This Nonprofit Thinks Curiosity Is What Moves The World, And World-Movers Agree

Today they're the most powerful pair of best friends in the world, but when Bill Gates and Warren Buffett first met in 1991, they didn't want anything to do with each other. But over the course of dinner, they gradually began to realize that they had a lot in common. When Gates's father asked the two of them what their most important quality was, they both had the same answer — curiosity. The nonprofit Driskill Foundation has an idea of how to inspire more questioning minds like Bill and Warren, and you can help.

Bill Gates during the signing of a partnership vaccination in the Sahel with France at french Ministry of Foreign affair.
Warren Buffett, Chairman/CEO of Berkshire Hathaway speaks during the 2014 Most Powerful Women Summit.

The Power Of Curiosity

Of course, those two aren't the only powerful people with a thirst for knowledge. According to the Harvard Business Review, a person's curiosity — which it defines as a "curiosity quotient" or CQ — can be as important as their IQ. That's because highly curious people are more tolerant of ambiguity and tend to get more intellectually invested and interested in learning more things.

These are important traits to have in our complex modern world, which is so chock-full of data that even the highest IQ could barely hope to scratch the surface. In fact, there's another certain someone who feels curiosity got him further than intelligence ever did — Albert Einstein, who once said "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."

A Recipe For Curiosity

The Harvard Business Review also points out that, counter to the difficulty involved in raising your intelligence, it's relatively easy to train yourself to be more curious. The nonprofit Driskill Foundation aims to jumpstart that process by funding curiosity-centered educational programs for school-age kids up to 12th grade. What kinds of programs? Well, it depends on what the kids are looking for. Programs such as Club STEM and Chicago Lights Tutoring help them succeed in school and prepare for a career in the sciences. They also help fund the DuPage Children's Museum's Family Access Membership program, which helps kids foster a love of learning and a desire to seek it out just for fun.

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Written by Curiosity Staff April 25, 2017

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