Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My new duties

On 18th of September 2014 the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia appointed the Ministers of the 12th Slovenian Government led by Miro Cerar. The new Government comprises of the Prime Minister, seven female and nine male Ministers. I was appointed as the Minister without Portfolio responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion and on 2nd of October as Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. Regards, Violeta

Friday, September 26, 2014

The vibration of the white lions in the new era

Modern times are opening more and more opportunities for understanding the difference between the individual and her impact to the meaning of the whole, and as the impact of whole has on the individual. Following our inner callings are becoming the  main importance for it's contribution to authenticity, and to the service of the needs of the environment.  Andreja Cepuš is a woman that follows her own inner call in fullest meaning of this word. This is her story.

Who is Andreja Cepuš?Andreja Cepuš: I call myself Social Artist, or better, a co-creator of a new quality of life. Why Social Artist? Because I feel this is the concept that best describes my true essence. Social Artist brings the same order of passion and skill that an artist brings to his or her art form, and to the canvas of our social reality. It is within the deep work of Social Artistry that we can access the inner capacities to align ourselves with the earth's higher purpose. Ultimately, it is about all of us together co-creating the human and social changes needed to make a better world.  I feel my work is contributing to the activation of deepest human potential, co-creating the space of inspiration for innovative breakthrough steps in following our own true story and helps activating our inner leadership flame.

Photo: Andreja Cepuš
Source: Stane Jeršič
Otherwise I am a curious life explorer. After finishing my studies of Marketing Communications at Faculty for Social Sciences In Ljubljana, Slovenia , Europe and working for several years in different marketing & communication fields for different renown companies in Slovenia (writing, copywriting,  editing, sales & promotion, marketing communication, project management, e-TV host, and event host),  I followed the higher call of life and stepped onto my own path. I am now fully dedicated to fulfilling my soul's mission in raising consciousness through different activity workshops, and with purpose unveil the inner- most human dimension.

As a longtime contemporary dancer, occasional poet and creative art lover, I understand the importance of uniting different fields of life into one big field of new possibilities and inspiration, from where the new principles of the community are born. The model I am developing unites creative feminine principle, meditation, movement, meaningful communication, art of hosting learning methods, art and inspirational space of trust and support. Since I am aware that innovation is born out of the box of our limited mind, I am opening the space for inspiration, the awareness of authentic, new era leadership, heart intelligence and new models of creation within our lives.

Photo: Zihra, white lion in GWLT
Source: GWLT
What was the trigger to discover the love for the white lions?
Andreja Cepuš: At first, maybe the mystique the surrounds them. But when meeting them, the realization this mystique is a very real event. Looking those beings, eye to eye touches your inner essence and transforms it forever. Facing them in their natural habitat, and  homeland, you cannot but realize that you are facing your very own nature and it's important to bring this missing link back to life.

What does the Legend of the White Lions teach us?
Andreja Cepuš: Love and respect, if I sum it up. The Legend says that White Lions are star beings, uniting star energy within earth form of Lions. The native ancestors were convinced that they are children of the Sun God, thus embodying Solar Logos and legends say that they came down to Earth to help save humanity at a time of crisis. There is no doubt that this time is right now.
Scientifically, the lions represent the top of the ecosystem, the life pyramid and the top of the top is reserved for the White Lions.  If you eliminate the top of the pyramid, the entire ecosystem collapses. So, if the White Lions disappear, the Earth looses its balance and we as humanity cannot survive this. Symbolically, White Lions represent power, dignity, leadership, courage and heart. And when we, people, are our best, we are exactly like that: lion-hearted. So, if the White Lions disappear, that means that those values disappear, too. And we can see by ourselves already where has this brought us.

Photo: Andreja Cepuš at workshop
Source: Darja Grdina

How can we transfer the ancient sayings into modern human times?
Andreja Cepuš: It is simple, actually. White Lions are reminding us to embrace again the missing link with the nature and step back into the original, natural flow of life that supports growth and evolution. We as society have lost our direction within somehow imposed, artificial life rhythm, which is leading to destruction. We can see the White Lions having the role of ambassadors since they, simply by their presence, expand our consciousness and call people to finally wake up and re-establish their contact with the nature ~  also or even more so, with  our inner nature. When our inner nature matches the natural rhythm and is balanced, the balance can also happen in our outside world.

Facing the values as power, leadership, courage and heart eyes to eyes live in the natural habitat activates the very same part within our inner nature. The realization those are the qualities that give purpose and meaning to our life and are necessary for taking a step out from the direction of destruction and into the direction of life and creation, is activating our individual soul mission. If we think that we cannot make a difference in the world that is really just not good enough. This is the thought of the mind, not of the heart. White Lions are inspiring us to courage, to stand up and follow our heart. They are encouraging us to embrace our inner leader and live our purpose. They are revealing us the principles of new era leadership, where every individual is living his/hers purpose and we can only imagine what happens in our society when we all do this step and start living a meaningful life.

What kind of consequences do you see in bringing intuition into the awareness of the business world?
Andreja Cepuš: Huge ones. Intuition is the part of  nature that can still be perceived as a 'missing link' with us. It's a part of the natural life flow and no system is whole without it. Intuitive perceptions are putting us back into the organic flow of growth and evolution, of thriving, which means that use of this part within the business world, will enable the new foundations of business and for return this will be supported with life.  Within our work the intuition is opening the new field, which enables organic growth, quicker and more elegant twists, innovative solutions, wiser action and decisions, magical inspiration. It is opening us to creative nature and bringing us back into the much bigger picture of life that our mind is capable to understand. It is becoming clear that the old business structures and systems are not working anymore and are actually crumbling, falling apart. Why? Because they're not supporting creation but came to the blind street and are heading for destruction. To make a shift to the new foundation, new structure and system we need balance and Wholeness. The use of intuition is a part of this Wholeness. It's not about something 'strange' or 'esoteric', it's all about simple natural logic which is not linear. The business world needs to be part of the natural logic if we want the creativity to build a new society and new way of living, where the individual, nature and society will all be a balanced part of the ecosystem and they will live in consciousness of co-creating together for the higher good and good of all, with main purpose being to enable the harmonic quality of life for every living thing.

