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How to Make “Self” Consciousness Cool 4 Kids

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LeToonz on T's - Cause the Convo!

To make the consciousness of a personal “Self” cool you first have to define it. To do that you need a framework, a way of speaking to the question to begin with. In our conversation the human “Self” has an evolving quality that we believe we can visually represent in a meaningful way – both for the user and for society as a whole – and over time.

So, to make Self-consciousness cool you have to make the process of personal evolution entertaining, ergo cool. You have to make the thought-framework you are using, in our case, a human evolutionary-ontology, entertaining and cool.

Then, of course, you have to create a brand universe of products and services founded upon this “framework-as-ontology.” Not a simple nor obvious solution as this complex brand universe is born from a synergetic system of words, images and meaning-rich messages. And this system of words images and messages will grow out of this idea of evolving personal YOUnique-ness; TheSelf; and so on. AND all of this, schtuff… you know… must be truly kewl to fly.

The model, we call LeModel (Learning-to-Evolve the Model), consists of 6 core “state” or “process/operator” variables, facets or components. It was first created and presented to academic audiences as a new way to frame, and speak to the idea of, gift-centric Self-evolution. These first presentations occurred at Stanford University between 1983-1985. 

The character images are called LeToonz and were added to illustrate the phrases within LeModel in 1990-91. These “toon-ish” illustrations were done in collaboration with Jack Dempsey, a Chicago (Illinois/USA) artist. 

LeToonz - Your YOUnique SELF Is TruKewl

From Left to Right and riding directly atop the wave (LeWave) we see AskYourSelf, LetGo, Ah-Ha, and DoIt.  Below AskYourSelf and on the circular pedestal, and in blue, is Flo, Across from Flo and in front of and below Ah-Ha is BeIt. BeIt is a comnbination of all the LeToonz characters. BeIt’s shapre is that of a chalice and a torid… see the donut around BeIt’s waist. The arms and legs spread up and out to form the shape of the chalice (bi-spiral vortices).

“Ah-Ha” (aka: “aha-moment”) is one of the LeModel “state” variables.

Ah-Ha - Fun Pose... Surfin'

It has taken some time but all the LeModel linguistic variables have, as of 2010, become part of the consumer lexicon. This is not to say the utternace “ah-ha” did not occur before Oprah.  It is only to say that broad and commonly defined consumer awareness of what an “ah-ha” means and its “reality” as a shared  experience started with Oprah. The same with “Do-It” via Nike; and “Flo” or “Being in the Zone” via our star athlete Brand scripting (and Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi).

It took 1 human generation, approximately 25 years between 1984-2010, for all of the variables within LeModel to achieve this level of awareness and frequency-of-use in the consumer market.  One thing LeModel provides that we have yet to see is to show the natural interplay and relationships that exist between each of these core variables and how these operate within our lives.

The phrase “Do-It” is one of the “process” or operation variables within LeModel. Nike made “Just Do It” famous 1988. Once a phrase becomes has developed a certain permanence within our conversations with each other, or within our Selfs, we can assume a new level of awareness, or consciousness, has been achieved related to the idea, or meaning of the word or phrase and its emergent associations. In this case, “Do-It” became part of our common lexicon by the early 90’s and has persisted into present day conversation. Ah-Ha, or aha-moment, emerged in and around early 2010 and will continue to spread dramatically.

Flo - One of 6 of the LeToonz Characters within LeModel

“Flo” is one of the LeModel “state” variables that made it to verbal ubiquity in the late 90’s under the umbrella of pop sport psychology with its early roots found in the published and later more broadly popularized work of Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi  (1985, 1989).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mihaly_Csikszentmihalyi#cite_ref-Finding_Flow_4-1 

“Ask Your Self” we began to see in a number of Print, Radio and TV ADs and then TV comedy scripts such as Seinfeld in the late 90’s early 2000… to date each and every one of these phrase-as-variables has been isolated, or seen as separate by the consumer-mind. In our model they are unified as a system. Over time each and every one of these phrases has migrated across multiple social-semantic contexts.

