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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.

How To Recognize Our Innate and Natural Gifts – The Source of Our True Self – Part I

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As most of you know, my life-work centers around personal and social human evolution and to see this idea of “evolution” as a process that occurs within a individuals lifetime.  The work is founded on the notion that we, as unique human beings, have a fundamental need to:

  • more effectively express and live our natural gifts and dispositions;
  • discover healthier and fuller human relationship synergy born naturally from this truer “Self”;
  • come to know sooner, and live more fully with intention, our YOUnique “Life-Purpose.”

What I wish to do here is very simple.  The beginning bottom line to living one’s gifts in one’s lifetime is to come to discover them, to value them, and then act on manifesting and living them most fully and in our daily life over time.  

This idea of discovering and living our natural gifts and dispositions “over time” cannot be over stated. This process is anything but a quick fix.  It is a lifetime deal. A lifetime of learning is involved in this idea of Self evolving. As it should be.  Personal evolution is The Never Ending (life) Story for each of us.

Now, invariably, and naturally, when my conversations with people in real or virtual life get to this point I will get the same question from someone in the audience, or that person I am speaking with directly in front of me (… and their inner-dialog is most likely something along these lines, “BlahBlahdiddlyblah”)

Here’s THE question:

“HOW THE $#%@ DO I FIGURE OUT WHAT MY GIFTS ARE?!”

I have capitalized this question as the speaking voice of the inquirer typically carries some shade of emotion. My answer is surprisingly simple, even elegant, but the application of the insight found in the answer is incredibly difficult to do.

Here’s my reply:  

“As an adult we can see our natural gifts through our reaction to others… over time.  Specifically, it’s those things that consistently frustrate us about other people that represents our natural and innate gifts and dispositions.”

It is those things others can’t do, that we do easily, that reflect our innate gifts and dispositions. As an adult, with life memories, and built-up pattern of thought and behavior, this is the simplest way I know of to begin seeing one’s naturally gifted Self…

It is quite illuminating as we consider our own negative reactions to others as being unreasonable. All along we thought they were the idiots, or simple minded, or just plain incompetent, when it turns out they were none of these, that we were simply not accurately valuing that which made us unique.

Proofs and Instantiations of the Next Tsunami – The Human Evolution Revolution!

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Proofs in Topology... The Self as a Younique and Comparable Nested Toroid
Proofs in Topology… The Self as a Younique and Comparable Nested Toroid

I am just starting this “The EvoRevo Is Coming!” vision-proof-list” and will attempt to fill it up with more supporting examples.

I have many, many logical (and not so logical but compelling in their own way) instantiations Ican point to and say, “There, you see that! That shows you that it is going to happen for sure!! ” …. and these moments, events, articulated social movements I will be adding are taken from way back in time to more recent social, technological, business and scientific movements and correlated events.

Now… you may have to know a bit about my work to get the drift-design of the following but maybe the bullets will form their own quirky, embracing logic for you… the younique viewer. If the quirky design logic does not emerge for you then there is more than enough backgound materials here to fill in the needed gaps. Sorry, but the chapters of the book are disconnected to a degree or two.

Why? And So What?

Well, if I die and my life-work does not get out there and into the minds of the masses, or an ever growing niche, and do its positive and transformative “thing”, then I would like it to be know that at least I knew something of significance… that at least I had a meaningful original thought.

Please do not hesitate to share/comment on your own “proof” events or movements that support the emergence of this social and technological evolution – this movement towards the discovery and intentional living of our natural human and truly “YOUnique Self(s)” as borne from our innate gifts and dispositions, and that inherently connected movement of coming to best know and live our Purpose,  our life-work, through that gift-aligned and most healthfully and naturally motivated Self.

It has been, and will continue to always be about “distinction” and what makes one thing unique from another. It will also always be about alignment and identification. What will evolve and change is the nature of the alignment and the basis for it… and the consumer and business expenditures controlled by it.

The quality of human and human systesm synergy is controlled by the quality of the “fit”
…or the fit-ness of the human connection.
The Qualty of fit-ness is based on the quality of natural uniqueness.

  • Our Mind, continues to mirror and project its self into technology and since the inception of technology.
    • Many proofs here but lo’ and behold the holographic hard drive, or volumetric hard drive, of 2000-05 IBM and others.
  • Pribram and Bohm Connect in late 70’s… and Holonomy is born, quietly.
  • Analogue is back in chips and K-Space is Kewl in and around 2000 and current…
  • Cloud computing diagrams looks like a neuronal, glial cells and/or dendridic cell networks.
Dear "Cloud Architects", look familiar?
Dear Cloud architects, look familiar?
  • New proposed business organizational design illustrations look like nested toroids.
  • The inside of the very cube-ish Borg ship in StarTrek is in fact a toroid.
  • The geometry of “first cause” is a toroid and so is the shape of a bagel or donut or tire…
  • The synapse is shaped like a 2D toroid.
  • A firing neural cell looks like a “Mexican hat” image, analogue and wave-based, which looks just like another new organizational design illustration.
  • ReQall opens its doors in late 2008 (?) http://www.reqall.com/
  • Goddess RifTxt goes online with geo-human context iPhone App in early 2009.
  • Google Wave is released in early 2009
  • Oprah brings an author on her show in late 2008 who has written a book on, guess what, aha’s!  This episode of her show creates such a positive stir with her viewers that Oprah adds the “aha” feature to her shows website… she creates a web space for people to record their “big aha’s”… this becomes a huge success.

then…

  • Mutual of Omaha sues Oprah and vice versus in early 2009 over ownership of the phrase “aha-moment” www.ahamoment.com
  • The word “Flo” becomes part of the global consumer lexicon in and around 2000.
    • A LeToonz character and a variable in the EvoReVo process model/ontology
  • The phrase “Ask Yourself” becomes common in consumer content, sit-com TV and web TV, movie scripts, etc… and even the everyday verbal life of human beings in and around 2000 as well.
    • (A LeToonz character and a variable in the EvoReVo process model/ontology www.letoonz.com
  • Hewlett-Packard does an “Ask Yourself” television brand/Ad campaign spot series “The What if…” campaign.
  • Apple begins to shake up the world by focusing on human distinction and Be Unique type Brand/Ad campaigns.
  • Calvin Klein does a “Be It” brand advertizing spot campaign.
  • Nike does “Do It” but we had it first… www.letoonz.com… what can ya’ do…

But there’s more to come as the variables listed, the LeToonz characters-as-variables, are seen as a whole; as an human and human systems evolutionary process-model.  So far the rest of the world see’s them a isolated pieces… If history is any indication this will change too.