Almedals-Ninja

Almedals-Ninja

Idag kör Almedalen igång på riktigt. Ett av det mest häpnadsväckande eventen i världen. Här samlas människor från alla delar av Sverige och dom flesta organisationer och branscher finns här på något sätt. Alla har någon form av agenda och alla pitchar sig själv 24/7. En del vet bara inte om vilken agenda dom egentligen kommunicerar eller vad dom pitchar. Efter precis ha spenderat ett antal veckor med Daniel Priestleys böcker och bloggat om hans koncept tänkte jag nu dela med mig av hur man lyckas bättre i Almedalen. Läs hela bloggen här: Daniel Priestley – Key Person of Influence. Guiden nedan är full av mina egna tips och erfarenheter samt pitch-tips från Daniel. 

Där finns även en övning som du kan göra på färjan dit med att utveckla din pitch.

Lord Sillion och MikuMaria - 2 AlmedalsNinjor

Lord Sillion och MikuMaria – 2 AlmedalsNinjor

Så här blir du en Almedals-Ninja

First off – What is a Modern Ninja? En moderna Ninja är en en person som är dedikerat passionerad till att lösa ett uppdrag på det mest finurliga sätt. Vi samarbetar allt med vandra i små flexibla team som tänker på fötterna. Vi har en vision, sätter strategiska mål och ändrar alltid på planen så fort något ändrats för att anpassa oss. We think BOLD. We join clans like my Creative Ninja Agency.

Almedalen är en massa olika saker. Det är så stort och omfattande att ingen människa kan ta in alla delar. Däremot kan du få ut mycket mer om du tar till dig mina och andras tips.  Så här blir du en Almedals-Ninja!

Happy Hunting For The Future!

Framför allt är Almedalen ett gigantiskt mingel bestående av en massa små mindre mingel och ett större Meta Mingel. Varje event, panel, föreläsning, workshop som du går på är ett litet mingel där du troligtvis hittar personer intresserade av samma saker. Personer som både har samma och annorlunda tankebanor om det ni deltar i. Sök kontakt med dessa personer. Tillsammans kan ni göra eventet bättre. Sitt aldrig passivt utan delta aktivit på allt du går på. Gör saker som:

Lyssna aktivt.

Anteckna! Både digitalt och analogt på papper. 

Ställ frågor, både dumma och smarta (framförallt dumma).

Twittra dina egna tankar och frågor. Dom flesta event har egna Hashtaggar eller så finns det en gemensam hashtag för detta ämnesområde i Almedalen. Och tagga #Almedalen, både på Twitter och Instagram.

Stanna kvar efter en del event och prata med dom andra som har tid att hänga kvar. Ta tillfället i akt att knyta kontakter (Se nedan).

Hamnar du på något som inte ger dig något. Byt event. Det är respektfullt både mot dig själv och dom som anordnar eventet.

Pitcha [Dig själv och andra]

Läser du detta på färjan till Almedalen så ta tillfället i akt och tag i en kompis och sätt igång att utveckla era pitchar.

Kan du din pitch? Svarade du ja eller nej? I båda fall är det dags att se över och göra om din pitch. Din pitch är så mycket mer än dom första meningarna du säger när du träffar någon för första gången. Pitchen börjar hos dig själv.

Vem är du och vilket unikt värde kan du ge till andra? Och framför allt, vem är du värdefull för?

Gör en enkel övning där du skriver ner 25-50 saker på ett papper som du tycker om eller är bra på. Det ska vara allt från hobbies, färdigheter, kunskaper, kontaktnätverk, intressen och alla dina erfarenheter. Hitta även några händelser i ditt liv, när du kände att du var ett med dig själv.

Se nu över vilka mönster du ser. Vilka passioner, färdigheter, erfarenheter och insikter sammanfaller i en synergi? Det kan ibland vara svårt att både skriva ner och se sambanden. Ta gärna hjälp av en kompis. Fråga varandra för att få fram fler ord. Titta sen på varandras papper för att se mönster och synergi. Fyll gärna i egenskaper som du ser hos din kompis.

