Motivation-driven development – an online workshop

Sir Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms
Daniel Pink: A whole new mind
Ian Goldin: Navigating our global future
Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex
Randy Pausch: Last lecture: achieving your childhood dreams
and more…

If you have an iPad or like Prezi: run the workshop from here: Motivation-driven development on Prezi


Our current ways of working and our strategies are today not adapted for the global changes that we will be forced to adapt to sooner of later. How does the new times look like? What must we do? And how can we change our mindset? Or can we continue with what we’re doing right now?

From a very early age, we are taught to break apart problems. This makes complex tasks more manageable, but we pay a hidden, enormous price.

We can no longer see the consequences of our actions; we lose our intrinsic connection to a larger whole. When we then try to “see the big picture”, we try to reassemble the fragments in our minds, to list and organize the pieces, but the task is futile, much like trying to reassemble a broken mirror.

After a while we give up trying to see the whole altogether.

Peter Senge – The fifth discipline

Here’s Ian Golding:

The gloabilization brings systemic risks such as pandemic threats, financial crisis or global warming.


…and meantime as the western world loses momentum due to globalization and east wins thanks to globalization.

Please welcome Matt Ridley:

In the same way as we always exchanged have services and goods we must now start exchanging information – it’s natural really! Partly in order to deal with complexity, partly to be able to take benefit of the potential out there.

We are today suffering from old thinking models – the world has become too fast for us. The change is faster than the change of generations – a continuous learning process is needed. Ways of working and learned behaviours hinders development and causes even more systemic risks. Even worse – our children are suffering from it every day – almost globally.

Here’s the best TED-talk ever – filtered through RSA Animate:

We have left the industrial age and entered… yes, what? The Conceptual age..? Or is it information society..? No, the information society is just the tool. Just like the telegraf and e-mail was once. Some people talk about behaviour age.. we all have a choice how we want to look upon the world and what we want to do. And find out why we want to do stuff. We can choose who we want to be. We enter an age where we need to see the whole picture in order to take the right decisions in the right time…

The book is excellent, here’s the basic idea by Daniel Pink:

To change the behaviour that schools has trained us to during all years of education will be the greatest challenge for the new school and for society. This means we have to:

  • move from a culture where each and everyone is responsible for their own little cube to be responsible for the whole also
  • move from a culture where one rather says “-No, it’s not possible, we don’t have the resources” to instead be saying “-Yes, that would be great, how do we find resources?”
  • move from control and being controlled because of mistrust and belief on that people are incapable of working due to joy and meaning to a culture of motivation, inspiration and “wholicipation” to find meaning and purpose at work and in life!

Here’s one of the most important lectures for me personally Randy Pausch’s “Really achieving your childhood dreams”. It has changed me – a lot. This mindset is what the world needs.


We need co-operation, coordination, cocreation and convergence! AND A WHOLE DIFFERENT COMMON ATTITUDE AND MINDSET!

If you are assuming that people hate their jobs and that the workers are incompetent you need to introduce and maintain a massive control machine, on the other hand if you trust your own company/enterprise mission and trust the employees and give them mandate. Today there a very good chances of realizing oneself at work not only at home in the own garden…! Some are suffering everyday… and some have not even realized it. We tend to accept “that’s the way it is”. Some has realized this and they do something about it without the concent of the management. Hacking work by Josh Klein & Bill Jensen:

Knowledge is not a scarce resource anymore. The idea of control and discipline is both obsolete and even stupid.

Here’s an example of new forms of education: Khan Academy. I think it’s a good point that his cousins actually thought the videos were better than Salman self IRL.

The new times requires continuous learning and improvement. Otherwise you cannot compete with the surrounding world and even worse you cannot co-operate with it. This applies to companies and individuals – that is both children, grown-ups and even retired people. How can we be successful in such endeavour? By increasing control and requirements? No, quite the opposite.

John Hunters work with the World Peace Game is.. simply epic.

All of this (and about 1 000 000 more sites, articles, presentations etc) you should be aware of in order to be prepared for the future that is already here. And of course there are some books also..

Let’s continue to stimulate the dialogue, or perhaps the multilogue… and maybe most of all, make sure you do something everyday, whatever it is that you love to do.

Kind regards, Christer Hellberg

P.S: “What was this” you might wonder? Well, the opposite of an analysis or article defining and boxing in a subject. This “workshop” intends to open your mind, to create questions and to inspire to commitment. Inspire to change and social growth.


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