Sillion
Architect of the Future
Holistic Thinking Ninja
Cyber Matrix Ninja

Our Dream Party of 1999

Our Dream Party of 1999

The Power Girls – Frida Boisen – Elaine Eksvärd – Darja Isaksson

Think Big! Be Nice! Have Bold Visions of the Future!

I have been listing to 3 very inspiring women. Frida BoisenElaine EksvärdDarja Isaksson. It was all under the combined meet-up of IT-Solutions Expo and HR Summit Väst. They all gave 3 different views on the society, that is toppling the old industrialised economy. It’s called The Connection Economy. In a way it has always been about who you knew in the old society too. The difference was that it was only available to a selected few, who was in the right circles and that did know who to make friends with. Now with the power of the digital dimension and an emerging number of people who has studied both old and modern knowledge and science, there is paradigm shift already on the way.

So in honor of the 2015 International Women’s Day  theme “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!” I give you:

The Power Girls

Frida & Elaine - Foto Frida Boisen

Frida & Elaine – Foto Frida Boisen

Frida Boisen talkas about here own experience in using Social Media as Editor-in-chief at GT.
Elaine Eksvärd shares here knowledge on how to use rhetoric and body language in the physical meeting.
Darja Isaksson takes us on a journey into the Digital Dimension.

The Digital Dimension

The Digital Dimension

@fridaboisen [Frida Boisen] – Social Ninja – Be Nice

Frida gives a very interesting and funny talk about her experience as Editor-in-chief at GT. She gives us 10 things about then going online.

Is Viral important? Can we only reach impact if we go viral? Both yes and no. Viral is important to get reach. On the other hand getting real connection with people one on one is now more possible, quicker and easier than ever before. It all depends on your message and your agenda.

The one thing to think about: Use your comedic talent. On the web and in presentation and talks. Humor always has a way to get into your heart. And satire has proven again and again through the ages to be a very effective tool to put the spotlight on anything fishy in society.

Frida Boisen

Frida Boisen –  What is in your heart?

Ask yourself: What is in your heart?

1. Spread love not hate online
Touch someone. Reach out. Be honest and real. All people have a heart to get through to.

2. Tell it first
In a way we humans always look to someone who is the fastest to deliver important news.

3. Tell it best
If you are not first to say something then say it better

4. Like and share
Be generous. All of us likes kindness
Use congratulations [Grattiseffekten]. We all know how good it feels to be flooded with kind words on our birthday or another important day on Facebook.

5. Connect first
Show someone you care about them. Tell them what you feel. Be then one who reaches out and shows initiative.

6. Join in on popular conversations and Hashtags
Be where the heat is.

7. Ping people.
Lift them up. Don’t gossip about them. Everyone likes be thought about in a good way.

8. Find your audience
Find your tribe. The Long Tail is becoming true. If Your trying to please everyone you will end up pleasing no one.

9. Replay back
Follow back. Don’t feed the trolls. Be active in constructive conversations.

10. Look after your brand
Be positive. Talk about your successes.

We must never accept online-hatred and Toxicness. We must talk about what Code of Conduct we use both online and in the flesh. It’s never okay do harm to one another.

Laugh at the trolls
1. Start a fire. Find your values. Talk to the heart.
2. Be top of mind. Follow! Like! Be generous, be everywhere.
3. Chose a small arena. Use micro targeting. Visit a Café.

Be bold. Be Daring. Be Vulnerable
Think Big. Tell Stories. Share Your Vision.
It’s Your Turn! 

@ElaineEksvard [Elaine Eksvärd] – Rhetoric Ninja – Train Your Communication Skills

Elaine has so much to say on how we communicate in todays society. I’ll sum up below some of her important points.

Use the first 90 seconds of any encounter to define and make sure everyone you meet get the right picture of you and not a internal one filled with clichés and preconceptions. This is especially important for people like me who have chosen to wear my residual self image full out in the flesh of “The Matrix”.

Lord Sillion and Elaine Eksvärd

Lord Sillion and Elaine Eksvärd – Connect to people

Communication is a skill and muscle that you must train every day.

Think about how you sound and what tonality you are using.

What is your posture and what body language are you using. If you don’t know, find out.

When someone are trying to portray their thoughts and opinions as facts there is an easy way to disarm them. Just say: Oh, that’s how you are felling? [Jasså, så känner du?] :)

Words and communication are power and we all need/want more influence (power).
So keep practicing your skills.

