Webinar on Critical Thinking

This webinar addressed more fundamental challenges in today’s information world. During the webinar our speaker guided participants through the following questions:

  • What is fact and what is fiction?
  • Whom can we trust?
  • How is my view of the world right – and how might it be wrong?

Using insights from logic, analytical philosophy, and cognitive psychology, participants built a toolkit to tackle some of these hard questions and help their decision-making process. Participants practiced some methods to:

  • Avoid logical fallacies,
  • Know your own biases,
  • Challenge your assumptions.

This toolkit can come in handy in a variety of CSO contexts. The discussion will be based on examples that can:

  1. Increase impact: use logical models to design programme activities
  2. Challenge power: set up monitoring and accountability structures against governments and corporations.
  3. Improve cooperation: organise activities bringing various CSOs together on issues of common interest.

The webinar helped to learn about general strategies to improve critical thinking skills, see them applied in CSO-relevant contexts, and understand concrete methods that can increase social impact.

 Speaker: Eileen Wagner

Eileen is currently Programme Director at Simply Secure, a design non-profit working on the usability of public interest technology. She advises teams and organizations on UX design, leads research and user testing, and produces open resources for the community. In 2019, she founded Decentralization Off The Shelf – an initiative aiming to make UX design more uniform across the decentralization space, and to ease the adoption of P2P protocols for application developers.

Prior to Simply Secure, Eileen campaigned for open data and civic tech at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. There she helped establish the first public funding programme for open source projects in Germany, the Prototype Fund. Her background is in analytic philosophy and mathematical logic.

 

 

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