Photo: Andreja Cepuš with Linda Tucker, founder of CEO Global
White Lion Protection Trust (GWLT) and author
of a book Mystery of the White Lions
Source: personal archive
What is the practical workshop bringing us?
Andreja Cepuš: It is opening the space for inspiration, where one can experience the organic flow of creation. It is inviting us to jump deeper into our inner nature, illuminating our inner potential and leading us into intuitive sensory perception of the environment around us. It doesn't bring us answers, but opening new questions that can inspire us to explore the new field of meaning even more. It challenges our stagnant beliefs and invites us into the system of wholeness.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Next move should be a mystery

An interview with CiM founder Jasper Dzuki Jelen
Conducted by Blaž Branc 

What place does CiM take in relation to modern dance? What place does it take in relation to psycho-therapeutical disciplines, namely choice theory?
Jasper Dzuki Jelen:
CiM (Choice in motion) applies movement principles which have their roots in martial arts and contemporary dance practices. CiM taps into some of the energizing properties of those practices in such a way that they become available, simple and enjoyable for any person, no matter their age, fitness or skill.
Choice Theory (CT) is the psychological frame work behind 'reality therapy', which supports people in making more effective/satisfying choices in their lives. CT's common approach is defining goals & behavior towards those goals, evaluating attainability and progress and making a plan out of that.
CiM purposes activity and experience first and thinking, analyzing and giving meaning after.
This releases us from the highly energy expensive cycle of 'I don't know what to do, so I have to think/analyse more' and replace it with 'I have been doing and felt/understood what was right, let’s think from here and then move on, exploring further'

Photo: Jasper Dzuki Jelen
Source: personal archive
Is it fair enough to say, that CiM is 'just' a mixture of Choice theory and Contact improvisation?
Jasper Dzuki Jelen: No, in its development these existing practices function as reference points for both the physical and psychological processes that take place. Yet, CiM is based on doing and experiencing. Its own development is the same as what it teaches. After every next doing (motion), new understanding arises and next steps follow. Both the practitioner and the practice are in that sense, ever evolving.
But sure, it’s not all new, I have learned a great deal from the founders and practitioners of both methods, since they give high importance to healthy relationships and dealing with situations in the present moment.

What does one gain by engaging with CiM?
Jasper Dzuki Jelen: A deeper understanding of how you 1) qualifiy your personal succes, 2) attain and stay in touch with this (contagious) energy in yourself and 3) how motion can support more effective thinking and problem solving.
On a side note, CiM offers a sense of joy and connection; for some this is a relaxing experience and for others an energizing one.

Can you tell us about the early days of CiM? Why have you developed it in the first place? What was the drive to come up with something like that?
Jasper Dzuki Jelen: With an initial background in sports and martial arts my understanding of dance has always been pragmatic, down to earth and highly dependent on well tuned teams. I have dedicated myself to the development of work methods that enhance trust, physical agility and dynamics between internal and external awareness.
I realized that touch, a sense of connection and having a space to do whatever, without having to know beforehand what the outcomes would be, were among the highest scoring stimuli for participants and dancers alike. With all the ongoing digitalization in our age, I feel a strong necessity to develop strategies that enhance movement, doing and experiencing in all layers of society. So, in my pedagogic and artistic work I seek 'the simple,' to get to the core actions and thoughts that give birth to our feelings and physical states, thus enabling the space from which the treasured phenomena occurs, such as inspiration and intuition. CI and CT serve in this process as reference points, which help me to relate and articulate my approach in relation to existing methods and common sense.

Has since CiM been developing or have you found a stable release?
Jasper Dzuki Jelen: CiM has currently its first stable form, but its essence is to be ever evolving, in motion.

Where within CiM do you sense future development?
Jasper Dzuki Jelen: I see CiM like an app that you can integrate into your existing understanding of achieving success, creating healthy relations and doing business. It will improve your energy, activity and thinking, thus strengthening overall performance and well-being.

Currently I am developing a series of movement researches and experiences that challenge my personal paradigm of what CiM is. Over the past years I have worked rather intuitive and it was only last year that the method got the name Choice in Motion. On that point I looked at the work and realized that I have come to solid basics. My gut feeling says that further development lays in hacking into the existing rules that surround these basics and challenge them. The rules served to create clarity and acceptable safety risks during development. In touch with professionals from diverse fields I will see what happens if we physically and mentally move these safety check points. Where that leads is yet a mystery, in the spirit of CiM I am not eager to jump to conclusions, but rather let them reveal themselves.

What is CiM anyway? How would you describe it layman-style?
Jasper Dzuki Jelen: It's like riding a bike, if you only think about it, you will never be able do it by yourself. But once you get on the seat, keep the pedals in motion and have someone else for a while to support, you will experience how you can create the situation that is necessary for successful cycling. Do you remember the sensations and excitement you had when you started to learn bicycling? And how you felt when you could do it by yourself? This organic learning produces a sense of achievement, an energy of joy, expanded freedom and seeing new possibilities.

Photo: Choice in motion paradigm (model)
Source: Jasper Dzuki Jelen

CiM stimulates new possibilities, thinking and energy in a similar way. It offers its practitioners situations that establish physical contact with oneself and the surrounding, in such a way that one can not pre-think the next movement. One creates solutions while doing, playing and experiencing. For example: some people lean easily onto another person and trust that they can move together without falling. For others this is a challenge. For some it’s easy to do something that at first seems purposeless, while others struggle. Some people can come up with many solutions, some with none or only a few. It doesn't matter. It’s the engagement with motion and others that generates experiences that get their meaning-fullness only after doing. By physicalizing trust, dependency and change/movement the practitioners get naturally familiar and at ease with situations that require intuition, innovative behavior and firm decision making. The direct contact with ones own doing, leaves each individual also the freedom to decide the level of intensity of their experience. The trainer will offer clear suggestions about this to the group and individuals, but will not apply any external force to push practitioner where they don't want to go yet.

That's what I can say about it. Usually when I’m asked to explain CiM, I simply get up and invite you for some experiencing.

Jasper, you are preparing a workshop in September for InCo movement and Slovenian-Dutch business platform members. We're talking about explorers and business men here. What role could CiM play for them?
Jasper Dzuki Jelen: Whether you run a business or look to improve yourself and your relationships to others – a sense of success creates the crucial energy to do so. CiM offers physical, game-like learning experiences that stimulate the energy and awareness of personal success. By bringing it into the present, one develops more effective doing and relating. Thus opening the door to fresh thoughts, perceiving new possibilities and balanced professional/personal well-being. Instead of employing all energy to a far away and very hard to reach image.

To attend CiM workshop, do I have to be a dancer? Or recognize some personal problem that needs treatment?
Jasper Dzuki Jelen: No, to both. CiM exactly starts from a point of motion, of not knowing yet. CiM springs the natural (even intuitive) building up of under-standing. In fact too much technical training in dance techniques or fixed ideas of 'what's the problem' might even be an obstacle. The understanding comes from the work that happens in the room, when you are there, doing, in motion.
That motion is based on what we do daily without really taking notice. The choices one makes  directs the energy towards organic and newly found being with solutions. 

