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What’s in a name?

January 14th, 2014 by Clare O'Neill


Grounded Curiosity is not a grab at a new buzzword or idea, merely the practicalities of choosing a domain name and the musings that followed. Without wanting to be a Duffle Blog stereotype, here are those musing:

I was listening to a presentation by a Commanding Officer who had just returned from Afghanistan and he described ‘professional curiosity’ as a quality he highly valued. Around this time I was also reading Emile Simpson’s War From the Ground Up – a book that epitomises why looking at warfare from the tactical level up to the strategic level is important. I had always used the term ‘bottom up’ but ‘ground up’ is far more eloquent and less subject to puns.

Curiosity. Curiosity is the exploration of ideas and never-ending pursuit of professional mastery while acknowledging the risk of paralysis by analysis. As practitioners, this curiosity can progress ideas to practical implementation. Curiosity can breathe fresh ideas into a stagnant organisation and underpins our ability to adapt faster than the enemy. 

Grounded. The term ‘grounded’ aligns with Grounded Curiosity’s main themes of land warfare and power. Looking ‘ground up’ links tactical action to strategy, and being ‘grounded’ also implies that disruptive ideas are nuanced with practical realities. Grounding theoretical ideas is vital as we learn from the past and grapple with the future. The catch is, we’ll only be able to ground those good ideas if we’re curious about them in the first place.

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