DESIGN THINKING & BEYOND - By Deepika Malik

DESIGN THINKING & BEYOND - By Deepika Malik

Design thinking is a process for creative problem solving.

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Design thinking has a human-centered core. It encourages organizations to focus on the people they're creating for, which leads to better products, services, and internal processes. When you sit down to create a solution for a business need, the first question should always be what's the human need behind it? Part of answering this question comes with understanding the function of the brain and it’s qualities. Take a moment to truly absorb and admire the images above.

 

Context is everything.

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To pair the needs, wants, and offerings of different parts of the brain, the mind must also take into consideration the context in which it’s ideas and innovations are applied. How we manifest our thoughts and feelings successfully and productively into action require categorization, organization for implementation. All is to say that communicating our chaotic thoughts and ideas with a design thinking approach can create less stress on ourselves and others.

 

Practice makes progress.

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To get right into the Design Thinker’s best practices, try this very simple design-jam exercise as a brainstorm activity with some peers:

  1. How might I (or we)? …. this leading question suggests that a solution is possible and because it offers you the chance to answer in a variety of ways. A properly framed ‘How Might I (or we)’ doesn’t suggest a particular solution, but gives you the perfect frame for innovative thinking.

  1. Sketch my … another variation on design-jamming is to sketch or draw your ideas. It can help visualize and encourage imaginative innovation. It is also another outlet that the brain is gifted with to express thoughts and ideas.

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Above are Mindshare presenters, participants, and organizers (from all professional sectors) coming together to share their How might I’s … a unique experience for all to engage, share, and cross-pollinate personal experiences to upskill their lives.

Deepika Malik - a digital creative strategist and VP for Cineplex Entertainment

Deepika Malik - a digital creative strategist and VP for Cineplex Entertainment

A few words about Deepika’s Mindshare experience as a presenter

“I was impressed by the courage of folks who got up to speak and share personal stories and experiences. While I didn't share anything personal - everything I do at work is about an exchange with other humans, though normally disinter-mediated by a digital device, screen or artefact of some kind. That being said, it was nice to exchange knowledge with other people and do it in an intimate way.” - Deepika


Deepika’s recommendations for some Design Thinking Resources:

  • Ideo's Design Kit: http://www.designkit.org/
    (This is an educational and resource site for those wishing to learn human-centred design)

  • Stanford University's DSchool: https://dschool.stanford.edu/
    (Stanford's dschool has many programs and resources on the application of Design Thinking in an academic setting but also online programming and courses for executives.)

  • DIY Toolkit for Social innovation: https://diytoolkit.org/
    (Many of the tools here can be used to get at the problem definitions, causality and help frame and ask the right questions.)

 MENTAL HEALTH & PERFORMANCE TIPS – By Brandon Rynka

MENTAL HEALTH & PERFORMANCE TIPS – By Brandon Rynka

“10 Unconventional Techniques to Mental Clarity and Optimal Performance”

By Brandon Rynka - Speaker, Ultra Athlete, and Performance Coach

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1. “Challenge Yourself”

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Surround yourself with intelligent, strong, ambitious people. Ideally, put yourself in environments where you’re not the best in the room at that given skill set. If you want to be a better runner, join a running group with elite runners. If you want to be tougher, join an MMA gym, and train with credible individuals. If you want to gather motivation, stimulation, education, go to workshops, seminars and events that are built around connection, education and positivity. Every day find ways to put yourself in an uncomfortable place, both physically and mentally. The only way to build true authentic resilience is by overcoming challenges daily and programming yourself to step up to the challenge regardless of how you’re feeling. Eventually this mindset will become habitual.


2. “Reset Day”

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Give yourself 1 day a week where you make it a priority to set yourself up for success for the week ahead.

- Meal Prep your food

- Declutter your house, car, room and office space

- Come up with a structure for your finances (understand what’s coming in, what’s going out)

- Plan your workout schedule for the week

- Set up meetings, appointments, and phone calls in your calendar

3. “3 M’s: Mindfulness, Meditation and Manifestation”

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Structure out 5-10 minutes a day – ideally at a specific time – where you can practice your 3 M’s: In terms of mindfulness, the goal is to be mindful of what is happening around you; the sights, sounds, feelings, and sensations that are present. Be mindful of your breath, and let the present absorb you. With meditation, the purpose is to be one with your thoughts. The idea isn’t to run from them, but embrace your thoughts. Be present with your thoughts, and use it as deep healing rest. The objective is based around just thinking. Thoughts and focus are not the enemy.

Manifestation: Use this opportunity to visualize a life that you want to create for yourself. The intention with manifestation is to have you focus on your dream as reality. Seeing yourself victoriously, focusing on performing in life at a high level and visualizing a strong, confident, well-balanced self.

4. “24 Hour Detox”

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Choose a day where you can completely disconnect. Whether it be from work, social media, food, or physical exertion and use this time to cleanse the body, mind and soul.

The purpose is to give yourself the opportunity to heal and get connected on a deeper more intrinsic level. With work, you can give yourself a 24 hr detox where you remove yourself from anything work related; no responding to emails, no LinkedIn, Facebook, or answering calls. I would preempt your business or clients with this information prior to doing this.

Social media/phone/internet: Remove access. Delete the programs off your phone for the day or just put your phone away where it is out of sight. Use this time to get back to doing things you would do without a phone or internet. You’ll be surprised how well you fill your day with productive, rewarding Habits. Food: Try some type of juice cleanse or fasting. Remove the toxins, and chemicals your body takes in and give yourself a chance to fill up on an assortment of micronutrients and phytochemicals. Fasting is also a great way to re-centre your gut health, fight inflammation and rid yourself of unwanted toxins and chemicals.

5. “Find Your Flow”

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This should be an enjoyable experiment. Try activities that you know will be challenging, but also engaging, fun, and not overly exhausting, either mentally or physically.

The idea is to involve yourself in an activity that puts you in a state of pure concentration; a “zone” of learning, discovery and some form of effort. Swimming, rock climbing and Jiu Jitsu are physical examples. Painting, drawing and playing a musical instrument are examples of mental flow type activities. Remember, everyone’s different. Find what gives you that proper balance of challenge and fun.

6. “Be present in Nature”

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Take a walk in a nearby trail, or sit in a park. The intention is to be disconnected from the outside world of busyness, stimulation and comparison. Your intention is to observe the beauty of nature around you: Listen to the sounds: the birds chirping, leaves rustling, the streams flowing and the wind blowing. Take a look around you, and breathe in the fresh air. Observe the trees, plants, animals, and ecosystem in its pure beauty. Simply take in all that is around you from all levels of sensations: visually, sensory and your internal feeling.

7. “Do things you did as a kid”

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Have fun. Be care free. Have a free spirit. Run, jump, wrestle, get dirty, take risks, laugh, sit in weird positions, crack jokes, don’t take yourself so seriously. This is simple…don’t try to be, just be. Have fun and let go of your adult inhibition.

8. “Self-Audit Yourself - Be Self-Aware”

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Look in the mirror and ask yourself a few questions:

- How am I honestly feeling

- What is working? What’s not working?

- Am I happy? Why am I feeling this way?

- What makes me happy?

- Am I being true to myself?

- Do I own (take fault) everything thing I do?

- What makes me feel good?

- How can I optimize my time and do more things that make me feel optimized, energized and

fulfilled?

- What characteristics, habits and rituals are building momentum? Which characteristics, habits

and rituals are holding me back from the life I want?

- How much money do I need to be happy? What does a fulfilling day to day look like to me?

- How much time per day am I wasting?

- Where can I structure time for all things I value (there’s always time)?

- Am I a good friend, partner, worker, person – How can I be better?

- Who can I learn from?

- What environments and content will progress me further towards a more rewarding life?

- Who do I need to be in order to get what I want?

- Am I grateful for what I have?

9. “Stargaze”

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Look out into the sky and intentionally observe the stars. Don’t try to do anything in particular, just look. Let the questions and emotions you feel just come up. Don’t hide from what’s being felt or what’s being asked. Use this practice as a form of self-reflection and discovery. The only principle and rule that should be applied is to put distractions away. Stargaze as a disconnected, open minded human being, and see what comes to light.

10. “Do it for you”

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Choose habits, activities and tasks that make YOU feel good. Be selfish, but not harmful to others through your decisions. Whether they make you feel good from a progression level, impact level or a contentment level, just make sure to do things for intrinsic reasons.