Is there anything else you would like to say to the participants before you meet them?
Jasper Dzuki Jelen: The workshop on 18 september 2014 will be an introduction to the overall CiM experience. One will go home with fresh energy, new experiences and perspectives. Yet, a regular training is between 2-5 days and can be more specifically focused on professional or private life, with themes such as decision making, intuition, creativity or self expression.
Further more I'd like to say, from years of experience, that it’s up to the participants themselves to get in motion. I can offer stimulating and influencing information, but can't make anybody do or think something that they don't want. And I am currently also not interested in that discussion. So come prepared for movement, learning, some challenge and fun!

Practical note: Wear clothes that don't restrict your movement to much and without any sharp/metal zippers or buttons. The average t-shirt and training trouser will do perfectly.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Michael Tellinger on Ubuntu philosophy

Michael Tellinger is a scientist, explorer and internationally acclaimed author of numerous books, who has become an authority on the vanished civilisations of southern Africa and the origins of humankind. His research and discoveries of an advanced vanished civilisation in South Africa includes a diverse field of research and touches on human origins, spirituality, science & consciousness.

Michael’s work touches critical issues around the subject of Unity Consciousness. “The more we push the boundaries of science, the more we come to understand the universal mind – the creative source of all things in the multiverse and beyond. It seems that the knowledge we gain from quantum physics and space-time studies, brings us closer to understanding the true nature of reality, the meaning of the universe and our place in it as conscious beings.” He believes that quantum physics is a gift from the divine creator to allow humanity to find its way back to source – back to unity – from a deeply divided and manipulated species – not only on Earth but in the entire universe.

Photo: Michael Tellinger
Source:personal archive
Tellinger presents a model for a new social structure called CONTRIBUTIONISM – A World Without Money – based on the African philosophy of UBUNTU and proposes how we should move from a money-driven society to a society driven by people, their talents and their passion for life. Where everyone contributes their natural talents or acquired skills to the greatest benefit of all in their community – and money has no meaning.

He is also the founder of the UBUNTU LIBERATION MOVEMENT and the political party called UBUNTU Party, in South Africa – which contested the national elections in SA on the 7th May 2014.
You can find more about Michael Tellinger and his work here: http://michaeltellinger.com/
Since Michael is coming to Slovenia, Ljubljana on September (having the lecture in Cankarjev dom on September, 9th titled Megalithic Sites and Free Energy) is seemed like a nice opportunity to ask him a few questions before his arrival.
 'I am because we are.' is the sentence connected with Ubuntu philosophy. Can you explain us what is this philosophy and where does it come from?

Michael Tellinger: It is an ancient African word and philosophy that refers to people working together for the greater  good of all in the community - in unity and harmony. In the 21st century it is called Contributionism - because we cannot go back in time and live in ancient times - we have to apply those principles to the world we find ourselves in today.

What does the understanding of the Ubuntu principles mean for our living?
Michael Tellinger: It allows us to recognise the way ahead for humanity - moving away from a capitalist, consumer driven world, towards a society driven by people and their passions for life - in harmony and unity cooperating on all levels so that everyone benefits from collective achievements - rather than competing for supremacy by individuals at the expense of the rest of the community.

Your scientific research of the  ancient and vanished civilizations of Sout Africa, stone circles, Adams' Calendar, the advanced technology, Sacred Stones and the science behind it has lead you to Ubuntu Contributionism System, which you describe as a blueprint for a new social structure.  Where is the link, how can the knowledge of  vanished civilizations impact the  building of the new community?
Michael Tellinger: We can learn from ancient civilisations that there was a time when money did not exist - and many communities lived in Ubuntu. We also learn about the way that kingdoms were created and how the first banks and bankers arose from among the people - taking control over the rest of humanity with force, creating division, conflict and fear. The ancient technology shows that they used sound, frequency and resonance as an advanced form of energy - for everything we can imagine. Including saser technology and even geo-engineering. So, the real history can open our eyes and we can see there's much more there than we have been told.

So, this scientific proves can represent the challenge to our history?
Michael Tellinger: Yes - the scientific evidence of this ancient technology is encoded into 10 million stone circles and other stone tools and artefacts. We have measurements of electro-magnetic fields and sound frequencies in the giga hertz eminating from the ruins. We are discovering the field of free energy in the stone circles and how the sacred stones generate vortex energy fields from sound frequencies. This is why you will not see this information on ancient aliens in main stream media.

Can you tell us what is the main benefits  of this new structure and what are the steps to achieve it and then sustain it?
Michael Tellinger: Well, this is not easy to explain in one answer -  it is well covered in my book - Ubuntu Contributionism. The most important benefits are unity, abundance on all levels of human endeavour, and a world without money, central control and a hierarchy. We can establish a society which promotes the highest levels of scientific and technological progress, a society in which arts and culture flourishes allowing people to experience life to the fullest and a society in which spiritual growth of its citizens through the explosion of arts and culture will allow the rapid rise of consciousness to fully embrace the concepts on unity.

Is taking Ubuntu philosophy to economic and political sytsem representing the remedy for the global crisis that we are in?
Michael Tellinger: Absolutely – it is impossible for a greed-driven, consumeristic, capitalistic system to survive in the presents of a contributionist community that create abundance out of unity. Contributionism devours capitalism wherever it exists.

What we as individuals and communities need to do to be able to build the new system right now?
Michael Tellinger: I would say there are a few things we can do:
•    Recognise the path ahead, to move away from money.
•    Identify small towns or villages to start this process.
•    Use money itself to create the system in which money is not needed.
•    Establish a council of elders - to speak with one voice for the people of the community.
•    Identify a number of community projects in which everyone will participate for 3 hours per week.
•    Start to create 3 x as much as the community needs - the rest is made available to neighbouring towns at a fraction of the cost that they would normally pay for it.
This is the beginning of the system that will grow rapidly everywhere.

The global lobal UBUNTU movement has members in over 215 countries.  What is the next step?
Michael Tellinger: Next steps would be to identify the people that will create the Ubuntu parties in their countries, then connect with the Ubuntu head office in South Africa - we will provide all the documents and manifestos that we used in the political campaign in SA and announce the cooperation between us. We would love to spread the Ubuntu contributionism philosophy in as many countries as possible and campaign for the national elections as the Ubuntu party.

You've also founded the Ubuntu Party in South Africa in 2012 that contested in the 2014 National Elections. You didn't make it to the parlaiment, but the party has gained the support by thousands of people around the world . UBUNTU political parties are being planned and registered in over 8 countries, including Canada, USA, Australia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England and others. What is your vision?
Michael Tellinger: We expect the various Ubuntu parties to participate in the elections in many countries over the next 4 years - and we hope to see the Ubuntu party represented in several governments of the world in this time - injecting a virus of unity consciousness into the political system. It's our vision to create a trans-border global movement of consciousness infiltrating the political platforms of the world, providing a true light of hope for all of humanity.

