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Art of Questions: Unpacking Question for Today

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Art of Questions: Unpacking Question for Today

Time: November 15, 2016 at 9am to November 29, 2016 at 11am
Location: Online
Website or Map: http://www.beehive-production…
Event Type: online, course
Organized By: Rowan Simonsen and Amy Lenzo
Latest Activity: Nov 14, 2016

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“Don’t be afraid of the answers. Be afraid of not asking the questions.”– Jennifer Hudson

It is hardly breaking news that we are living in an increasingly complex and uncertain world. We are seeing this everyday, witnessing changes in many systems.
Many of us are exploring how to deal with this uncertainty and host change in the systems we are part of. This is no easy task, and there are no simple answers as to how.
We need good questions to guide us in our personal lives, families, organizations and nations.
We need questions to seed the conversations that really matter, engaging others to address and explore new and better ways of doing what needs to be done.

“The First People had questions and they were free. The Second People had answers and they were enslaved”.~WindEagle

What is the format?
We’ll be using a participatory, peer-learning format that will draw on the power and expanse of our shared experience and increase our capacity to learn with and from each other.
Working online, we can take advantage of the international scope of our inter-connected communities.
• Participatory “Real Time” Sessions
• Exercises to Apply in your own Context
• Closed Facebook Group for Peer Exchange
• Course Compendium for Future Reference

3 Tuesdays | November 15th, 22nd & 29th | 9 – 11.00 AM Pacific Time
- November 15th: with Bliss Browne
How can we ask questions that open a constructive path to the future and inspire people to work together across difference?

- November 22th: with Juanita Brown
What are the inquiries we are facing now, and what is our “stance” toward them? What’s the theory of change we are using to formulate our questions?

- November 29th: with Chris Corrigan
What do our questions tell us about ourselves and our assumptions?

In our online learning environments: Zoom, Facebook, & Beehive Production’s Platform

The course has a cost of: 300 $US100% of the suggested registration fee of $300 covers the costs of producing this training, and we have consciously priced it to be as accessible as possible.
AND we don’t want finances to get in the way of your participation, so there are alternative financial options in your registration form, including an invitation to contribute more to cover those who can’t pay the full rate.

“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers”.~ Voltaire

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Comment by Bhavesh Patel on October 18, 2016 at 10:27am

Hey Rowan, that's fine with me, and I actually liked your response and what you raised about going beyond language, beyond questions...

Comment by Rowan on October 18, 2016 at 10:10am

Bhavesh, I have shared your initial question a few places to see what others think about this. I hope that it is OK for you that we open the conversation up wider. For me it is not so much about whether or not questions are relevant, but when and when not, and how and how not to work with questions.


Comment by Bhavesh Patel on October 17, 2016 at 1:24pm

OK, will do, although I am only there in November and December, so don't know many people...

Comment by Rowan on October 17, 2016 at 9:09am

We will be recording the sessions. If you see that there might be interest for the course in your time zone, we have been exploring with offering the recordings and a live call during a time that works for you. Let me know if you think there are more people interested in joining and we can work something interesting out ;)

Comment by Bhavesh Patel on October 17, 2016 at 8:56am

Thanks Rowan, a big challenge for me is that I will be in a time zone where the course starts at 3:00am, and I am not functional at that time even if I am awake... so maybe I will have to catch the recording if you are doing that...

Comment by Rowan on October 17, 2016 at 8:47am

HI Bhavesh, 

Thank you for this invitation, this questioning of whether and when questions are useful and helpful for our work. I think that under the umbrella of Questions there is an important focus on challenging our assumptions, especially about when and in what contexts questions serves us and when we need to think about other ways of engaging each other. 

What is beyond language? How can we question the ways we think about questions and participatory processes? What is still to be explored?

I would love to have your critical or challenging voice be part of the course, if you feel that could be interesting. Let me know what you need to be able to be part of the course.


Comment by Bhavesh Patel on October 17, 2016 at 8:21am

I am noticing a growing assumption/obsession that it is all about "the questions" and designing really good questions. There is a lot of value in that and I also use that approach... and I also wonder whether we need to ask where is the edge of the whole questioning approach, where is it not useful, in which contexts and cultures does it not land well. (I realise I just asked some questions... DAMN!!!)

I am much more than what I think and feel, I think and feel much more than what I can put into words, and when my words are forced to form coherent questions, they...

Anyway, I don't want to come across too critical, just want to throw in the importance of exploring the shadow side of "questions" and I leave you with a Bateson quote that is still bothering me:

"Our conscious, language-using, calculating minds has led to our isolation from the wisdom that we gained during millions of years of evolution."

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