MICHAEL’S SHORT BIO 2018

As an overview, I have 50 years of national and international experience as an independent, innovative and gifted educator in the business, military and education sectors. 

I have led the world in the teaching of thinking skills and have disseminated over half a billion thinking lessons worldwide since 1979. 

Evidence of my experience is my book: The Mastery of Lateral Thinking. I hold the world's first doctoral degree in lateral thinking (1980).

My Philosophy: There is nothing on Earth more powerful than lateral thinking.

My experience has demonstrated that a mastery of lateral thinking directly leads to a mastery of language. Better thinking leads to better communication. Students who can experience a leap in their thinking skills acquire a higher motivation to express their better thoughts and so they value language and literature more greatly. 

Strong motivation always leads to better education scores. I have always been able to generate strong motivation in my colleagues and students.

My classical education was at Rupertswood, a boarding-school run by the Salesian Catholic order. Salesians use a positive psychology method based upon the pedagogical experience of Saint John Bosco. Called the Preventative Method, It is based on three pillars: reason, religion and loving-kindness. 

As a scientist I am a humanist and not a believer. However, I have been a vaticanologist, researching in Rome and elsewhere, writing and commenting on the internet on the role of the Vatican in the development of the Western Education system. I am interested in how religion and science can work much better together.

My relevant personal references include:

• Sir Gus Nossal AC CBE, FAA, FRS - Chairman of the Gates Foundation’s Discovery Expert Group. 

• Professor David Penington AC, DM, MA(Oxon), FRCP, FRACP, FRCPA, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. 

• Professor Field Rickards, former Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. 

• Roy Kelley MA, DipEd, BA, Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School. 

• Major-General Jim Molan AO DSC (retired), best-selling author of Running the War in Iraq. 

• Rev Dr Stephen Ames, Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne.

In 1988 Sir Ninian Stephen, Governor-General of Australia, launched the School of Thinking in Canberra. Michael presented His Excellency with the "Australia's first Clever Brainusers Kit".

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