Get more social power and influence!

1. You have more power.
2. You can get more power.
3. Much More!

Be nice! Be vulnerable!

And do plant a dream in every child you meet!

@darjaisaksson [Darja Isaksson] – Digital Ninja – Join The Digital Dimension

Darja is a new friend of mine that have met threw the new networked society. She raises some very thoughtful ideas about the present and the future. Things we all need to act or react to in one way or another. Or passively not at all. It’s choice we make. Adapt or surfer the consequences.

The World has changed forever. We are now in a new Communication revolution. The transition to the relation and connection economy. A participatory culture.

Darja Isaksson - The Future doesn't slow down

Darja Isaksson – The Future doesn’t slow down

The ability to write down and share our thoughts has never been greater and the need has never been more dire. We are face with some enormous challenges as a human race and the better and faster we start collaborate around new ideas the better chance we have in solving them. With all the new technology we have today we great opportunity to be active members of creative society. It’s like Matthew Taylor say in his spectacular adress last year. Every citizen has the #PowerToCreate.

Our expectations evolve with an ever faster tech explosion.
Get ahead of the curve!

We want frictionless
We also want experiences

Visual consumption has started to affect our behaviours
Blogs are the new stores.
Both Physical and Online Merged in a great way are the winners

What happens all products have their own soundtrack?

We must talk about the future like never before
We must own the present and have bold visions for the future

Many companies under-deliver about our expectations and the possibilities.
Are you one of them?

Do you know your customer?
Do you have speed?

Darja_Speed

Do you know your customer? Do you have speed?

And do you use #TheDigitalDimension?

We see you in #TheDigitalDimension

@darjaisaksson wants us to wake up and talk about #TheFuture!
As do I!
Every Day

LordSillion
Holistic Thinking Ninja

And then we have the 2 guys Kalle Möller and Alexander Bard who I also met. They will get their room in a coming blog :)

Ideas are free and not worth anything if you do not give them away

Idéer är gratis och inte värda något om man inte ger bort dom

Ruckusmaker Day

In honor of the 60th birthday of Steve Jobs on February 24th we celebrate what Seth Godin calls #RuckusmakerDay. That means you should do something out of the ordinary. Connect with someone, share your thoughts in a blog. Don’t just share a story. Make a story worth sharing. What Navid Modiri calls #storydoers. Here in Varberg we want to make change with #VarbergCalling for peace with Empathy, Creativity and Innovation. On 24th February I will hold a quick workshop in how to make change using Social Media in Varberg during Open Call. And I will attend an Entrepreneur meet-up to help other entrepreneurs to get up to speed with the connection economy. Steve_Crazy

Make a Ruckus!

Commit to articulating your point of view on one relevant issue, one news story, one personnel issue. Every day. Online or off, doesn’t matter. Share your taste and your perspective with someone who needs to hear it. Speak up. Not just tomorrow, but every day. — Seth Godin

So what does it mean to make a Ruckus? Seth Godin explains it well in his talk at 99u. Making a ruckus means to do something that stands out. Something that might not work and that isn’t for everyone. To make something that would be missed if you didn’t. You do this by surrounding yourself with people who will challenge and inspire you to take your work, your art to the next level. To do something that builds connection so that someone else can use it to tell a story about themselves and the tribe they live in.

On Ruckusmaker Day you are encouraged to speak up, to have an opinion on something you care about. Too often we fall back on other people’s views and actions, we retweet their words and their thoughts – we feel safer riding on someone else’s shoulders.

Why is suddenly okay to do this work, that has never been done before in history? Because now it’s free to fail. With the power of the networked society we can no try something out and iterate or do something new until we succeed. In this paradigm shift to the Connection Economy we can suddenly dance with our fears. Because we are not alone anymore. We can now find our tribe and help each other out. If we make something that someone don’t like we can now say: It’s not for you.

If we are trying to please everyone, we will end up pleasing no one — Seth Godin 

Be incredibly generous and connected to a community that will help all of us, to do more and better art.

Go make a Ruckus! Be a Ruckusmaker!

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Go make a Ruckus!

Go make a Ruckus!

Here you can listen to my thoughts on the subject in my 8 minute pod:

Ruckusmaker

https://audioboom.com/boos/2923129-ruckusmaker-day-feb-24th

LordSillion
Holistic Thinking Ninja

[Update]
Here you can see my presentation in Swedish

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.

GO Make A Ruckus!

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