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The Creative Beast on the Best Question in the World, how we lose track of this Question as we grow up... and how we can get it back (hint: ART).

The Creative Beast on the Best Question in the World, how we lose track of this Question as we grow up... and how we can get it back (hint: ART).

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The Best Question in the World The Best Question in the World Presentation Transcript

  • The Best Question in the World Thoughts from the Creative Beast by Betsy Streeter
  • I have a Question...
  • I have a Question... I think it is the best one in the world.
  • Except for maybe: “Where would you like me to park your new Porsche?” or, “Would you like another gallon of chocolate fudge on your ice cream?”
  • But really, the Best Question in the World is:
  • But really, the Best Question in the World is: “What would happen if....?”
  • What a great question. Think about it.
  • “What would happen if...” I went out in a storm with this kite We smashed these atoms together We made a guitar electric We made a thing with wings and flew it through the air
  • I mean, that is a very powerful question. It changes the world.
  • When we are small, we ask this question naturally.
  • “What would happen if...” I chew on this I put mud in here I stand on my head for a really long time
  • When we are small, people think it is cute.
  • But when we get bigger, it is not as cute Because our “What would happen if's” get more messy and dangerous...
  • “What would happen if...” I put ALL the baking soda in this vinegar bottle I stack this chair on top of that one I put this cosmetic product on the dog
  • This is not as cute.
  • So, we get annoyed...
  • So, we get annoyed... and we replace “What would happen if...” with a different thing:
  • This IS What WILL Happen if...
  • This IS What WILL Happen if... You don't clean that up right now You don't get a good grade You don't win the game You don't get the job You say the wrong thing and so on.
  • What Happened?
  • What Happened? We sent the Creative Beast away...
  • ...and we lost the question that helps us get our best ideas.
  • But, What would happen if... We had a safe, non-dog- damaging way to ask this question every day?
  • We do: It is called Art.
  • Drawing, music, dancing, making things... These let us explore our ideas and let the Creative Beast back out again.
  • “What would happen if...” I wrote about my day I drew a comic about my cat I played cello along with my favorite punk song
  • This question opens up the world for you, and you get unexpected answers.
  • It keeps you like a kid.
  • So find something you love to do, And ask, “What would happen if...”
  • And encourage your favorite young people to do the same.
  • The Creative Beast will come back out, and show you how great it is that you don't know everything yet.
  • And you can change the world.
  • Thanks for reading! Betsy Streeter is a cartoonist and writer of science/magical fiction. You can see more of her work at: www.betsystreeter.com