By Andreja Cepuš

Friday, September 5, 2014

Students lead the way

When the potency of youth, and experiences of mentors join forces exciting things happen. We could discuss at length the philosophical significance of intergenerational cooperation and interstructural integration, but there is no need for that. This issue of Aktualno 2.0 presents all of it in a story.  Faculties and universities, open doors to let in the spirit of innovation ecosystems and let different fields of knowledge be joined into a new, systemic whole. This is a story about people who have done so in spite of having to overcome the shadows of obsolete, and archaic approaches, and having to work on the fringes of daily public focus.To inspire us all.

The legendary Star Wars saga, praised so often for its innovativeness, is returning to the cinemas. But even before it does, here, in Slovenia, we will be able to see an alternative version of the seventh chapter. Students of several faculties of the University in Ljubljana joined forces under the mentorship of prof. Dr. Or Ettlinger form the Faculty of Architecture to jointly create new worlds and their version of the next instalment of Star Wars.

Photo: Working team
Source: Sašo Jakljevič

This is the fourth project developed under the wing of the Creativity Studio for Experimental Projects at the Faculty of Architecture, which is aimed at introducing architecture students to the creative process and the methodology of idea development. The core aim of these projects is to establish a supporting environment for students to enhance their creative skills and gain the confidence necessary to be able to take on architectural challenges. Developing inspiring projects is an important part of this process as the challenges in themselves stimulate imagination, and furthermore, the students would not be able to take them on individually.

How did you come to the idea for the Project?
doc. dr. Or Ettlinger: 
In 2013, when Disney acquired Lucas Film and announced a new Star Wars film, I immediate knew that "this was it". We decided Star Wars would be the theme of our next project. Due to the broad scope of the project, we invited students from several faculties from the different fields required and the project was underway.

What sort of planning did the project require?
doc. dr. Or Ettlinger:
Since we have already been conducting such projects for several years, we were already confident about the process itself. Therefore, we left some aspects open and we did not define the final product in the initial stage. I knew that the outcome should be something that clearly represents the results of the creative process and provides the audience with a vision how the film would look if we were its creators. The format of the presentation was left open, just as its content. The initial idea was to film a trailer, but since students from the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television were unfortunately not participating we had to adapt quickly. Many ideas came from the students. Usually, I have my own vision, but I believe that students should be able to develop their own ideas. This is essentially what I try to teach them. To be confident in their own creativity instead of following the task outline to the letter. Thus, we arrived to the idea for a storyboard/comic book, which from our initial experimentation with the story developed into a complete narrative, although that was not our initial intention.

Photo: Creating
Source: Sašo Jakljevič

Could you give us a sense of how the entire project was conducted, please?
Sašo Jakljevič:
During the first semester, we were essentially preparing ourselves for the creative process and exploring the sources of our ideas. Working in groups, we analysed the historical periods and development of the film with respect to science fiction, studied of the Star Wars films, worlds and main characters. Thus, we placed ourselves into the saga's universe and determined which ideas belong into it, meanwhile learning about each other and seeing who can collaborate most productively, and in which group compositions collaboration was less effective. Based on this, we determined the optimal design teams.

During the second semester, we developed the story, which defined the planets and parts of the universe where it took place. Simultaneously with the development of the narrative, we were also designing the worlds, their inhabitants, architecture and technology and the two aspects thus complemented each other. The final stage of the project was the production phase, during which the final sketches, 3D models, posters, sculptures, costumes and drawings were created, i.e. the works that were eventually exhibited and included in our book.

The project involved 16 students from 5 faculties, who were the core of the team throughout the year, and approximately 17 others who in different ways and scope assisted us at various stages of the project and helped us bring it to a successful result. Naturally, this would not have been possible without the help of three assistant professors and prof. Dr. Or Ettlinger who taught us and steered us through the creative process, while at the same time letting us as much freedom as possible.

Photo: Project team
Source: Sašo Jakljevič
What is next?
doc. dr. Or Ettlinger: We are not sure yet about how to proceed, but we already have ideas on how to develop the project even further. The years of experience acquired through these experimental projects and the lessons on how to conduct them have let us establish a system that works. Therefore, a possible direction for these projects within the scope of the educational programme of the Faculty of Architecture would be to continue and expand them by also involving other professional fields, from biology to engineering. The other direction we are also exploring is to continue such projects outside the educational environment by forming a sort of think tank that could take on such challenges for the production industries. A combination of both might also be interesting; however, nothing has been decided yet, so follow our progress and see what happens for yourself.

Photo: Working team
Source: Sašo Jakljevič

Where can we see your work?
Sašo Jakljevič:
We are planning another exhibition in mid-September of 2014 at the new Faculty of Computer and Information Science's building and possibly an appearance at the  "On the Edge of the Invisible" fantasy and sci-fi convention in Ljubljana.
You can view some of the images from our previous exhibit and some of the designs on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/theStarWarsProject ). We are currently also constructing a website for the project (www.creativitystudio.net/starwars), which will be available soon.

Photo: "The cover" of Star Wars
Source: Sašo Jakljevič

A few quotes:

"This was a great year, one of the most productive and informative years of my studies at the Faculty and I would recommend participating in a project like this one to anyone". - Gašper Habjanič

I"t was interesting to observe how different professional fields approach things differently, but also similarly as the designing process was the same for everyone, yet each professional field also introduced something inherently theirs". - Gašper Habjanič

"The final week was brutal, too little sleep, and too much work, but we somehow managed to organise ourselves and finish the project". - Neja Kaligaro

Thank you for an insight into this unique, daring, exciting, and comprehensive, project. We hope it will inspire new endeavours and encourage everyone to support such projects even more.

Oj, Violeta

How can we cooperate
Where can we meet globally?
  • Next BIN dogodek: BIN@SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom, 3rd - 5th November 2014
Interesting links

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Syntropy – the creative power of nature

Each new era in the development of civilisation discovers new discoveries on the path to a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of life, our co-dependencies, creative powers and manifested ideas. At various levels and in various dimensions, and every once in a while, something triggers excitement in each and every one of our cells. Love. Surprise. Achievement of a goal. A realisation along the way. A thought. Hope. Birth.

I felt this type of excitement when I was introduced to SYNTROPY. I can hardly express emotions that were flooding me while I was traveling through complex formulas that were mostly incomprehensible to me, yet so familiar that I felt as if they were a part of my life all along. An important role in this experience was played by the Slovenian language, which was used by the author Andrej Detela in its finest form; it created a melody that penetrated deep into the unconscious and charges it with the fresh, the new and the real. To book is called »SINTROPIJA v polifaznih zibelkah« (SINTROPY in polyphase cradles).

