InnovationReflections

I contemplate the Negativity Bias, as it is defined by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman. The theory claims that matters of negative nature has more impact on us, than those of positive nature. Thus, we need to grasp, seek and multiply the positive, especially when we live in a world of innovation and entrepreneurship, so that we find strength to move on. We must celebrate success.

Why we must celebrate success

To break through a goal we have set or a barrier we find in front of us, is of importance, but how often to we bring out the cakes, sing the songs and send each other the so appreciated “Well Done!” notes?

Innovation and Entrepreneurship is based on trials, failures, iteration, trusting the unknown and entering the land of no trails. We must fail in order to succeed, else we are not likely to differentiate what we do, from others. At many points I have joined the ranks in saying that we should celebrate failures, as these are somewhat proof of an ambition beyond the seemingly impossible. As we are bound to be hit by the negative impact from all minor failures, we also are at risk of loosing tempo. The daily work for us entrepreneurs and innovators are often filled with small failures, “no’s” and unreached goals. We can’t let this beat us down.

The theory of Negative Bias claims that the impact of negative happenings have relatively its importance, much higher impact than those of a positive nature. So, only if we force ourselves to recognize, appreciate and possibly celebrate the small every day positive matters can we compensate for the Negativity Bias. This, or we are at risk of caving under in a spiral with no boost, depression and lack of fortitude.

This, or we are at risk of caving under.

I believe it to be important that we also raise our children in this manner. Celebrating minor success, is as important as processing failures to learn.

Positive, not a Psycopath

So, someone that has been hit by failure and refuses to recognize this, might just recognize but rather choose to move on. Not give up. This is in a sense connected to Grit, which is claimed to be a most important factor for success.

It is not necessarily a trait of a psychopath to refuse to get stuck in realities, it might just be a way of processing a vision, combined with that so important determination. Like an athlete setting out to braking a world record. Doing something so many have failed to do, you are likely to fail many times, until training, circumstances and talent takes you all the way.

I hail those that persevere.

Reflections

Jag har förståelse för att du är arg och frustrerad. Det har du rätt att vara. Det tillåter vår demokrati.

Jag har förståelse för att du vill ha det på ett annat sätt. Vi har en process för hur det skall skötas. Den processen skall följas.

Jag har inte förståelse för hur du söker trygghet och framtid hos oss, för att sedan rasera den tryggheten och framtiden för så många.

Jag har ingen respekt för ditt val att agera. Ingen. Zip. Nada.
Jag tycker tyvärr att du försuttit alla rättigheter. Men jag väljer att följa och “respektera” den demokratiska process vi har. För den betyder mer för mig än vad du gör.

Jag försöker “hålla handen” och sjunga “Stockholm i mitt hjärta..” men det går inte. Jag är så förbannad, så förtvivlad, så ledsen.

De som betyder något

Tyvärr, jag är inte större än att du inte betyder något för mig. Men de som inte bara berörts, utan de som skadats och än värre bestulits på sin framtid, den egna eller den med någon – DE BETYDER NÅGOT FÖR MIG.

Man kastar inte sten på vår samhällstjänst, eller någon annan heller. Man spottar inte, slåss inte, hotar inte, våldtar inte, skämmer inte och man tvingar heller inte någon till vare sig religion, äktenskap, sex, arbete eller åsikt. Man skadar inte, man dödar inte, man stjäl inte.. Jag tror att du förstår.

ett samhälle som är byggt på och för din frihet

Oavsett var du kommer ifrån, eller vart du är på väg. Oavsett om du är svensk eller inte. Oavsett din rang, situation, färg, religion, sexualitet, åsikt, politiska plats, musiksmak och dansstil, har vi ett samhälle som är byggt på och för din frihet. Om du motarbetar den har du inget i det samhället att göra.

Här skapar vi. Vi raserar inte.

Här skapar vi. Vi raserar inte.

Reflections

Those of you that know me, know that since about 10 years I have worked with three mantras; Curiosity, Courage and Passion. I dwell around these quite a bit.

Passion. Definitely what gives me the most energy.

