Hello World, this is Candice from THINKING TOOL KIT! Here's a little bit of my background and why I thought of starting THINKING TOOL KIT:
After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a Cognitive Systems degree and doing vision science research for 3 years, I joined the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA) from 2013 - 2017, as a manager and (eventually) visual analytics instructor. There, I developed material for in-person and online courses, taught visual analytics to university students, staff, and faculty, and established a visual analytics training pipeline that connects students with jobs in analytics and data science. I felt like I was doing the right thing. It was satisfying.
...Until the day I asked myself: is that all of what I wanted to accomplish? Not everyone goes to university. Not everyone has an analytics or data science job. What about the people who aren't in university? What about the people who don't have analytics or data science jobs? What about kids? What about seniors?
In today's world, it's not easy to tell what's true from what's not. It's hard to know what you know vs. don't know. It's easy to believe in bogus. It's easy to be gullible. And manipulated. Nowadays, more of us tend to rely on data to make decisions, but it's easy to have the wrong data. Even if you have the right data, it's still easy to draw the wrong conclusions. I wanted to do something that addresses these problems (along with the people who have already expressed ideas about this like Stephen Few, Alberto Cairo, Sanjay Srivastava, and Carl T. Bergstrom & Jevin West). I wanted to teach data literacy and critical thinking to a wider audience so that more of us have agency as information consumers, and responsibility as information designers.
And so, the THINKING TOOL KIT is the first step I take as an attempt to contribute to society a little. I hope that data literacy and critical thinking will be part of common sense one day. I'll do my best to make it happen.