Ah-Ha clicked-in-relevance with the consuming mind in the last quarter of 2008 w/Oprah: http://www.oprah.com/packages/aha-moments.html … and is now being used in media scripting, business, academic and product and service presentations and speeches around the world. Speaking to perceived value of a “phrase”, Mutual of Omaha even sued Oprah over use of the phrase “Aha Moment.”

So, how can we get kids to think, see and viscerally experience this idea that their SELF, and the Consciousness of their innate and evolving Self is actually amazingly cool?  This has always been the big question.

We have looked at the array of product domains and channels and age-groups by which to enter the market, knowing full well that the “thought-product” we are offering can manifest itself within any number of product domains – from fashions and accessories; to toys; to educational-tech to media/entertainment content (TV, Video, Music, Film); to mobile (dedicated learning and/or learning-game)  and social media apps… to knowledge, collective intelligence and semantic web apps…. and even to coffee cups. http://letoonz.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/letoonz-product-kids-8-13-lewave-wremoveable-letoonz-characters-and-embedded-songs/

We also know a number of these categories are inherently synergistic (Cool Mobile-App Suite meets new Brand Toys (assume younger demog) and/or Fashions + New “Brand” Music/Video, etc) and we have been looked at these scenarios as parallel devel waves.

LeFashion - Ah-Ha Watches - Self-Consciousness/Time

For example, we know we can build an exciting game-culture (with sequel and age-migration legs) specific to human-evolution (EvoReVo!). Not a simple task. We could use a treasure hunt, mystery and puzzle storyboard format with a focus on the discovery (recorded ah-ha’s) of innate personal gifts and dispositions (The Natural-Self Revealed)… “Yea so.” & “…then what?” …the user asks. Well, it’s inherently Self-developmental and social developmental, or simply “social”… so we build in connectivity into the game… it is global multi-player treasure hunt, the treasure being “The Self” and Synergies-of-Self’s defined by who the users really are; defined by a significantly more authentic “Me.”

Further, with this game-generated data and experience, can you then build an evolving social (MP) culture – a social synergy culture connecting individually evolving human beings based on a new platform of individual innate (born-with) characteristics used to mirror personal and YOUnique evolution… If we can make it fun and insight-full then we win the first round.

Can personal evolution be perceived as “kewl” today? We think so. We believe this in part based on social and semantic events that have unfolded consistently and progressively over the last 25 years in the consumer global marketplace – these emergent linguistic patterns we believe speaks to a value-perception and readiness for the ideas behind: Self-Evolution, YOUniqueness, SELF-Consciousness; and even the emergence notions of an Ecology-of-Mind and The Human-Singularity.

What do you think? Ask yourself.

It is an amazing that each and every LeModel variable has become more and more commonly used in “shared experience” conversation by human beings around the world starting around 1990 +/- 1 yr or so and LeModel was first created and presented to the “academic” public as a whole, dynamic and unified system of these same phrases in 1983/84. 

To date, the powerful connections of each of these phrases to one another has not been articulated, much less illustrated, outside of LeModel. We look forward to sharing these thoughts and insights.

Introducing… The Human Singularity (… with the technology singularity in its supporting role)

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The Tech-Singularity is not alone… there exists another movement that is THE direct and harmonic counterpoint that remains predominantly unknown.
 
And perhaps “counterpoint” is the wrong word to use, though illustrative. My thoughts, and even my visceral sense, e.g. feelings, on this matter have led me to the proposition that there is an unstoppable and infinitely progressive “global human” movement afoot for which the technology-singularity activity is acting in a supporting and accelerative role. On the subject of “Technology-Singularity”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity
 
So what is hidden that remains un-named and that 
our emergent Technology-Singularity may be, in fact, supporting?
 
Spiral Vortex

Emergent Singularity Visualized as a Spiral Vortex

In reality this unknown and parallel movement is really not so difficult to comprehend. If we simply look around us today, perceiving more wholly all the pieces of what’s been happening and changing in our lives as fragments of an interconnected and evolving whole, we can capture a sense of its presence.

