Welcome to Question Week 2016!
It seems we never have time to step back and ask the kind of big, beautiful questions we should be asking—in our businesses, our schools, our daily lives.
With that in mind, Warren Berger (author of A More Beautiful Question), in partnership with leading organizations and programs focused on questioning, is sponsoring QUESTION WEEK (running from March 13 to March 19 in 2016 with a nod to master questioner Albert Einstein’s birthday on Monday, March 14), designed to raise awareness of the power and value of questioning.
Questioning shouldn’t begin and end with one week, though.
On this site, you’ll find resources to help you (and your students, co-workers, or family & friends) better understand, appreciate, and practice good questioning all year long.
Read this Storify overview of the tweets and question-sharing activities that took place in 2015, and also those in 2014.
Follow us on Facebook.com/QuestionWeek
5 Ways to Participate in
Students/teachers/schools Organize a question-related group activity (or multiple activities!) during Question Week. Here are some suggested exercises/activities. Be creative: feel free to put a fresh spin on an existing exercise—or come up with a completely original one. (And send us your results.)
Parents and families Some of the same activities and exercises that work in the classroom (see above link) can also be done at home. And here’s another activity, perfect for families: work together on formulating one big, shared “mission question” that family members can all explore and work on together!
Companies/organizations Designate at least one time during Question Week for a question-related activity. You might do a “Question-storming” session (a great alternative to traditional brainstorming). Or, try tackling a big challenge facing your organization by applying the “Why / What if / How” sequence of questioning. If you’re really ambitious, try coming up with a “Mission Question” for your organization.
Individuals Question Week is a perfect time to step back and ask yourself some big, meaningful questions—about your life, your work, your passion and purpose. You can use questioning to try to get pesky little things done or overcome big fears. And here’s how you can formulate and then follow your own personal “Beautiful Question.”
Everyone Share your questions! This is the key to making Question Week come alive! Whether you’re a group of students, co-workers, family members, or a solo questioner, you can use the Twitter hashtag #QuestionWeek—as well as our dedicated Facebook page—to connect with other questioners around the world during Question Week. If you’re doing group exercises, share the results—including photos taken at your Q-storms, lists of questions generated, favorite question of the day. If you’ve come up with a Beautiful Question of your own, or a “How Might We” question for your organization or school, tell the world about it. During Question Week, we’ll feature an ongoing live Twitter stream (see the footer of this page), and as the week winds down, we’ll pull it altogether in one place, via Storify—so you can see your own Beautiful Question there with all the others.