Our world is getting more complicated. People have easy access to huge amounts of information, but this doesn’t necessarily make people more informed. People need to develop new skills in order to deal with this constant bombardment of information. It comes from an array of sources, and has the potential to affect what people think, believe and the way they behave. That is why we want to develop new educational programs which provide the skills that people need to navigate the complexity of the information age.
One of the key areas of education that we are focussed on is critical thinking and cognitive skills. People of all ages (and younger people in particular) need to acquire these skills in order to make sense of conflicting information, to judge its value and to form an accurate, informed and critical view of the world. It’s an area of personal development that is largely neglected, and this leaves people vulnerable to misinformation, bias and cognitive fallacy.