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Cultivating Cultural Intelligence

“When we become curious about something, we are choosing to let go of everything we know, to drop everything we know, and just plunge. ” ~ Asma Ahmad

Cultural intelligence is the capability to relate and work effectively across cultures. Its cultivation calls upon many aspects of curiosity: empathy, adaptability, and a tolerance for ambiguity.

Asma Ahmad is the visionary and driving force behind the social enterprise start up, Zaha, an immersive cultural experience that provides opportunities to connect and engage with people from other cultures, through co-created food experiences and storytelling.

She offers us a path to greater cultural intelligence.

Listen to Choose to be Curious #98: Cultivating Cultural Intelligence, with Asma Ahmad

As you go through the week, how might you cultivate your cultural intelligence and reveal some more of your intangible heritage to someone else?

Check out Zaha Experience.  

More on cultural intelligence from Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and the Cultural Intelligence Center.  

Theme music by Sean Balick.  Check out Sean’s new album “From the Pines”“The Shoes They Wear” by Delray, from Blue Dot Sessions.

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Curiosity, Values and Financial Planning

“I want people to be curious about the alternatives that are available to them.” ~ Rebecca Borton

This week we meet at the intersection of Money and What Matters.

Rebecca Borton is Associate Client Advisor at Concentric Private Wealth. She and her colleagues provide independent wealth management and financial planning services with a focus on behavioral advice. Research shows curiosity leads us to generate alternatives. Rebecca and I consider how choosing to be curious about what matters most to us might actually help us plan more effectively.

Listen to Choose to be Curious #97: Curiosity, Values and Financial Planning, with Rebecca Borton.

More about Rebecca Borton’s work and her interview with WERA’s Yasmine Arrington on Millennial Minds. 

Francesca Gino’s research is featured in this three-part Harvard Business Review cover feature on curiosity. 

Theme music by Sean Balick.  Check out Sean’s new album “From the Pines”. “One Little Triumph” by Piano Mover at Blue Dot Sessions.

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Curios & Curiotizing

This week we returned to considering how curiosity is politicized, often expressed in ways that dehumanize the people at whom is it directed — sometimes intentionally, sometimes not, but almost inevitably with further-reaching consequences than we might like to imagine.

And, then: what does it look like to push back against that tendency — in ourselves, in our popular media, in academic journals? Amy Marvin tells a cautionary tale of misdirected curiosity’s risks for trans people and takes on the consequences of people being reduced to curios.

Listen to Choose to be Curious #93: Curios & Curiotizing, with Amy Marvin

What I Learned: I had not realized what a commercial industry has arisen among journalist and academics in making a “study” of trans people. It is a useful reminder that “paying attention” can take many forms, not all of them good.

What I Loved: Much like the movement to be intentionally anti-racist, Amy advocates for anti-curiotizing. She makes a case for purposeful efforts to counter the economic and other interests that contribute to the dehumanizing effects of turning real people into curios — and engaging curiosity in caring ways that yield “more complicated and nuanced areas of study.” That, and her encouragement to bring humor to our own self  discovery.

Want to keep learning? Amy recommends reading more. Start here:

Amy Marvin is the fifth 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!

You can follow Amy Marvin on Twitter at @amyrmarv

Many thanks to London-based audio producer Arlie Adlington for sharing his work, “The toilets at home are all gender neutral.”

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

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Curiosity & Philanthropy

“Philanthropy has both the opportunity and the responsibility to say, ‘Step back. What would you try if you had the opportunity to try something different that might — or might not — make a change. And if it doesn’t, we’ll try something different next time…'” ~ Sonia Quiñónez

It’s the annual Fall Fund Drive here at Arlington Independent Media, so perhaps it is natural that my thoughts should turn to philanthropy and charitable giving.

How do decisions get made in philanthropy? Who decides what gets supported? How do we know what’s needed, or what works? How do we know we’re not throwing good money after bad?

And, of course: how does — or might —  curiosity shape philanthropy?

Sonia Quiñónez is the Northern Virginia Program Director at the Meyer Foundation. She joined me to explore the importance of curiosity, surprise and risk-taking in the strategic choices that funders make.

Listen to Choose to be Curious #91: Curiosity & Philanthropy with Sonia Quiñónez.

 

Visit the Meyer Foundation.

Jim Ryan’s “five essential questions” beginning with “Wait, what?”

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

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Curiosity on the Menu

“That’s what’s interesting about entrepreneurship: people will ask you why, and you will not have an answer.” ~ Noobtsaa Vang

HYPOTHESIS: Noobtsaa Vang’s brainchild Foodhini is a case study in entrepreneurial curiosity: curiosity inspired the business model; drives strategy to meet business needs; and attracts customers to a social enterprise built around the people behind the food.

We test the hypothesis…and Noobtsaa reveals a story he doesn’t often share.

p.s. The shawarma….oh my gosh! ♥

Listen to Choose to be Curious #76: Curiosity on the Menu with Noobtsaa Vang

I’m delighted to introduce the radio debut of our Choose to be Curious/American University intern, Caroline Kish. She found a link between our conversation with Noobtsaa about the comforts of food and Brandon’s insights on empathy: it’s all about making the human connection.

Listen to Curiosity to Go, Ep. 49: Human Connections

More about Foodhini here. Check out Noobtsaa’s TEDx Talk.

Halcyon Incubator helped Noobtsaa really hone his business.

Theme music by Sean Balick.  Scripting and narration to our Curiosity to Go segment, research and other support by Caroline Kish, with thanks to American University.

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A Capital Naturalist

“You’d be amazed at what is out there.” ~ Alonso Abugattas

When my children were young and I was busy cultivating their youthful curiosity, bugs seemed like a good idea. Then a park ranger, Alonso Abugattas spent his days turning over rocks and poking into corners with my sons, delighting in their discoveries, in awe of the (natural) world around them. Happily, not much has changed in the years since…

Listen to Choose to be Curious #69: A Capital Naturalist, with Alonso Abugattas

If you have ever listened to one of my shows, you know I’m a big fan of that “get up and out” approach to life, but one of my guests took it a whole new level. When I first arrived at Arlington Independent Media, Laine Coates was the Membership Coordinator, but then she and her husband decided to pick up stakes and explore the country in their new-to-them RV…

Listen to Curiosity to Go, Ep. 42: Pay Attention. Be Astonished. Tell About It. (5 min)

Check out the Capital Naturalist.

Follow Laine & Mike’s adventures here

Here’s a great contribution to the research on curiosity and well-being.

Theme music by Sean Balick; Gullwing Sailor by Migration, from Blue Dot Sessions.

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Choose to be Generous

I’m curious: what keeps you coming back? Let me know!

I’m grateful that you do. It’s a lot of fun having you along for the ride!

So I have a favor to ask: this week is Arlington Independent Media’s Winter Fund Drive – would you consider making a contribution to support the organization that trained and launched me, and now hosts my program along with so many other local, independently produced shows?

It’s easy: click right here, right now: wera.fm.

I hope you’ll choose to be generous! 😉

What a year it has been! It began with figuring out how to tell the story of our search for what became of my mother-in-law’s father, then rushed right into the excitement of having 16 high school students come to DC bent on changing the world, and has swelled into an extraordinary partnership with folks at American University as we choose to be curious about Choose to be Curious.

Along the way, I’ve chatted with an ethics consultant, environmentalists, historians, poets, advocates, psychologists, professors, teachers and even more students, performers, writers, a film-maker and an astrophysicist.  That doesn’t even count the zoo keeper I’m set to interview on Monday…

And now, we’re the stuff of research! 

Thanks to my many wonderful guests and the aforementioned exciting new partnership, Choose to be Curious has gotten some academic attention recently. Students at American University have been listening to episodes all semester and identifying the curiosity philosophies and practices in each conversation — and then we’re hoping to explore it scientifically as well. I can’t wait to see what we find!

Aside from loving the focus on curiosity, I also really appreciate the validation this represents for the power and value of locally produced, totally independent, community media like Choose to be Curious and the other programs coming out of Arlington Independent Media (AIM) and WERA, 96.7FM.

In this day and age, that feels all the more essential.

Which brings me to my request: while AIM’s work is free for the taking, it isn’t free in the making, and AIM need’s our help. As you think about your year-end giving and what you want to prioritize in the year ahead, please consider joining me in supporting AIM & WERA in any or all of these ways —

Become a Member– Join the ranks of people committed to promoting media literacy and independent production.  Membership is the welcome mat for all sorts of fabulous training and a great way to show you care about this important community asset.

Make a Donation– This week we’re celebrating WERA’s third anniversary (!!!) with our second AIM winter fund drive. Every donation helps.  Go ahead, choose to be generous!

Become an Underwriter– WERA invites businesses, causes and individuals to become underwriters for the radio station — and there’s a price point for every passion. You get on-air and online recognition of course (think: NPR), but mostly you show the entire world you value free speech, creativity and community. Promote your company, a favorite non-profit, or give a shout out to a loved-one on air – how cool is that?!

buttonsThis fall I opened a Choose to be Curious shop (all proceeds go to AIM) and got “Choose to be Curious” buttons printed up. Next time I see you, be sure to get a button for someone you think would enjoy the reminder!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting WERA and Arlington Independent Media!

~ Lynn

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