On Magic and Models 3
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“Can you give another example of how you apply the Magic the Gathering model to Models Thinking?”
“Another application of the Magic model is deck-building.
In the same way in order to play Magic you select a number of cards to form a deck, you can select a number of models to form a metaphoric ‘deck’. A models-deck.
So, essentially, a models-deck is a particular combination of models for achieving a specific end.
A models-deck is a priming-tool.
For instance, I start every single day with a morning activation ritual, where I activate my mind and body.
I activate the mind with a priming ritual, by reading a selection of powerful ideas, followed by a themed writing session focused on implementation / optimization.
I activate the body with movement.
As part of my priming ritual, there are two models-decks. One is focused on tools, the other on representations [<link; medium read].
I call this models-priming.”
“Can you show me one?”
This is the Tools deck:
The Obstacle is the Way
(Parkour, Inversion, Reversal, Creative Limitation)
Big Thinking [<link; medium read]
(Holistic, Big-picture, Macro, Big-Questions, Integration)
(80/20, ONE Thing, Essence, Editing)
(Love – Beauty, Play, Gratitude;
Self-care, Mind / Heart, Movement / Stillness, Input / Output)
Presence / Embodiment
Empty-Space, Slowing down, Pause-Point,
Metacognition, Hyper-Awareness, Observation, Patterns)
(Oscillation, Activation, Activation Energy, Perpetual Motion Machine, Re-Commitment) (Oscillation, Re-Commitment,
Activation, Activation Energy,
Parkour, Movement snacks, Perpetual Motion Machine)
(Deliberate Practice, Learning Zone,
Focused / Diffuse Thinking, Divergent / Convergent Thinking,
Feedback Loop, Evolution Spiral, Problem/Diagnosis/Design,
(Stacking, Life-Stacking, Transitional)
(Beautiful Opportunity, Gift,
Opportunity Cost, Contrasting)