Who is Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson?

At the School of Thinking (SOT) we teach thinking as a skill … 100% online!

SOT is the biggest program in the world for teaching lateral thinking with over a half a billion lessons since 1979. SOT is science-based and membership is not for everyone. It is a curated experience for real thinkers and for those individuals who are interested in becoming highly skilled thinkers. In addition to basic training in thinking skills SOT also accepts students for training as Certified Instructors, and a select few for a Masters and a Doctoral program in Lateral Thinking.

– Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson, Principal SOT.  January 2017.

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DR MICHAEL HEWITT-GLEESON is the world’s first Doctor of Lateral Thinking. He is Principal of the School and is your online daily mentor for learning and strengthening your Lateral Thinking skills.

The inventor of x10 Thinking he is author of the classic book The x10 Memeplex: Multiply Your Business BY Ten! (Prentice Hall, 2000). He personally presents your daily online mentoring …

• The School of Thinking (SOT) model was designed by Dr Hewitt-Gleeson who holds the world’s first Doctorate of Lateral Thinking (1980).

• He is a Visiting Innovation Fellow at LaTrobe University’s AgriBio, the largest agricultural science R&D organisation in Australia.

• He is currently an Advisory Board member of the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education’s Centre for Positive Psychology.

• SOT is 100% online. The daily mentor, Michael Hewitt-Gleeson, is also known as ‘the father of x10 thinking’.

• An intellectual philanthropist and cognitive scientist he is co-founder (with Dr Edward de Bono, 1979), of the School of Thinking.

On 30 May 1988 in Canberra the School of Thinking was officially launched in Australia by Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson in the presence of the then Governor General of Australia, Sir Ninian Stephan AK GCMB GCVO KBE, at the Bi-Centennial Convention of 600 of Australia’s statespeople.
Also speaking was the Prime Minister of Australia at the time and Rhodes scholar, The Hon Robert J Hawke AK who commended Dr Hewitt-Gleeson for this initiative saying, “Australia must become a clever country!”.

The historic event was reported in Australia’s largest circulation newspaper, The Sun – (Melbourne, Australia, Fri May 27, 1988): “The education for 600 of Australia’s notable statesmen will begin on Monday (30 May 1988) when Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson delivers the keynote address at the Bicentennial National Congress in Canberra.”

The mission of the School of Thinking has been to get thinking taught on the Australian school curriculum as a core subject. “If Dr Hewitt-Gleeson has his way, Australian schoolchildren will, by 1992, have the study (of thinking) as much a part of their curriculum as the traditional subjects of maths and English,” recorded Australian author, Peter Fitzimons, in the Sydney Morning Herald (Wednesday September 5, 1990).

Dr Hewitt-Gleeson said, “If we are to ensure our economic future and our stability as a nation, we may have to focus more on the productivity and potential of Australians as individual thinkers.”


Michael Anthony Hewitt-Gleeson (born Melbourne 1947) is an Australian cognitive scientist and author of the classic best-selling coursebook on neuroplasticity called Software For Your Brain (1989), ISBN 09473511088.

Dr Hewitt-Gleeson first published his invention of the universal brain software known as the digital switch cvs2bvs or cvs to bvs in 1984 (NewSell, Boardroom Books, New York, 1984).

cvs2bvs is based on Hewitt’s-Gleeson’s First Law of Thinking which states: the current view of the situation (cvs) can never be equal to the better view of the situation (bvs) 0r cvs≠bvs. And, cvs x10 = bvs.

image2Hewitt-Gleeson is an acknowledged world authority on lateral thinking who has four published titles on Lateral Thinking. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Science, International College, Los Angeles (1980) with an association with New York University (NYU).

In 1980, Cambridge Professor Edward de Bono was Hewitt-Gleeson’s tutor for the world’s first PhD in Lateral Thinking in which he proposed The Theory of Newsell. His examiner was the distinguished Professor George Gallup, Founder of the Gallup Poll, Princeton. At that time Professor Gallup wrote, “Newsell may be the first new strategy for selling in 50 years”.

He was a Member of the Advisory Board for the Learning and Leadership Centre for Melbourne Grammar School from 2006 to 2012. In 2005 he was appointed by Victorian Premier Steve Bracks as an original Ambassador for Think Victoria and Club Melbourne. He is the first Visiting Academic Fellow in Innovation Thinking at the Biosciences Research Division of the Department of Primary Industries at La Trobe University (2007). He is a Member of the Royal Society of Victoria.


Dr Hewitt-Gleeson has been an international consultant on strategy and sought by organizations and corporations from the United Nations, and the White House to IBM, Fujitsu, BMW, Jack Welch of General Electric, AMP, Telstra, Vodaphone, Saatchi & Saatchi, Australian Institute of Sport and St Kilda Football Club. He has lectured widely in many nations including Canada, China, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Indonesia, Tahiti, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Netherlands, Mexico, Spain, France, Israel, Japan, Italy, Greece, Malta, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.

In SOT 1983 School of Thinking disseminated 476 million thinking lessons worldwide in a special project with Readers Digest. SOT’s famous text, The Learn-To-Think Coursebook and Instructors Manual, was featured in a special cover story on all international worldwide editions. “The SOT system has been adopted by corporate executives, taught in schools and studied by government officials,” wrote distinguished science-writer Moreton Hunt.

Hewitt-Gleeson’s work has been featured in Forbes, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Personal Success (cover story May ’91), Wall Street Journal, GQ (cover story), The Australian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The West Australian, BRW, Financial Review, Australian Anthill and many publications. He has been featured in numerous radio and television programs and internet blogs worldwide.

In 1991 he was elected a member of The Melbourne Savage Club.


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57 thoughts on “Who is Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson?

  1. Hi Micheal, really wondering your words make me think a lot, and admiring words, great God bless you, Thanks…

  2. I’ve often thought that our creativity has been stifled so we could be put into a box. Let’s learn to break out.

  3. Hi Michael, I hope this finds you very well! I am wondering if you can send me a document for being accredited to teach your Lateral Thinking. I lost mine years ago in a flood. I am teaching now. I do hope we stay in touch.
    Very best regards,
    Sir T

  4. Had the pleasure of listening to Mr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson speak live at a seminar – very impressed by his presentation.

  5. Here I am again to relearn and rehearse what I learnt three years back from the master trainer. Glad I made this comeback decision.

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