Inquiring Minds Want to Know

This week the Global Affairs Fellows learned and practiced the Question Formulation Technique adopted by the Right Question Institute. This process was centered around 4 critical rules to formulating questions:

  1. Ask as many questions as you can.
  2. Do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer the questions.
  3. Write down every question exactly as it is stated.
  4. Change any statement into a question.

To put this process into practice, we split into groups of two and each group was assigned a country and a respective set of pictures. Each photo set displayed recent COVID protests. One group member was tasked to write down all the questions on a google doc while the other member stated as many questions or ideas they could think of in 5 minutes that related to the photos. Afterwards, each group reflected on which questions were closed and which were open. 

Each group then picked 3 of their questions to research and answer. Then the groups created a powerpoint to present their findings and pictures. The following class, each group presented their powerpoints, explained the background on the protest, and answered their 3 questions. With the following class time, we debriefed the recent election for governor and met with our project groups for any recent updates.

 ~ Alden Roberts ‘23

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