Conversations about curiosity in work and life. Broadcasting weekly on WERA-LP 96.7 FM, streaming at wera.fm
Choose to be Curious is a show all about curiosity. We explore how curiosity contributes to everything from education and innovation to leadership and conflict resolution.
S. Leonard Rubenstein, a writer and teacher, once described curiosity as “a willing, a proud, an eager confession of ignorance” – and that’s what I’m going for.
We have a choice. Like eating well or exercise, we get to decide how we will show up in work and life. My goal is to help people flex their curiosity muscles and get stronger at being curious. Whatever you do, choose to be curious!
Ep. # 148: Curiosity & Community Media, with Antoine Haywood
I suppose it was only a matter of time before I would turn my curiosity lens on community media itself, the very source of this show. Antoine Haywood, practitioner and doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, is the perfect companion for this celebration of connecting people, participatory media-making, collective learning --- and care.
Theme music by Sean Balick. "Faster Faster Brighter" by Ray Catcher, via Blue Dot Sessions.
Ep. #147: Rebel Leadership, with Larry Robertson
Most of our ideas about leadership are woefully inadequate for the world as we now know it. In his new book Rebel Leadership: How to Thrive in Uncertain Times, innovation advisor Larry Robertson helps us rethink what's needed in our "new abnormal" -- including how cultures of inquiry and curiosity contribute to our collective success. Such a timely conversation as we mark the radical rethinking that came with the birth of our fragile democracy.
Our theme music is by Sean Balick; "Curio" by Vacant Distillery via Blue Dot Sessions.
Ep. #146: The Montessori Method, with Chandra Fernando
What if we were to leave learning up to curiosity? Although that's not the language used, the Montessori Method is built on children's own exploration and discovery. Education consultant Chandra Fernando joins me for a delightful conversation about curiosity, Maria Montessori, absorbent minds, failure and peace.
Theme and other music by Sean Balick.
Ep. #145: What If? Counterfactual Curiosity, with Lily FitzGibbon
Have you ever felt a burning desire to know what might have been, had you chosen a different course of action? That's "counterfactual curiosity" -- the desire to know about possible alternative outcomes -- and it can sometimes cause us pain and regret.
So why have it?
Dr. Lily FitzGibbon, postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading (UK), helps me understand better.
Our theme and other music are by Sean Balick.
Ep. #144: Curiosity & Peace Building, with Alp Özerdem
How might curiosity contribute to building peace? Alp Özerdem, dean of the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, joins me in exploring what happens when we approach conflict with curiosity and a commitment to transformation. It's hard to beat his closing affirmation, "After this, curiosity will be the backbone of our teaching and our research."
Theme music by Sean Balick; “Peacetime” by Tiny Tiny Trio, via Blue Dot Sessions. Dean Alp Özerdem photo by Ron Aira/Creative Services/ George Mason University.
Ep. #143: Compassionate Curiosity & Death, with Valoria Walker
Some time ago I was at a STEM event for middle schoolers, talking about curiosity -- in particular their curiosity about death. That got me thinking: how does curiosity show up around death? Doula by Destiny founder Valoria Walker joins me to explore how choosing to be curious about death might help us acclimate to the inevitable -- and how compassionate curiosity helps her in her work.
Lynn does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!
From your very own
Hey mama borton I love the podcast I’ve been listening since I found it. It’s amazing
Soothing and Intriguing
Lynn Borton's voice is grounding and soothing. This storytelling way of pursuing curiosity is a wonderful way to engage.