Can we change the world through better conversation?

We believe we can.

Our Work

We help colleges, universities, and organizations engage young adults in reflective conversations about purposeidentity, and responsibility.

These conversations build truststrengthen community, and deepen understanding across lines of difference. 

  • We train your students
  • Your students lead reflective conversations
  • Those conversations transform your community!

Learn more about our approach, view sample resources, read testimonials and case studies, and find out how to bring ABQ to your campus or organization.



Our Story

Seeing the potential to change the world through simple conversation.


Our Team

Helping campus leaders identify and achieve their goals.


Our Work

Workshops, trainings, and printed resources that can be integrated into new or existing programs.


Our Partners

Ask Big Questions works with universities and organizations across North America that share our commitment to educating young adults in the habits and skills of listening, trust, and empathy that are essential to the future of our cities and states, our nation and our world.


Eboo Patel Ask Big Questions

I am a great admirer of the way Ask Big Questions helps students of all backgrounds to reflect together on questions we all share, and to build community by engaging our diversity. Ask Big Questions and IFYC share a common mission, and I am proud to call ABQ a partner.

Eboo PatelFounder and President
Interfaith Youth Core
listening student ask big questions

By the end of the conversation, I felt like I could carry on an interesting conversation with any of the people sitting before me. Because of that openness, we students were able to discard the 'prove the other person wrong' card. It enabled us to access a much more important skill, one with which we are losing touch: listening, with the sole intent of understanding.

University of Toronto student
Parker J. Palmer Ask Big Questions

Ask Big Questions is doing vital work to help American colleges and universities restore the soul of higher education. Through community conversations about Big Questions, students develop the habits of the heart that can help renew campus life and our larger civic fabric.

Parker J. PalmerFounder and Senior Partner
Center for Courage and Renewal

Ask Big Questions helped me to learn how to listen to others both inside and outside of my communities and truly inspired me to become a deeper, more understanding, more giving and more complex person.

University of Michigan
Sharon Daloz Parks Ask Big Questions

Our colleges and universities are essential training grounds for young adults to enter into their lives as citizens. But they often need help to do that work. Ask Big Questions is an outstanding initiative to aid colleges and universities do their transformative work.

Sharon Daloz ParksDirector
Leadership for the New Commons
Photo of Richard Wescott, Ph.D

Ask Big Questions is a great tool in helping students, as well as faculty and staff, to become comfortable with informed debate about issues that impact us all. ABQ’s staff engaged our students in thought-provoking and powerful ways. Their relaxed style and willingness to pull the audience in resulted in students’ openness to consider what matters to them and their role in making a difference.

Richard Wescott Ph.DPresident
Johnson & Wales University - Denver Campus

It was so interesting to see how just changing the way a question is asked makes a big difference in how people react to it.

Tufts University Student

Ask Big Questions showed me that by focusing conversations on questions, we can better come to terms with the different ways to see and understand issues that we all face.

West Virginia University Student

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