Ask Big Questions Shifts the conversation from debate to discovery.
Our work centers on small-group reflective conversations that can be lead by staff or students in residence halls, on service trips, and all around campus. These conversations are built around a Big Question that matters to everyone and that everyone can answer. They are structured in four parts: Ask-Share-Learn-Do.
We frame conversations by asking Big Questions that matter to everyone, and that everyone can answer.
Big Questions lead to conversations where participants share personal stories to build trust and understanding.
Participants discuss and reflect on a text, image, or video to broaden and deepen the conversation.
Participants connect the conversation to their lives and communities.
“Ask Big Questions helps students discover how to establish a foundation of trust and confidentiality in a group, invite contributions from everyone, and guide others into deeper learning.”
David Bornstein | The New York Times
Our work leads to positive change — individualLY and IN groups.
People who participate in Ask Big Questions conversations report significant, lasting increases in their abilities to:
- understand their own values and beliefs, and those of others;
- demonstrate the skills and attributes of empathetic, engaged citizenship.
They build the trust necessary to work on common problems in more civil, productive ways. And the people who lead these conversations report even more significant gains in their abilities to facilitate group work, to strategize creatively, and to design productive approaches to community challenges.
Our assessment indicates the following changes for students after participating in an Ask Big Questions conversation or program:
¹as defined by Civic Minded Graduate
²as defined by the Principles of Co-Curricular Learning
³as defined by the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership