The 20 Reasons Why Sensemaking & Critical Thinking Matter

  • understanding the lessons and patterns of history given our shortening fields of view
  • a deficit in evaluative powers for recognizing false news, propaganda, conscious & unconscious biases and polarized perspectives and
  • a frailty at times in recognizing the shifts that are happening all around us, the effects they may be having on us, and our roles within them.
The unknown and known worlds of processing and understanding our current & past.

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  • Sensemaking & Critical Thinking are principally past and present-oriented— that’s not to say that there isn’t a certain amount of prospection and casting forward with these two areas but their strength comes in deeply understanding what’s happening now and what can be sensed and felt from the near & far past. They can be antecedents to future action, but unlike futurism and foresights, the sensemaking & critical thinking focal lens are historical and current environments.
  • Sensemaking & Critical Thinking Straddle the Meridians of the Unknown and Known Worlds — although advocates of either school, can dismiss the other for its faults, each purport to do the same thing — make sense of a complex, multi-factored world. It’s just that in sensemaking’s case, it plies its trade in unknown worlds and facets, where no hard and fast rules exist and constant re-evaluation is encouraged (think arts, design, sociology, politics, global pandemic). Whereas critical thinking is best performed in more known worlds and facets where truths, inferences and solutions may be postulated and a level of final conclusiveness is encouraged (think science, programming, medicine, peacetime).
  • Are these disciplines, habits, skills, processes or behaviors — the answer is yes. We’re not even sure it matters as sometimes this is served up as more of a quarrel to dismiss one type of interpretation. In truth, sensemaking and critical thinking are behaviors we all do every day when we cross the street, scan a store shelf or carry on a conversation. Practiced frequently these become habits. Repeated habits become processes. If you study the why and how behind what goes behind a process, it turns into a discipline. And if you are blessed or exert it enough as a muscle. it becomes a skill. Regardless of taxonomic hierarchy , it is something that at all levels, we have seen requires much more exercising than we currently conduct as a global tribe.

Defining “Sensemaking” (aka/related to as Semiotics, Meaning Making, Cognitive Learning, Problem Framing, Ethnography, Social Psychology)

Defining “Critical Thinking” (aka/related to Systems Thinking, Logic, Reasoning, Creativity, Design Thinking)

The 20 Reasons Why Sensemaking & Critical Thinking Matter:

Why Sensemaking & Critical Thinking Matter #1. — Emphasizes Learning vs. Knowing, Providing for Adaptation to Uncertainties

#2. Provides a Better Grasp of Shifting Environments

Part II — Why Sensemaking & Critical Thinking Matter — Reasons #3–8

Part III —Why Sensemaking & Critical Thinking Matter — Reasons #9–14

Part IV — Why Sensemaking & Critical Thinking Matter — Reasons #15–20

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