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Walter Isaacson on Leonardo da Vinci: Curiosity “enriches your life”



Noted Biographer Walter Isaacson’s new book Leonardo Da Vinci chronicles the life and muses of the acclaimed Italian renaissance man. Isaacson believes it was Da Vinci’s insatiable curiosity that was the catalyst for his works.

Isaacson says of Da Vinci’s skills, “What makes him a creative genius I think is that he was curious about everything,”

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Be curious, ask questions and you’ll make a better leader

Much has been written about the virtues of “Curiosity” in the education world. But non-academic institutions are beginning to understand and leverage this skill in areas like Business, Sports & Management among others.  Linda Clark-Santos of the Idaho Statesmen outlines why curiosity is such a valuable commodity in leaders.

“… leaders who are curious can learn from the successes and failures of others. By observing other leaders, they glean lessons learned without making their own mistakes. They tend to think broadly and deeply, often seeing how their work and their organizations are like others. These aggressive learners are humble enough to know they don’t have all the answers.”

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Kids’ curiosity leads the lessons

A Preschool pilot program between the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum and the Teton Literacy Center’s Lit Lab has created a novel approach to curriculum development, “… lets students decide the best way to learn.”

Teton Literacy Center coordinator, Kate Roberts said, “You really have to give a kid a jumping-off point and the right scaffolding and structure to get out of it all they can… But in the end it’s their intrinsic motivations and their learning desires that are going to get them there.”

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5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious


Terry Heick of believes, “Understanding where curiosity comes from is the holy grail of education.” To foster an environment of curiosity Heick recommends 5 keys inverventions:

1. Revisit Old Questions: “The simplest curiosities arise from old questions that were never fully answered, or that no attempt to answer was made.”

2. Model and Promote Ambition: “Ambition precedes curiosity. Without wanting to advance in position, thinking, or design, curiosity is simply a biological and neurological reaction to stimulus. But ambition is what makes us human, and its fraternal twin is curiosity.”

3. Play: “A learner at play is a signal that there is a comfortable mind focused on a fully-internalized goal. It may or may not be the same goal as those given externally, but play is hypnotic and more efficient than the most well-planned instructional sequence. A learner playing, nearly by definition, is curious about something, or otherwise they’re simply manipulating bits and pieces mindlessly.”

4. The Right Collaboration at the Right Time: “Seeing what is possible modeled by peers is powerful stuff for learners. Some may not be initially curious about content, but seeing what peers accomplish can be a powerful actuator for curiosity. How did they do this? How might I do what they did in my own way? Which of these ideas I’m seeing are valuable to me—right here, right now–and which are not?”

5. Use Diverse and Unpredictable Content: “Diverse content is likely the most accessible pathway to at least a modicum of curiosity from learners. New projects, new games, new novels, new poets, new things to think about.”

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Curiosity spurs excitement for possibilities

Harvey Mackay of the TimesUnion explores the utility of curiosity throughout history and other pragmatic applications. Mackay writes, “Curiosity is a hunger to explore and a delight in discovery.

When we are curious, we approach the world with a childlike habit of poking, prodding and asking questions. We are attracted to new experiences. Rather than pursuing an agenda or a desired set of answers, we follow our questions where they lead.

Socially, curiosity lets us really listen to other people because we want to know who they are. We open ourselves to the knowledge and experience they can share with us. We relish having discoveries of our own to share.”

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CFC Collaborator Ra’anan Alexandrowicz receives Development Grant from the Sundance Institute

The Sundance Institute has awarded Ra’anan Alexandrowicz a development grant for Art of Nonfiction for his work, Regarding Ourselves and the Pain of Others. Ra’anan has been collaborating with the CFC for the past one year.


Ra’anan Alexandrowicz is the writer and director of award-winning films such as The Law in These Parts (Sundance 2012 Grand Jury Award International Documentary, Peabody Award 2013), the fiction feature James’ Journey to Jerusalem (Cannes 2003 – Director’s Fortnight, Toronto Film Festival 2003), the documentary The Inner Tour (New Directors New Films 2001, Sundance Film Festival 2002), and the documentary Martin (Berlin Film Festival 2000 – Forum for Young Cinema, Purchased for the MoMA permanent film collection). Ra’anan’s critically-acclaimed works have been theatrically-released to international audiences and broadcast worldwide. As an editing advisor Ra’anan served as a consultant on groundbreaking films including Risk(2017), Newtown (2016), A Flickering Truth (2015) Citizenfour (2014), and Trouble the Water (2008).

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Zander Lurie Espouses the Virtues of Curiosity in the Workplace

Survey Monkey CEO sat down with Irish Tech News to discuss his views on management and business and the importance of curiosity in a healthy work environment:

Curiosity can manifest itself in various ways. The best kind of curiosity is born out of your expertise. You know something about your industry. If you’re in our legal group, or in sales, or in our billing engineering group, and you noodling on something and you mobilize others and bring those views together and you come with a thesis or hypothesis. So that doesn’t have to be “I have a question where is the microphone?”. It really can be ‘I have a plan. I have an idea. I want to do a growth hacking or try out a new business. What have we changed our marketing plan to go XYZ?”. I don’t have to do a lot to make people curious. People at SurveyMonkey are innately curious and we try to hire really smart and empathetic people from the start. Some poeple you are not that curious and therefore not all that interesting to work with.

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Curiosity is main ingredient in creativity, innovation

Have you heard or read the words “innovation” and “creativity” this week?

Of course you have. Stories about innovation and creativity are ubiquitous. You’ve probably heard how important it is to “think outside the box.” But what you may not have heard is that innovation and creativity often don’t work very well in a business setting without curiosity, and curiosity is all about thinking inside the box.

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The Network Neuroscience of Curiosity Symposium

Co-sponsored by Penn’s Center for Curiosity and the Department of Bioengineering, “The Network Neuroscience of Curiosity” event will explore the promise of network neuroscience for understanding perhaps the most basic function of the human mind: curiosity. Drawing on expertise in neuroscience, complex systems, psychology, and philosophy, speakers will investigate the cognitive architecture of curiosity by mobilizing theoretical, behavioral, biological, and computational models.

Speakers will include Dr. Danielle Bassett, Eduardo D. Glandt Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Electrical and Systems Engineering (University of Pennsylvania), Dr. David Danks, L. L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy and Psychology (Carnegie Mellon University), Dr. Jacqueline Gottlieb, Professor of Neuroscience (Columbia University), and Dr. Celeste Kidd, Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (University of Rochester).

This symposium is scheduled for November 17th, from 12:30-5:00, in the D26 Caster Building, at the University of Pennsylvania. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Perry Zurn (


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Brain Candy Live

“Brain Candy Live,” an educational show, combines two big names in science entertainment. Adam Savage, the editor-in-chief of and former co-host of “Mythbusters,” and Michael Stevens, creator of award-winning YouTube channel Vsauce, have created a live stage show that’s billed as “a two-hour play date with Walt Disney, Willy Wonka, and Albert Einstein.” The remaining interactive performances are scheduled from Nov. 17th to May 3rd throughout the country and Canada.

For more information please visit Rochester City Newspaper & Brain Candy Live