T29 – Day 28

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Day 28 – Dance

Can you act out your day or express your feelings in a dance?  

Put on some music and express emotions, feelings and moods. Use the body as an instrument to explore and express ideas.

Discovering the emotion when you watch a dance performance is something that has been studied by Peter Lovatt. Go here to watch him talk and dance about his research. Dance can also be used as a tool for enhancing a group’s consciousness about the situation. In addition, dancing may help to create a common vision and build a mutual support.

Blog post about dance:

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T29 – Day 15

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Express different emotions – at will.

See if you can identify the emotions in the picture below. Answers can be found here.

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Now go to a mirror and exercise the basic emotions till you can evoke them at will.

Then, go into town or your office, show an emotion and see what responses you get.

Note: We do not take any responsibility for the responses that you might get.

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T29 – Day 14

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Day 14 – Emotions

Watch a TV programme with the sound switch off. Try to describe the characters emotions by watching their facial expression and body language.

Learning to understand and becoming observant of non-verbal communication increases your emotional awareness. You can observe other people’s body language, for example, frowning can mean discomfort, physical pain, anger, or suspicions. Yet interpreting signs is not a straightforward activity and frowning can mean that someone is listening intently and concentrating. Nodding might seem like a straightforward response – it is simply an agreement or encouragement for you to continue – but it can also be a deceptive and the listener has simply switched off and is automatically nodding. Look at gestures, feet, arms, eyes and head.

You can also:

  • Observe people while you are commuting
  • Study people while you are sitting in a restaurant or coffee shop
  • Closely observe people while watching sport

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T29 – Day 13

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Emotional insight is a key to innovation. Surprised? Well, it is often not the first aspect that is examined when discussing innovations but emotions fuels it in two significant ways. An understanding of the needs and desires helps an innovator to find breakthrough ideas. In addition, understanding the emotions that a new product or idea may evoke in the customers, offer marketers a way to optimise the design and marketing.

Our body postures may influence how we feel and this in turn may have impact on our thinking. Body posture also affects how other people perceive you and even your ideas and suggestions. A brilliant idea may be rejected if the person who suggests has an apologetic body posture – lack of eye contact when talking about the idea, leaning forward and shrinking instead of opening up the body and making themselves big (like the idea).

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Thin-Slicing: the Power of Intuition

 

Day 13

Set your alarm clock at a random chosen time. Notice your feelings, emotions, hunches or intuitions.

When the alarm clock goes off, it will “awaken you” from not noticing or avoiding your feelings and emotions.

Take not more than 60 seconds to jot down any feelings, emotions, hunches or intuitions you may have. Try to be as specific as possible.

Your body may signal your feelings and emotions more exactly than you may perceive with your “head”, so watch for signs such as pains in your back or neck, stomach problems, irregular or shallow breathing, your body position, shivering, dry throat, or shivering hands.

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Dance First

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“Dance first. Think later.  It’s the natural order.” 

Samuel Becket

A dancer uses his or her body to express emotions, feelings and moods. Body language  can be exaggerated and a dancer uses the body as an instrument to explore and express ideas. But can  you act out your problem, design, or express your feelings in a dance?

Interpretative dance  can include styles ranging from ballet to break dancing. Way one to use interpretative dance has been used in a contest where PhD students dance their PhD thesis. Also  you can dance to explain statistical concepts – Dancing Statistics. The importance for the thinking process to change medium is discussed in this blog post Extracting Concepts – Change the Medium.

Dance is one way to help us overcome a fear of expressing our emotions. Movements help stimulate us to express ourselves and to feel the joy of moving around.  Discovering the emotion when you watch a dance performance is something that has been studied by Peter Lovatt. Peter trained in ballet, tap and jazz, and worked as a professional dancer before embarking on studies in psychology. He says that dancing can transform the way we think and solve problems. Different sorts of dancing help with different sorts of problem solving. Improvisation helps with divergent thinking where there are multiple answers to a problem. A structured dance may help when you are looking for a single solution to a problem.

Dance can also be used as a tool for enhancing a group’s consciousness about the situation. Dancing may help to create a common vision and build mutual support.

But what about the ability to keep a beat? Is that something that is a skill that you are either born with or not? Can you train yourself to find the beat? And can other animals apart from humans keep the beat. In the videos below the idea that keeping the beat is a human ability is questioned.

Videos of dancing animals may be common, yet the question remains whether the animals are really hearing the music and keeping a beat. Maybe they are just moving around.

In the video below you can watch the  bobbing head of a captured sea-lion to “Boogie Wonderland” (please note, while we do not condone the practice of confining animals, we thought that this research project adds to the understanding of animal behavior and we decided to include it).

In the next video, you can see the  cockatoo “Snowball”  dancing to “Everybody” by the Backstreet Boys. Snowballs adjust his dance moves when the song slows  down or speeds up. That flexibility is regarded as a key to determining whether animals can follow a melody like we can.