Partnerskap [Sök en partner, inte en kund]

Tänk att varje person du möter är en potentiell sammarbetspartner. Inte en kund som du ska sälja dina tjänster till. Ändra din pitch till att vad du du kan bidra med för värde i ett eventuellt framtida samarbete. Hitta något som du kan tipsa om för varje person du möter. Ta reda på vad som kan ligga i deras intresse. Pitcha om något event i Almedalen eller någon kontakt dom kan söka upp. Tipsa om någon bra bok, podcast ellr Youtube-klipp eller liknade som dom kan ha nytta av.

Fixa maten på eventen

Många av eventen i Almedalen serverar både frukost, lunch och tilltugg på kvällen. Passa på att gå på dessa och fyll på din energinivå. Du hittar dom i guiden eller appen. Drick även mycket vatten under dagen och kvällen. Varannan vatten är ingen myt. Vattenflaskor finns att få på dom flesta ställen nere vid hamnen. Ska du dessutom dricka vin på kvällen så är det bar att inte göra det på tom mage.

Vila och Powernappa!

Det är viktigt att vi sover och vilar ordentligt. Stretcha och mjuka upp kroppen innan du somnar. Sov åtminstone 6 timmar om det går. Och framför allt ta en Power nap på dagen i Almedalen. Om vädret är med oss så går det utmärkt att gå ner till gräset vid havet och vila för en Power nap. Forskning visar att vi får upp vår IQ och kognitiva förmåga bara vi vilar i 15 minuter.

Anteckna och publicera [Dina och andras tankar]

Du kommer i Almedalen gå på en massa event. Förväntar dig inte att du har en Savant-hjärna som kommer ihåg allting in i minsta detalj. Ha med dig ett block med pennor i flera färger och någon form digital anteckningsplattform.

Anteckna och Twittra på allt du går på. Använd det som underlag för att analysera dagen. När natten går mot sitt slut kan du göra flera saker. Skriv en privat journal om dina tankar för dagen eller en publik blogg.

Använd Hashtaggar!

Ett annat trick som är enklare och går snabbare är att ljud-blogga. Det finns massor med bra appar i din smartphone som låter dig spela in ljud och publicera det online. Eller gå Hardcore och gör det med Video. Var inte heller rädd för att göra det efter ett par glas vin. Öva på våga säga dina egna sanningar på ett positivt och konstruktivt sätt. Bli aldrig för negativ och raljera inte. Fokusera på det positiva och det som du kan utveckla och förändra. Gör det ihop med någon och intervjua varandra om dagen som gått.

Publicera dina egna och andras tankar från Almedalen!

Bard - Jordö - Lord Sillion i Almedalen 2014

Bard – Jordö – Lord Sillion – 3 Ninjor i Almedalen 2014

In vino veritas. [I Rosévinet ligger Almedalens Sanningar]

Almedalen är fullt av mingel med både den alkoholfria Almedalsdrinken och rosévin och öl. Självklart är det bra att vara nykter och klartänkt i Almedalen och man kan bli berusad enbart av denna positiva stämning och energi som Almedalen är fullt[fyllt] av. Jag vill dock påstå att vårt samhälle fortfarande tjänar på det sociala smörjmedel som sätter fart på oss stela svenskar. In vino veritas. And in life-energy it self.

Kan du få fram ditt sanna jag med eller utan alkohol så gör det. Se dig själv i spegeln och säg ett par sanningens ord till dig själv hur lyckosam du är. Du som är född i den bästa av tider här på Jorden och har förmånen att vara med på ett av världen häftigaste event. Gå sen och sprid den energin omkring dig i Almedalen och var med och förändra världen.

Tillsammans bygger vi detta samhälle. Ju mer energi du bidrar med ju mer energi, glädje och framgång får du tillbaka. Detta är vetenskapligt bevisat av forskare som Shawn Achor.

