In Australia, and elsewhere, there are two kinds of players: subtractors and contributors. Subtractors consume value. They are value drains. Contributors create value. They are value fountains. Both play a part in the game.

The Net Contributor Score (NCS) is the number of subtractors in the enterprise compared to the number of contributors expressed as a percentage score.

The NCS Question is:

Are you a net contributor?

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The Wisdom of WOMBATS is the elite R&D group of 1000 SOT thinkers who are currently researching and developing the WOMBAT replication strategy for businesses.

For example, one wisdom of 100 wombat thinkers experimenting in a national call centre in Melbourne have already produced several x10 conversion outcomes in less than six months.

It comes from the collective noun for a discrete population of wombats ie ‘a wisdom of wombats’. These marvellous Yoda-like marsupials were named wombats by the Eora aboriginals who were the pre-eminent inhabitants of Sydney.

Interesting Information:

  • Wombats are marsupials and are native to south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. They grow to about one metre in length. The name ‘wombat’ originates from the Eora Aboriginies, who first inhabited the Sydney region.

36 years ago, since School of Thinking began the nationwide Learn-To-Think Project in the USA in 1980–to put thinking on the school curriculum as a school subject–what have been the results? Now that kids have their daily thinking lessons are they any better off? Are they better thinkers? Do they make better decisions? Not just in school but in life?

The answer is: YES. The trend is positive. The kids are alright.

We know this because every two years, the federal government asks thousands of teenagers dozens of questions about whether they are all right. Since 1991, it has sent something called the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey to more than 10,000 high school students every other year, to inquire about all sorts of bad behaviors that range from drug use to unprotected sex to fighting at school.

The overarching question this survey asks is basically: How much trouble are you getting into?

The answer, lately, has been, “Not that much at all” – especially when you compare today’s teens with their parents, who came of age in the early 1990s.

Most of the survey questions show that today’s teenagers are among the best-behaved on record. They smoke less, drink less, and have sex less than the previous generation. It seems they are, comparatively, a milder-mannered bunch.

Explore the data

Teen behavior in… 1991 2013
Regularly wear a seat belt 74.1 92.4
Ever tried alcohol 81.6 66.2
Ever tried a cigarette 70.1 44.1
Used a condom during last sexual intercourse 46.2 59.1
Ever had sex 54.1 46.8
Tried marijuana 31.3 40.7
Had sex within the last 3 months 37.5 34
Ever been in a physical fight 42.5 24.7
Drank 5 or more drinks in a row in past month 31.3 20.8
Smoke cigarettes 27.5 15.7
Seriously considered a suicide attempt in past year 29 17
Tried cocaine 5.9 5.5