Stockholm syndrome, has any psychological phrase ever been so overused, misunderstood or quoted? Though how many of us have been taken prisoner by the technology in our lives; created a meaningful alliance with it? Our iPhones, smart homes and Fitbit's all beseeching for a moment of our time.
The cybernetically underserved, begging at the street corners of our mind.
For me, Stockholm will always be home; I'm not sure when it started or why, yet for the better part of the past decade, I find myself coming back to Sweden to visit friends, places and myself.
Stockholm is a walking city, everyone, everywhere, all the time, we walk. I enjoy the mix of jagged rocks, cityscape, and extensive coastline.
Stockholm is also a bit of a time machine. Even if you discount the massively long day that spring and summer afforded to you, Scandanavia gives Americans something more, an actual extra day of time to "get stuff done."
Simply put, from 7 am to 1 pm I can work comfortably from a coffee house on talks, book, press requests or my startup while all my friends and connections back in the States sleep quietly.
By 3 pm America is waking up, the emails, social media messages and texts alerts start pouring out of my phone like a bottomless goblet at King Authors Court.
From 3 pm - 7 pm local time, I go into overdrive returning the volley of the requests. With each request served, a new one arrives, reminiscent of the TTL feedback in a network ping request from a 1990's Unix command line.
Finally between 10 and 11 pm I make my last conference calls with the "Land of the Free" and go to sleep while the world continues to trend.
WINTER HAS LEFT THE BUILDING
Some would argue, there are "season friendly" times to visit Scandinavia than February through June and I can somewhat see their point of view. In the beginning, the days are short, and the nights long, the wind is harsh, and people are covered from head to toe.
As in life, if you stick it out, you see the beauty of patience.
What was a long night becomes a long day, creased eyes peering over a scarf turn into a full smile, bundled peers clinging to buildings become skin showing friends basking at sidewalk cafes.
I came to Scandinavia to finish up work on my book for St Martin's Press, "I Am You, Tomorrow."
"I Am You, Tomorrow" is a project I'm very proud of you can read more about the book from the "Publishers Marketplace" summary earlier in the year below:
Chris Dancy's I AM YOU TOMORROW, in which he elaborates on his "digital happiness project" with personal stories, inspiration and practical advice on becoming happier and healthier, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, pitched as a cross between Marie Kondo and Gretchen Rubin for the tech-dependent—us all, to Elisabeth Dyssegaard at St. Martin's, by Kirby Kim at Janklow & Nesbit (NA).
EVENTS OF THE DAY
It's never enough to only work on one thing at a time, so while in Scandinavia I was fortunate enough to be asked to participate in GroupM's "NextM" conference, probably one of the few events left on earth that join technology, people and heart so effectively.
At NextM I got to reveal my new talk "I Love You, Don't Block Me." The idea behind this topic was simple to talk openly about how we connect, love and stay in love in the age of taps, snaps, and screenshots. Finally, I was so excited to share the European debut of "iPhone Palmistry" at an event!
Ten conferences, 18 countries, 15 airports later, I'm winding down my time where with a few more public-facing events, even a few more debuts!
Finally, I am so proud of the work that Telia has done over the past few years. Keynotes, workshops to our latest collaboration about the evolution of humankind to as we hopefully move to a "World Wide Wisdom."
The program is part of Telia Carrier's "Anywhereization" program. Here is an overview from their CEO, Staffan Gojeryd.
"Because the Internet is made up of extraordinary individuals like Chris Dancy who drive things forward. I see him as living proof that this is what connectivity will let all of us do."
TAKE THREE AND CALL ME IN THE MORNING
There are three more events left here in Sweden for the month of May 2017. Please take a moment to reach out to me or visit one of my final events here in town!