Låt oss tillsammans göra Almedalen 2015 till det bästa Almedalen nånsin!

Mentor -/- Partner -/- Adept

Ett av samhällets största problem är många av saknar dels själva insikten av att vi alla behöver vara mentorer och adepter. Och sen när du har själva insikten är det fortfarande svårt att få till det. Mitt mellan detta så är all framgång ett lagarbete med allierade som dar åt samma håll som du. Även att hitta bra partners är väldigt svårt i dagens samhälle. Tai Lopez pratar bäst om det i sitt TEDx Talk som du hittar i min blog: Tai Lopez – Invest In Yourself.

Almedalen är till bredden fylld med människor som tar aktivt ansvar för sin egen och andras framtid och utveckling. Alla dessa människor är utmärkta som både Mentorer, Allierade och Adepter. Kan vi inte tillsamman försöka lyfta denna diskussionen och medvetenheten Almedalen. Se varje kontakt du möter och byter visit kort med som en av dessa 3 roller och dig själv som motsvarande part.

Prata om det!
Våga ställ frågan!
Och erbjud dig själv!

Hej! Jag skulle vara intresserad av att vara din Mentor -/- Partner -/- Adept :)

Hej! Jag skulle du vara intresserad av att vara min Mentor -/- Partner -/- Adept?

Lunch beat i en kyrkoruin Almedalen 2014

Lunch beat i en kyrkoruin Almedalen 2014

Rör på dig och Dansa! [Öka din kognitionsförmåga]

För att orka hålla en hög kognitiv nivå hela dagarna i en hel vecka behöver du röra på kroppen aktivt varje timme. Ta ett par skutt ibland. Promenera eller cykla längs med havet eller i norra vallgraven för extra fin utsikt.

Visby är fullt av backar. Ser du en 30 meters uppförsbacke till nästa event så spring uppför den. Det tjänar du på. Ta det från en Ninja som har en hög kognitiv nivå hela veckan ut :)

Vill du går riktigt hardcore finns det flera Lunch Beat att gå på i Almedalen där man dansar på lunchen. Som detta hos Hej Digitalt, tisdag och onsdag lunch.

Kick Ass and Be Nice in Almedalen! 

/Lord Sillion

Saknas det något i guiden? Kommentera gärna nedan så lägger jag till det :)

Har lagt in en del intressanta saker jag ska gå på i en Google-kalender.
Har ni någon publik kalender med tips?

Läs också Lisa Blomqvists tips Vett och etikett under Almedalsseminarierna.

London Ninja Trip

Today has been a marvelous day in London

Nice and Warm in London here by Piccadilly Circus

I and Maria Gusfasson went here on an impulse-trip to check out some cool Creative workspaces like The Trampery and Campus London. I even made a map with all the places we want to visit.

I also felt the urge to get a new Apple Watch after I saw what great new features it had at Apples WWDC conference and also after reading The Oatmeals awesome thoughts about what he like about it. Check it out here:

8 Things I learned from wearing an Apple Watch for a couple of weeks 

My Watching Apple Watch

The thing I’m most exited about is that it will get me standing and moving more during a day. Standing up each hour and moving around is really important. Up until now there has been not satisfactory way to achieve this goal.

I love to bike. I have 3 MTB’s and I’m a hardcore leisure rider. The most annoying thing to do when I’m in hurry to catch a train on my bike is to fumble up my phone to check the time. Since I have been watchless for at least 7 years by now. So an introduction to see the time easily when I’m in a hurry is a blessing. Also I want to be able to check what my girl are fanatically typing me about when she knows I’m on a bike and can’t get the phone out ;)

I’m sure there will also be lots of new opportunities to get usage from this cool and expensive toy. Like checking my heart rate and making sure I don’t miss my next engagement with reality. Something than I’m notoriously shaky at. If I’m living in the Matrix I should be better at hacking it ;)

Find more moments from our London Ninja trip on my Instagram -> @LordSillion and the hashtag #LondonNinjaTrip.

