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Quest-ioning Power – Berlin Change Days

October 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Rich Batchelor and I have been invited to present again at this years Berlin Change Days on the theme of ‘Power & Trust’.
We developed ‘Quest-ioning Power’, a provocative workshop on the power and danger of questioning power.

Nabokov wrote that “Curiosity… is insubordination in it’s purest form.”

Why do children stop asking questions when they start attending school?
Why do we sometimes need to say, “There are no stupid questions’?
How does it feel to ask hard questions?
How does it feel to be asked hard questions?
Why is the question ‘why’ so…. uncomfortable?
Why is it so dangerous to be a journalist in a dictatorship?
Why would a government depict the press as ‘the enemy of the people”?
When and where is it safe to ask questions?
Who doesn’t want you to be curious?

Yahweh punished Eve and Adam for their curiosity regarding a notorious piece of fruit that grew on the tree of knowledge, and Zeus punished Prometheus for stealing fire by creating for him the insatiably curious Pandora and sending her a box that ‘mustn’t be opened’.  By taking participants on a journey exploring the relationship of curiosity to power, ‘Quest-ioning Power’ will ‘uncover’ issues of trust, vulnerability and courage.

Participants will engage in activities that will demonstrate the power of questions.  The activities are designed to place the participants in situations which may evoke or provoke feelings of vulnerability, tenderness, trust, uncertainty, indignation, rebelliousness, confusion and, of course, curiosity.


October 28, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Berlin Change Days


GLS Sprachenzentrum
Kastanienallee 82
Berlin, Germany
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