Critical Reflection

Behind every challenge lies a set of assumptions that seem so obvious that most people never consider challenging what is assumed to be true. At one point it seemed ridiculous that human flight might become possible. In many cases, breakthroughs overturn assumptions. Challenging assumptions is a great way to boost creative thinking and redefine the status quo. In Critical Reflection; the objectives include: challenging existing assumptions, challenging specific assumptions around socio-environmental challenges in your community, developing a habit of questioning things that may tend to be taken for granted, improving the skill of creative questioning and transforming constraints into opportunities.

The skill of critical reflection is based on observations that we have already made. In the “Critical Reflection” stage, participants will be introduced to tools of reflective thinking and challenging assumptions as methodologies that enable different ways of thinking. These tools aim to foster critical reflection by encouraging participants to: look back at their experiences and observations that they have made so far, ask further questions regarding the observations made, identify assumptions people might have made and finally challenge these assumptions.

A SMART Activity

The continuation of the case presented at “A Day at the Sunny Beach Hotel” unfolds for critical reflection. It presents the participants with the opportunity to evaluate the identified impacts from the perspective of sustainable business opportunities that these impacts may present. The main objectives of this activity include the dynamic observation which looks at events and situations in term of actions, and helps to realize how becoming aware of the plurality of actions behind one phenomena is possible to build linkages between actions and their impacts and finally provide insight on the variety of impacts one action can provoke.