This is to you friends with passion. You that have passion for what you do. You that passionately seek to change for the better. This is to you whom share your never-ending passion. You that take that strike of being perhaps naive, but yet passionately follow your heart.

This is to you that dare to love with passion. Love your children, your parents, your spouse, your neighbor and your next.

This is to you that have the courage to seek with curiosity in each and every one to find their passion and love them for this. And love them for that passion of something you might not have discovered (yet) or might never will.

This is to you, you passionate ones. I thank you. I love you. I admire you. I learn from you.

I thank you. I love you. I admire you. I learn from you.

InnovationReflections

While I have, for years, hoped that the large universities would be nominated for Nobels Peace Prize, for sharing their educations freely, the question around “how” knowledge is passed on and not only shared becomes immanent. Can we use some form of reversed AI to accomplish that personalised experience we all thirst for?

An article that embraces almost too much complexity at once, but it is of such great importance was shared on LinkedIn, again put my thoughts around this subject. Thank you for sharing that article Fredrik Posse

My take on the subject is here expressed as a refletion on my thoughts, not maybe on the authors take on the subject. Nor shall Mr Posse be accused of sharing these thoughts in any way. He was just a very important sharer.

But as knowledge becomes obsolete more quickly, the most important thing will be learning to relearn, rather than learning how to do one thing very well

The author of an recent article in The Economist states “But as knowledge becomes obsolete more quickly, the most important thing will be learning to relearn, rather than learning how to do one thing very well.” I return to that quote by Robert A Heinlein “..Specialization is for insects.” given to me by Artur Leczycki and hereby ripped out of its context. Insects survive, by their numbers and they sacrifice themselves for these. However, we are individualists, therefore we need to personalize to an even higher extent. Personalization is also a first step towards exceptional experience. And experience is what conent used to be, “King”. We are completely runned by our lust for higher and higher (self) experience value.

..experience is what content used to be, “King”

“Character is a skill, not a trait, they say, and schemes that teach it are both lasting and cost-effective” the author continues in this June 25th article from The Economist. I fully agree, but what characteristicas are we developing?  More of the “me” or more of the “we”? More importantly do we seriously want a world that is fully homogenized?

To me the it is the very way we interact and interpret what we experience, that gets me curious. I hope this continues. And I believe AI could be one hell of an exciting tool for this.

Reversed AI that is.

Nick Brandt – Lion in Shaft of Light © Nick Brandt
Reflections

It takes more guts, knowledge and skill to shoot a great picture of an animal, than it does to shoot it for a kill. This is what would have saved Cecil the Lion.

There are two things that are really disturbing when it comes to the killing of Cecil the Lion;

Firstly, he was lured out of safety, to a cruel and disrespectful death with no meaning. Meaning being protection, wild life preservation or for food for locals…

Secondly the witches hunt of the dentist. As soon as we have a face on the coward, we go for the kill, while the problem remains and will remain long after he has moved to set up his practice in another state. People will always need their teeth bleached….

I mean, rhinos, lions, bears, cats, wolves, buffalos etc. are being hunted all the time- and we just sweep through these facts without much notice. But when the masses can sink their teeth (!) into one dentist, then we are suddenly caring deeply, showing that we are politically correct. But do we have the stamina to really solve the problem?

I get it. I hate the story as well. I dislike trophy hunting. But I feel it has lost its direction. Masses of protesting neighbors now want to put him and his family out of business, whilst few focus on the real problem. Is this the face of our society?

We still buy furs, “medicine” made of rare animals, trophies etc. Alas continuing to support the trade.

We point fingers at others, lack self-judgment, and seek popularity and likes.

I appreciate those that use this horrible story to lift and share real solutions, one being which organizations to support (I will) others which changes can be made.

This is what I will do: I’ll tell those I know that trophy hunt, that I’ll choose not to support their business anymore. I’d welcome you to do the same. My dough is not going to support that. I’ll put it into protection instead, to those that protect wild life. And believe me, hunting is not the big problem. Deforestation, farming and urbanization are. And I really don’t know my position yet; on the way wild life-care is financed by wild-life kill. It should be financed by love and perhaps photography.

