Upon recommendation of the Council of the Graduate School of Thinking the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Lateral Thinking (LThDSOT) Honoris Causa was conferred on Brian Anthony Monahan at a special luncheon at The Melbourne Savage Club On Tuesday, 17th October 2006.

His citation read, “in recognition of your world class innovations in advertising, your thought leadership in bringing these innovations to the marketplace and your service as Chairman of the Council of the School of Thinking over the past ten years”.

Nicholas Holt Esq of Rigby Cooke Lawyers noted that, “it was indeed a most enjoyable occasion in a superb setting with excellent food”.


– SOT Principal (right) presents award to Dr Brian Monahan (left)

The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance

This is the first handbook where the world’s foremost ‘experts on expertise’ review our scientific knowledge on expertise and expert performance and how experts may differ from non-experts in terms of their development, training, reasoning, knowledge, social support, and innate talent.
General issues that cut across most domains are reviewed in chapters on various aspects of expertise such as general and practical intelligence, differences in brain activity, self-regulated learning, deliberate practice, aging, knowledge management, and creativity.


The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance
Edited by K. Anders Ericsson
Florida State University
Florida Institute of Human & Machine Cognition

The next masterclass will be on Tuesday, 21 November.

Email today to book reservations.

WHERE: Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Suite 1, Level 5
2 Clarendon Street, Southbank, Melbourne.

WHAT: How To Multiply Your Business By Ten!: A 120-Minute MasterClass with Michael Hewitt-Gleeson. Michael is the author of The XIO Memeplex: Multiply Your Business By Ten! (Prentice Hall, 2000).

WHO: SOT Members & friends; teachers of thinking; executives and entrepreneurs; others who are interested in raising their innovation intelligence.

FEES: There are no fees. Seating must be limited to ‘first come first served’. These pro bono events are sponsored by School of Thinking and Melbourne Exhibition Centre to promote Thinking in Melbourne.

HOW: Email to reserve a place for you and your associates in these unique events. Say which dates you wish to attend. Give the the full names and organisation of participants. You will receive confirmation by return email. All privacy is respected.

Nemo Nascitur Sapiens Artifex – No-one is ever born a skilled thinker.

Artist grants gallery $16m vision of future
– The Australian

JAMES Gleeson believes that art is society’s strongest link between the past, the present and the future. And to ensure the grand tradition of Australian art continues well into the 21st century, the painter is putting all of his money – $16 million of it – where his mouth is.

In what is by far the biggest monetary donation received by the Art Gallery of NSW in its 104-year history, Gleeson has pledged his entire estate to the Sydney landmark.

“I thought about it quite seriously for a long time, and I decided that it was the logical thing for me to do,” said the 91-year-old, who is considered Australia’s pre-eminent surrealist painter.

“Art is my main reason for existence, really. I just love what man has made to satisfy some aesthetic instinct and need, and I think there should be more of it. It is the great connecting link between the past and today.”