CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING
SKILLS ARE BECOMING A LOST ART
Our ability to think for ourselves, develop informed opinions, reach sound conclusions and solve problems, are diminishing by the year. The availability of information, social media and advances in technology (such Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning) are creating the false belief that computers can think for us.
The BlueDragon HCA definition enhances our understanding of critical thinking and provides a clear and unambiguous road map to how to practice and enhance our critical thinking skills.
"Critical Thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of gathering, organizing and analyzing information, so we can develop informed opinions, reach sound conclusions, solve problems, and take the best course of action."
A paper by: Rob De La Espriella, BD3
Presented at the
40th International Conference on Critical Thinking
September 15 to November 8, 2020
More and more leaders are becoming aware that their personnel lack critical thinking skills and are relying heavily on what they hear or find on the internet.
Critical thinking and complex problem solving were named the top human skills you need to thrive in the age of AI*.
Leaders are starting to notice an over-reliance on computers and smart phones and less emphasis on critical thinking.
Critical thinking is a skill that can be learned and improved upon. HCA provides a practical definition to help us develop those skills.
*World Economic Forum - 2016 Future of Jobs Report
HOW IMPORTANT ARE CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING IN INDUSTRY 4.0 - - - THE AGE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE?
Watch this short video to hear what Leaders from the
World Economic Forum think (2.5 min)
BlueDragon Training Courses are Designed to Strengthen Participants' Skills and Knowledge of the Practical Application of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
OUR FOCUS IS ON THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF CRITICAL THINKING
BlueDragon's creator notes that "critical thinking and complex problem solving are skills that are rapidly fading with the advent of computers and smart phones." BlueDragon's success is largely due to the fact that it is focused on sharpening our critical thinking and complex problem solving skills; life skills that are essential to high performing organizations and in all walks of life, and are irreplaceable in the age of Artificial Intelligence. BlueDragon teaches us what it means to evaluate information more critically, to broaden our perspectives and look at an issue or event from different angles, to encourage other organizations and subject matter experts to also think critically, and to adapt to any emerging circumstances because complex investigations and root causes are not done by-the-numbers. What BlueDragon does not do is focus on selling and teaching you how to master any proprietary software.
ROB, BLUEDRAGON'S CREATOR, HAS BEEN TEACHING CRITICAL THINKING TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY'S KELLER CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP EVERY SUMMER SINCE 2015.
“Rob really showed us what the process of creative critical thinking can look like. The level at which he was able to connect with the groups helped us internalize the value of his lessons beyond a mere presentation or lecture. The tools he taught helped us reorganize ourselves and our understanding of our challenge, which reframed where we were and gave us a sense of where to go next.”
Drey Tengan, Princeton Class of ’20
(Member of the Princeton Keller Center Design Thinking Team working on improving the care for the homeless in NYC)
CRITICAL THINKING IS ESSENTIAL TO PROBLEM SOLVING AND CANNOT BE REPLACED BY SOFTWARE OR AI
During the 2016 World Economic Forum, leaders from companies all over the world identified in a report entitled "The Future of Jobs," that critical thinking and complex problem solving are the top two skills that will actually help us to thrive in the age of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. BlueDragon is focused on strengthening these skills that are essential to creating strong problem solving cultures and high performing organizations. Using case studies of increasing difficulty, our workshops train you to think more critically about every bit of information and attack problems or events from multiple perspectives so we can truly get to the deepest-seated causes that, when corrected, will prevent our problem from recurring. Our focus has never been on how to master proprietary software, as we give away the Excel templates used for BlueDragon charts and critical thinking tools.