Emotions

Recently I am trying a new hack to stop headaches:

Feel the love.

Practically, it works like this. When I notice a headache or toothache, I remember a moment of feeling love, like hugging a dog or a partner. I hold that memory for some moments. Surprisingly, the headache goes away quicker than with other tools!

And now I wonder, how about studying emotions? What’s the link between emotions and health?

Values

How important it is to involve in an activity of determining your own values. Because – that’s how we trust the world, by starting to trust oneselves. From trust comes a willingness to collaborate, rather than fight, literally.

Values determination comes from observation.
Plus, time.

Give the world tools to observe and some time.
Would a world evolve to a better place to be?

Ethics

Ethics is a common topic in business and in technology. What are ethics? It’s a personal question, first.

Making myself (and/or others) better vs. Making myself (and/or others) worse.

The challenge is – ecosystems we live in are so complex and complicated, so that in most moments we cannot answer this question.

How might we simplify? Why complicate?

Mix

Self-order is helpful. Order from the top down – not always.

Let’s take education. A student must choose one discipline or the other. A wrong choice? And your life is devoted to the boring or the interesting. Business, the arts, the sciences. Why divide? It’s easier to plan lessons and curriculum when all disciplines are separate. It’s way more beneficial for individual and for the society to have disciplines mixed up. Take innovation. Where do ideas come from? When different things get mixed up. And for the individual? It’s so much more interesting to raise questions, then look for answers. In between, explore any tools that bring the answers (or resources).

Many disciplines together don’t mean chaos. Multi-disciplinary curriculum. Inquiry-based learning.

Simply change the structure. Then come up with a name how to call it.

Needs

How might we have a good existence individually and collectively as human beings?

This question bothers my mind for a long time now. When I lived in the city, I wasn’t healthy nor happy. I’ve seen the same in friends, colleagues, relatives. How about you? What’s your existence indicator? Well, first, let me summarise what’s on my mind.

Good existence to me means feeling healthy and happy. I may be hungry but if I’m full of life, I’m alive. With all my and human needs in mind, I wonder, how about I jump a few ladders and straight to the top within a pyramid of human needs? (Below).

So I made my observation — urban people have poor health and happiness level — and, now experiment time.

Linking Health with the Human Needs

How might we design a test that examines if there’s any link between mental health condition and satisfaction of a self-actualisation need in urban people?

To be continued!

Tools

Development of people is not about developing. Rather, making the tools. People use the tools to develop themselves.

Education system. Work system. Both were designed to equip humans with habits and skills. Both are now facing change.

Let’s have a look where we came from.

the Past

Remember everything.
Follow orders.

Classrooms divided by age and subjects of 45 minutes chunks each. Always busy with homework and days spent in closed buildings.

Work divided by titles, functions, closed rooms.

the Now

Raise a question. Find information you need.
Speak up. Facilitate.

Classrooms moving towards blending everything: subjects, ages,… Learning is about measuring the ‘learning outcomes’ and ‘personalisation’. Think project-based, flipped, adaptive learning.

Work is now done in open spaces, no working hours or defined holidays. Expect to always be available and ‘collaborative’.

the Future

Think ideas. Create.
Come together and stay alone.

Self-directed learning. Production of concepts. Learning by doing.

Work whenever you want and less. 4 hours a day or a week? No, produce quality of ideas and forget about calculating time ‘available’ to meet online.

the Tools

And what do people need to develop themselves? Tools to help with idea generation, projects, social networks, productivity, self-knowledge?

Being

Wellbeing is a fascinating topic to me. We never learn about ‘steps’ to being well. That’s something I’d like to make a summary for.

To me, being well means feeling natural.

  • Natural environment
  • Natural rhythms
  • Natural activities

Environment

As I feel on my body and mind, living close to nature feels good. And here is some interesting stuff. Recent research on forest bathing shows that bacterias from soil boost immune system, phytoncides found in trees help humans relax and impact the growth of virus-fighting cells in our bodies. Hmm!

Rhythms

Change is constant. Do and rest. I believe that remote work is good for everyone. What’s common today is the opposite – busy mind and constant presence is encouraged. Where has a natural line between ‘do’ and ‘rest’ now gone?

Activities

To create means to live. Self-driven exploration of topics feels natural. Raising questions. Research. Ideation. Testing. Learnings. A natural flow of moving from the unknown to known.

Overall, what you do is what you are. Here I remember how basic habits – eating – shapes who we are. Literally, if you consider that we are made of trillions of bacterias who are in a constant flux. Recent research on gut links bacterias you get from food and your moods. And moods often link with our actions, where life itself is made of sequences of actions too.

Leadership

What I learned from the oldest people is to work:

“Here is how to do it.”
“Now, have fun!”

Clarity.
Freedom & Play.

If all work would be like that? No micro management. No authority. No even purpose. Because some tasks don’t have a higher mission behind it. They just need to get done. When you have fun and are clear how to do it, you are motivated to do it anyway.

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Learning

The purpose of learning? To develop expertise from someone else? Or, develop expertise of your own (from within)?

Research/Ideation – Synthesis/Product – GTM

Why reverse engineer someone?

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Water

Be like water, my friend. What does it mean?

Focus on where water comes from. It rains on the mountains. Many streams form. Many unite and form a river. Then a lake. A sea. Ocean.

Be like a rain and a small river first.

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