Words About Learning: Curiosity

Curiosity is garnering attention: its a proxy for change, a state of restless creativity, a permissive questioning of the status quo. A culture of curiosity is seen as something to be desired, when just a few years ago it would have been feared: the Organisation as a mechanism of conformity was the dominant frame, and curious souls were the enemy. As a thing, curiosity may be hard to pin down, but sometimes we can define something by exception. What is curiosity not?

It’s not what came before, it’s not derivative, nor explicitly a process in itself. Curiosity is not a closed mind or a set outcome. But can curiosity be equally distributed, and fairly rewarded? How will we separate restless curiosity from consensual delusion? And if we find it, will we lose something in it’s stead? Can a curious culture ever be safe? There are many question unanswered for those brave souls who seek to unleash the curious: be careful what you wish for, lest it become true.

Words About Learning is an occasional series of posts, two paragraphs apiece, written from airport lounges or desperate spaces, when the fear of not writing overcomes the fear of brevity.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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2 Responses to Words About Learning: Curiosity

  1. Sophie C says:

    I found this really thought provoking as I work alongside an organisation that is working to understand how it shape shifts. The word ‘change’ seems to carry so much baggage, but curiosity has a totally different feel. Food for thought.

  2. Pingback: Explore your Landscape of Curiosity | Julian Stodd's Learning Blog

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