The creators of Dropping Knowledge think so. Dropping Knowledge describes itself as “an educational resource and online network that connects people around the globe seeking to exchange ideas and solutions to the most pressing issues of our day.â€?
What I find so refreshing is that in a world polarized by closed minds and positional thinking, they recognize that asking questions is the best way to incite true dialogue, challenge conventional thinking, discover fresh ways of seeing the world, and generate new ideas.
In the past year they’ve accumulated over 20,000 questions. On September 9th, having identified the most compelling and “openâ€? questions, they’re convening the Table of Free Voices. Seated around the world’s largest table in Berlin, 112 of the worlds most compelling thinkers, artists, writers, scientists, social entrepreneurs, philosophers and humanitarians from around the globe will respond to the selected questions. The entire gathering will be transcribed, translated into multiple languages and made freely available to all in a variety of digital formats. If that isn’t enough, they’ll also distill The Table Of Free Voices into a feature length film and re-create the event as a traveling exhibition. All of the content will continue to grow in the form of an ongoing global dialogue and living library. The entire undertaking has been described as “a mixture of Ted and Wikipedia, but not really.â€?
I think it’s a remarkable approach to social change.