How to Thread Critical and Creative Thinking into Professional Development

Blind Thinking is the cognitive mechanism by which we choose, sometimes consciously but mostly not, to remain unseeing in situations where we could know, and should know, but won’t know because we are not looking.

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How could I have been so blind?

We can’t notice or know everything: the cognitive limits of our brain simply won’t let us. That means we have to filter or edit what we take in. 

Our blindness grows out of the small, daily decisions that we make, which embed us more snugly inside our affirming thoughts and values. And what’s most frightening about this process is that as we see less and less, we feel more comfort and greater certainty. We think we see more — even as the landscape shrinks
Neurologist Robert Burton, who studies the biological basis of bias.

V2_Blind Thinking – Seeing the Blocks to Imagination is a super fun and creative way to learn about our blinkers – blindspots we are not aware we have. These thinking processes directly affect our ability to be better critical thinkers and absolutely inhibit our ability to be imaginative and therefore more creative.

The V (Visual) series for Critical and Creative Thinking

The V (visual) series of courses are part of a cluster of imagination/visual learning disciplines that form a turning point in imagination training. V1 to V4 follow on from each other in order to build on skills as participants journey through the imagination learning process.

The follow-on programs designed by are deliberately structured to achieve best practice in creativity and critical thinking.  The V series of courses are foundations that should be developed over a period of time with incubation periods between them.

NB: V2_ Blind Thinking follows on from V1_The Neuroscience of Imagination.
V1 must be completed before V2 as they build on from each other.

Visual literacy can be seen as a toolbox, it’s a form of critical thinking that enhances our intellectual capacity, it’s not a new concept; visual art, visual studies, visual culture, visual communications, visual graphics are all part of how we iterate and integrate the capacity of our senses to comprehend the world around us.

If I can’t picture it I can’t understand it.
Albert Einstein

A fundamental understanding of the neuroscience of imagination and visual capabilities are so critical to lead both schools and workplaces through the potentiality of the future that awaits, one we cannot define from our vantage point in the present. The rate of change is so fast those of us that are able to use our imaginations will be those who can adapt and re-imagine possibilities as they arise.

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