What we do
Get out of the bubble
The filter bubble is inextricably linked to the Internet, social media and their algorithms. Each of us experiences it, although not everyone is aware of it. Who can use cupping and for what purpose? Is it possible to get out of your bubble? Or maybe filter bubbles are necessary and we shouldn’t fight them?
We promote the consumption of all information more carefully: thoughtfully and a bit skeptically, and we also encourage you to ask questions. Is it true to say „everyone thinks…”? Do the arguments used in the text really create a cause-and-effect sequence? We have our favorite media, creators, journalists; However, is the vision of a given situation they present complete and objective?
We encourage you to discuss important topics in a non-standard way. People representing opposing views on various social, economic, legal and other issues during our debates must… switch and try to defend the other side’s position.
Importantly, the discussion is based on statistics, analyzes and scientific research, so participants are given a sufficiently long time to explore the topic and prepare to present substantive arguments to support (not) their thesis. The substantive quality of the debates will be assessed by experts in particular fields.
We want to show that most of the problems mentioned in the public debate are multidimensional. Representing an extreme attitude and not accepting arguments that are contrary to our vision of the world does not help to solve them – but strengthens social divisions.
Even if it seems a bit naive and idealistic, we believe that we are usually able to find a common point in a conflict – a attitude on which both sides agree. It is not always possible to find it and it does not always lead to compromise, but looking for it helps develop an empathetic and open attitude. Approaching a person representing different views with the positive assumption that we agree on something helps to counter social polarization and hostile attitudes towards groups that seem alien and hostile.
To find a common point, we need to talk – even when it seems pointless to us. However, we emphasize the culture of discussion; even (or maybe especially) in the case of difficult and emotional topics. Therefore, as part of the Project, we organize meetings where you can talk to people with opposing opinions on various topics, as well as workshops how to debate and present your views.
I don’t know, so I’ll find out
No one can be an expert in every field, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Problems begin when we speak about topics we absolutely do not know (but we don’t admit it).
Our goal is to encourage you to explore the issues that interest you – both through independent research and direct contact with specialists. We organize training courses on the reliability of various types of information sources, search tools and basic information on commonly used research methods.
Additionally, we broaden our horizons by talking to people dealing with less common fields of science, culture and sports. We believe that in order not to get stuck in an information bubble, it is worth learning new things, even those that do not necessarily go hand in hand with our views or interests.