Creativity rarely begins with an answer. As soon as an individual or organisation believe they have discovered an answer, enquiry and creativity slow down or stop, curiosity is muted and discussions become less open to possibility.
By reframing an initial insight or focus as a Breakthrough Question, we trigger each other’s curiosity. Curiosity creates vitality and together they generate enough energy to start and sustain a creative process.
A breakthrough question creates and holds open an enquiry for a period of time so that new meaning and possibilities have a greater chance of emerging. The process outlined below is useful to use at the start of an enquiry process as you are deciding on a direction of travel or when you or the group you are working with feel stuck and need to open up new insight