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This group is for exploring the art of questioning as a way of deepening curiosity and excitement to forward the co-evolution of thought and action around key issues.

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Please help further worldwide research into The World Cafe by participating in a short survey for my masters thesis. Read the details below....

Started by Martin Boerjan Mar 8, 2011. 0 Replies

Hi Everyone!!My name is Martin Boerjan and I'm 23 years old. Currently I am a Master Student at the University of Tilburg. Having finished all my courses, my last challenge is to write a Master…Continue

Questioning in Therapy

Started by Elke Loepthien. Last reply by Franis Engel Sep 24, 2010. 3 Replies

Hi WC folks, a friend of mine just got back from a week of therapeutic "research with the mind", as they called it (in German it is "Geistiges Forschen"). This process seems to really honor our deep…Continue

What are your sacred questions? Why do you ask them? How do they evolve?

Started by Dave Shaw. Last reply by Dave Shaw Sep 23, 2010. 5 Replies

What are your sacred questions? Why do you ask them? How do they evolve?When I left my home and my family for college, there was one question that I held with me day in and day out: 'What is the good…Continue

The Framing of Questions

Started by Todd Ramage Wolf. Last reply by carlos lemoine Jul 10, 2010. 2 Replies

People are quick to jump to how they feel and telling everyone why before considering what it is they know about an issue or topic. People are also quick to challenge another point of view before…Continue

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Comment by Dave Shaw on November 27, 2014 at 10:14pm

Hi everyone, here's a set of questions that I'm working with in the field of intergenerational collaboration for social change. I'd love to hear any thoughts you have in my quest for the juiciest question to live into. 

WISER TOGETHER CORE QUESTION

  • How can we tap into the collective wisdom and creative force that comes to life when we are actively engaged & collaborating across generations?

 

FROM SCHILLER & COOPER (2012)

  • How can we create environments where diverse groups of people from different ages and stages of life, and different constellations of life experience, feel safe and empowered to make valuable contributions in their neighborhoods and the broader world community.

  • What is necessary in our internal construction and social design to enable people to genuinely feel included, empowered and able to participate at their fullest capacity.

  • How we can nurture relationships that are built on trust, mutual respect and shared purpose.

  • How we ensure that space is safe and generative for all of us – not just those of us who have convened the conversation.

 

MY QUICK “HEARTSTORM”

 

ACTION

  • How might we take intergenerational collective action for our collective problems such as climate change, population, immigration reform, government shutdown, media and economic instability?

  • What motivates people to take action intergenerationally?

  • How are the social movements of the 1960s and 70s echoed in recent movements such as the 1999 WTO protest in Seattle / Anti-Globalization movement and Occupy Wall Street?

 

EXAMPLES / WHAT MAKES IT WORK?

  • Where are thriving examples of intergenerational partnership? Esp community organizing for social change?

  • Where are intergenerational partnerships working effectively today, and what makes them work so well?

  • What causes intergenerational partnerships to work?

  • What are the most compelling stories of intergenerational and cross boundary coalition building?

  • What becomes possible when people collaborate inter-generationally?

COMMUNICATION

  • How might we carry out a national intergenerational conversation amongst Americans, given the broken state of the media and government?

  • What are effective forms of intergenerational communication and partnership in business, government, and civil society?
Comment by Franis Engel on April 20, 2014 at 1:39am

I'm not sure that I understand why most of this action happened around 2010 and nothing much has gone on since. What was it that encouraged the participation of that era?
What struck me about the whole idea of questions is regarded as stressful by most people. Questions are threatening. It implies the person who is asking has the right to demand you read their mind or suffer if you guess wrong.
Being able to observe oneself, to welcome unfamiliarity and be comfortable with ambiguity while a question hangs in the air unanswered is a very privileged point of view to have gained...especially after having made it through the USA school system.

Comment by Patricia Molla on August 27, 2012 at 8:01am

People, this links does work!!!

http://es.scribd.com/doc/18675626/Art-of-Powerful-Questions

Blessings

Comment by Varsha Chandarana on August 26, 2012 at 5:45am

Oh the link below doesn't work anymore. Can anyone help?

Comment by Denise Pang on August 23, 2011 at 12:23pm
The Art of Powerful Questions by Eric Vogt, Juanita Brown and David Issacs http://www.theworldcafe.com/pdfs/aopq.pdf is a fantastic resource on how to frame strategic questions. I especially found the 3 dimensions of powerful questions - scope, assumptions and construction - profoundly impactful to the participants in my workshops. Congratulations to the authors and collaborators for your generous contribution!
Comment by Alexandra Smith on November 24, 2010 at 10:25am
Hello eveyone! I loved some of the themes of your conversations. In our work with leaders we explore "where the questopn comes from"- i.e. intent. We especially focus on this in our Coaching for Potential seminar, when leaders are honing their coaching capabilities and moving away from their performance management mode. Has anyone got stories to share around this topic? Look forward to hearing from you. A
Comment by Roberta Faulhaber on April 30, 2010 at 11:56am
I went to a university called St. John's College, based on reading the great books. What was truly amazing about the pedagogy was the seminar. Some twenty students and 2 professors would read and discuss various classic texts. The seminar always started out with a question. What this taught me was that trying to answer a question is the best way to learn. In fact, trying to come up with a good question is an art in itself...
Comment by Andrew Devon Clark Castle on February 23, 2010 at 2:52pm
Questions and the refinement of questions is a powerful means of expanding awareness around issues as well cultivating a level of curiosity and creativity that has the power to transform design limitations and evolve systems to their best potential.
 

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