Peering through this new and more conscious lens – polished by the variables of the complex human psyche, and our social, ecological and spiritual realities – we catch site of the reason and purpose of our exciting and new technological universe. After all, there must be a purpose for it all; a purpose founded, to date without conscious intent, on our own evolution.

Do we really think all that is going on right now, before, and into the future with our technology, is an accident… a multi-verse joke? The purpose of the technology should connnect to something about humanity, right? It should have meaning and value and intrinsically defined direction.

I propose that purpose as fundamentally grounded by our own evolution as individuals within an inherently, though to-date relatively non-manifest,  synergistic system of individuals.

And that this system is innately determined to accelerate the unfolding potential of individual minds within an emergent system of minds.

I think we are responsible for the course of the evolution of technology, I also think we don’t know why.

Since the advent of the Internet…
(ARPANET: http://www.isoc.org/internet/history/brief.shtml )
…something within us has been trying to come through, push through.  Today we have this new world of social-networking but we were destined to produce this essentially mind-interactive space.  Our minds demanded it.  We needed it for a reason, a purpose.

I believe there is a human-nature-evolving motivation for our technological movement that to-date has yet to be defined nor given its proper place in the scheme of things. I propose to use the term “The Human Singularity” for this movement.

2 Emergent Singularities Meet to become One

Critical Balance: The Coming Convergence of Two Complementary Emergent Movements (Source: http://bit.ly/93mfns)

Each and every human being on the planet is a evolving-node of an as yet unrealized human-eco-system. This always-evolving mind-matrix will be more innately and potently singular via the emergent qualities of humanity’s expression of it’s progressively unifying Self. The singular expressiveness will be defined by its synergy. This continuously evolving expression of an evolving humanity – a mind-of-minds – will always precede and guide our technology.  We cannot see this yet, nor act on it with intention, because the idea has yet to be fully articulated, embraced and integrated into our consciousness and technological frameworks.

The potential intelligence of this evolving matrix of interconnected human “Self’s” cannot be assessed, nor even imagined at this point in our history.  This fuller and more complete wholeness as a human ecosystem is what I believe “humanity” has been moving towards, and yearning for in fact, since the very beginning of our conscious awareness as a species.

Think Gaia with frontal-lobes applied with intention.

Each of us, as uniquely, genetically disposed, significant and evolving individuals, has an optimal web-of-connections within this organic global human matrix. Further, we are destined to have and live a gift-driven  life-purpose as a function of our uniqueness. With the discovery (resonance-of-human-complements = synergies) of those other significant Hu-connections and living this form of Self, our lives acquire greater meaning.

In generations to come the coherence and awareness of our individual uniqueness, and from this our personal and innately defined life-purpose, will make the ecosystem profoundly more powerful, more intelligent.

The concept The Human Singularity will not be fully understood until a more conscious awareness of our innate and gift-driven Self’s, much less the relationship of that gift-driven Self’s within an inherently interconnected whole. (See: https://imonad.wordpress.com/2009/07/15/weme-metrics/)

The intelligence and power of The Human Singularity is based on the degree of synergy among its parts. We as uniquely gifted individuals are those parts of a global and synergistic human matrix.

The degree of total Hu-synergy of Hu-ecosystem then is directly related to the degree of coherence and clarity of each Self within the system.

I see the purpose of the technology singularity in a core supporting role for the accelerated unfolding of our awaiting Human Singularity, not as a separate or somehow super-human movement.

The key to our being able to bring about this more whole, intelligent and synergetic human ecosystem is through the more effective learning and development of each human part or facet… our Self. We can’t know and live more powerfully synergistic lives unless we better know (and then intentionally act on and live) our innate and natural dispositions and gifts.

