Feelability

/ BOOK RECOMMENDATION /

“Feelability – How we lost touch with life – and how to get it back”.

– Are we on a constant dopamine rush? Do you hear yourself saying “I have been so busy” to the point that you are loosing connection with friends and loved ones in the midst of your doing -doing -doing?

Do you feel the urge to constantly check your phone?

Do you struggle to sleep?

Would you be able to put your phone away for a day?

Do you feel you need to work even when you are on holiday?

In the book the authors seek to understand the mechanisms why so many people feel out of synch, stressed, confused, like from an escape from ourselves, in an accelerating train that keeps going, keeps moving, leaving us sleepless, and with little presence in life.

The authors explore how the digitalisation is pulling us from living in the here and now, with presence, to living a dopamine-filled life with constant gratification.

The authors also make a point of the ‘measurability disease’ ( as they call it) and how all is now being measured, weighed, noticed, recorded, assessed, to be achieved. Then we don’t do things for the pleasure of pure happiness, but for the sake of a pre and post assessment to gather data, momentum.

What if being on the list of rich western countries have made us stranded at an existential level? What if we are loosing our interrelationships to other people, to our tribes?

We can be connected to a lot of people online, but at the end of the day feel utterly lonely.

Humans need the physical closeness of other humans, the look in each other’s eyes, a touch, a smell, rapport, and to be honest – a bit of unorganised things happening, where everything isn’t calculated by AI to fit perfectly.

I write reflections about the space between humans and tech. Please join the conversation🤖🙀😃What are your thoughts?

🖋📚 Authors of the book: Imran Rashid & Rikke Østergaard

The Future of Humans is Collaborative

🔮The Future of … the future, is top-notch collaborations. We have entered a time when our collaboration skills need to be fine- tuned and used in an ultimate way to solve societal and planetary challenges.

😊😊We build healthy collaborations through healthy relationships: a trusting relationship is the foundation of what we can create together in a foreseeable future.

💬With every human interaction you have, you scan the situation as safe or unsafe: that is socially safe, of course. We are not running away from lions and bears these days, but we want to make sure that the person in front of us is friendly.

✨In a split second we read faces, we listen for indicators of friendliness in speech and we look at the body language.

📡We search for rapport, are we on the same frequency level as this person, will this relationship be personally or professionally fruitful?

😃A smile helps a lot, a joke even better. When we have fun together we feel safe, and creativity happens more easily.

❤️When you feel safe oxytocin is produced. Oxytocin is the neurotransmitter that is in our bodies when we feel safe, when there is love, when there is care.

Inspired by Neil Bunting

The Future Mindset

The world is changing rapidly. Humans are adaptable. There are some fundamental things we need: love, food, water, roof over our heads, safety, a sense of belonging.

The Future Mindset (c) includes building competencies and skills in these areas:

-Cognitive ( i.e growth mindset, EQ, applied neuroscience, executive functions, creative and analytical thinking skills, problem solving skills, mindfulness)

  • Social-Emotional ( i.e Inter and intrapersonal skills, relationships, connections to others, fun, laughter, togetherness, play, communication, collaboration )
  • Physical ( the body-brain connection, choice, super food aimed for you, proper sleep, daily exercise, nature, outdoor, meditation )
  • Environmental ( regenerative economies, sustainability, inclusion, communities where everyone belongs, cities made for people, combat climate change, action )
  • Digital ( the space where humans and tech co-exist, write a good future, ethics, policies, youth health and social media, democratisation, balance, phygital)

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Does people in the Blue Zones also love measuring everything?

/ Does people in the Blue Zones also love MEASURING everything? / In an era of data, I’m making a reflection on how we humans seem to love to measuring things.

Data is good to develop things, yes, but I also question the balance of it all.

🔹Does people in the Blue Zones, where large parts of the populations live until a 100 years, also love to measure things? Compare ? Constantly work towards a goal connected to a number? Is that a part of their formula for happiness and longevity? dan buettner would know more.

🔹They try to avoid stress and tension, live more on purpose cf. Ikigai, live in close knitted communities with a sense of belonging, move daily, eat a veg based diet.

🔹If we scientifically know this, then what is the race about?