"Nature always takes what's available and makes the most it can..."Unknown author
Don't let the title frighten you or turn you away from the messages of the book that are as important as understanding evolution, dialectics and the meaning of joy for a full life. This is the story of syntropy and the physicist who has proved it exists. Open your hearts, open all your levels of perception and let the story itself reward you for your journey.

Photo: Cover of the book
Book order: www.sintropija.si 
The English version of the book will be available in 2016

V: What is syntropy?

Syntropy is the self-organising ability of nature.

V: For how long have we been aware of its existence, how long have we been observing it?
In 1943, Erwin Schrödinger addressed the question of the ability of living matter to self-organise, which was later named 'negentropy' by Léon Brillouin, based on the fact this is a 'life force' that reduces the entropy of every living system through a very high level of (self) organisation. In the mathematical language negentropy is the opposite of entropy, which is why the bio-mathematician Luigi Fantappiè and biochemist Albert Szent-Györgyi (in 1974) named it syntropy. However, ideas about its existence were formed long before that. The French vitalists and Pasteur already used the term 'life force' (élan vital), but it took time to develop the mathematical and physical models (formulas) for describing and proving this phenomenon exists. For example, Nikola Tesla wrote about a 'glowing ether' but was misunderstood because his findings were so radically different from the prevailing understanding of physics and life itself at the time that they weren't accepted by the public.

V: What significance does understanding syntropy have for understanding life?
If syntropy exists, then a physical system with favourable phase relations (which in mathematical terms we call the phase structure of a system) does not progress towards entropy, neither towards a thermodynamic chaos and heat death, but instead develops towards increasing inner organisation and complexity, i.e. towards life. Szent-Györgyi already felt that all living systems have mechanisms working towards syntropy ingrained at the cellular level. Even before him, Schrödinger addressed this topic in his book, entitled What's life? He already suspected that there are processes at the quantum level that are not within the scope of classical thermodynamics. Not to mention Brillouin and others…

V: Is the proof that syntropy exists a challenge to the existing dogmas and knowledge?

Photo: Andrej Detela
Source: selffish studio
Yes, the idea of syntropy challenges the basic core of classical thermodynamics since thermodynamics is based on two core principles – the law of conservation of energy (the total energy of an isolated system cannot change, although it may change form, e.g. from mechanical energy to electrical energy); the second law is the law of entropy, which states that the entropy of an isolated system never decreases, it can only increase or be maintained. Therefore, the law of entropy states that entropy is constantly increasing, leading to more and more chaos, disorder, etc. The increasing level of entropy can be illustrated with a simple example. Let us take a neatly arranged room; as long as everything is in its place on the shelves, the room is governed by order and entropy is low. But if a child enters the room and starts throwing things around we say the room is in disarray and that is what an increase of entropy is.

V: But you were not satisfied with this explanation. You went a step further in your research...
Andrej Detela, writer, poet, philosopher, ecologist, physicist and an internationally established inventor from the Jožef Stefan Institute, is also known as the inventor of highly advanced electric motors for robots and next generation electric vehicles, for which he finds inspiration in nature. As an inventor, he is dedicated to exploring green sources of energy. In basic science, he has been exploring the relatively new field of syntropy for quite some time. Through a holistic approach to understanding the world he correlates scientific discoveries and his own personal spirituality.
Yes. Life is governed by some sort of order. Each atom in a living cell is exactly where it is supposed to be and this order determines the health of an organism. Schrödinger already presumed the existence of a subtle mechanism that makes living matter self-organise. Soon after, Szent-Györgyi started writing about it, and later the idea was used by Prigogine who formed the theory of dissipative structures. However, his structures explicitly stayed within the realm of the entropy law. Schrödinger on the other hand, also allowed the possibility of existence of syntropy. This topic that was left unanswered, seemingly palpable but just out of reach, was also approached by others, and lately my belief that this is the area where a significant breakthrough must be achieved has kept getting stronger.

V: What is the basic precept of your work?
The central focus and the basic idea of my work is describing complex quantum systems with Tesla's theory of polyphase oscillations. In other words, I combined two concepts – I applied Tesla's theory of polyphase systems, where the progression of time is clearly defined, to quantum physics. Nobody has ever tried that, which is what is essentially new about my approach and what has led to exceptionally interesting results. Only after having applied Tesla's polyphase systems to the theory of syntropy, the equations became manageable enough to allow elegant calculations, which allowed my young colleague Gorazd Lampič and I to come to several useful results. However, the subject required deeper understanding and thus my colleague and I continued our analysis to find out what it all meant. You cannot just approach a subject blindly; you must also explore the actual significance of what you are doing. I am emphasising this explicitly because this other aspect is obviously undernourished in the modern scientific world. Scientists hurry with finishing their articles to publish them as soon as possible, allowing no time for contemplating the deeper meaning of their work. I firmly believe that we should not avoid the burden of internal freedom when we are boldly entering the empty, open space, which is the only way in which we can sincerely and meaningfully interpret the results of our work. However, that is something the modern competitive society does not support, which means that you must rely on your courage and that requires firmness and integrity.
Links to Andrej Detela's lectures in Paris:
First lecture "Silent message of nature"  and the text
Second lecture "Syntropic perception of time" and the text
V: To make the concept of syntropy more accessible to our readers, could you, please, give a few examples from nature that support the theory of syntropy.
Gladly. The law of syntropy can be seen in the world of crystals. As the atoms within a crystal vibrate, the shape of the crystal's electric potential (the shape of the periodic electric potential in the crystal) also slightly oscillates. If the crystal has at least a slightly non-trivial internal structure (and they usually do), certain polyphase oscillations with the characteristics of syntropy can appear within crystals.
The Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto has found very subtle factors that influence the development of snowflakes. Numerous external factors or external fields determine in which directions the snowflake will grow, develop fractal structures, etc. The general theory of syntropy predicts that the growth of a snowflake is determined by acoustic oscillations in ice crystals, wherein the acoustic frequency is extremely high (hypersound). The possibilities of expression of this symphony of hypersound are extremely potent.
Syntropic self-organisation also occurs in water crystals, known, of course, as ice. In ice, several oscillations resound together, forming a harmonic music of sorts (analogous with polyphonic organ music), with regular phase time shifts and oscillations. These oscillations are also self-amplifying (positive feedback); the atomic oscillations become coherent (synchronised), with clear frequencies, which is something that hasn't been discussed outside the field of bio-energy so far.

The snowflake – an independent ice crystal – is a similar example. We know that in varying conditions its development also varies.