This is an idea of Self seen as one’s Significant-Self. 

http://ejmmm2007.blogspot.com/2009_06_01_archive.html)

Digital Data and the Mirroring of Our Evolving SELF (Danny Rosen's Weave Mirror - http://www.smoothware.com/danny/)

Until we learn to intentionally develop this next generation(s) of human “Self”, much like we learn to read and write today, we cannot know the experience of human synergy. We will not, until then, realize and experience the incredible harmonies (Hu-synergy as Hu-overtones?)  that can exist within a global eco-system of uniquely competent and purposeful human beings.

First, how do we define a human ecosystem? The story, the new lexicon, message needs both academic as well as curricular, and all-media popular representations. It needs to be formed, articulated and represented so that we can see it, feel it, live it. With these insights beginning to become more internalized we can then begin to recognize the daily and yearly evolving life-process-reality within our new Self’s.

This brings to the fore the idea of an internal and individual “Singularity-of-Self.” 

A Self-Singularity necessitates a form of internal convergence.  This convergence within each of us must occur through the coming together of parts or facets of our Self’s. These Facets-of-Self are our innate dispositions.  Each of us as individuals are born with unique set of natural dispositions (gifts). As each of us discovers these gifts and dispositions we then learn over time how they combine and weave together. It is the convergence of our gifts that   moves us along the inexonerable and unique paths we were born to travel in life.

The lexicon and language and meaning needs a solid foundation and must dovetail into the current thought space. Even the simple idea of an evolving Self has as yet no ubiquitous alignment among humanity… we aren’t even close. Further, the knowable and felt idea of a global matrix of unique Self’s as a singular whole is even further out there.

Where to begin? Well, first we need to be able to have a (simple :-)) conversation about this new reality.

In order to do that we need to have an ontology and associated taxonomy. This human singularity ontology would frame the reality of an evolving human ecosystem, as well as, its core intrinsic dynamic processes.

This ontology and taxonomy must, by nature, play well with existing cultural beliefs, ideologies, and religions. It must also be easily shareable and applicable for the global public. More so, the ontology-as-model needs to be fully and warmly and viscerally embraced. Finally, in terms of popular expressions for teen and tween acceptance and application it needs to be perceived as “cool.”

Without a way of speaking about and defining the process and innate facets of an evolving and unique human “Self” we can’t communicate nor most effectively connect Self-to-Self(s). Without expression our innate human eco-system, its intelligence, power and synergetic potential, will continue to unfold in shadow, as it has to date, with continued attrition of the human psyche as the cost of not acting.

We need to deliver the what, why, how, and my favorite, the “so-what” of it.

Only then can we accelerate-by-design and intention the manifestation of this new and needed reality – within and between the minds of humanity, from generation to generation. Beginning in this one. Beginning with us.

As it happens 🙂 … I have developed such an evolutionary ontology and associated evolutionary (process) taxonomy. This process-model speaks to discovering and managing the development of the innate human uniqueness within and between each of us. It does so in a manner that is universal to all while applying uniquely to each individual.

(See http://www.letoonz.com/about_le_co.html (old website same content) and  http://letoonz.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/letoonz-in-general/ for the ontology and taxonomy as represented to be known and felt by the masses, beginning with our children.)

Ah-Ha Image - Vr2009
Ah-Ha’s … big and small…
Our ability to experience and know human synergy between ourselves and others is completely dependent on the degree we know and have developed our unique gifts and dispositions.  The degree of Self-clarity mirrors for us the clarity of seeing and living our unique life purpose and do so with others-in-synergy.

These are all connected – our natural and innate gifts and dispositions, our uniqueness, our natural and incredibly powerful synergy with others, our life direction and ultimate purpose. These connections are our world, a more whole and powerful and intelligent human ecosystem – an ecosystem made up of healthy and passionately interwoven beings… an alive and breathing and forever-evolving whole.

The Human Singularity is very real – though as yet non-manifest in our consciousness. 

We simply haven’t evolved to the horizon of the sighting.  When we do reach this threshold a more evolved, powerfully and creatively connected humanity awaits,  forever traveling the path of evolving human wholeness, fueled by the evolution of its constituent parts… fueled by an “Us” evolving.