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Webinar Series – Critical Thinking (May 14 – July 30)

May 14, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT

This is the first webinar series focused on Critical Thinking that is co-sponsored by Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) and the Millennium Alliance of Humanity and the Biosphere (Stanford University). It is led by Ashok Panikkar of MetaCulture. Critical Thinking: This course demystifies the development of one’s thinking process. What prevents us from being open and curious learners? How can we think objectively and make useful decisions and choices? What are the obstacles to being a critical thinker? How can we cultivate our intellectual, imaginative and relational capabilities? 

It is a 12-part Conflict, Culture & Democracy Course. It will be held weekly on Fridays at 10 AM ET (-4 UTC). Each session will be 90 minutes long. The first session is scheduled for Friday, May 14, 2021, at 10 AM EST and the twelfth session is scheduled for Friday, July 30, 2021, at 10 AM EST. 

If the last few years have taught us anything, it is that intelligence, wisdom and humaneness cannot be taken for granted anymore. Established in 2005, MetaCulture’s founder, Ashok Panikkar, has a background in teaching people how to think, communicate and manage conflicts.     

DEMOSAPIENS, MetaCulture’s educational division, is committed to developing thoughtful citizens who can sustain free and open societies. Our programs are designed to cultivate: 

  1. CRITICAL THINKING – Thinking objectively, without personal or social biases.
  2. PERSONAL & CIVIC DISPOSITIONS – Engaging generously with other people in our community.
  3. REAL KNOWLEDGE– Understanding REALITY- beyond personal perceptions and ‘lived’ experience. 

A lifetime of working with groups and communities to strengthen their collaboration, communication and conflict management processes has taught us that the health of a community is dependent upon the character, competence and dispositions of the people involved. This has serious implications for democracy itself. Recent events have demonstrated that, in addition to free elections, rule of law and institutions, a liberal democracy needs wise citizens, not just subjects, spectators, bystanders or consumers. 

Each session will seek to develop a discourse around democracy, politics, and culture that can be well-informed, thoughtful, and mature- rather than reactive, angry, wistful, or riddled with assumptions.

Please note that the pricing for the Demo Sapiens Webinar Series is different than MBBI’s monthly webinars. Participants are paying for a 12-part series co-sponsored by MBBI, Meta-Culture, and the Millennium Alliance of Humanity and the Biosphere.

Register here for the Webinar Series starting on Friday, May 14, 2021, at 10 AM ET


May 14, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
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