Make the Future London

Questioning the world is the first step to changing it. And nowhere can you see it clearer than at Make The Future London – a four-day festival of ideas and innovation, offering curious minds a rare glimpse into the future of our cities, our energy and the lives we’ll soon be living.

From the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, the event will showcase bright energy ideas and provide a platform for innovation, collaboration and conversation about the global energy future.

It’s the latest initiative from Shell’s #makethefuture programme, inspiring young minds to help the world move towards a sustainable energy future while putting the brightest energy ideas into action.

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How often do you question the world?

As a kid, it was hundreds of times a day.

In fact, studies show that 4-year-olds can ask as many as 390 questions daily. Questions that ask why is the world the way that it is? Why is the sky blue? Why do hands only have five fingers? Why are cows called cows?

Childish as they may seem, questions like these show us the power of a question: to confront us with what we take for granted; to upset the status quo; to see the world how it could be, instead of how it is. That’s why they’re vital to helping the world reach a more sustainable energy future.

But then we grow up. We learn to accept things the way they are. And the number of questions we ask plummets. The causes for this are numerous, but when you consider how schools and the world at large prioritise answers over questions, it becomes easier to understand why.

If the creative adult is the child who survived, then perhaps innovators are simply adults who never lost that ability to question why the world is the way that it is? Or why isn't it another way?

What can we learn from kids?

When it comes to questions, kids make the best teachers. As Rachel Riley reveals in these behind-the-scenes interviews.

What do your questions say about you

Are you a rebel? A realist? Inquisitor or socialite? The questions we ask don’t just shape our future, they provide insights into who we are. Discover what your questions reveal about you when you take our quiz.

Take the Quiz

Explore more bright energy ideas in action

To see other Shell initiatives helping to #makethefuture, head to our Make The Future hub where you’ll find stories about everything from lights powered by rocks to Akon rocking Africa’s first people-powered football pitch.

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