Very often people ask why the SOT is free. Why are there no fees? Some people are even sceptical that it is free and wait for the “money-scheme” to ambush them.

There is nothing wrong with charging fees for services and SOT is actually funded by the fees we do charge to corporations for consulting. But, on the web, SOT is free and has been since it first started.

In 1995, the School of Thinking became the first virtual school on the internet as one of the world’s first 10,000 websites. Today the internet has more than 600 million websites.

In those first days the ethos of the internet was “Information wants to be free!” and SOT became the world’s first school for teaching thinking to anyone, anywhere and at anytime. As Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the WWW puts it, “The spirit of the internet was not one of patents and royalties but of academic openness”.

STEWART BRAND spreads the “information wants to be free” meme at the first Hackers’ Conference in 1984 …

“On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other.”

Here are my two main books, Software For Your Brain and WOMBAT Selling: How to sell by Word of Mouth. There are also some other resources you can use and pass on.

If you wish, you do have my permission to forward this link or the links to any of these resources to your colleagues, associates, employees, sporting organisations, family and schools. There are no fees.

With best wishes,




• The 59 Second Course in Thinking – “ESCAPE + SEARCH = THINK”

First, there are two main books which you can download with my compliments:
• THINK: Software For Your Brain

• SELL: WOMBAT Selling

Second, you can do online training sent to you by daily emails (all pro bono) here:
• THINK: Beyond Critical Thinking

• SELL: WOMBAT Selling by Word of Mouth

• Michael on Leadership.


• Australia: Simon Chen – An Interview With Michael Hewitt-Gleeson

• Germany: Michael interviewed by Florian Rustler


• Strategic Thinking: Most business leaders spend their time and energy on solving the wrong problem.

• Beyond the Abyss: We are living in exponential times!
Did you hear, for example, that:
• China will soon become the #1 English speaking country in the world
• 25% of India’s population with the highest IQ is greater than the total US population.
• The top ten in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004.

• Is it true?: How to use Greyscale Thinking.
In our exploding world of cybermedia with peer2peer messaging at the speed of light, I believe that the global epidemic spread of lies may be one of the most serious challenges facing long-term human survival.


• THE BIG BRAIN TRAIN: Teaching Thinking in Australian Schools
In early 2009 SOT will open up the National Brain Training Engine in Australia–The Big Brain Train.
The BIG BRAIN TRAIN is a national innovation initiative to focus attention on:
• the teaching of “thinking skills” and also
• the teaching of “teaching thinking skills” in Australian schools.
• the BIG BRAIN TRAIN is also a pro bono service offered to any educational institution in Australia.
Any school, college, university, TAFE or educational institution may qualify for membership in the National Brain Training Engine.


• World Thinking Congress 2010 (WTC 2010)
Thinking has the power to change attitudes and lives. The World Thinking Congress 2010 will bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers. In a fast paced format, the best speakers and thinkers will come alive on stage at the new Melbourne Convention Centre. As for your invitation here:



180px-Glass-of-water.jpg Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

The problem with this question is in the construction of the question. The question is set-up as two-box thinking rather than three-box, six-box or even ten-box thinking.

Right or wrong? Black or white? Yes or no? All examples of black hat, judgmental two-box thinking.

If you accepted the way the question has been put to you (and you don’t ever have to) and if you answered ‘half-empty’ you would be RIGHT but maybe not as effective as you could be.

Using cvs2bvs you can escape from two-box thinking—change your perception from cvs to bvs—and always choose a better outcome.

••• Click through here to see also The Necker Cube illusion •••

Yes, of course you’ve heard this before many times but it still applies to every single situation–many hundreds of them–that come your way every day of your conscious life.

Knowing this is not as important as actually doing it.

So, the important questions are:
How often each day can YOU use cvs2bvs?
How many times will you escape from YOUR
cvs today?
How can YOU use this today?

neckercube.jpg The Necker Cube is an ambiguous line drawing. It can be interpreted two different ways. When a person stares at the picture, it will often seem to flip back and forth between the two valid interpretations. The Necker Cube is an optical illusion first published in 1832 by Swiss crystallographer Louis Albert Necker.

Like the paradox of the “half-empty/half-full glass of water” the Necker Cube shows how human perception is multi-stable. It can change and be changed–it can flip/flop.

This also shows why the cvs2bvs brain software is so powerful in the human perception system because it can change, or flip, perception from one stable state to another stable state–on command!

Click through here to an interesting animated Necker Cube.