Touch-screen

Distance communication is so far away from face-to-face. Emoji is nothing like a hug. Blurry video doesn’t smile. Here is a small improvement for apps.

Touch a screen with a finger. Your friend does it too. Vibration like a sight.

Parts

A cell is both, an individual and a part of an arm. And of the body.

Same with humans. We’re on our own but also a part of something bigger by default. A part of a human species. And of a planet Earth. And of the solar system. And of the universe.

And what’s awareness then? Maybe realising which role to play when. Different needs matter then.

Complexity

Self-organisation was interesting to me for a long time when experimenting with personal development. But these days I look for inspiration elsewhere and everywhere.

How do self-organised organisms work? What conditions are needed? When these are better than top-down organised systems?

This is quite an important question to me as I believe that self-direction promotes construction and thus meaningful life for all.

Words

“No one likes to change or to be changed”, I heard years ago. But hey, we change every day. Just look up your nails and hair! Growing. Day by day.

What about ‘transformation’? A scary word suggesting transformers. Or butterflies and caterpillars.

We forget how we transform a few times during a lifetime. Our bodies expand and shrink when we age.

Our values, habits, behaviours change get a new shape. Any better word than ‘transform’ fits such a ‘change’?

Energy

Energy is more important than efficient result. Because energy caries emotions which we remember. We forget the results. We often change paths and past results don’t matter. But the energy stays. We remember.

I asked a nurse: “What is one thing about caring?” “Love and compassion,” she said.

New Tools

How to learn to love everybody then? There are tools for efficiency. But what about scaling caring?

It comes down to micro interactions. Being kind to oneself. And others. Even if the inside burns with anger.

Observations

Observing the World is not noticing Problems to fix, but rather noticing the Beauty, both the aesthetics and the function.

Problems breed ideas, sure, but also cary an emotion. While the Beauty also breeds ideas, and caries a different kind of emotion.

Emotion matters because it inspires behaviour.

Structure

Self-structure is important. Especialy when we use computers daily – to learn, work, get inspired, generate ideas, communicate, do work again, reflect, create.

So much knowledge there, like an inner innovation playground. Most of the things we do we forget or simply don’t capture at all.

What if we would capture some more? Would you like to see and know your interests over time? What influences your thinking and doing? And feeling! What topics have you explored since you started using a computer/phone? What projects have you worked on? Where’s your personal icebox [an archive]? I would certainly would love to know all that.

Questions

The world is so uncertain these days. I think someone else’s thought and reply in my mind – was it ever certain?

I notice how I enjoy questions. So many friendships have started this way. But there’s more to that.

Questions to me work as a safety bubble. A way to trust the world, because I trust myself. What other tool gives a lasting trust if not a simple act of turning a problem into a question, and then looking for information, doing projects to try things out and find your answers.

Here I mentioned a tip. Did you notice?

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?

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.