Synchronous among fireflies are common, some fireflies flash synchronously. However, this is something different where the animals has to synchronize to a beat. Young children, around the age of four to five can do this if the tempo is close to their preferred tempo. As they grow older the can synchronize to different tempo. One hypothesis is that synchronization plays a role in social bonding. We feel connected emotionally and socially when we move in synchrony

My Portfolio – Thinkibility Nibble

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Artificial intelligence is spreading its wings and artificial identity and personality is here. Your Tweets may contain advertisements that are generated by keywords used in the Tweet. You may not be thrilled about the idea of artificial identities and resumes but not exploring the topic is not the solution.

Sures Kumar has created Pro-Folio,  the ultimate tool in creative plagiarism, to raise our awareness of artificial identities. The core algorithm can generate 690,903,803 trillion unique fictional identities! And it does not take long to create a stunning art portfolio.

A test showed that it took about 10 minutes on average to spot that a portfolio was fake. So there might be a market for software that detects fake portfolios! And that prevents material from being collected in a couple of seconds from website all over the world.

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There is a disclaimer on the website and no harm is intended by using the artwork. The aim is to raise awareness.

Disclaimer: Pro-Folio.org is a HOAX project created as a part of a Scientific Hoax project at the Royal College of Art, London. More background information, context, briefing can be found in the Science Hoax project blog. All contents displayed in the website (http://www.pro-folio.org) are dynamically generated using server side scripts. The art and design works are fetched from various online sources and the designer’s name and details are generated from a wide variety of online databases. This is a speculative academic project aimed at intellectual stimulation and debate regarding the identities generated online and is not intended to hurt any individual or corporation.

Nevertheless, some people may react strongly towards Sures’ approach. What is your reaction? Is this a great way to make us think?

Synthetic identity theft is a serious crime and something that is becoming more prevalent. This identity consists of a combination of real security numbers mixed with a name and birthday other than the ones linked to the number. Why would you use a fake identity? Well, these synthetic identities are difficult to track and they do not appear on either person’s credit reports. Often a new file is created and this crime harms primarily the creditors who may give a person credit. One way to prevent crime is to think ahead and explore ideas that thieves might use. This approach has proven to be very difficult when you try to prevent online crimes, where the criminals have tended to be one step ahead.

Go here to create your own fake portfolio.

A link to Sures Kumar’s Portfolio.

Photo “Brain In Electric Bulb” by digitalart

Blue Economy – Open Source Communities

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The Blue Economy uses an open source approach to encourage positive entrepreneurship.
Overall, the aim with Blue Economy is to transform the way we are thinking about the environment. Solutions should be sustainable and capable of responding to people’s need for food, water, energy  and health care.

When you want to create an open source community where ideas are shared and used, you do not want to restrict the freedom of using the ideas. Yet there may be cases where  the “open source attract attention of people who want to consider this as their exclusive opportunity even though all was shared open source without restrictions. The free download of ideas, experiences and know-how causes a few individuals to desire an exclusive money making scheme” (Gunter Pauli, 2013).

So if you do not want to restrict the use through license agreements, trademarks or franchise, what do you do? Gunter says that it does not make sense to focus on making money first and securing a job for oneself, instead creating jobs and value in the community is the main goal. And if the trust is misused, he suggests that instead of using a legal framework it is better to continue to use the open source framework and  to avoid using bad behaviorus to deal with a negative use of ideas and people involved in open source projects. The underlying idea is that justice in the end will be done.

Yet it is tempting to explore ways to if not prevent people from misusing open source materials and exploiting people at least to minimize the risk. The statistical risk for misuse might be small, but we should not underestimate the role of rare events. We want to identify where danger is most likely to occur.

Defining the problem is a necessary part in searching for solutions and  we should perhaps spend more time on framing the problem.

Frame for ideas:

  • develop trust while ensuring that ideas can be open source.
  • no legal framework that prevents the sharing of ideas
  • positive flow should be blocked
  • minimal cost involved in implementing the idea
  • protect ideas and people from being misused and exploited

Most approaches towards ensuring that people to not misuse ideas rests on the assumption that we have to prevent and stop people from behaving in a certain way. This assumption could be challenged and we could explore ideas that:

  • Encourage people to ensure the open source community of their good intentions – could lead to ideas such as people openly signing a declaration of their good intentions with using the idea. Could then minimise the risks of misuse by  exploring the intentions and behaviours of those who do not voluntarily sign any declaration. Identify high risk behaviours, such as ignoring all communication.
  • Support communication between people using the open source material.
  • Turn the attention to people buying the products – do you as a consumer buying material from people and open source ideas have any responsibility? This approach could lead to ideas such as using mobile phones to encourage people to support people using open source ideas and also report suspicious activities.

We could rephrase the problem and say that the people who misuse open source material are unaware of the main purpose with providing ideas that are free to use (exchange the word misuse with unaware)

  • Use storytelling to inform people about not only the idea but also about how open source material should be used. Comic strips, videos, mobile phones could be used to spread the message.

Another approach is to fly over the problem and look at the big issue. In this case, people cannot be trusted. This could lead to ideas such as:

  • We need to change people’s view of themselves and their value in the world. Provide material that enhances users of open source material confidence and self-esteem to ensure that they are developing skills that protects them from abuse.

Go here to read Justice will be Done by Gunter Pauli.

Photo: “Businessman Holding Business World” by SOMMAI