From a young age, we are taught that answers matter more than questions. As adults, we experience powerful organizational and societal forces that keep us from asking (or hearing) uncomfortable questions. This creates an isolated, answer-centric world, often at our own peril. Business threats strike, seemingly out of nowhere. Innovations and new players, never before imagined, blindside us. Catalytic questions—ones that cause transformational change—hold the power to unlock these “unknown unknowns” and reveal startling new paths to innovation and creativity. But how can we restore our childlike curiosity to conquer these challenges? How can we start asking better questions to craft the creative solutions required for today’s wicked hard problems? This session explores how to escape the dangerous blind spot where “we don’t know what we don’t know” before it’s too late, to help us become better questioners at work and in life.
- 2017 Festival