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Goodies and baddies – What’s the difference?

​Goodies and baddies - can you tell the difference? Have you ever read (or seen) the manifesto from either side in star wars? Lots of snarling aggression but you see little actual bad. Apart from blowing up a planet (which you may have nodded off at that point), we see little evidence. We just play along with the good vs bad.

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​Plus - one thing I realised. 

The baddies in star wars are typically men, with sharp suits and sharp haircuts. They live in clean sterile environments. Typically they speak English.

​The baddies, on the other hand, include women, non humanoid life forms, speak other languages. They will live in less than sterile environments. BUT you certainly see NO EVIDENCE that they are good.

Why the World Health Organisation are Funky Thinkers…

​Chances are you know someone who has a teenager who rarely comes out. (Even for meals).
It's easy to think that now the World Health Organisation (WHO) has made gaming addication an illness, you will be able to buy something at the supermarket to treat your little cherubs addiction

​Is product design important for medicines?

​Western countries need to put a label on something. So it can be easily understood by the masses. Product design applies to vitamin tablets just as much as it does to kids clothes. Which pep me up tonic are you going to buy? The one with a packet design showing the perfect family (Implies they have used the product) or the one with the slightly miserable looking chemist/pharmacist type figure. Because what you need and makes you good is going to hurt...

You could take a Funky Thinkers viewpoint. One that goes counter to the main stream. See past the product design, women with large breasts and men with large muscles and other point of sale junk.

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​What is gaming addiction?

​A gaming addiction, according to the World Health Organisation says "the behaviour pattern must be “of sufficient severity to result
in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning.”
Now that's interesting because, theoretically, virtually any behaviour could be bordering on addictive.
Know someone who is regularly late for work because they are watching a TV show?
Chances are they are addicted. Because it has an impact on their "occupational functioning." (Great phrase...)

​Why are some addictions tolerated?

​Funky Thinkers find it interesting that certain addictions are tolerated and encouraged while others are still very much in the shadows.

A whole industry has grown up around weight loss and diet. (Fodd addiction). Go down to your local supermarket. You will find rows and rows of brightly designed packets of pills and potions.

Go down to your local charity or second hand shop. You will find piles and piles of second hand fitness DVD's and equipment.

So why isn't everyone looking like a supermodel? Food addiction is still somewhat socially acceptable. Cake culture is abound in most workplaces.

Combine this with other addictions like pornography. Pornography addicts don't go to the supermarket to buy treatments, or pills and potions. Because it is socially unacceptable, they are forced to look for solutions online. (You know - the place where porn can be found...)

​Can you be addicted to anything?

​Yes of course. Funky Thinkers think that addiction to anything shows lack of balance. All things in moderation.
There are a lot of well paid academics and IT people from large corporations, (from Microsoft downwards) discussing and debating the question "Is it possible to be addicted to computer games?"

We don't know if it is actually possible. We can all cite anecdotal evidence from people that we know and friends of friends. We care less about academic discussions. Funky Thinkers are into living life. Enjoying the journey.

Who did you meet on the way to the supermarket? What did you learn? Anything FUNKY?

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​Game addiction and computer hype is nothing new.

​The story goes that when windows 95 first came out, people went out and bought it, despite them not actually owning a computer.

The hype? Windows95 was the first operating system to be shipped on a cd rather than a box of 3.5 inch floppy discs. (Remember those?)

Where is that windows 95 disc now?

Same place as every other computer game and piece of technology from the last 20 years. Either in a landfill or sat gathering dust in a cupboard somewhere.

​After all, when you are on your death bed,do you think you will be saying

"If only I had finished the complete series of that game and beat my buddies, I can die happy"

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How quickly can I get into the bubble?

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How quickly will the social sites figure out what I want and give it to me?

Is this more (or less) likely to get me to click on an ad.  (And who's interest does that serve?)

And what does that do to or for people who want to find out new things?

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How to reduce your friends the easy way.

Looking to reduce your Facebook friends and the amount of stuff you see online? Here is an easy practical way to do just that.

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What is a local circuit guru?

If you go to local networking events, you will have seen a local circuit guru. Maybe you are one. (Without knowing it of course - I just invented the term).

But what the heck is a local circuit guru?

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Gurus with hyper aggressive email sequences.

​I know the feeling - you stick your hand up for something and BAM. You get BATTERED with email.

More email than you can shake a stick at.

Email out of all proportion with what you stuck your hand up to get.

And you dread going to your inbox because you are drowning in pure sales garbage.

No meaningful way to avoid it - unless you are a FUNKY THINKER.

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How to be a great Podcast guest.

How to be a great podcast guest - Funky Thinkers style.

​Before we start recording Funky Thinkers episodes, I always ask people what they want to get out of the finished product.

Most people say that they want to sell more books or they have a webinar coming up or a bootcamp that they would like bums on seats for.

Do YOU listen to the adverts between TV shows?

Oh my goodness - these guys have got a new type of shampoo out. I need to drop everything to go and get it...

But here is the insight: You probably know already that listening to ONE show religiously - every episode isn't going to give you the moon on a stick in your choice of colour.

​The best insights and ideas come from random unstructured conversations.

​So here are two tips for how to be a great podcast guest.

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Which are the most painful years of your life?

Which are the most painful years of your life?
I would say your middle teens

It is hard to stand up to peer pressure, exam stress and life changes.
Could funky thinking help?

​Which are the most painful years of your life?

Hi everybody Jon Senior here -
question - which are the most painful years of your life?
I would say your middle teens
As small children we are taught to fit in
Stand in line
Wait your turn
Despite what they say - schools often travel at the speed of the slowest pupils.
Standing out often gets you ridicule from your peers.
It's easier for comprehensive schools - with everything else they have to do to create vanilla children.
Children who are Square Non competitive Participation medal winning Plain
It makes the percent charts look better you see.
And when the child gets to their middle teens and maybe apply for a job or University.
All of a sudden they have to stand out.
And all politicians can do is argue about who spends the most on education
Stand up and Get the Funk Out!
It will make the rest of your life and theirs more enjoyable!

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