On Monday we celebrated our 29th birthday as SOT entered its 30th year.
In New York, on November 17, 1979, at JFK International Airport, the School of Thinking was born and 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.
In 2007 School of Thinking–now based on the internet at http://www.schoolofthinking.org–exported over one million Thinking Lessons from Australia to 46 countries worldwide.
For the past 29 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.
Since its inception SOT has been pro bono and will continue to be so in 2009.
However, there is a need (and a demand) for deeper and broader offerings in this field of study which will require fees and greater commitments from trainers and trainees. To help meet this need we will be establishing the Graduate SOT in 2009. Further details will be published early in 2009.