“Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use, do the work you want to see done.” Austin Kleon
We know now that cookie-cutter approaches to learning no longer work.
What we want is the ability to think bigger and glean insights that an algorithm cannot. Unique human contribution. The nuanced perspective. Empathy. Seeing where someone is really at and . . . meeting them there.
Indulging curiosity and interests is what leads to discovery, collaboration, and innovation.
Big Questions is a place to learn about and engage with new ideas – those same ideas that will change the world around us.
The Big Think
What is a big idea? Is it a physical invention, like the printing press? Is it a way of doing things, like democracy or capitalism? Does something like ‘civilization’ qualify as a big idea? How do we wrestle with this so we can start to think big about how to approach the problem of problem solving. Check out Professor Iyengar’s course here. Reading list below.
8. Tetlock & Gardner, Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, Chapter 3,“Keeping Score,” & Chapter 8,“Perpetual Beta.”
Professor Sheena S. Iyengar is one of the world’s experts on choice and decision-making. Her book The Art of Choosingreceived a Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year 2010 award, and was ranked #3 on the Amazon.com Best Business and Investing Books of 2010. Her research is regularly cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economistas well as in popular books, suchas Malcolm Gladwell’s Blinkand Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance. Dr. Iyengar has also appeared on television programs like the Today Show, the Daily Show, and Fareed Zakaria’s GPS on CNN. Her TED Talks have collectively received almost four million views and her research continues to inform markets, businesses, and people all over the world. Dr. Iyengar is the inaugural S.T. Lee Professor of Business in the Management Division at Columbia Business School.She graduated witha B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University. She received the Presidential Early Career Award in 2002 and in 2011 shewas named a member of the Thinkers50, a global ranking of the top 50 management thinkers. She was also awarded the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Core Teaching from Columbia Business School in 2012 and was named one of the World’s Best B-School Professors by Poets and Quants.
“If you want to be a grocer, or a general, or a politician, or a judge, you will invariably become it; that is your punishment. If you never know what you want to be, if you live what some might call the dynamic life but what I will call the artistic life, if each day you are unsure of who you are and what you know you will never become anything, and that is your reward.”