Today I’ve been invited to address the 800 students and teachers of the Senior School of St Michael’s Grammar School at The Astor Theatre in St Kilda, Melbourne (a wonderful Art Deco theatre that the school recently purchased).
I ‘ve been asked to talk about “Diversity in Thinking”.
In 1983, School of Thinking originated the idea of ‘Six Thinking Hats’ to show that there is more than one way of thinking–logic. Today, after more than 25 years of teaching thinking and training teachers of thinking around the world, it is plain to me that there is a vast, virtually unlimited, number of ways of thinking (for example, see this Wikipedia list).
There are not just 6 thinking hats, nor 60 thinking hats nor even 600 thinking hats, there are in fact many, many more … at least 6 billion thinking hats on Planet Earth!
To get you started, here are over 100 THINKTIPS reprinted from my book THE X10 MEMEPLEX: Multiply Your Business By Ten! (Prentice Hall 2000):
ESCAPE: How can I escape?
“Help! I’m trapped. How can I escape?” This is the cry of the thinker. Why? Because THE most difficult feat of thinking is to escape from your point-of-view. All of us are trapped in the special world we create for ourselves in our brain, our own unique viewpoint, our CVS. Your world and my world are different. You are trapped in your CVS as surely as I am trapped in my CVS.