The poet David Whyte talks about seeking the beautiful question: a question that resonates, begs to be unspooled, and, ultimately, leads the questioner towards a more engaged, heart-centered, aligned way of being.
My questions are not always beautiful, but they are at the heart of guiding my work and ways of showing up in the world. By nature, they are questions without answers, designed to provoke and create a sense of wobble just by asking.
Here’s a collection of some of the beautiful, gnarly, confounding questions I’m currently asking:
What would each of us build if the goal was to care for everybody?*
What else can a business be?
How, as individuals, do we address what is systemic… without replicating individualism?
How do we reconcile our individual needs with the needs of the collective?
How can I build a business and a life around a strategy for spaciousness?
What does Movement have to teach us in business? What kinds of skills do we need to adapt a post-capitalist economy? What does the solidarity economy teach us?
What other skills | knowledge | understanding | ways of being in relationship do we need to develop as a collective to exist in a world of repair, justice, and solidarity?
What is the purpose of profit?
How do we build autonomous zones for our own work, for our communities?
How do we make decisions that do the least harm and the most good for the most people, including ourselves?**
What is our accountability as business owners & leaders in grappling with redistribution and repair?
* via Garrett Bucks, who writes a substack called The White Pages.
** via brilliant pal Sarah Avenir