The first step is to teach metacognition, which is “thinking about thinking”.
Then the tools we use to teach lateral thinking are algorithms designed to exploit the pattern-recognition properties of the human brain. Tools like cvs2bvs.
We also aim to demonstrate that thinking skill is not a merely a gift but an acquired skill that can be learned and developed through algorithms which are taught by lessons and practice, like volley-ball, guitar, chess or cooking a souffle.
The School of Thinking motto is: No-one is ever born a skilled thinker.
We explain that if the brain is a very powerful necktop computer (which it is) we also need to upgrade our brain software from 2500 year-old Greco-Roman Logic to more recent advances in cognitive science like lateral thinking.
We teach ‘software for the brain’ and ‘brain apps’ like the very powerful GBB.
One of our most powerful algorithms for people in business is: x10 thinking.
A Universal Declaration of the
Rights of Lateral Thinkers
1. As lateral thinkers, we have the right to use thinking in a quiet and confident manner simply for its own sake.
2. As lateral thinkers, we have the right to have pride of virtuosity in our lateral thinking skills.
3. As lateral thinkers, we have the right to use that skill and to consider a “lateral thinking reaction” rather than a reaction based on emotion or past experience alone. The thinking might make use of experience and emotion, but these would be part of the lateral thinking instead of controlling it.
4. A lateral thinker has the right to use new algorithms to escape from current views of situations and to search for much better views of situations because we can and because it pleases us to do so.
5. A lateral thinker has the universal right to be wrong.
6. A lateral 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 lateral 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 creating value and designing a better future.
8. A lateral 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 lateral thinker has the right to think things through and to fix them without creating a fuss.
9. A lateral thinker has the right to spell out the factors involved in a situation and also the reasons behind a decision.
10. Above all, a lateral thinker has the right to be asked to think about something, to focus thinking in a deliberate manner upon any subject. Lateral 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 can also be practical—the sort of thinking that is required to create value and get things done.