Cyberdog – CyberNinja

Lord Cyberdog

Lord Cyberdog

It also 14 years since my last trip to London in 2001 and my last visit to the awesome store Cybderdog in Camden Market. This was something that I have postponed far to many times in the past. Like Kalle Möller just commented on my photo: “You and Cyberdog is made for each other” :)

/LordSillion

Cyber Bracelets - Now I will be even more Cyber :)

Cyber Bracelets – Now I will be even more Cyber :)

The Apple Temple in London

The Apple Temple in London

Very lush at Camden Canal where we live with AirBnb

Very lush at Camden Canal where we live with AirBnB

Some much needed fresh orange juice at Camden Market

Some much needed fresh orange juice at Camden Market

Here it is! The Apple Watch

Here it is! The Apple Watch

Creative Ninja Midsummer

Today is Midsummer’s Eve. When we celebrate that sun is giving us the most light it can up in the north. The sun is also very dangerous to us and the earth protects us from most of its dangerous attributes and leaves us with it’s vitality. We must all become more vital here on Earth. And celebrate what the earth does for us by doing more for earth. Every step and every move should put us one step further towards the vision of a better and brighter tomorrow. It’s time we start pulling in the same direction towards this future. Not running around like headless chickens. Starting this midsummer weekend I will point us in the right direction. This midsummer the training will begin. The Creative Ninja Summer is about to begin!

Midsummer Ninja

Midsummer Ninja

Let’s all become vital persons for Earths future!

Come join me in Varberg on Midsommar [Midsummer] and throughout the summer. We will kick off this summer with helping each other setting great plans for the future. And hold each other accountable in creating this plans. Creativity only comes from doing. Ideas are cheap and implementation is everything.

I will also head of to London and Almedalen in the next week to come. And in July we will have a Creative Ninja Camp during Hallifornia. See you there?

The Earth and The moon

The Earth and The Moon

/LordSillion
Creative Ninja

Kungliga familjen – Ett familjeföretag

Nu har jag sett ännu ett svenskt rojalistiskt bröllop. Denna gången mellan Prins Carl Philip och Prinsessan Sofia. Jag tycker forfarande att Sverige som monarki fungerar idag 2015. Uppdraget som dom utför är tufft och väldigt bra för Sverige som nationalstat. Om nationalstaten i framtiden helt spelar ut sin roll kommer dom flesta kungshus också ha gjort det. Tills dess finns det ingen anledning att ta bort arvsrätten att födas in i ett familjeföretag.

Prinsessan Sofia och Prins Carl Philip

Prinsessan Sofia och Prins Carl Philip

Starta din egen kungafamilj

Man kan se den svenska kungliga familjen som ett familjeföretag som har som uppdrag av staten att marknadsföra Sverige som turistland. Dom drar in miljarder till Sverige och är en mycket bra investering.

Är detta rättvist att man bara kan födas in i detta familjeföretag? För det första går det också att gifta in sig i denna familjen, precis som vilken annan ansedd familj i Sverige.

Om du själv skulle vilja starta upp ett familjeföretag och vinna anseende världen över, i ett par generationer. Då kanske det skulle vara möjligt att konkurrera ut kungafamiljen som Sveriges mest folkkära familj och ta över uppdraget. Eller en blodig kupp kanske faller dig mer i smaken?

Alla är fortfarande välkomna att spela tronspelet [Game Of Thrones] om man vill :)

En kungafamilj som startup…

/Lord Sillion
Lord of the my own domain in The Matrix

Let’s Rock! Stay Relevant!

The most precious resource we have is time. We all have the same amount. How we spend is the trick. Try replacing: “I don’t have time for that right now” with “I don’t prioritize that right now” and feel the difference. The story we tell ourself before, during and after we spend time on something is the most important thing we do. Help each other to tell better stories on how we should spend time, how we are doing during and what was well spent time.