When applying the “do it for you” mentality, think about “why” you’re doing what you’re doing. Are you doing it for extrinsic motivation, are you doing it for the wrong reasons, or are you doing it because it makes you happy, and makes the people in your life happier, and fulfilled. The goal in life should be to have fun and do things that make you feel more fulfilled, engaged and connected to the true you, in whatever form that looks like. Of course, doing it for you should have boundaries; do things that don’t harm or affect others for your own personal gain; do things that make you feel good but also can add some form of value for your peers whether intentionally or through observation. Before or even after you do anything that you do, ask yourself, “Why am I doing this”. Ask, ask, and ask until you find the true meaning or purpose behind what you’re doing. Be honest with yourself. Lying to yourself is a no win game. You can tell you’re lying to yourself by how you feel after you do something. If you feel empty, you probably haven’t taken the time to do enough self-discovery behind your venture.

Mindshare Mental Health 2.0 - GOLDEN NUGGETS!

A beautifully elusive term we give to an all encompassing feeling, thought, and thing.  Presence as a gift. Presence as the in between, the no-man’s land, the grey area of time and space. Stuck between the past and the future. Seeding growth towards the above and rooting towards the below. Can we truly harness it, understand it, and benefit from it? Just like the ‘spiritual technologies’ of love, belief, and curiosity, is presence something we can cultivate for improved mental health?

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Presence as a gift. Presence as the in between, the no-man’s land, the grey area of time and space. Stuck between the past and the future. Seeding growth towards the above and rooting towards the below. Can we truly harness it, understand it, and benefit from it? Just like the ‘spiritual technologies’ of love, belief, and curiosity, is presence something we can cultivate for improved mental health?

Here is a collective set of golden nuggets we wanted to provide everyone from our 2.0 Mindshare Experience on Sunday, May 29th. Thank you to our incredible presenters for their time, energy, and expertise. This is just a sample of what we experienced that day. We hope to share this method of peer to peer coaching globally, and hope you will continue to support this form of wellness-based experiential education.

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JAMIE SNOW

‘Presence’ is the space between you and your thoughts. Space that allows the time to breath and then act instead of react and elevate situations instead of escalate them.

A next level understanding to ‘Presence’ is found in the diagram below. Take your time to unpack this ;)

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ADRIAN VILACA

“We may need to re-define what it means to have a Meditative Practice.”

Your meditative practice re-vamp can start by plunging into the cold with this podcast or a listen to his recent podcast interview about living in the present versus living for long-term goals.

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CASSANDRA HOPE

“If our ability to stay present is challenged regularly know that neuroplasticity could be playing a part in that challenge. Heal your brain to strengthen your ability to stay present.

I believe that if people aren’t healing from chronic health issues and they’ve experienced trauma that the healing might lie in using neuroplasticity to reprogram the body. I think people and practitioners need to be talking more about how to heal the organ that controls everything in the body versus simply address the organs that are affected by the brain not functioning properly.”

Brain retraining program: https://youtu.be/ukEQ_p_JBCY

Info on autonomic nervous system dysfunction and how to heal the body/brain comprehensively. ANS dysfunction is rooted in not only physical trauma but also from infections and emotional trauma. This doctor has great resources on the etiology of ANSD and how to heal from it. His book below. https://www.nemechekconsultativemedicine.com/

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ANDREW PARR

“As humans we cannot not breathe, move, think, communicate. All are interwoven in creating our experience. We introduce curiosity, rhythm, coordination and play so you can thrive in your context. Be in axis, be in rhythm.”

Creator of Wildernest Camp - an immersive experience for masters, outliers and entrepreneurs to renew and break through their limits.

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JANEY BROWN

Janey seriously blew our minds. Her rich story, skilset, and ambition to share is unlike anyone we’ve met in our organization’s 8-year history. We asked our founder Julian Ho what golden nugget he took away from Janey’s talk and he said, “you can be happy and still feel the fear, you can be successful and still feel the fear, you can choose to fight fear or you can simply feel the fear, and use it to fuel you.”

Check out Janey’s Fearce Academy

"The goal of Fearce Academy is to provide the holistic wellness I lacked coming up in the entertainment industry, especially around mindset and fear. In the world of performance, I was taught that fear is a weakness, but after years of fighting fears and losing, it's clear now that it’s our fears that make us fierce.”

