How do you find a position on an important issue? With so much information, with so many dissenting points of view, with opinion clouding fact and with emotion ruling many arguments it is no wonder that people are confused.

Traditionally we have trusted information from the media to inform us, but the strategy of presenting opposing points of view seems to give equal weight to those perspectives when sometimes the views can be hard to support with evidence.

Often it is those with the loudest voice or who speak frequently that are heard, and through this obtain a kind of legitimacy.

If we are confused about what to thinking about the refugee crisis, climate change, increasing the GST, the slaughter in Syria, then we are going to have to do the research for ourselves.

What we shouldn’t do is listen to those with the loudest voice or the column in the most read newspaper, what we should do is listen to what the experts in their field are saying.

The opinions that we form should be based on facts not emotion and if it’s too difficult for us to understand sufficiently to take a position, then perhaps we shouldn’t argue an opinion at all.


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Written by Lisa Smith

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Lisa is a professional thinker dedicated to helping people unlock their innate creativity and to empower them to think differently – for themselves. She is passionate about building innovative cultures and about harnessing and engaging talent to create thinking communities. Lisa holds an MBA, specialising in organisational change and innovation, which forms the nucleus of her work. She relishes opportunities to share the Minds at Work thinking strategies with government bodies, socially responsible corporate, educators, community groups and farmers, helping them to turn their big ideas into realities.