It takes more guts, knowledge and skill to shoot a great picture of an animal, than it does to shoot it for a kill.

Secondly, I’d welcome ideas on how we could start influencing on a broader and larger scale against bear bladder, tiger whisker and bones, elephant tusks, rhino horns etc. being used for anything else than intended. By its original carrier.

Cecil should have been shot, in beautiful colors, in light of the sun, in his freedom- with a camera and a very long lens. His life should not have been disturbed.

-Picture by Nick Brandt – Lion in Shaft of Light © Nick Brandt

Reflections

Does capitalism show a new face? Or is this just a phase that we are going through? The world has been turning towards the sharing economy, even at a faster pace than it has turned to the sharing society. I say the winner shares it all.

The famous ABBA anthem claim that “The winner takes it all”

The winner takes it all
– ABBA

I, on my hand, believe that the truth luckily is that the winner shares it all.

There are two edges of this sword. One being the movement of the sharing economy, in which we share capital, ideas, competencies, knowledge and data. We share – not take, nore give. Share. This way we also study what others do with what is found, and we let us be inspired and taught to continue the journey of own  value creation. Sharing has also become a factor of transaction. By sharing we compensate for seemingly valuable services and products. It is a chapter of its own, but wort while studying. What is the value of my data? Who can own and interpret it? Who will convert it and capitalize on it?

We know that shared data lead to possible change in the world. Shared data can help us eradicate poverty. Shared knowledge will help us build peace, as education is the best tool to empower people. This is again why, universities sharing their knowledge, are our best hope.

The winner shares it all
– Googol

The other edge of the sword is that of sharing, as in over-riding the systematic redistribution of wealth created by governement. An approach where we assemble and collect wealth and distribute it as we see fit. A healthy move to some extent, but what happens when need suffers populistic fanatism? Will attention be drawn to those that are in most urgent need or those that happen to have the eyes of some attention drawing people? Need we protect the situation based on other matters than populism?

We return to valuation models. What do I get in exchange for what I give? How do we convince each other in this sharing economy? What traits will be drivers for the coming generations?

There are tons of new ventures being formed based on the sharing economy. We share resources, such as in crowd funding, we share ideas and competencies as in open source development, we share structure and context as in collaborative development. We share needs as in networking and insight work. We even see models where cars and wifi are shared. Now, how will large corporations build in to this? It is, as often with me, the area I tend to focus on.

I now will study Alex Stepahanys book The business of sharing, hoping for some insights.

Reflections

Inför den Internationella Kvinnodagen idag, talade vi i familjen om kvinnors situation. Hur den på så många sätt förbättrats, men på andra inte. Hur män, eller ja- män är de ju inte enligt mitt förmenande, fortsätter att behandla kvinnor. Vi tog upp det här med näthatarna. Inte minst då en av våra vänner nyligen uttryckt hur hon blivit så näthatad att hon inte då längre orkade föra debatten om rättigheter och jämlikhet vidare. Utan den debatten, står vårt samhälle för en stor risk.

En av grundpelarna för ett demokratiskt samhälle är att vi kan föra debatt. Att vi kan bilda opinion och att vi kan vara trygga i detta. När då människor, kvinnor som män, muslimer som judar, kristna som buddhister, inom alla s.k. raser och åskådningar, fortsätter att förtrycka med hot och dåd i form av våld- fysiskt, psykiskt och sexuellt, föreligger inte förutsättningar för demokrati. Tyranniet frodas. Inflytanden används för att förtrycka, teknologier för att sprida illa budskap anonymt och mängderna till att långsamt mala ner människor till den punkt att de inte orkar tala, debattera, föra fram sin åsikter- eller i värsta fall leva.

Det här är farligt. Vi måste fortsätta ge rätt till röster och åsikter, bara de inte förtrycker. Annars står hela vårt samhälle vid risk. Därför måste vi upplysa våra barn, parallellt med att vi bättrar våra handlingar och uttryck. Vi måste stötta de som för en byggande debatt och i allt försvara det demokratiska samhället.