FEARS + FIERCE = FEARCE

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BRANDON RYNKA

“10 Unconventional Techniques to Mental Clarity and Optimal Performance” – Tips on How to apply

For this post, we picked our favorite from Brandon’s Top 10 Techniques, because it speaks to our 2.0 ‘growing better together’ principle.
As a surprise and delight, we will be featuring all of them in a separate blog post!!! WOAHHH!!! YAY! Thanks BR!!!!

“Challenge Yourself”

Surround yourself with intelligent, strong, ambitious people. Ideally, put yourself in environments where you’re not the best in the room at that given skill set. If you want to be a better runner, join a running group with elite runners. If you want to be tougher, join an MMA gym, and train with incredible individuals. If you want to gather motivation, stimulation, education, go to workshops, seminars and events that are built around connection, education and positivity. Every day find ways to put yourself in an uncomfortable place, both physically and mentally. The only way to build true authentic resilience is by overcoming challenges daily and programming yourself to step up to the challenge regardless of how you’re feeling. Eventually this mindset will become habitual.

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DEEPIKA MALIK

Design thinking has a human-centered core. It encourages organizations to focus on the people they're creating for, which leads to better products, services, and internal processes. When you sit down to create a solution for a business need, the first question should always be what's the human need behind it? - Ideo U

We asked our founder to share his take away from Deepika’s talk on Design Thinking, he replied … “I really enjoyed the ‘How might I’ thought experiment, and enjoyed it even more as a group activity. I asked myself, how might I create a platform for the personal growth of professionals that offers more than just value …. sustainable value? And that prompt funneled me to use empathy to redirect the question to myself…. what would I want from a platform that offers such deeply immersive and intimate experiences, how do I better define what it is that I need?, who should I brainstorm with to ideate these needs?, where can we prototype these ideas and channel them into a laboratory to test, yield, and drive data and results?” And as above, so below:

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Meet Sylva Mischke

ROLE - Education Lead.

HOMETOWN - Vancouver.

SPECIALIZATIONS -  Strength and Conditioning and Running. WeckMethod Qualification, TRX, SCHWINN Cycling and Personal Training.

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QUOTES I LIVE BY - "Accept the challenge, taste victory," and, "Failing once is more of a success than never trying at all," are both my own and not taken from anyone or anywhere.

WHAT DRIVES ME - I truly enjoy coaching people! Not just motivating people but truly coaching them to move better. Anyone can count reps or say motivational quotes. I want to have people reach their human locomotive potential. I prefer any sport because I can see the skill required to execute the movement. My clients’ programs are a combination of what they WANT and what they NEED.

THE BEST EDUCATION / TRAINING I’VE DONE IN NEAR 20 YEARS - I recently travelled to San Diego to partake in a three day intensive course called Weck Method Qualification. David Weck is the inventor of the BOSU Ball, Balast Ball, RMT club, ProPulsers and a new innovation called the Weck Deck.

Weck Method is the distilled essence of human locomotion. Once you have and understand that, EVERYTHING in the field of athletics and movement falls into place.

MY CAREER IN FITNESS - It all started around 1998. I was watching group fitness classes from the weight room floor and that led me to teaching classes, and then to personal training.

I have no university degree in fitness or health. I have a BA in Criminal Justice. There wasn't one defining moment that led me into fitness. It was just an organic progression.

I AM UNIQUE - I have little to no social barriers. I consider myself a bit of a black sheep in that I like being solo and have no concerns as to what people think or say of me. I also tell the truth when people ask questions. Many times when people ask for your opinion they are really looking for your agreement. If I agree then I agree. If I don't I'll let you know. Most individuals fear the response. I don’t.

WHAT I HOPE TO ACHIEVE THROUGH 2.0 - I want people to be less attached to their technology when working out; get back to basic human function.

MUSIC FOR MOVEMENT - NOT TOP 40 OR RAP/HIP HOP. I like Old and New Rock, trance, trap house, Alternative, JAZZ for stretching. A lot of times I don’t have any music. AGAIN IT'S STRIPPING EXERCISE/MOVEMENT DOWN TO ITS BASICS. JUST YOU. NOTHING ELSE. NO TEXTING, NO SELFIES, NO TECH. Let your senses be fully involved.

FUN CHILLAXIN’ - I'm a total homebody. I'm already alive and feel fantastic. Though now that the weather is warmer I'll ride my motorcycle!

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