I Measure Things, Therefore I am

/ An over-rational society / – Are we so keen on measuring everything, assessing everything, that we forget about enjoying ourselves, spending time where it really matters, in more moments of immersive flow, where we are creative, where we connect on a deeper level and boost communities where everyone belongs?

How can we create balance in a society that is so dopamine-high on data? How can deep connection and community be created amongst people who are too much in their heads?

Maybe it’s because I am a teacher and I feel that I spend too much time assessing young people and giving them a number, and too little time being creative and innovative, that sparked this interest of mine.

My 14 year old daughter, going from one subject assessment to the other. When will middle years schools be more interdisciplinary, more entrepreneurial, more project based?

Maybe it was my son’s two week’s test-weeks #toetsweek that made me so frustrated? Will young people love school more after two weeks’ of tests every day? We know the answer to that!

16 years old, sitting one test after the other for two weeks. My question is : why, for what purpose? Can’t it be done in a more human friendly way?

Maybe it is the filling out of surveys and filling in my email address everywhere so I can be a member, a client , an ambassador ( whatever) – and a customer that had me reflect on this topic.

I do know the benefits of data and I love it when it enhances human life. I do love goal-setting and formative assessment is part of reaching goals. However, I just have a feeling that we over-assess and over-measure our lives. When I shop online there are always check-out questions, that I never answer. When I go to IKEA there are the smiling faces by the exit, to tell IKEA if it was a good day, which I never do either. It’s the innumerous surveys to fill out. There is even the check-in from my PostNord app asking me if the experience was a good one ( sending and receiving packages).

I do understand that companies (etc ) want to create great customer experiences, but then again, and here comes the crucial question:

-> To what and to whom am I giving my time and attention?
The companies, so we can be better customers? To idealistic entrepreneurs who are making the world a better place? To Zuckerberg? It’s getting quite difficult to actually know.

We need to use our brains ( sorry to be brute 😬) and not just buy into everything that is presented to us. We need to question things more, in this digital landscape of ours, use our critical thinking in order to benefit from a life where we are more present, more “there” with each other and connect better. What are the assessments, tests, surveys, data that is actually good for ME and my communities and not only so that someone can earn lots on money on me giving my time and attention to their product development.

“Everything in human life was a test. That was why they all looked so stressed out” -Matt Haig “The Humans”

What are your thoughts?

We are too obsessed by assessment and data

Applied neuroscience for a happier life.

A human: what we see is the rational side, what’s underneath is the emotional side of us, our inner life, our feelings.

Many of us are living in societies that are highly rationalised ( too rationalised ), communities that are per se assessed minisculously -> hence the feeling side of us has been pushed aside. All is data. We are all obsessed by assessment, for efficacy.

Discrepancy may occur.

Cf. A nurse who needs to spend too much time on documentation, or a teacher spending hours on different reports that “nobody” will even look at.

Humans are both rational /and/ emotional. When we are too much in our heads we loose a vital connection with ourselves.

All this goes back to how our brain works. -The dilemma of being human, having an old and a new part of the brain, of which both steer different things: reactions and emotions, vs reflection and planning.

Remember this when you get too much in your head. Nurture your inner life, your feelings, your fun 😉

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)

🔹Creator: Aha! Accelerating Education
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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?