Why should you start with why?

Why are all organisms different? 

Almost all companies want to be more diverse and inclusive, but what exactly is diversity? A few years ago, my psychology teacher introduced a diversity analogy that has stuck to me since. He mentioned without diversity and variety in nature, our ecosystem would not be able to thrive. For example, planting all the same trees means when one gets a disease, they all get the disease. Whereas growing a wide variety builds strength and increases survival. This is the same with diversity among people; variability among and between all organisms builds resilience.

Companies understand a diverse workforce brings many benefits, such as introducing more cognitive processes and exchanging information, which improves problem-solving. In addition, mixing with various groups exposes us to new ways of thinking. Further, it forces us to question our values and beliefs and promotes creativity to free us from conforming to norms.  

Diversity prompts us to step out of our comfort zone and try new food and cuisines we wouldn’t usually try, for example. Diversity encourages curiosity; we want to learn about others what prompts their thought processes. Diversity also motivates us to achieve a growth mindset where we are always looking for ways to learn from others.

We need diversity because it helps us innovate and thrive as an ecosystem. It promotes curiosity leading to conversations and creativity.

Why does Curiosity and Creativity matter?

Humans are curious beings by nature; it is one of our noblest traits. Curiosity and creativity are important because we approach problems more creatively when curious, leading to innovation. In the words of Walt Disney, “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.”

Why Curiosity Did Not Kill The Cat: TEDxHultLondon

We have all heard of the idiom; Curiosity killed the cat. This idiom warns others not to ask too many questions about something. It implies being curious can sometimes lead to danger. However, here at TEDxHultLondon, we embrace curiosity and believe that curiosity can lead to incredible discoveries. In 1665, curiosity led to Sir Isaac Newton discovering gravity, and in 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. Without the earnest curiosity of humans, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Curiosity starts with a one-word question, why? Why is it effective? It encourages us to think outside of the box and our familiar realm and promotes deep thinking – why did this happen? Why is this the norm? These questions naturally lead us to be curious about the world around us and allow us opportunities we wouldn’t usually have if we just accepted the standard. The process of innovation and discovery comes from deeply looking at processes creatively, finding ways to improve processes and applying them elsewhere.

Why am I writing this?

Growing up, I never considered myself to be a curious or creative individual. Growing up in a strict household meant “sticking to the rules” and accepting things the way they are. However, as I got older, I realised the magnificence of asking questions and stepping out of my comfort zone. So I want you to take this as a sign never to stop learning, experimenting and doing what makes you feel uncomfortable because it might lead you down an incredible road! Share your experience of diversity, creativity and curiosity by tagging #tedxhultlondonchallenge on TikTok to inspire many others around globe.

On March 20th 2022, TEDxHultLondon welcomes you to step out of your comfort zone and ask why.

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