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There’s a story of a conversation Bill Clinton had with Edward de Bono a couple of years ago, when they were both in Hong Kong.

Bill asked Edward his opinion of what, in an ideal world, ‘the perfect nation’ would look like.

De Bono is said to have replied:

It would have an ethnically diverse population of twenty to twenty-five million people. English would be the national language. It would be religiously and economically liberated, have a democratic form of government and a vigorous free press. I’d locate it somewhere along the Pacific Rim. It would have a young history and an optimistic outlook. And a generous climate that lent itself to encouraging all its people – rich or poor – to enjoy the wonderful free gifts nature has to offer.

‘Sounds wonderful,’ Clinton wistfully remarked. ‘What would you call it?’ he asked.

‘Oh, I wouldn’t change its name,’ de Bono replied. ‘”Australia” will do fine.’

But what is “Australia”? … 

From Fox News:
As any Baby Boomer will tell you, Americans have more information to cram into their memories than ever. Yet, as we age, our capacity for recall grows weaker.

But what if you could capture every waking moment of your entire life, store it on your computer and then recall digital snapshots of everything you’ve seen and heard with just a quick search?

Renowned computer scientist Gordon Bell, head of Microsoft’s Media Presence Research Group and founder of the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, thinks he might be able to do just that.

He calls it a “surrogate memory,” and what he considers an early version of it even has an official name — MyLifeBits.

Yesterday was my mentor, George Gallup‘s birthday.

Professor George H. Gallup, was born 18 November 1901. He was the inventor of polling and market research and Founder of The Gallup Poll at Princeton, NJ.

gallup time.jpeg He said: “Polling is merely an instrument for gauging public opinion. When a president or any other leader pays attention to poll results, he is, in effect, paying attention to the views of the people. Any other interpretation is nonsense.”

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On November 17, 1979, at JFK International Airport the School of Thinking was born.

alternatives At that meeting I outlined my plan to Edward de Bono to create Thinking Instructors to teach thinking skills in schools, businesses and families around the world.

The School of Thinking–now based on the internet at http://www.schoolofthinking.org–is exporting Thinking Lessons from Australia to over 43 countries every day.

Over the past 28 years this idea has spread around the world and has now become the second largest program for the teaching of thinking in the world. The Vatican’s 500-year mission–exporting its own European thinking system know as logic–is still farandaway the largest program in history.