What is a thinker?

A thinker is a sovereign individual who deliberately values the natural rights of thinkers.

The School of Thinking supports the natural rights of thinkers. Here is a second draft of ten thinkers rights which are supported by the School of Thinking.

Please consider these ten rights and post your own comments or suggestions below. Thanks.

A Universal Declaration of Thinkers Rights

1. As thinkers, we have the right to use thinking in a quiet and confident manner.

2. As thinkers, we have the right to have pride in our thinking skill.

3.  As thinkers, we have the right to use that skill and to consider a “thinking reaction” rather than a reaction based on emotion or experience alone. The thinking might make use of experience and emotion, but these would be part of the thinking instead of controlling it.

4. A thinker has the right to escape from current views of situations and to search for much better views of situations.

5. A thinker has the universal right to be wrong.

6. A thinker does not have to defend a point of view at all costs. There is the right to see other points of view and the right to design a much better decision.

7. A thinker has the right to acquire wisdom or to seek it out wherever it may be found. Wisdom is quite distinct from the sort of cleverness that is taught in school. Cleverness may be useful for dealing with set puzzles or defending local truths but wisdom is required for designing a safer future.

8. A thinker has the right to get on with his or her own work and to get along with other thinkers and if things go wrong a thinker has the right to think things through and to fix them without creating a fuss.

9. A thinker has the right to spell out the factors involved in a situation and also the reasons behind a decision.

10. Above all, a thinker has the right to  be asked to think about something, to focus thinking in a deliberate manner upon any subject. Thinking can be used as a tool by the thinker at will. The use of this tool can be enjoyable whatever the outcome. This applied thinking is practical—the sort of thinking that is required to get things done.

– This draft is adapted from the Learn-To-Think Coursebook and Instructors Manual © 1982 Edward de Bono and Michael Hewitt-Gleeson, Capra New USA.

FROM IBM’s Bernard Meyerson, Chief Innovation Officer:

The IBM Next 5 in 5, our 2012 forecast of inventions that will change your world in the next five years, on how computers will mimic the senses:

Touch:        You’ll reach out and touch through your phone
Sight:          A pixel will be worth a thousand words
Hearing:     Computers will hear what matters
Taste:          Digital taste buds will help you to eat healthier
Smell:          Computers will have a sense of smell

The war movie that had the biggest impact on my life was a 6-minute film called National Service Officer (click then scroll to bottom of page to see the film), a military infomercial about a place in Western Sydney called, Scheyville OTU (Officer Training Unit).

I spent nine months there in 1967 and, looking back, it was clearly the peak training experience in advancing my professional career in strategic thinking and leadership development.

 The Scheyville Experience is a little known Australian advanced leadership training method developed by Brigadier Ian Geddes.

However, if revived, it’s IP applied value could be worth tens of billions of dollars to the Australian economy in the next ten years.

The SOT training method has been based on the Geddes Method since 1979 which accounts for SOT’s extraordinary results in thought leadership. We pass this on to our instructors, students and corporate clients.



cvs: In Australia, not only is productivity getting lower, jobs are being lost, the economy is slowing and the work ethic is out of fashion; but also, both child obesity AND the adult mortality rate is up.

bvs: what if national service was introduced into Australia for both men and women? what if it was not compulsory but opt-in/opt-out? would would be the balance of consequences? what would be the value for Australia?

It is interesting to do a GBB and explore the possible consequences.

There is convincing evidence that the worker ethic would be revived, thinking and leadership skills would expand along with productivity growth. Also, health would improve and the mortality rate would be lowered.

These findings represent potential benefits that are worth hundreds of billions of dollars and go direct to Australia’s bottom line.

The government has already done the research and is aware of this potential bvs but may simply be t0o politically timid to do anything about it.