Ideas Anonymous #8

Lots of lively discussions at Ideas Anonymous #8 last night.

Here are the ideas that were shared:

  • Reaching out to help teams during COVID
  • Exploring online channels for design thinking workshops
  • Interactive platform to eat healthily and support the environment
  • Opportunities for connection through guided observation
  • Advocacy to encourage more cycling
  • An alternative implementation of festivals during COVID

Favourite quote for the night: “If you like to have more engaging conversation make sure you train yourself to ask questions starting with How and Why instead of What, When and Where”

Things that came up in conversation: 5 Whys, Theory of Change, Eco Caddy, Sounds of Africa Festival, Rob Cot, Good Karma effectTHNK.innovation, Emma May Lang Yoga, Freestyle Cyclists, Nutribe

Upcoming Event’s: Amy Churchouse’ Connection Exploration, Early Work Crew

If you like to come to Ideas Anonymous #9 you can sign up here. Feel free to pass the invite around to friends that may be interested.

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Ideas Anonymous #7

Lots of fun exploring at round 7 of Ideas Anonymous last night. We looked at many ideas to make the world a better place.

Here are the ideas that were shared:

  • An App to collectively support people who are mistreated
  • Using the COVID crisis to move to a circular economy 
  • Using design thinking to support idea development
  • Ways to publish books and making event marketing more efficient
  • An interactive event series around topics everyone should know about 

My favourite quote for the night by Erwin Boermans: “You never know if you don’t ask” Keep being curious and ask for help if you need it.    

Things that came up in conversation: She’s a crowd, Good Karma effect, THNK.innovation

Upcoming Event’s: How to product innovate 10X faster at a tenth of the cost post COVID-19, Early Work Crew

If you like to come to Ideas Anonymous #8 you can sign up here. Feel free to pass the invite around to friends that may be interested.

 

Update #5: The joy of finding things out

Welcome to Vast Experiences, the place where you can be yourself and can expand your horizons. I’m Eike Zeller. I just started a new routine around building Vast Experiences. You can read more about it here. 

Playful Ideas

I have been meditating for a while now and recently started to meditate for an hour first thing in the morning. It’s nice to give yourself permission to let your mind drift off into all sort of directions and when you open your eyes again everything seems to be a bit clearer. This morning I was thinking a lot about the joy of finding things out. I was thinking of an interview with Richard Feynman I watched many years ago there are a lot of gems in it. Have a watch here.

Growing Methods

I’m currently reading Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta. It’s a book about how indigenous knowledge can save the world. It’s a fascinating read. There is a beautiful part of the book about the joy of discovering new things.

The burst of pleasure we feel when genuine knowledge transmission takes place occurs from of new neural pathways. These are connections between two points that were previously unconnected. Jokes are one most pure examples of this neural creation event; In humour is based on two ideas coming together in a new way — puns, rhymes, double meanings, unusual circumstances, accidents, exposed delusions and contextually inappropriate content are examples of this. The chemical rush we get from sudden neural connections in jokes is so intense and pleasurable that we laugh out loud. This kind of humour and joy in learning is a huge part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. If people are laughing, they are learning. True learning is a joy because it is an act of creation.

It is an amazing way to thinking about how learning, creating and play are connected. Part of what I am doing with Vast Experience is to explore new ways how we can get joy out understanding and learning about ourselves and our environment. Improv theatre is a classic example to learn about yourself and people in a safe and joyous environment.

Creative Experiments

Every Tuesday night, my friend Tim and I are facilitating a virtual improv class on Zoom. Last Tuesday we played a game you get endowed with a topic, let’s say ‘tissues’ and then you play to an expert on tissues present a talk at the International Tissue Symposium and the other players get to ask you questions. It’s nice to be in a controlled environment where you can explore your mind and interact with others and it trains you to have more engaging conversations. If you like to join the virtual improv group get in touch at eike@vastexperiences.com

Connected Discussions

It’s the 4th week we have been running the Early Work Crew. This week we started as a little segment in it called “Know How To Share”, where we share little tips and tricks and tutorials about how we work and about the tools we are using, like you to design banners with Canva or how to display data in meaningful ways. After 19 sessions of the Early Work Crew, I feel like I’m starting form a habit. I am very grateful for all the inspiring people joining in for 90 min of undistracted work in the morning. If you are interested to get an inspiring headstart to the day you can sign up here.

