“The most important KPI (key performance indicator) in the future will be the curiosity index of a company ” predicts Andreas Steinle, CEO of The Future Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, and an advocate for curiosity. However, many education systems around the world are not preparing students to be innovative and creative. They function on memorization and standardized testing rather than curiosity and collaboration.
This issue is prevalent in all levels of education, from primary school to university settings. Sir Ken Robinson, a creativity and education expert, calls for a radical rethink of our school systems in his TED Talk titled “Do schools kill creativity?”
“We’re running our national education systems on systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make,” Robinson says. “The result is we’re educating people out of their creative capabilities.”
This has career consequences for individuals in the workplace who are expected to explore new ideas and keep up with a rapidly changing society. In fact, the US State of Curiosity Report, produced by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany in 2015, found that “only one in four workers (22%) describe themselves as ‘curious at work.’”