Seth Goldenberg on Developing a Practice of Radical Curiosity
In Conversation with Andrew Keen on the Keen On Podcast
Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now.
In this episode, Andrew is joined by Seth Goldenberg, author of Radical Curiosity: Questioning Commonly Held Beliefs to Imagine Better Futures, to discuss why questioning the status quo is a necessary precondition for progress.
From the episode:
Seth Goldenberg: Radical curiosity is a practice of questioning commonly held beliefs to imagine flourishing futures. What that means to me is that we have to question the very root of things—not just, as you suggest, a childish or youthful curiosity, where there’s a kind of unintentional wandering and, oh, what is this do? A sensory kind of curiosity. This is a much more intentional, advanced practice, in which we have to question now more than ever a set of assumptions around the human condition. What is health? What is happiness? What is a relationship? What is gender? All these core ideas that were maybe commonly held wisdom for the past several centuries are experiencing such significant flux that radical curiosity is a kind of inquiry and investigation to look at the roots and the histories of these concepts, understand how contemporary society is evolving, and update our common wisdom in order to imagine a very different future.
Seth Goldenberg is an entrepreneur and thought-leader working at the intersection of design, business, and culture. Since founding Epic Decade, Goldenberg has led a series of high-profile projects to help organizations build their capacity for ambitious change. He was previously co-CEO of the research insights group Now What, interim chief marketing officer of the state of Rhode Island, chief marketing officer of Intarcia Therapeutics, VP of Bruce Mau Design Studio, executive director of Massive Change, where he led major client engagements such as Oprah Winfrey Network, Disney Imagineering, and Myspace, and founder and curator of the civic engagement program for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Dialog: City. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wired, Fast Company, and HuffPo.