2020-04-03

Let’s talk about soft skills: Critical Thinking (COVID-19 special edition)

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Critical Thinking Critical Thinking Milena Sapey

What do we understand for critical thinking? It is the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Critical thinking implicates analyzing, evaluating and processing information.

When we receive information we need to be active thinkers and not just accept everything right away, we need to think if this information is reliable and if it represents the entire picture.

In logarithm-ruling times, where we are surrounded by news and information that goes in the same line as ours, critical thinking is essential. That's why is important not only to toss around the information we receive but also to reflect on our own assumptions, beliefs, and values.

As an organization, critical thinking is one of our key lines of action: we incite critical thinking and debate in everything we do. We strongly believe it is a way of learning and a tool for all of us that helps us to think of ways to work towards community development.

As critical thinking involves reflecting on our reality, volunteering is an ideal path to develop this skill. The whole idea of immersing yourself in a different culture helps to have a wider perspective on society.

Nowadays, especially in coronavirus times, is essential to use critical thinking as a skill so we don't get trapped by fake news, mass media's chaos, and our own concerns. This is a topic we need to reflect on, don't you think? Everyone is sharing tips, pieces of advice, philosophic reflections, lines of actions, or doing live videos. We need to stop and think, who is talking, what's the source, and debate about it.  Apparently, we have to switch to virtual life, but if only 59% of the worldwide population is connected to the internet, how is that going to work? We have to stay home, but in some houses, there are more than 5 people per room and we have more than 100 million homeless people in the world. Suddenly, prevention and promotion of health are important everywhere, so it took a pandemic situation to realize that, among other aspects.

Sometimes critical thinking can lead us to some negative thoughts about our society, but the key here is to reflect and think about what do we need to change and what can we do about it.

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