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40,000 questions: why did we stop asking?

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40,000 questions: why did we stop asking?


Albert Einstein referred to curiosity as "holy" and in poet Jane Hershfield's words, "never surrender a good question for a mere answer". Yet, though most of us will have asked a whopping 40,000 questions by the time we were 5 years old, that number drops drastically once we enter formal education and continues to decline through adulthood. It is a miracle if any questions survive at all, but maybe the art of inquiry does not have to be the domain of just the few who remain deeply curious. Questions are such powerful things - they drive business innovation, scientific research, even deciding who comes into power at a political level.

So.. why not a playshop about questions in which we may explore...

* What inspires inquiry?

* Who gets to ask the questions: in your house, your organisation, the world?
...and are all questions made equal (is there such a thing as a bad, or good, question? if yes, what makes it so?)

* The proper care and feeding of the question

* Questions and answers, how are they related?

* Questioning the questioner
In one of his last paintings, Paul Gauguin signed off not with his name but with three short and powerful questions, "where do we come from?", "what are we?", and "where are we going?"

There will be a space for Qdialogue (a dialogue with a Question focus) and interactive games that will hopefully spark the spirit of inquiry in all of us.

All great adventures begin with great questions. Join!

“In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few.”
― Shunryu Suzuki

“No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.”
― Elizabeth Bowen

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
― Socrates

“Until the longing came again, like the longing that you hear in the whistle of a train that is going far away. But the longing isn't really in the whistle, the longing is in you—for the wonder and the loveliness that is in the world, and everywhere.”
― Meindert DeJong, The Little Cow and the Turtle

Recommended reading, and the book that inspired this workshop into being: `A More Beautiful Question' by Warren Berger



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