🔹Understand me right. I am all for human development, that’s one of my biggest passion in life. I just try to understand if we are doing the things that serve us the best.

🔑KEY question is: are we spending time on what matters the most?

We write our future.

Feelability by Imran Rashid

Imran Rashid has written the book “Feelability”. The title drew my attention instantly because I’m passionate about the space where humans and tech co-exist.

So who are we as humans in a global age of technology? What is reality? How will we develop in this landscape? How connected are we really to ourselves and our inner yearnings, when our lives are packed with to-dos? Is the todo list at list for creating the best life? How much time do we dedicate to the real stuff that is most important to us?

💡How connected are we really to ourselves, on a deeper level, of the joys of being human in a fast, super efficient digital society?

We write the story. We decide how we want to develop.

Imran Rashid has written a very humanistic book, where he reminds the reader to be in connection with what really matters for us: to connect with each other, the use of our senses, the physical human touch, the eye contact, the trust, the rapport created between people on the same wave length, the importance of having a sense of belonging, a tribe.

We want to believe that we are first and foremost logical creatures. We are not. We are first and foremost driven by emotions. In the book the author writes about leadership of high emotional intelligence, and how that is leadership for the 21st century.

He is challenging our thinking by a metaphorical twist of Descartes “cogito ergo sum”; I click therefore I am.

Imran Rashid encourages the reader to find the balance, and I once again think of how I want to use technology to enhance humanity, without becoming it.

Winter Swim and Sauna

Winter bath + sauna. That is one of my life hacks to promote self care, well-being. In Sweden we do love our winter bath + sauna culture.

I go every week to the place you see here. It’s ten minutes walk from my home.

The contrast of the hot sauna ( + 85 degrees ) and the cold sea water ( +9 degrees today ) is what makes the trick.

The benefits are many. It is re-energising, endorphins kick in, blood circulation gets better, metabolism is enhanced, improved skin health, and so forth. Above all I feel so happy after having had a sauna and a swim.

Grades

Grades. Imagine if you got a grade at work, at the end of the year, depending on your performance during that year, a number or a letter, that would define your future work.

Imagine if your manager gave you a grade, a number or a letter, after each project you finished throughout the year.

Imagine if you had 2 weeks, twice per year, when you were tested on all aspects of your work, sitting tests every day those two weeks. These tests would further define your future work.

How would these routines effect your general well-being?

Would you feel at ease?

youthhealth #mentalhealth #socialemotionallearning

perspectives #futureofeducation #futureoflearning #lifeportfolio

What is the Purpose of Learning in 2021?

What is the purpose of learning and education in 2021? – To thrive as a human being, to unlock the potential of every human being, to be happy and healthy. Yes.

– But learning and education need to be brought into a much bigger context than that, where we must do more of what we humans are good at, that made our spieces live longer than others ( Ref. “The Survival of the Friendliest”, Hare/Woods ):

We need to collaborate & communicate well, and solve complex challenges that humanity is facing right now.

It’s #cop26 now. We have #unsdgs We know what we need to do. We jointly need to tackle societal and planetary challenges.

I am a mum, educator and education innovator. Daily, I hear the conversations of young learners. I hear them sometimes being out of hope and depressed. I hear them sometimes being motivated and action-driven. I see them stressed and I hear them not getting enough sleep.

We need to create hope. We need to write powerful stories. WE write our own human stories. If we set our mind to a positive, constructive one, chances are higher to succeed.

The purpose of learning and education would then be to consciously foster these skills :

  • Authentic problem solving skills
  • STEAM
  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Creativity, Innovation and moon shot thinking + design thinking skills + actions
  • Entrepreneurial skills to solve the societal and planetary challenges humanity is facing.

Are you in?

Exploration, Inquiry and Curiosity. Reasons Why We Love Traveling.

Exploration, inquiry and curiosity. Humans are explorers and inquirers. We have migrated across, and inhabited earth, we have built ships and traveled far. We have built airplanes and traveled long distances in a short time. We even built space rockets. What is it that is so exciting with traveling?

Let’s look at traveling from an applied neuroscience perspective. Here are a few reasons.

