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My Ikiru Project

Akira Kurosawa's 1952 film "Ikiru" ("To Live") is about a lowly bureaucrat who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and dedicates his remaining time to accomplishing one worthwhile achievement before his life ends. What is my Ikiru project?

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Akira Kurosawa's 1952 masterpiece "Ikiru" ("To Live")  is about a lowly bureaucrat who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and dedicates his remaining time to accomplishing one worthwhile achievement before his life ends. Through his persistent efforts, he is able to overcome the inertia of bureaucracy and turn a mosquito-infested cesspool into a children's playground.

Ikiru highlights the imminent dilemma of each one of us-we are mortal beings whose life will end at a certain point in time. Given this usually suppressed knowledge, we have to ask ourselves: Are we living a life worth living, regardless of what happens after death? Only we can answer that question for ourselves!

What if each one of us took on a personal "Ikiru" civic project and shared it to inspire others?

What resources (money, time, people, technology, etc) will your concept need to be successful?

Personal commitment, My Ikiru Project website.

What steps could you take to implement this idea today?

Undertake a personal Ikiru project and prototype a My Ikiru Project website.

How can your idea be scaled so that it's implemented in cities around the world?

Ikiru projects can be shared to inspire people in cities across the globe.

My Virtual Team

Gena Larson, Johan Löfström


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Lovely, so, this is sort of the altruistic, empathic version of the ever-so-boring Bucket-lists? (being so popular now in movies and tv-sitcoms)

You just choose one of the projects that is closest to your heart and perform it for other peoples wellbeing, instead of thinking so much about yourself. Have I interpreted it correctly?

I believe strongly in writing down and sketching/documenting about your personal dream project to increase your motivation to getting it done!

And I do think that sometimes a project can be "invented" by two persons at the same time. So will it be possible for people to match up in Ikiru? Or would team efforts perhaps make just conflicts and disagreements on methods make the process drag out in time or risk to collapse and never become completed?

Avi, I challenge you to create Ikiru as your Ikiru project ;) keep being creative!

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Yes Johan, every Ikiru project has to be directed outwards to achieve some civic good on whatever scale. It's probably best to be done alone and in relative secrecy (the publicity can come after the project is complete, like in the movie). Maybe there could be a #MyIkiru hashtag to track the Ikiru projects?

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Avi, I saw recently a related app, think it was called ahrrmm, or something like that. You choose what your own mission is, small or large, and then you set a time limit on when it should be completed, and then you upload something embarrasing of yourself online, into a locked file. This is automatically sent out to all your contacts from your address book, unless 2-3 of your friends will verify that you done and completed the mission. (noone needs to see your childhood photos or "bedroom-videos" if you complete) Just hilarious idea of the thought to use time perspective in time capsules or Ikiru

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