Choose to be Curious, Life Lessons

Reassessing the Cost of Curiosity

“The more you understand a system, or a set of interlocking systems, the more curious you are about how they respond and behave to change.” ~ Seeta Sistla

When I read Seeta Sistla’s confrontation to the environmental costs of curiosity – a list that is as thought-provoking as it is long – I sent myself on a journey through challenged assumptions and weighted values.

This was, I imagine, exactly the effect she was hoping for.

What I Learned: A new word! Or, perhaps more likely, a word that finally penetrated and embedded itself in a profound way: anthropogenic: of, relating to, or resulting from the influence of human beings on nature  /ˌanTHrəpōˈjenik/ A word that is at the heart of Seeta’s thinking — and ought to be for the rest of us.

What I Loved: She rattled my cage, shook up my complacent self, and got me questioning my own “experiments” and their unintended costs and consequences.

Listen to Choose to be Curious #87: The Cost of Curiosity, with Seeta Sistla. 

Seeta is the third in my series of interviews with the contributing authors to the forthcoming anthology Curiosity Studies: A New Ecology of Knowledge (University of Minnesota Press, 2020).  Stay tuned for future episodes!

Photo by Chris Linder, used with permission

More about Seeta Sistla’s fascinating work here.

Check out the Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Washington DC.

Theme music by Sean Balick.  Check out Sean’s new album “From the Pines” .

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“My own curiosity to understand the mechanisms that drive the natural world has been inevitably shaped by the anthropogenic forces that ripple through every aspect of the Earth system.”

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Leadership, Inclusion and Curiosity

“You have to be genuinely curious about people. You can’t presuppose. We all do it — but you have to be able to suspend it. And that’s a habit, that’s a practice, we can all do.” ~ Karen Coltrane

Some weeks ago, I received an email from the Leadership Center for Excellence, promoting a newly launching initiative, the “DMV Diversity & Inclusion Institute.” Nowhere in the text did the word curiosity appear – but, to me, it was clearly in the subtext, so I invited LCE’s president and CEO Karen Coltrane to join me in conversation.

Listen to Choose to be Curious #86: Leadership, Inclusion and Curiosity with Karen Coltrane

This wasn’t the first time curiosity in leadership and business has been the focus of a Choose to be Curious conversation. Check out these related discussions!

Read more about the Leadership Center and the DMV Diversity & Inclusion Institute. 

For the leadership/management junkies among us: Jim Collins’ Good to Great.

Theme music by Sean Balick.  Check out Sean’s new album “From the Pines” .

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Curiosity is about enlarging your circle.