“Curiosity has the power to transform your life and change the world,” says Scott Shigeoka, a fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. “It’s a critical practice for your relationships, leadership, and life satisfaction.”
Curiosity is a spectrum, Scott says. Deep curiosity, the type that leads to more powerful connections, doesn’t just increase your understanding of others—it can also sharpen your creativity and collaboration skills, provide an antidote to fear and anxiety, and help you find common ground across differences.
In his inspiring talks, Scott shares the “DIVE” model he developed to target the “four core muscles” that help us nurture deep curiosity and transform our relationships:
• Detach—Let go of your ABCs (assumptions, biases, certainty);
• Intend—Prepare your mindset and setting;
• Value—See the dignity of every person (including yourself);
• Embrace—Welcome the hard times in your life.
For his forthcoming book, Seek, Scott went on a journey across America, exploring why there is so much division—and more importantly, how we can heal. In talks, he pairs powerful stories with 10+ practical strategies to help individuals and groups harness the power of deep curiosity.
“If you want a less anxious workforce, if you want leaders who are respected, if you want to be healthier and happier—curiosity is your ticket,” Scott tells Lavin.
Watch an exclusive Lavin interview with Scott: “There’s a difference between being curious for pub trivia next week and the kind of curiosity that actually changes your life in a profound way.”