Vi är ett samhälle. Utsätter man dig är jag också utsatt.

För ett par år sedan gjordes en film av SVT Granskarna, som heter “Män som hatar kvinnor”. Innehållet och de utsattas röster, blickar och situation berörde mig mycket. Jag valde därför att tillskriva var och en av dem.

Nedan delar jag filmen, och därefter mitt brev som skickades till var och en av dem;

 

 

Mail skickat 2013-02-03

Hej

Det sista du kanske vill är att bli kontaktad av ytterligare en person Du inte känner. Men, detta är inte ett anonymt meddelande. Det är inte av hat eller förakt, eller ens egen mindervärdighet sprunget. Det här är endast ett sätt att uttrycka mitt stöd. Jag ber om ursäkt om det river upp något. Det är verkligen inte min mening att störa eller rucka på din integritet.

Jag fick se filmen där Du är med och berättar om vad du fått erfara. Det berörde mig. Jag känner ett sådant behov av att vara en motpol. Det präglar hela mitt företagande och mitt engagemang. Har jag någonsin uttryckt annorlunda eller agerat fel, så är det min förhoppning att jag bara gör rätt numera.

Din röst är viktig. Din åsikt är viktig. Att du för fram det du står för är viktigt. Jag är beredd att ställa mig vid din sida, tom framför dig om det behövs, för att försvara just detta. Oavsett om jag håller med eller inte i sak. Att en debatt kan föras och att vi lever i ett samhälle som präglas av humanism är viktigt.

Jag är så ledsen och berörd över de känslor som måste omgärda ditt varande. Jag önskar att jag kunde hjälpa dig att bära det. Jag önskar att jag kunde säga ord som gav dig trygghet och kraft att fortsätta det arbete du påbörjat. Allt jag kan komma på att göra nu, är att sända dig mitt stöd och mitt namn. Min trygghet skall vara din. Vi är ett samhälle. Utsätter man dig är jag också utsatt.

Vänligen

Dariush Ghatan

InnovationReflections

I am sometimes asked what my driving force is. What makes me move on. I would say in life and in work, there are more than a few driving forces. And their importance vary. Momentum is clearly one, and an important one. But more importantly I have myself shifted to investigate what pains people have. These pains tend to, when expressed, better give me an understanding of their passions. And when there is passion, there is no need to stop. No reasons not to do it.

if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.

True for love, art, entrepreneurship and many other endeavors.. Words by Charles Bukowski in his poem goes for everything in life;
“if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
typewriter
searching for words,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it for money or
fame,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don’t do it.
if it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
don’t do it.
if you’re trying to write like somebody
else,
forget about it.
if you have to wait for it to roar out of
you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.
if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you’re not ready.
don’t be like so many writers,
don’t be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don’t be dull and boring and
pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-
love.
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
sleep
over your kind.
don’t add to that.
don’t do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.
when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.
there is no other way.
and there never was.”

Reflections

Walking that delicate path between reality, fantasy and perception, the difference between memory and fantasy is blurred. Then someone steps in and clears everything up. Sorts it out for me somehow. Remembering the Day has since my childhood been a game and now Spencer Finch again steps forward as the master of expression.

I shut my eyes, inhale through my nose, taste the air. I listen and try to scale each wall of sound away as they are discovered, so that another can become available. I open my eyes and engrave the colors and shadows into  my mind. I say, this Day shall never be forgotten.

One artist above all I follow, express the same thing, over and over again. Spencer Finch. I have loved his work since I first heard about it in 1993. And now again I am so impressed by his work for the National September 11 Memorial Museum. He puts his focus not on the pain and anger of what was done to the victims, their family and friends and all of us who now live in a different world. He puts his focus on something beautiful, the idea of each persons vision, dreams and journey.

In an article in the NY Times, Randy Kennedy quotes Spencer saying

It had to be about that human quality of remembering, how it’s so fuzzy in some ways, and in other ways it’s so completely clear.

In his piece Spencer ties so many of his previous pieces together. The pillar box series, the mirages, the Icarus series and so on. I can strongly recommend to discover the work of Spencer. Its a thrilling journey.