Photo: Photo from the book
Source: Andrej Detela

Just like in ice, hypersound oscillations also spontaneously occur in living matter. Hypersound is an acoustic wave with a frequency higher than 10 GHz. The theory supposes and numerous measurements confirm such extremely high frequencies. If the frequency of hypersound waves travelling along protein chains corresponds with resonance frequencies of conformational transitions in said proteins, conformational changes corresponding individual frequencies are triggered. In other words, different frequencies trigger different 'switches' in protein chains, thus causing certain transitions of a biomolecule from one biologically active form to another active form. The symphony of hypersound that resounds throughout the body and touches even the minutest parts of cells, plays with protein structures and regulates the biological functions of an organism. For now, this is merely a hypothesis, but there is an increasing amount of evidence supporting it.
If we make a single further step in this direction, we enter the realm of esotericism. Old paintings from India and Tibet illustrate/describe a subtle (pranic) human body, with major chakras and countless energy threads, which we now are able to explain as pathlines of hypersound waves. This is therefore the information structure of the body and syntropy is the mechanism that enables the harmonisation of all its parts into a healthy whole.

V: Everyone remembers from school that energy is indestructible. What is the relationship of syntropy with this law?
For example, in light bulbs, electrical energy is transformed into energy of light and this one is finally transformed into thermal energy. In other words, electrical energy with very low entropy is delivered into a room. Light bulbs transform it into energy of light whose entropy is slightly higher than that of electrical energy. As light hits the walls it transforms into heat. The temperature of this heat is close to the environmental temperature whose entropy is very high. So far, no one has been able to devise a process that would transform the thermal energy of the natural environment back into electrical energy.
You are correct. Everyone knows the law of energy: energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be transformed from one form into another. Energy with low entropy (in our case, electrical energy; see text box) is transformed into energy with high entropy, the heat of the natural environment. So far, no one has been able to devise a process that would transform the thermal energy of the natural environment back into electrical energy. We are only able to transform heat with a very high temperature, much higher than the natural environmental temperature, into electricity. Such processes take place in thermal power plants, such as Šoštanj, where the infamous corruption scandal happened in the construction of its new block TEŠ-6. Energy transformation in thermal power plants starts with the chemical energy of coal, which has low entropy, otherwise further transformations of energy would not be possible. The heat produced by coal is used to produce superheated steam at approximately 600°C, which is used to drive turbines, which in turn drive generators that produce electricity. Thermal power plants require heat at a temperature much higher than the natural environmental temperature. So far, we haven't been able to produce electrical energy from natural environmental heat. Can you see the difference?

V: What makes the syntropy paradigm different?
Syntropy allows energy recycling.
The vision allowed by the syntropy paradigm is exactly the opposite of what I described earlier: Natural environmental heat can be transformed directly into electrical energy. Let us imagine this process. By cooling the walls of this room just slightly, perhaps by mere 10°C, the heat difference could be used to produce electricity that could be routed into a power line. This represents a reversal of time in classical energy transformations, the reverse process through which thermal energy with high entropy is transformed into electrical energy with low entropy. Clearly, the law of entropy currently excludes this possibility as it only permits transitions to higher entropy. However, the reverse process can be explained with the law of syntropy. In practice, this would mean we would no longer burden the environment with excess heat as we would be able to recycle heat back into electrical energy that could be used and reused after each energy cycle. We would no longer have to exhaust energy resources (coal, oil, uranium, etc.) and endlessly release excess energy into the environment. This opens up the possibility of energy recycling in a complete energy cycle that would require no input of fuel – no oil, no coal, etc. We have found a possibility for recycling waste heat, which is the final product of all energy transformations. Thus, we can establish a balance between entropy and syntropy that exists in nature.

Photo: Andrej Detela
Source:  www.mladina.si
For example, as a car is driving down a road its tyres heat up and when we're breaking its brakes heat up; air resistance heats up the air around the car which also receives the heat from exhaust gases and the engine cooler. Eventually, everything turns into heat. But now we have found a way to recycle this excess heat back into electrical energy. In ten years, we will probably mostly be driving electric cars that will, based on the syntropy principle, turn the environmental heat back into electrical energy that will power electric motors in the car. This is a solution for all energy problems of the modern civilisation, including the well-known problem of the greenhouse effect.

V: The application of findings with regard to syntropy can have remarkable social consequences. How do you see them?
Let me use Tesla's thoughts from his autobiography, entitled My Inventions. A hundred years ago, he was already writing about new sources of energy and told us what we need to keep in mind in our search for them. The modern pace is generally too fast, we want to present everything to the public too quickly and market it forcefully before we even understand what we have. That is why I keep pointing out the philosophical, social and psychological aspects of the new possibilities presented by our findings about syntropy. In other words, since we now suddenly have new possibilities of transforming energy we must very carefully consider all aspects of what this means. These new opportunities must not be held captive by the old way of thinking only to be misused.

V: Can you, please, explain what you mean this last statement?
Syntropy tells us that the world is not ruled by the survival of the fittest, since at the quantum level, which is a higher level of reality, we can see how different entities jointly resound in a magically harmonious and mutually enriching symphony.
Traditionally, new possibilities were introduced to the world with the simple aim of securing power for some to govern the others. Syntropy tells us that the world is not ruled by the survival of the fittest, since at the quantum level, which is a higher level of reality, we can see how different entities jointly resound in a magically harmonious and mutually enriching symphony. Only after we are able to understand this basic concordance and let it enter our human world we may realistically raise our actual lives to a higher and more beautiful level. Perhaps even divine? Without this understanding, everything I told you about syntropy would be meaningless, as it would immediately be misused. But we won't let this happen. We all strive for spiritual awareness and a life worth living, we strive for harmony with the greater whole and a loving relationship with it; a whole in which everyone would feel secure and happy. Therefore, our findings about syntropy can only be meaningful within such a spiritual context.

Andrej, I wish the positive forces will stay at your side and enrich your work. I bow to you for your past and future discoveries. 

Take care, Violeta

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

What a fantastic experience

On Thursday, 12 June, 2014, the InCo Experiential Conference was held in Ljubljana, presenting 12 approaches under the common title From Inspiration To Innovation. The event was held at Kulturni spomenik D125 by Vibacom d.o.o., initiator of coordinator of the InCo Movement For an Innovative Breakthrough of Slovenia in cooperation with the Managers' Association of Slovenia, Slovenian Association of Facilitators, Architecture Centre and expert groups and individual experts. The Conference provided its participants with a unique experience of a systemic approach to a comprehensive innovation process through 12 different methods, which represent a future for learning and competence acquiring methods.

Photo: Physical space and atmosphere management Raphael Duret-Nauche
Source: Pina Maja Bulc
At the event, the participants were able to experience the complete innovation process. Throughout the various phases of the innovation process (Idea, Invention, Innovation) they were using different methods, tools, models and approaches for the successful implementation of each phase and were exchanging experiences and expanding their horizons in finding new opportunities. In addition to Slovenian participants, the Conference was also attended by representatives of the Beyond Leadership organisation from Austria and Germany.

