We believe in the power of conversations and we love having them!
Conversations enable us to collaborate, problem-solve, learn from each other, and most importantly, they allow us to express our feelings and have fun. They all happen with a pinch of curiosity!
We at Qurious are re-thinking the relationship between conversations and curiosity to maximise knowledge transfer in a way that is personal to each and every one of us.
We want to empower communities of the 21st century to live fulfilling lives, by equipping them with value added knowledge.
Being Qurious is the essence of our beliefs.
Conversations are the most powerful vehicle for learning. It can be on a one-to-one basis, group, or a conversation with a speaker. The power of a conversations is driven by important questions about something or someone, that will in turn give you a suitable answer – or not! It’s simple really, poor questions drive dull conversation, yet great questions spark memorable conversations.
What is curiosity?
Curiosity is the desire to know, to explore and to understand the world around us. Think science and technology, they are the result of our human curiosity.
Curiosity is one of the most basic human characteristics, much like hunger. We neither expect it or have ways to control it. it is the engine of the mind that helps us explore, innovate, learn and self-improve.
Think back to when you were a child, how many times a day would you ask ‘Why?…But why?‘ – Everything around you was of great interest. The repeatedly endless questions over the years have helped you grow, mature, and learn. Today you have become the result of your curiosity.
The challenge, however, as one grows older is to continue feeding our curiosity and allow us to become a better, more knowledgeable version of ourselves.
Questions are important. Do they drive conversations?
“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know”, Donald Rumsfield, 2012.
Although the above statement was made in political terms, we believe the meaning is much deeper when thought about in the context of human curiosity.
- The knowns are easy to deal with, what I know and what I learnt over the course of life is easy to interpret. It can be life experiences, courses, life itself.
- The knowns-unknowns can be somewhat just as easy to understand. If I know, what I know, then by default, I should know what I do not know.
- The unknowns, I do not even know what I do not know! This is where it gets interesting. How can one be expected to know what they do not know, that they do not know?
Questions only arise where there is a gap in our knowledge, and the gap in our knowledge is usually what triggers our curiosity.
Curiosity driven conversations have a purpose. Google hasn’t.
In today’s world, when you are trying to get answers, your natural reaction is to ‘google it’.
Yet, your curiosity is not fulfilled. You are not given an answer, you are supplied with multiple ‘potential right answers’ you must verify and decide for yourself, if you think they are correct. This can lead to frustration as the online abundance of information creates noise, rather than knowledge, making it less relevant or contextual. It adds no value.
Knowledge needs to be relevant.
Knowledge powers everyday decisions, many of which are made by the human brain autonomously. Relevant knowledge instead is required to make an informed decision.
How do we attain relevant knowledge that is personalised to our preferences and/or needs?
Conversations are key to lifelong learning.
Life-long learning is a significant indicator of the health of a society. Self-improvement, awareness, and curiosity, allow for adaptation within a world that is constantly changing, and enables for positive contribution to societal change.
In essence, we never stop learning, but the way we do and what we learn needs to be personal to us, to generate meaning in our lives.
We want to help build a world with meaningful conversations.
Ask questions, be Qurious!