The Way Of Questions
The Way Of Questions
It's becoming easier to notice that uncertainty is the new certainty. Whether we struggle or flourish in uncertainty depends on the questions we live from.
We navigate uncertainty well when we live from new questions. We struggle when we live from old questions. Old questions have no power to inspire new perspectives. If we're not getting new perspectives in any realm of life, it's simply because we're still trying to operate from old questions.
When we create a present and future different from the past, it's because we're living from new questions. For each of the 7.5 billion of us on the planet, we always do the best we can based on our questions at the time. Our questions define us.
Crafting new questions is a new literacy. In times of uncertainty, we flourish as we learn to live from new questions.
There is much about this world our great-grandparents might not have imagined possible.
We have daily access to more news and updates than they had from a year's worth of newspapers and radio programming. Neighborhoods in any climate can become completely power and food self-sufficient. With smart phones, we can be seen and treated in real time by medical staff on the other side of the planet.
Our houses and pets can text us at work when they need some kind of attention. We can pull out of our back pockets a world of knowledge, music and film. Soon, an elderly family member who can no longer drive can text for a safer-than-humans driverless car whenever they need one. We can continue to be gifted by their freedom to be engaged.
It's unclear what's next. Uncertainty is the new certainty. We daily stumble on new puzzles that perplex us, new dilemmas that devil us and new crossroads that cross us. We are particularly baffled how with change as life's prime constant, we still have problems that persist despite even well-intended efforts otherwise.
Problems that most persist, personally and collectively, are those we keep trying to solve with the wrong questions. When we struggle for new perspectives, it's when we use the wrong questions to navigate new uncertainties. The wrong questions are the old questions.
Old questions don't have the power to unfold new insights or deeper understandings of anything. Only new questions have this power. Navigating new landscapes of uncertainty requires the new literacy of crafting new questions.
The primacy of questions
15 Our questions define us
19 Learning our way into the future
22 New questions
26 Not bad people
35 More questions, better questions
37 Not all questions are equal
40 Old questions, disguised
42 Questions not to answer
47 Vulnerable beliefs
50 Deep questions
57 How we learn to be uncurious
The nature of questions
65 Our relationship to uncertainty
67 Being right
70 Certainty, the addiction
72 The way of intuition
74 Assuming our way into the future
76 Do we really need beliefs?
79 Seductive questions
81 Growth mindsets
85 Exceptions and outliers
87 Delicious ambiguity
89 When people don't want deeper understanding
91 The gift of skepticism
93 Learning questions
95 A better self
97 Looking good
99 The new normal
The world of questions
108 At work
113 Growing a business
118 The sharing economy
121 The optimist-pessimist polarity
124 Getting questions wrong in the commons
126 Rethinking cities
132 Democracy and creativity
138 The need for enemies
144 Human rights
151 Growing the next generation
157 Cultivating an inquisitive mindset
159 For a better way, find a better why
160 More beautiful questions