Curious Conclusions

Keep creating all of these wonderful things in your head and turn the most beautiful thoughts in reality. If you can imagine things, they exist in your mind. Talk to others about them then they exist in their minds. Write them down then they exist on paper. Play with them, then they develop. Put them into action and let your ideas explore the world, let merge other ideas and form new ideas. One day they will return to you and make you proud. If you like to play around your ideas in a supportive environment come along to Ideas Anonymous. Every fortnight, we get together and explore our ideas and find ways to turn them into reality. 

Have a lovely weekend. See you next week.

Only if we can see the world in different ways, we will see how it really is.
Only if we can see ourselves in different ways, we will see who we really are.

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Ideas Anonymous #6

A very international Ideas Anonymous last night. We gained lots of new insights around climate change, food, art, storytelling, travel and the future of work.

Here are the ideas that were shared:

  • A travel experience while you are staying at home
  • Offline correspondence courses
  • Ideas to convince companies to sign up to carbon net-zero
  • Delicious coffee alternatives 
  • None-for-profit to combat food waste
  • Summarizing articles and books in pictures
  • Ways to measure and improve dignity in the workplaces

Things that came up in conversation: Alain de Botton’s The Art of TravelEmerging Writers FestivalMichael Pollan’s CaffeineLentil As AnythingOz Food HarvestY Waste AppEd Catmull’s Creativity Inc.

Upcoming Event’s Megan Davies’ Story Happy HourHumans, not Strangers no 3: Curious Questions. Meaningful Conversation.Early Work Crew

If you like to come to Ideas Anonymous #7 you can sign up here. Feel free to pass the invite around to friends that may be interested. 

Here is the picture Travis drew during Ideas Anonymous. His Instagram handle is @trav_does_design

Update #4 What’s the purpose?

Welcome to Vast Experiences, the place where you can be yourself and can expand your horizons. I’m Eike Zeller. I just started a new routine around building Vast Experiences. You can read more about it here.

Playful Ideas

What makes an experience memorable? I went back to do some research on that. I was curious what a google search would yield. Don Enright describes memorable experiences as a combination of Agenda fulfilment (you have some expectations that are fulfilled), Novelty (you discover something unexpected), Affect (you are feeling emotional), Rehearsal (you are reminded of the experience). Jennifer Clinehens quotes Daniel Kahneman’s ‘Peak-end rule’ which states that mainly the highlights (and lowlights) and the ending of an experience will be remembered. The highlights in experiences that I have enjoyed often involved participation. I guess I’m an explorer at heart.

Growing Methods

I started on the first chapter of Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking. Douglas Hofstadter explains how deriving categories or concepts out of a long series of spontaneous analogies, like toddlers observing different mothers that become analogies to form the abstract the concept of a mother.

Over the course of our lives, we build up concept after concept after concept. This process continues incessantly until we die.

It made me think of the importance of exploration to make more concepts accessible.

Creative Experiments

During my time for creative experiments, I spent some time setting up a subscription service for my friend Sally’s local organic deodorant business, Pits of Joy yesterday. The subscription options will go live tonight, so you won’t have to ever worry about running out of deodorant!

Connected Discussions

Yesterday afternoon I called up the people who have registered for Ideas Anonymous tonight night. I figured we can create a richer experience if everybody knows what they are getting into. It’s also so nice to get a personal call when you sign up for something. I remember a few months ago I received a call after I signed up for Humanitix. It was such a great experience to know that there are actual people behind the service you are using. Anyway, It was nice to talk we all the participants prior to Ideas Anonymous, and get a better understanding of why they are attending. If you are interested in Ideas Anonymous, you can still sign up for it here.

Curious Conclusions

Have you ever asked yourself what your purpose is? I have a been pondering about it a bit over the last few weeks. Now that everything is slowing down, it’s a good time to reflect. After a while, I thought my purpose is something like: Explore the world, others, and myself and make discoveries accessible to others. I have a notebook a dear friend gave me about 5 years ago in that I write down insights. I felt the thoughts about my purpose should go in there. I opened the book and on the first page, it said “The purpose of every life is to explore and experience” Wow. I wrote 5 years ago. I think a lot of us know deep down what our purpose is. We just have forgotten. Do you know what your purpose is? Let me know.

I hope you have a wonderful day. See you soon.

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