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Skepsis in Poznan

Skepsis. Critical thinking VS xenophobia

Skepsis. Critical thinking VS xenophobia is a local project in Poznan led by volunteers. During this initiative, we will improve the critical thinking skills and media literacy of our participants through delivering a dozen activities and workshops for people of different ages and backgrounds. These activities will be organised in Poznan – in local schools, at the universities, as well as in public spaces. Our events are addressed to the residents of Poznan city – both from Poland as well as foreigners. Experts together with local and international volunteers will conduct workshops in 3 languages – Polish, English and Russian to involve non-Polish speakers as well. Within this project, we want to create an exhibition in Poznan on the topic of critical thinking from materials created by participants.

We are supported by the European Solidarity Corps.

Our project team consists of several enthusiastic volunteers: Krzysiek Woltynski, Agnieszka Zielinska, Ania Wisniewska, Bohdan Pozniak, Dariana Hlava, Joanna Szwaba, Kasia Balcer, Marta Jagodzinska, Marko Boyko, Kateryna Kazakova, Anna Shlyakhova.

What do we want to achieve?

In this local project, we aim to address fake news, disinformation, and subjective information. These problems are intensifying the issue of xenophobia and discrimination, which may negatively influence our local, international communities in Poznan. During our “learning by doing” workshops and activities, we will show how misinformation can affect our perception of foreigners. We will also teach how to recognise false and subjective information. Our local team is international; thus, our participants will be able to meet and communicate with people from different countries.

Czym jest nasz lokalny projekt Skepsis w Poznaniu?

Skepsis. Critical thinking VS xenophobia to lokalny projekt w Poznaniu prowadzony przez wolontariuszy. Podczas tej inicjatywy, mamy na celu poprawę zdolności krytycznego myślenia i interpretacji mediów wśród naszych uczestników poprzez przeprowadzenie kilkunastu zajęć i warsztatów dla osób z różnych grup wiekowych i wywodzących się z różnych środowisk. Te zajęcia będą organizowane w Poznaniu – w lokalnych szkołach, na uniwersytetach, a także w przestrzeni publicznej takiej jak w lokalnych parkach czy w Inkubatorze Kultury „Pireus.” Nasze wydarzenia są adresowane do mieszkańców Poznania – zarówno z Polski, jak i obcokrajowców. Specjalnie do tego przygotowani eksperci wraz z lokalnymi i międzynarodowymi wolontariuszami będą przeprowadzać warsztaty w 3 językach – Polskim, Angielskim i Rosyjskim po to, by zaangażować jak największą grupę odbiorców. W ramach tego projektu chcemy stworzyć wystawę na temat krytycznego myślenia z materiałów stworzonych przez uczestników.

Jesteśmy wspierani przez European Solidarity Corps.

Zespół naszego projektu składa się z kilku entuzjastycznych wolontariuszy: Krzysiek Woltynski, Agnieszka Zielinska, Ania Wisniewska, Bohdan Pozniak, Dariana Hlava, Joanna Szwaba, Kasia Balcer, Marta Jagodzinska, Marko Boyko, Kateryna Kazakova, Anna Shlyakhova.

Co chcemy osiągnąć?

W tym lokalnym projekcie mamy na celu zajęcie się problemem fake newsów, dezinformacji i subiektywnych treści. Te problemy zwiększają ksenofobię i dyskryminację, co może negatywnie wpłynąć na naszą lokalną, międzynarodową społeczność w Poznaniu. Podczas naszych warsztatów w formie „learning by doing” pokażemy, jak dezinformacje mogą wpłynąć na nasze postrzeganie obcokrajowców. Nauczymy naszych uczestników, jak rozpoznać nieprawdziwe i subiektywne informacje. Nasz lokalny zespół jest międzynarodowy, przez co uczestnicy będą mogli poznać i komunikować się z ludźmi z innych krajów.

Supported by

Project team

Agnieszka Zielinska

Kasia Balcer

Magda Strzala

Marko Boyko

Ania Wisniewska

Krzysztof Woltynski

Marta Zasadowska

Kateryna Kazakova

Bohdan Pozniak

Kostas Karfakis

Polina Mykhailichenko

Anna Shlyakhova

Dariana Hlava

Loredana Adomnitei

Viktoriia Nuzhdova

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🔢Skepsis in numbers

Pandemic times are not full of joy. However, Skepsis doesn’t stop its work💪🏽 
We continue spreading the awareness about critical thinking and media literacy among people. 

🦠During corona time:
- we have conducted 20 online and offline events that visited 190 people;
- we have written 93 posts;
- 235 followers subscribed our account;
- 187 thousand of people have reached our content;

📌Stay tuned 
😉Do not forget about likes and shares, help us to grow

#skepsismovement #learningisfun #criticalthinking

🔢Skepsis in numbers

Pandemic times are not full of joy. However, Skepsis doesn’t stop its work💪🏽
We continue spreading the awareness about critical thinking and media literacy among people.

