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Answer This: What's a Question You Don't Have the Answer to (But You Want to Explore)?

Liz Dwyer

Any educator worth her salt constantly thinks about how to build a thirst for knowledge in students, and when you're out of school, lifelong learning is rooted in curiosity. Questions are the foundation of both. TED-Ed, TED's education arm, recently asked on their Twitter feed, "What's a burning question that you don't have the answer to (but might want to explore)?" So, GOOD community, what's something you're feeling incredibly curious about right now and want to learn more about?

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  • Greg Kamphuis

    What drives people? How can you motivate them?

  • avan1928

    A way to help change the world without financial assistance.

  • Mutasa Brush

    Life,i always ask myself where does life go after death ive always asked my self this question since i was a kid

  • Bug Arete

    I think Alessandra put it very well. As a philosophy nerd, I found your question impossible to ignore~ but then I was paralyzed by the myriad of possibilities. Where do you start? I want to know everything from the best way to help an asylee transition into another culture successfully, to why it is that people in my village call one kind of fish a "blue fish," even though as often as not it's a vibrant red, to what my host family's history REALLY is, not just the speculation given to them by people whose opinion is respected by a few people but not most. And so much in between.

    If you can answer any of those questions, I'll be pleasantly amazed. But if not, I'll second Alessandra's question: Do you have any suggestions for starting the brainstorm process?

    • Liz Dwyer

      I can't answer any of those questions, but I do have an idea for the brainstorming process--or at least, this is the idea that came to mind. GOOD community member Sina Mossayeb, who works at IDEO, recently posted a link to a piece he wrote at Medium (posting the GOOD link here tho so you can go follow him Sina says he "was driven by a single question: What inspires those who inspired me?" It has some good advice for brainstorming/creative thinking.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I feel so intimidated by that question- especially bec it's a daily struggle to figure out what I want in life in general. So....I would say...when do you figure out what you want and what's the best way to find what you want? I know education in key- whether that's online, through a friend, or just experiences. But- is there a way to start the brainstorm process? That's such a vague question. I think you're asking more for questions like- how many planets are there in our universe? But I wanted to share my question. Thanks for asking.