Help all your customers and followers to help them tell them better stories with what ever product you are selling or giving to them :)

Today I have chosen to spend time on an awesome event in Gothenburg. And tell a story about it before, during and after. Today I’m Rockin’ my time!

Världens Farligast Möte [The Worlds Most Dangerous Meeting]

I’m going to the Worlds Most Dangerous Meeting [Världens Farligaste Möte] at Liseberg. This is the second time I’m going there. As traditional conferences go this one rocks the shit out the rest of them. Each Speaker Only gets 10 minutes to pitch their presentation. And between each presenter there is live cover band giving us the best rock covers in full volume. No chance falling asleep there. Instead you jump into the next speaker feeling revigorated. The Keynote is also from former Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and rock legend Yngwie J Malmsteen.

Then we finish of the day in an awesome party with riding the latest awesome rides at Liseberg like Helix and AtomsFear, Dinner and party, the latest Mechanica and then we Rock with Yngwie J Malmsteen.

Mr Fredrik

Changing the world with politics is hard work according to former prime minister of Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt. Free trade is very tricky business after all. It should work great on paper. bu we do need some form of limitations but not to limiting and not the kind we have today.

We are for Change. After it happened. If it went well :-)
— Fredrik Reinfeldt

 

Världens Farligaste Möte 2015

Världens Farligaste Möte 2015

Rock On and Stay Relevant!

This is an awesome way to mingle and present your ideas and a fun way to get insights into the latest in Marketing, E-commerce and the Digital Disruption. In this setting it’s very important to be relevant and rock on stage. Capture the eye, ear and brain of the audience. And it’s also important as a participating rocker of this show to bring your best game. Enhance everyone else’s stay by engaging during the mingling. Rock Hard and Show your best self :)

I’m here to rock. As a Creative Ninja at my newly launched Creative Ninja Agency I want help companies to Kick Ass and Rock’n’Roll into the future. It’s like Steven Kotler and Peter Diamandis says in the their latest book:

“The day before something is truly a breakthrough, it’s a crazy idea.
So where inside your company are you trying crazy ideas?
If you are not disrupting yourself, someone else is” – Peter H. Diamandis

There is of course some great challenges with paving the way into the future. Me and many others feel like the risk och experiment is well worth the reward of being relevant first. It’s not for all. This is for the frontrunners.

Let’s Rock! Be Dangerous! Be a Rebel!

These guys rocked #VFM15 @lordsillion & @bengtwessborg

These guys rocked #VFM15 @lordsillion & @bengtwessborg

Follow #VFM15 on Instagram and Twitter.

And my thoughts about it in Swedish in my audio pod: https://audioboom.com/boos/3220204-varldens-farligaste-mote

Lord Sillion
Creative Ninja at Creative Ninja Agency

Rockin

The Creative Ninja Rockin’ Hard at #VFM15

 

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 always looking for more ways to experience more rushes. All things that get the human mind rushing is alluring.

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

Extra Bonus Update!!!

You won’t believe what happened next! [6 Signs You Are A Sharer]

As with any great activity it’s helps get momentum if people tell other people about it. We now live in a time when it’s not only mass media who gets to decide what gets attention and not. We humans have always shared stuff through language. It’s what we do. We have always done it on small limited scale within our tribe. It has jut got a whole lot easier and scalable to share stuff. Then what do we share?

According to Jonathan Berger who has done som research on the subject it all boils down to six categories on why we share stuff. Not just online but we still share most of it mouth to mouth.

Social Currency — We share things that make us look good
Triggers — Top of mind, tip of tongue
Emotion — When we care, we share
Public — Built to show, built to grow
Practical Value — News you can use
Stories — Information travels under the guise of idle chatter

Build a story that it is easy tho share into the activity or are designing. That way you will get more attention to it. Unless your allay want to keep it a secret ;)

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