🦠During corona time:
- we have conducted 20 online and offline events that visited 190 people;
- we have written 93 posts;
- 235 followers subscribed our account;
- 187 thousand of people have reached our content;

📌Stay tuned
😉Do not forget about likes and shares, help us to grow

#skepsismovement #learningisfun #criticalthinking
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2 weeks ago

Guys, an important event is coming. Share it with your friends. Media literacy is what we badly need today. Do not lose your chance and your friend's chance😉 ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

📌We cannot exist without the society. This is why we often follow the majority in the behavior, style, attitude or whatever.

🧐One of the examples of following the majority is bandwagon effect.

#skepsismovement #learningisfun
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3 weeks ago

👀The other side of personal growth training.

🔻 Each of us has come across an advertisement for personal growth training or heard feedback from friends. The creators promise a new outlook on the world, getting rid of complexes or transforming into successful people. But is it?

📌To work out such fundamental psychological attitudes, several days or weeks are not enough, namely, this is how long personal growth training last. In addition, specially trained psychotherapists or psychologists should conduct them, and only a small proportion of trainers from such courses have at least a medical education. Non-professional intervention in your psyche can have dangerous consequences.

👆🏼 Besides, training is not a magic pill. Having visited even 10 of them, without constant training and implementation of the acquired skills, it is difficult to achieve a result. Some people (often with addicted personality types or mental health problems) may develop a training addiction. Because visiting them gives the illusion of change and an emotional swing.

Creators often attract customers with quick results, although the criteria for their performance are very vague and biased in calculations, and they try to keep them in one of these ways:

1. Emotional swing, the overabundance of emotions or excessive emotionality at the stage of advertising
2. Lack of critical thinking during the training (duration 12 hours, stuffy, unlit room, physical contact of the participants)
3. A large number of participants (if more than 30 people are present at any training, its effectiveness decreases)
4. Stressful situations (in which endorphins are released, which helps to associate training with a feeling of euphoria)
5. The impossibility of refusing to complete tasks (if the coach says that you cannot refuse and you need to overcome your fears) is a violation of your basic security rights).

❗️If you notice at least one of these signs - leave! Dont agree to “try,” “go beyond consciousness,” and other nonsense. At best, such events will not help you and will spend your money, and, at worst, they will harm your psychological state.

#skepsismovement #training #motivation #success #growth #criticalthinking

👀The other side of personal growth training.

🔻 Each of us has come across an advertisement for personal growth training or heard feedback from friends. The creators promise a new outlook on the world, getting rid of complexes or transforming into successful people. But is it?

📌To work out such fundamental psychological attitudes, several days or weeks are not enough, namely, this is how long personal growth training last. In addition, specially trained psychotherapists or psychologists should conduct them, and only a small proportion of trainers from such courses have at least a medical education. Non-professional intervention in your psyche can have dangerous consequences.

👆🏼 Besides, training is not a magic pill. Having visited even 10 of them, without constant training and implementation of the acquired skills, it is difficult to achieve a result. Some people (often with addicted personality types or mental health problems) may develop a training addiction. Because visiting them gives the illusion of change and an emotional swing.

Creators often attract customers with quick results, although the criteria for their performance are very vague and biased in calculations, and they try to keep them in one of these ways:

1. Emotional swing, the overabundance of emotions or excessive emotionality at the stage of advertising
2. Lack of critical thinking during the training (duration 12 hours, stuffy, unlit room, physical contact of the participants)
3. A large number of participants (if more than 30 people are present at any training, its effectiveness decreases)
4. Stressful situations (in which endorphins are released, which helps to associate training with a feeling of euphoria)
5. The impossibility of refusing to complete tasks (if the coach says that you cannot refuse and you need to overcome your fears) is a violation of your basic security rights).

❗️If you notice at least one of these signs - leave! Don't agree to “try,” “go beyond consciousness,” and other nonsense. At best, such events will not help you and will spend your money, and, at worst, they will harm your psychological state.

#skepsismovement #training #motivation #success #growth #criticalthinking
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4 weeks ago

Choose the best option😆

#skepsismovement #learningisfun #criticalthinking

Choose the best option😆

#skepsismovement #learningisfun #criticalthinking
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1 month ago

Next week on Tuesday, we have a new Skepsis event!
Do you know how to critically read the information in the media? Do you want to learn how to analyze press articles?

Join our next free webinar, where these questions will be answered by a journalist working for one of the largest TV stations in Poland.

When: January 26 (Tuesday) at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: online on Google Meets. To join, click on this link on the day of the event on your laptop or mobile: meet.google.com/sjg-nqqb-qwx
Language of the event: Polish
Admission is free, there is no need to register.
We are supported by the European Solidarity Corps.
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