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Club Penguin - a childhood online game dear to my heart and those of my blog's median age demographic - has shut down forever.
And that is just the tipping point of the iceberg (hahaha get it).
The climate is changing. Nations are polarising. The system is unequaling. Poverty is poverting. The 4th industrial revolution is industrially revoluting. Robots are stealing our jobs.
Millennials / Zoomers are defaulting on loans to buy more avocado toasts and making Tik Toks about yoga, killing all the national economies.
Perhaps you want navigate these turbulent poopstorms, instead of being swept over by waves of anxiety, uncertainty, late-stage capitalism and all the other bad stuff.
That would mean equipping yourself with the right transferrable metaskills, attitudes, thinking frameworks, and habits. To zoom out to more meta levels of existence and self-awareness. To grasp these vastly-complex global problems in your hands and puzzle them together in a way that at least makes a bit of sense, and thrive rather than get left behind in a world where the only constant is change.
So ya here are the Top 5 Potential Benefits You’ll Get From Engaging With My Content - #3 Will Blow Your Mind:
- Find actionable ways to improve neglected “soft” transferable metaskills
- Learn how to apply decision making psychology, behavioural economics and learning strategies to your day-to-day life
- If you found this website through my LinkedIn, CV, or talking to me at an event, this is me flexing for you 💪😎
- Discover Effective Altruism ideas to find more impactful ways to spend your time
- Get ideas from a strategically laid-back minimalist (me) on how to implement low-effort productivity systems
And that's the TL;DR.
If you're interesting in learning more about Experimenzo, read below.
Welcome to Experimenzo, my blog about being more meta in your day-to-day life
A core belief of mine is that the more freewill there is, the more likely people are to thrive, and create positive change in the world.
In the vast array of possible human experiences you could possibly have - from savouring a delicious avocado toast to advocating for yoga to be an Olympic sport to your 6.9 million Tik Tok followers - I believe freewill plays a central role in how they are experienced, and how future experiences will happen.
To choose how to frame an experience, to choose what types of ideas to generate from it, and subsequently to choose what your next steps will be, can all be derived from how you use your freewill.
Since this isn't a TL;DR and I'm in a great mood, we'll be doing a deeper dive.
Here's an exciting dictionary definition of "freewill":
"The ability to decide what to do independently of any outside influence"
- Cambridge Dictionary
Let's dissect this a bit.
- Ability: Freewill seems like something that can be trained, like a skill. Maybe even measured. "How much freewill does this individual / institution have?"
- Decide: Freewill probably has a lot to do with decision-making. If "choice" was removed, I doubt freewill would exist. If freewill were an ability, then the ability to create and follow a solid decision-making process seems pretty important. Measurements on freewill will have a lot to do with evaluating decision-making skills.
- Independently of any outside influence: Another part of this freewill ability could be influenced by external factors, so we should be designing cultures and environments where this freewill ability can thrive, and where decisions are not coerced or adversely affected by dishonest sources of information.
I believe freewill is so important because at the heart of all human progress - be it a technological achievement, a creative piece of art, or an understanding among people - were well-informed decisions. The process and environmental circumstances in which these decisions were made seem to have profound effects that ripple on and on.
So it seems that improving the odds of a "right decision" being made - by you, another person, or an organisation - is one of the most impactful things you can do.
I and a lot of Future of Work experts believe that there is a set of really difficult-to-teach and vaguely-defined skills out there for grabs. These skills are super valuable to have not only for work, but more generally to succeed as a human being doing the freewill thing in the 21st century.
This set of skills goes by a lot of names. Soft skills, people skills, higher cognitive skills, 21st century skills, transferable skills, and my favourite - meta skills.
Moving forward, we'll go with meta skills.
I believe that building meta skills is one of the best things you can do in order to increase your freewill. If freewill encompasses essentially all human experiences, you best be building skills that encompasses all human experiences as well.
On Experimenzo, I write 5-minute content about the benefits of being more meta in your day-to-day life, and share my findings in a concise and immediately actionable way.
From my whole spiel about freewill, "decision-making" seems like a good candidate for a meta skill. In fact, concepts about decision-making psychology is one of the main themes you will encounter on Experimenzo.
Then again, imagine using your freewill to decide to wake up, lift you left leg to get out of bed, put on your slippers with your second toe guiding the rest of your foot, cooking eggs, cracking two eggs at perpendicularly to your blue bowl, heating the stove for 74 seconds whilst rotating your right wrist at 240 rpm to whisk your egg etc etc etc, all entirely intentional and purposeful. Yeah nah, before the end of the morning, your brain will be just as fried as the egg you made this morning. My posts sneak in some behavioural economics for improving habits, shaping your physical environments, and ultimately to reduce cognitive load on trivial stuff to focus more on what really matters.
Decisions also need to be well-informed. Maybe using past experiences, theoretical knowledge, and abstract reasoning during the decision-making process would be something important to consider. Expect to encounter a lot about learning strategies as well on my posts.
In the context of applying meta ideas to your day-to-day life, I cover the following topics as well:
- Effective Altruism for finding the most effective use of time and resources to help the most people
- Rationality for implementing best practices in your decision-making process
- Systems thinking for examining systems and how to change them for the better
- Design thinking for developing deep empathy for others to innovate solutions that make them smile
- Learning science for learning and teaching more effectively
- Data literacy for communicating metrics and statistics more truthfully and compellingly
- Agile principles for ensuring you're never stuck picking your nose thinking about meta stuff
- First principles for obtaining more of Elon Musk's superpower
- Whatever else that might be my pseudo-intellectual-flavour-of-the-month
The website logo is of an "Alpha Guinea Pig"
Kind of like a guinea pig, but a lot more hardcore. You can tell from the outdated sunglasses meme I cropped over the furry creature.
Guinea pigs are passive. They let mediocre researchers do mean experiments on them, and they sort of just accept it and that's their life.
Alpha Guinea Pigs take charge of their destiny. All experiments they undertake are of their own volition - the majority self-directed - with the main goal of self-improvement. They dig the experimental method and doing hypothesis-driven problem-solving.
Both are pretty fluffy when held, signalling their warm and approachable personality.
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Haha, hi, I'm Lorenzo Fong Ponce
I have experience building scalable business processes and analytical tools to help organisations operate more efficiently, multiplying people's time to focus on more valuable work. I've done this for an agile digital business consultancy, a university club I founded, an HR tech scale-up, and a global social movement's Spain community.
I'm a young operations / business analyst professional currently based in Spain with growing skillsets in Business Process Improvement, Data Analysis, and Learning & Development.
Social causes I support are poverty alleviation, improving institutional decision-making, and mitigating risks in the long-term future. I'm an volunteer member of Effective Altruism, a social movement dedicated towards finding the best use of time and resources to help others in the most impactful way possible.
When I'm not being a nerdface piece of nerd, I like building a more minimalist lifestyle, playing on my bass guitar, and juggling. I've taught over 60 people how to juggle in less than an hour.
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