Let’s start this summer with Critical Thinking Festival 2017!

Critical Thinking Festival 2017 is a festival of 4 days for young journalists and opinion framers, in which the participants partly take the responsibility of the content of the event. The festival is organized by these 3 principals:
• Learn – to participate in workshops and discussions organized by the experts of media.
• Teach – peer education based on an innovative methodology of critical thinking created by National Institute for Social Integration.
• Create – to discover art as a tool to critically and civically reflect the reality.
When and where?
Critical Thinking Festival 2017 will take place in Innovator’s Valley in Antalieptė (Lithuania) beloved by the experts of informal education in June, 8th – 12th.
Why?
Huge penetration of information technologies to Baltic societies, not only made information more publicly accessible, but also it resulted in overload. By processing information automatically and uncritically, we tend to miss important facts and downplay the significance of any kind of news, be it of high quality or low. The overload of information which we process quickly without having a proper cognitive system of evaluation makes us less informed and more vulnerable to effects informational manipulations, disinformation and propaganda. The latter is most important in the current geopolitical situation which is faced by the Baltic countries, especially in the case of regions that are populated by ethnic minorities who often become a target audience of foreign or local divisive and thus especially harmful propaganda. In the context of these events the media and information literacy and critical thinking skills become more and more important. However, this necessity still lacks acknowledgment from the general public.
What will we do?
The participants will implement their own ideas in the framework of these activities: video workshops, “recognize journalism, disinformation and propaganda” intellectual game, guest lecturers (focusing on Polish and Russian speaking experts of communication), best social campaigns evening, workshops of photojournalism, contest of headlines, white propaganda method. The participants will be responsible for the communication of outcomes after the Critical Thinking Festival 2017, which will help them not only to recognize the strategies of media but also to learn how to create and implement them.
Who will participate?
National Institute for Social Integration already works with 90 pupils more than half of whom come from ethnic minority groups or geopolitically sensitive regions. 19 of these pupils participate in the programme of young journalists writing articles on human rights with the help of experts. The others participate in peer education programme organizing informal education activities in their own communities. All of these 90 pupils participated in a training of critical thinking and media literacy in autumn where they were empowered to recognize manipulations in media, the techniques of propaganda, marketing, public relations and social networks. 30 most active pupils from these will be selected to participate in Critical Thinking Festival 2017.

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