Intellectual

Intellectual assets enable individuals to become reflective, critical thinkers who ask the right questions and seek answers from evidence-based resources.

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Critical thinking and reflection keep us honest with ourselves and one another. They help us acknowledge and resist bias, pursue truth, and distinguish fact from opinion. When we take the time to explore the systems at play, we become more aware of how every decision we make, and action we take, has a larger impact on society.

Curiosity
The inclination to ask challenging questions of ourselves and others, and the commitment and willingness to discover deep truths by following reason and evidence.

Reflection
Making the time and space to process our thoughts, feelings, and experiences is essential to cultivate practical wisdom and to create meaningful action moving forward. Pausing to reflect deepens our understanding by learning and growing from experiences.

Discernment
Making sound decisions on the basis of a rigorous process of perspective-taking, reflection, and critical thinking.

Critical thinking
The process of refining our beliefs through analysis, interpretation of evidence, inference, explanation, self-regulation, open-mindedness, and problem-solving.

The practices closely aligned with intellectual character assets are:

Develop habits of an informed systems thinker

Reflect critically and compassionately