Violeta Bulc, initiator and coordinator of the Conference, General Manager of Vibacom d.o.o.: “From the beginning, the Conference was infused with an exceptional anticipation of exploration, wonder and involvement. This was actually our primary aim - to motivate all Conference participants to feel the power of creation with the support of the environment around them, and also with the methods and people at the Conference, for both those conducting it and the members of the teams. The first impressions collated at the conclusion of the first part of the Conference indicated a willingness to participate; and focused the attention of all participants, indicateing what the future for learning and competence acquiring methods could be. This also made us realise the advantages of the smallness of the Slovenian business environment – the fact that we all know each other, which enables us to organise ourselves very quickly. I sincerely hope we will be able to develop this into a service that we can market in the international arena and thus promote the internationalisation of Slovenian service industry."

Photo: Model of Conference
Source: Vibacom
Below are a few highlights from the Conference in the form of statements from some of the participants and organisers. The full report on the Conference, accompanied by all impressions, experiences and new discoveries, will be available before autumn.

Introduction to the Conference at the central square

VIDEO 1: Violeta Bulc, initiator and coordinator of the Conference, General Manager of Vibacom d.o.o.:
"Initially, the participants were divided into nine groups with nine team members each; each of the nodes of the three key phases of the process was moderated by a professional moderator, and within each of the nodes the participants were acquainted with three methods."

VIDEO 2:  Kaja Rangus, Vibacom, d.o.o., Conference coordinator:
"The key aim of the Conference with respect to open innovation is to enable participants to cooperate, communicate, exchange knowledge and ideas and jointly create a solution instead of working each in their own corner, hidden from others; they have a common goal and they want to achieve the best result possible."

Tatjana Fink, Conference participant: "I want to express my congratulations for the idea and the organisation of this Conference to its creators, organisers and everyone involved in its implementation. The greatest value of what we've learned here is in no less than twelve methods of innovation that we were introduced to and able to compare, assessing their applicability in the process from idea to market placement. The experience of being able to test these methods in a practical exercise was priceless."

Photo: Introductory meeting of organizers
Source: Pina Maja Bulc
Tičo Zupančič, President of Beyond Leadership for Slovenia, moderator of the 'The Power of Connecting' method for designing a conceptual solution: “I am delighted with the exceptionally high level at which a group of Slovenian organisers were able to create this globally unique event that may represent a model for the future. If we were able to inspire and advise Robin Hood on how to shape his future society, why couldn't we show the way to Robin Hoods of the 21st century. Even the title itself – 'Experiential Conference – From Inspiration to Innovation' is remarkable. It was just as advertised – an incredible experience of a conference. A source of inspiration for all participants; this Conference is a global innovation. In the name of Beyond Leadership I can only say: "It's a privilege we were able to contribute."

VIDEO 3: Marjeta Novak, CPF, moderator of the IDEA node, President of the Slovenian Association of Facilitators
"What I found particularly stimulating here was that the activities were based on a game. This playful element, which is something we usually try to weave into our moderated process, albeit in a more subdued degree to help participants relax and be more open to new areas of possibility, was the central focus of this conference and I felt that people were more lively than usual, more receptive to new ideas, more open, more willing to participate; this was the true added value of this conference."

Understanding the needs and the value created for the market (innovation)
The central aim of the Market Manifestation phase was to enable the shaping of an innovative idea based on market needs and behaviours. The key question the participants needed to answer in this node was: Who is our client?

Photo: Implementation of technique "Customer Segmentation in Innovation
Development According to the MABS Method"
Source: Pina Maja Bulc

Mojca Štepic, Heart of Slovenia Development Centre, d. o. o., moderator of the "Customer Segmentation in Innovation Development According to the MABS Method": “This InCo Conference was a great challenge, both for those organising and conducting it as well as its participants. This very first attempt of applying gamification to business challenges within the framework of a conference proved to be a fascinating, pleasant and relaxed experience that was also – and most importantly – useful and effective. Finally, we were able to attend a conference that was not tedious, a conference stimulating thought and producing results that will actually be useful following its conclusion."

Photo:  Implementation of technique "Running Lean: customer interviews"
Source: Pina Maja Bulc

VIDEO 4: Nastja Mulej, deBono.si, moderator of the 'Lateral Thinking in Designing a Conceptual Solution' method
"I would recommend these methods to everyone, even myself – my deepest regret here at this Conference is that I repeated my method three times, meanwhile missing out on learning about the other methods and tools."

Design of a conceptual solution (idea)

Photo: Catering for lunch
Source: Pina Maja Bulc
The central aim of the 'Design of a Conceptual Solution' phase was to analyse and examine our inspiration with the use of various methods and find the possible courses for developing our ideas (in our case, this was a business model – a strategic plan for Robin Hood). The key question the participants needed to answer in this node was: What is the purpose of the formation of our team? What is the aim of our solution?

Photo: Souvenir of the Conference
Source: Pina Maja Bulc

Sonja Klopčič, Conference participant: "What delighted me the most was how much good will, dedication and joint creativity was invested into organising this event. The combination of organisers' synchronised work, moderator nodes, and intuition and energy stimulation, invisible at first glance, magnificently rounded this event. The participants were able to work together in an open and creative environment and were provided with an opportunity to experience various potential-releasing methods, as well as concrete methods of the individual steps of the innovation process. Simultaneously, a team was forming, at first comprised of randomly selected members, then developing its own dynamics; we were able to observe and encompass the dynamics of the group as well as the evolution of the game, experience the effects of changes in the organisation of the space to improve personal well-being, cooperation, etc. The experience of this complexity was wonderful. This combination of learning and co-creating was a true quantum leap." 
Photo: Participant of the Conference Sonja Klopčič
Source: Pina Maja Bulc

Designing the prototype (invention)

The central aim of the Prototype (Invention) phase was to break down the idea into manageable basic building blocks and verify whether our approach to the challenge (business model) worked at all. Since we were at a conference and could not try out an actual test offer in the field we used simulation tools with which we designed a business model and checked whether it was visually/physically achievable (whether or not all the necessary elements were connected, whether their relationships were suitable, etc.). The key question the participants needed to answer in this node was: Can this problem be solved? Is our idea implementable? 

Photo: Implementation of technique "Method U – System Sculpting"
Source: Pina Maja Bulc

Vesna Kovačič, SrCi Institute Maribor, moderator of the Method U for designing a prototype: "To me, this Experiential Conference represented an experience of spontaneous and playful learning. The  Method U returns the focus back onto ourselves and allows us to touch our deeper personal levels and activate our inner potential. Learning through gamification was useful, relaxed and entertaining." 

