Zhihu and Wavemaker’s New Book Questions About the Future Stimulates Creative Thinking About What’s Ahead

SHANGHAI, October 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — About October 31, 2022Zhihu and Wavemaker jointly published a book, Questions about the future, which presents a series of questions about what awaits us as we gaze down the road. The book is now available at major online bookstores, including Jingdong BooksDangdang.com and Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Press’s Tmall store, and can also be found in traditional physical bookstores. Zhao LinnaThe book’s editor, sponsor of the “Questions About the Future” project and Head of Brand Consulting and Trend Research at Wavemaker, led the project team that came up with the questions that get readers thinking about what lurks in the future in an effort to provoke deeper thinking about the world.

No questions, no future

What year would you like to go back to if you could go back in time, according to an internet query?

The most frequent answer was 2019.

It was the year before Covid arrived and the pandemic that followed. Everyone had specific plans in mind for their future in terms of education, work, love, marriage, sports, travel, seeing a friend or watching a movie. However, the world hit the pause button and had to for a while due to the unexpected pandemic. Even the most accessible plans had to be postponed, canceled or suspended indefinitely. As uncertainty about the future grew exponentially as the pandemic dragged on, people lost their passion and creativity for the future and became more inclined to live in the present and manage things one day at a time.

With an overwhelming focus on the present, people have lost their sense of wonder and imagination about the future. At the same time, as they get older and more experienced, as they have access to a wealth of information, people are hesitant to ask questions and just leave things as they are. are in a state of incomprehension. Leaving queries unanswered has become the norm. Without curiosity, we cannot be passionate about exploration. But in a world that is becoming increasingly unpredictable, the only way to explore the future is to ask questions.

Questions are more important than answers

The view that questions are more important than answers is the logical premise of the book project. With this in mind, the project is meant to serve as an inspiration to stimulate creative thinking about the future by setting out a list of questions.

During the process of compiling the book, the project team developed a list of initial questions about the future and worked with experts in ten different fields (e.g., experiment design, data science, medical science and trend research) to redefine the image of a possible future.

To provoke broader social reflection, Wavemaker China and Zhihu teamed up two years ago to launch an experimental social innovation project, Questions about the futurea 100-meter-long cobbled “question road” of Maker Faire creators along the Bund in Shanghaitrying to change the approach to questioning to awaken our innate ability to ask questions, which had been overtaken by our growing experience.

Meanwhile, a theme section has been created on the Zhihu platform, which now has more than 40 million questions, to collect more questions and get more people interested in imagining what the future might look like.

Shaping a picture of the future begins with a series of future-oriented questions

Combining questions submitted by future-thinking online community members and experts from various fields on Zhihu, as well as Wavemaker’s curiosity, the book lists a number of inspiring questions based on technical and human trends. to present a snapshot. future lives over the next decade that are closely tied to people, such as future travel, growth, work, medical care, entertainment, consumerism, family, and community. The book summarizes 10 major questions around these scenarios, which in turn raise other derivative questions that force us to rethink our relationship with the environment, with our communities and with technology.

It offers a simple “WHAT, HOW, WHY, AND IF” question structure and explains the reasoning behind it, untying people’s increasingly restricted thinking and leading them into a more liberated and “adventurous” world.

In an age of information explosion, powerful databases and convenient search capabilities put “quick answers” ​​at your fingertips. But Wavemaker thinks what people need is not just a one-size-fits-all answer, but going beyond the absolute boundaries between ‘yes’ and ‘no’, as well as the ability to explore more possibilities from a multifaceted perspective. Open this book and look for questions about the future. Start by asking questions and let’s explore together with interest a future that challenges our preconceived ideas.

SOURCE wave generator