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1 Edward de Bono - Six thinking hats -

2 I. Date of birth. Education
Edward de Bono was born in Malta in 1933. He attended St Edward's College during World War II and then the University of Malta where he qualified in medicine. He proceeded, as a Rhodes Scholar, to Christ Church, Oxford, where he gained an honours degree in psychology and physiology and then a D.Phil in medicine. He also holds a Ph.D from Cambridge and an MD from the University of Malta.

3 II. a. Work Dr. Edward de Bono is one of the very few people in history who can be said to have had a major impact on the way we think. In many ways he could be said to be the best known thinker internationally. He has written numerous books with translations into 34 languages (all the major languages plus Hebrew, Arabic, Bahasa, Urdu, Slovene, Turkish etc.). He has been invited to lecture in 52 countries around the world. In the University of Buenos Aires five faculties use his books as required reading. In Venezuela, by law, all school children must spend an hour a week on his programmes. In Singapore 102 secondary schools use his work. In Malaysia the senior science schools have been using his work for ten years. In the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and the UK there are thousands of schools using Dr. de Bono's programmes for the teaching of thinking. In 1988 he was awarded the first Capire prize in Madrid for a significant contribution to humankind.

4 II.b. Work Dr. de Bono has worked with many of the major corporations in the world such as IBM, Du Pont, Prudential, AT&T, British Airways, British Coal, NTT (Japan), Ericsson (Sweden), Total (France) etc. The largest corporation in Europe, Siemens (370,000 employees) is teaching his work across the whole corporation, following Dr. de Bono's talk to the senior management team. The term 'lateral thinking' was introduced by Edward de Bono and is now so much part of the language that it is used equally in a physics lecture and in a television comedy. Traditional thinking is to do with analysis, judgment and argument. In a stable world this was sufficient because it was enough to identify standard situations and to apply standard solutions. This is no longer so in a changing world where the standard solutions may not work. He is the undisputed world leader in what may be the most important field of all in the future: constructive and creative thinking.

5 III. a. Books The Use of Lateral Thinking (1967) introduced the term "lateral thinking" New Think (1967, 1968) The Five-Day Course in Thinking (1968), introduced the L game The Mechanism of the Mind (1969 suggests that the mind is a pattern matching machine Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step, (1970), The Dog-Exercising Machine (1970) Technology Today (1971) Practical Thinking (1971) Lateral Thinking for Management (1971) Po: A Device for Successful Thinking (1972) introduced the term Po Children Solve Problems (1972) Eureka!: An Illustrated History of Inventions from the Wheel to the Computer (1974) Teaching Thinking (1976) The Greatest Thinkers: The Thirty Minds That Shaped Our Civilization (1976), Wordpower (1977) The Happiness Purpose (1977) Opportunities : A handbook for business opportunity search (1978) Future Positive (1979) Atlas of Management Thinking (1981) De Bono's Course in Thinking (1982) Learn-To-Think: Coursebook and Instructors Manual with Michael De Saint-Arnaud (1982) Tactics: The Art and Science of Success (1985)

6 III. b. Books Conflicts (1985) Masterthinker's Handbook (1985)
Six Thinking Hats (1985) I Am Right, You Are Wrong: From This to the New Renaissance: From Rock Logic to Water Logic (1990) Six Action Shoes (1991) Handbook for the Positive Revolution (1991) Serious Creativity: Using the Power of Lateral Thinking to Create New Ideas (1992) a summation of many of De Bono's ideas on creativity Sur/Petition (1992) - creating value monopolies when everyone else is merely competing. Parallel thinking: from Socratic thinking to de Bono thinking (1994) Teach Yourself How to Think (1995) How to Be More Interesting (1998) Simplicity (1999) New Thinking for the New Millennium (1999) Why I Want To Be King of Australia (1999) How to Have A Beautiful Mind (2004) Six Value Medals (2005) H+ (Plus): A New Religion (2006) How to Have Creative Ideas (2007) Free or Unfree? : Are Americans Really Free? (2007) ISBN Six Frames For Thinking About Information (2008)

7 Edward de Bono is regarded by many as the leading authority in the world in the field of creative thinking and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. He has written 62 books with translations into 37 languages and has been invited to lecture in 54 countries. He is the originator of lateral thinking which treats creativity as the behaviour of information in a self-organising information system - such as the neural networks in the brain. From such a consideration arise the deliberate and formal tools of lateral thinking, parallel thinking etc. on which this course is based. Dr Edward de Bono's 'Six Thinking Hats' will provide the skill and tools that can be applied immediately. It is a simple and effective system that increases productivity. The principle behind the 'Six Thinking Hats' is parallel thinking which ensures that all the people in a meeting are focused on and thinking about the same subject at the same time.

8 Hat White: The target is neutral and objective
Hat White: The target is neutral and objective. The white hat takes care of objective facts and numbers; pure target, virgin, facts, numbers and information. Hat Red: The red one suggests wrath, (to see red), fury and emotions. red hat gives the emotional point of view; to see red, emotions and feelings, also prefeeling e intuition. Hat Black: The black is sad and negative. The black hat covers negative aspects – why something cannot be done; devil's advocate, negative judgment, reason by which he will not be.

9 Hat Yellow: The yellow is glad and positive
Hat Yellow: The yellow is glad and positive. The yellow hat is optimist and covers the hope y the positive thought; light of the sun, brightness and optimism, positive, constructive, opportunity. Hat Green: The green one is turf, vegetation and fertile growth, abundant. The green hat indicates new creativity and ideas; fertility, creativity, plants appearing of the seeds, movement, provocation. Hat Blue: The blue one is cold, and is also the color of the sky, that is in favor of upon everything. The blue hat takes care of the control and the organization of process of the thought. Also of the use of the other hats; moderation and control, conductor, to think about thought.

10 SUMMARY The White Hat: calls for information known or needed. "The facts, just the facts." The Yellow Hat: symbolises brightness and optimism. You can explore the positives and probe for value and benefit. The Black Hat: signifies caution and critical thinking - do not overuse! Why something may not work . The Red Hat: signifies feelings, hunches and intuition - the place where emotions are placed without explanation. The Green Hat: focuses on creativity, possibilities, alternatives and new ideas. It is an opportunity to express new concepts and new perceptions - lateral thinking could be used here. The Blue Hat: is used to manage the thinking process. It ensures that the 'Six Thinking Hats' guidelines are observed.

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