The Common Experience

The Provost's Office has announced that this year's Common Experience for 2016-17 expands on the theme of "In the Spirit of Innovation." 

The University community is encouraged to explore these concepts through the many Common Experience events and materials provided throughout the upcoming year.

An extensive 2016-2017 Common Experience LibGuide has been created to provide support to the BGSU faculty and students who read and discuss the book. The site not only contains information about the book and the author, but it also contains numerous activities that will help develop abilities to formulate great questions. 

2016-17 Common Experience Libguide

This year’s Common Read is Warren Berger's "A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas". The book’s website provides information about the author, a synopsis of the book and awards.

Once again, thanks for your participation in making the Common Experience an integral part of the campus community.

Events at BGSU Firelands

Monday, Oct. 3, 12 noon - 1 p.m., 163 North Building, led by Dean Andy Kurtz

Come with your own questions about the book and discuss how the book might be employed to better understand real-world situations and problems.


Wednesday, Oct. 12, noon - 1 p.m., 163 North Building, led by former CEO of Cedar Fair Richard Kinzel.

Former Cedar Point CEO Dick Kinzel shares his experiences from 39 years of growth and development at a world-class amusement park. 




The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas 
by Warren Berger

In this groundbreaking book, journalist and innovation expert Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool—one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning—deeply, imaginatively, “beautifully”—can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities. So why are we often reluctant to ask “Why?”

Berger’s surprising findings reveal that even though children start out asking hundreds of questions a day, questioning “falls off a cliff” as kids enter school. In an education and business culture devised to reward rote answers over challenging inquiry, questioning isn’t encouraged—and, in fact, is sometimes barely tolerated.

And yet, as Berger shows, the most creative, successful people tend to be expert questioners. They’ve mastered the art of inquiry, raising questions no one else is asking—and finding the answers everyone else is seeking. The author takes us inside red-hot businesses like Google, Netflix, IDEO, and Airbnb to show how questioning is baked into their organizational DNA. He also shares dozens of inspiring stories of artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, basement tinkerers, and social activists who changed their lives and the world around them—by starting with a “beautiful question.”.