Radical Curiosity: Questioning Commonly Held Beliefs To Imagine Flourishing Futures
A bold manifesto arguing that the most complex challenges we face today—as individuals, businesses, and a society—require us to ask deeper questions, not seek easier answers.
In a world with an endless hunger for innovation, why is it so hard to create audacious change? According to thought leader Seth Goldenberg, the answer to this question stems from how we, as a society, view questions themselves.
In Radical Curiosity, Goldenberg argues that because we value knowing above learning, and prioritize doing over thinking, curiosity has become an endangered species. Only by rediscovering the power of questions can we rewrite the commonly held “legacy” narratives that no longer serve us and remake our organizations, our politics, and our lives.
With this empowering book, Goldenberg introduces the practice of Radical Curiosity through the lens of seven narratives that are going through significant transformation: Learning, Cohesion, Aliveness, Nature, Youth, Time, and Value. Along the way, he unpacks principles intended to spark our own questioning, including:
- Education Is Too Big to Fail, But Maybe It Should.
- Time Travel Isn’t Reserved for DeLoreans.
- Now Let Us Praise Rural Communities.
- In a Survival Economy, Imagination is a Luxury Good.
Blending philosophy, business strategy, cultural criticism, and fascinating case studies, Radical Curiosity is a new way of solving our most complex problems—one focused not on technology or science but on the power of human inquiry. By asking us to relearn how we learn, reengage in dialogue, revive our youthful sense of wonder, and rethink what we value, it reignites the curiosity needed to imagine and build a better world.
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August 23, 2022