VIDEO 5 : Conference participant
"Today's event was a truly unique experience, we met many new people and gained many new experiences. We worked deeply on some of the methods that I'm less familiar with and this gave me a new perspective. It was certainly helpful to have an underlying theme, the story of Robin Hood that was used in the game, to tie the activities together."

Marjetka Kastner, Conference participant: "Although I'm quite used to the fact that Violeta always 'surprises' you with new ways of finding solutions, I could not help but feel astonished yesterday. Problem-solving through gamification is not only an interesting, entertaining and creative method, but it's also very effective. I believe that this approach to developing and finding solutions for the business world has opened new horizons to other participants as well. I hope you will continue developing creative ideas and I thank Violeta and the whole team for a truly magnificent event."

Photo: Representatives of organization Beyond Leadership with Violeta Bulc
Source: Pina Maja Bulc


VIDEO 6: Daniela Taleh, Beyond Leadership Austria:
"My experience with this workshop is that it is not about brainstorming, it is about "heart-storming".

Photo: Detail of spatial arrangement
Source: Pina Maja Bulc
Polona Pergar Guzaj, Conference participant: "I had great expectations for this conference, but it's was actually even better than expected – completely different to what we're used to and I'm looking forward to future interactions of this kind and I hope they are as effective as this one. The participants had the opportunity to get to know each other well... and it's wonderful that we were able to learn about several different methods. My only criticism of the conference is that we weren't able to try all methods.

VIDEO 7 : Conference participant
"Today's conference was truly unique, completely different with respect to being introduced to new methods and learning through play. I think this is an excellent idea for the business world."

Ivana Davidović, participant: "Curiosity has brought together managers, entrepreneurs and individuals from various fields and with various interests and characters in one place. Through group work, we joined our forces in finding solutions to the presented plot in an innovative way. With transitions from one method to another, more and more ideas arose, but also questions and doubts challenging some of the conclusions we have previously formed together. The team started working together in perfect timing without pressure. Each next method acquainted us with new approaches to work in different areas and stimulated the desire to improve and integrate knowledge. We were already familiar with some of the methods, others were new to us. However, selected and condensed in this manner they were effective in an entirely new manner. Using gamification, the innovative concept of this conference kept us at our best at all times. A simulation of an innovative process combines dreams, knowledge and teamwork. It opens up room for boldness and the belief that we can find solutions together. This was a truly remarkable experience to have in a single day."

Photo: Implementation of  spirital technique
Sorce: Pina Maja Bulc


The background of the entire Conference was a business game based on the story of Robin Hood that was adapted to the jargon and challenges of the business world. The activities as a whole simultaneously served as a demonstration of the gamification/playification method with several twists in the plot, carefully selected additional information, misleading information, etc., all of which was used to simulate the everyday market conditions in which innovations must be developed.

VIDEO 8: Sonja Šmuc, Conference conductor, Executive Director of the Managers' Association of Slovenia
"Gamification requires a contextual frame. We chose the well-known story of Robin Hood simply to have a common topic for discussing innovation instead of each individual bringing their own idea and challenge as this would make finding a common ground very difficult. If the participants are presented with the same background story, the process is easier for them as they are concentrating on the story, its challenges and finding solutions. They can later repeat the process they went through by simply replacing Robin Hood with ‘I, Inc.’."

Blaž Branc, Baltazar marketing, co-author of the gamification concept: "The Robin Hood experiential leap: The gamification of the educational event, entitled "From Inspiration To Innovation", was a demanding and daring achievement; the processes of 1) creation – basic design of the conference (as an experiential event), and 2) gamification were partly simultaneous. Now, I see that gamification was absolutely necessary as we needed a common challenge for the participants to address through teamwork. The challenge was provided through a narrative ( the story of Robin Hood) that was amended with a few game elements (game world, teams, canvas, and elements of a live action role-playing game). The participants and organisers confirmed already during the process that the educational and game elements of the conference formed a meaningful context and provided everyone with an engaging and involving playground in which an inventive result was almost unavoidable."


Organisation Committee: Violeta Bulc (idea/innovation), Blaž Branc (gamification), Sonja Šmuc (marketing), Tanja Maljevac (space), Petra Treven Bernat (moderators), Bogo Seme (energy potential)

Management of the environment and rules:

Conference host: Violeta Bulc
Conference conductor: Sonja Šmuc
Conference coordinators: Kaja Rangus, Petra Svetina, Petra Jerina
Resources management: Barbara Ogrinc
Narrator (video summary): Filip Bračevac
Photography: Pina Maja Bulc
Spatial energy management: Bogo Seme, Jože Žmavc, Urška Lan, Alex Lan
Physical space and atmosphere management: Raphael Duret-Nauche, Andreja Cepuš, Tanja Maljevac, Barbara Viki Šubic, Špela Kuhar, Uroš Zajec
Game management: Blaž Branc, Gregor Kamnikar
Volunteers: Žiga Bulc, Eva Reichmann

Photo: Andreja Cepuš in Raphael Duret-Nauche
Source: Pina Maja Bulc
Holder and moderator of the IDEA node: Marjeta Novak
Holders of the innovation process in the designing a conceptual solution (idea):

1. The Power of Connecting, integrative method by Beyond Leadership: Tičo Zupančič
2. Brainstorming: Mateja Drnovšek
3. Lateral thinking: Nastja Mulej
Photo: "The Power of Connecting" technique
Source: Pina Maja Bulc
Holder and moderator of the INVENTION node: Petra Treven Bernat
Holders of the innovation process in designing a prototype (invention):

1. LEGO simulation: Tadej Pugelj
2. Method U – System Sculpting: Resolving 'stuck' situations through spontaneous (intuitive) responses of the group: Vesna Kovačič
3. Dragon's Dreams: Helena Černej and Špela Kuhar

Photo: LEGO simulation
Source: Pina Maja Bulc
Holder and moderator of the INNOVATION node: Tadej Petek
Holders of the innovation process in understanding the needs and the value created for the market (innovation):

1. Customer segmentation according to the MABS method: Mojca Štepic
2. Running Lean: customer interviews: Geni Arh and Meta Arh
3. Business model canvas: Marko Savić
Photo:  Business model canvas
Source: Pina Maja Bulc
Inspiration methods holders:
1. 4D Method: Darja Cvek Mihajlović
2. Establishing and harmonising intent: Breda Kovačec Mencej
3. Somatic awakening: Aleš Kranjc Kušlan

Photo: Exhibition of result
Source: Pina Maja Bulc

We are GRATEFUL to the Slovenian business community and thank everyone for being able to do these exciting things. Onward to new creativity...