-To see what’s behind the next corner? ( dopamine )

-To understand people who live in other parts of the world? ( serotonin )

-To learn languages? ( communication )

-To admire architecture, design, art, music of different cultures than our own? ( self-expression and creativity )

-To eat food that tastes different than that from home? ( senses )

-To connect with others? ( oxytocin )

-To get inspired by each other? ( dopamine )

-To create a better world? ( problem-solving + collab skills )

-To simply enjoy and have fun? ( endorphins )

What is home? It can be the physical place where we feel a sense of belonging, a safe place, a beautiful place to come back to.

It is also place inside ourselves. Our core. Having lived in many places abroad, I came to realise that home is a concept we carry inside ourselves, if we have understood our values, our why, our essence.

When I was a teenager, growing up in – what I thought was – the end of the world, above the Arctic Circle, I was dreaming of living on a tropical island where they dance salsa. I was obsessed with traveling and learning about the world and it’s inhabitants ( authentic inquiry ). I had, at some point, 25 penpals from around the globe!

In 2000 I sold all I had, and moved to the Reunion island near Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. It was a crazy adventure, I was following my intuition. It was the right thing to do.

I guess you have seen those memes that say “If you could tell your younger self something, what would it be?”. I don’t have anything to say to my younger self! I admire her guts! I fullfilled dreams, lived on purpose. I had my island, I skydived, I dived with a whale, did ULM, parapente, surfed, swimed with sea turtles- and in lagoons and under waterfalls, I saw dolphins in the ocean, on my way to work. When I went to sleep I could hear the waves of the powerful Indian Ocean.

I think my younger self could remind me of adventure. When the pandemic started and we couldn’t travel anymore I felt so starved of a big passion of mine. Traveling. I thought of what the plan B would be. Answer: travel at home. Luckily I live in a very beautiful area of Sweden.

I also traveled in my mind. Explored ideas and created scenarios of what would be possible to innovate in the footsteps of the pandemic.


I am now also thinking of how to travel more sustainable in the future.

I simply love coming to new places, and places abroad that I keep coming back to. I love to be a surprised, to challenge myself to communicate in another language, to walk around in Amsterdam ( where I am now ) for example and find treasures, to download music on Spotify with music from that country, to walk, explore, talk, admire, and be in awe of beautiful landscapes.

I crave novelty every now and again as I am a very curious person. I develop as a human when I travel and I can’t imagine a life without it. What about YOU?

Yvette Larsson, the Netherlands, November 2021.

The Concept of Learning is Changing

The concept of learning is changing. Learning happens everywhere. We are already seeing many different organisations providing science-based, relevant teaching and learning for young people, like the recent The LEGO Foundation initiative for SEL/ PLAYbased learning. OECD – OCDE just published their report based on their SEL survey. HundrEDorg promotes learning innovations worldwide. Learnlife writes a new paradigm of learning. Green School Bali model sustainability and happiness. The International Baccalaureate PYP program functions interdisciplinary + boosts concepts and skills based learning.

Humans existed for some 150,000-200,000 generations. Schools as we know them existed for some 200 years here in Sweden. We, humans, constructed the idea of a school. We can reconstruct that idea, to better serve 21st-century learners.

When school is lacking knowledge about the know-how of 21st century learning, initiative, energy, structure, and futuristic leadership, others will step in.

We have already a global, connected learning ecosystem with digital tools, a network of motivated Ed-people, and possibilities, and learners use that!

Schools don’t have a monopoly on learning.

The education system needs to redesign itself in order to follow suit with the changes in society.

Education in schools needs to become more relevant for the learners.

Our decision-makers need to make it attractive to become a teacher. In Sweden, we are lacking 22,000 teachers as we speak, and the prognosis is not looking too optimistic. The teacher profession needs to be reinvented, to become more that of a facilitator, that of a futurist.

The EdTech industry is booming and learners continue to learn.

Humans are more than numbers in a grade book, we are most of all driven by emotion, by our relationships with others, our outlook on how well we believe we can reach our hopes and dreams. SEL is crucial.

Humanity developed by small groups working together ( cf. “The Survival of the Friendliest” /Hare Woods and “Humankind” by Rutger Bregman )

We need some more bold, courageous, and open-minded, futuristic type of leadership at schools now.

Photo: AHA! Hackathon for Youth: The Future of Education is Now at Hetch.