Graduation at School of Thinking

Graduation is always a special day. In 2008 Michael talks about graduation to a group of new graduates at Victoria University …

The School of Thinking’s Thinking Instructor Certificate (TISOT) is an elite academic deed awarded for the successful completion of advanced studies in teaching thinking. Three hours of metacognition training with Michael Hewitt-Gleeson are required. 

The TISOT masterclasses involve a different kind of training combining valuable IP from business, the academy and from military science.

Dr Hewitt-Gleeson is recognised as the father of x10 Thinking. The Visiting Fellow in Innovation, Latrobe University, holds a PhD degree in Cognitive Science from the elite International College. It was the world’s first PhD in Lateral Thinking. Michael graduated from International College in 1980 and the pedagogy for the School of Thinking owes much to that of the far-sighted International College of the 1980s.

International College (IC) was an independent, private, licenced college, founded in Los Angeles in the early 1970s. Licensed to grant degrees by the California State Department of Education, IC degrees were recognized by Harvard, Yale, NYU and other Ivy League colleges. It was a virtual college having no classrooms, libraries or laboratories and a business model that was ahead of its time. As its motto, In Vestigiis Institutorum Antiquorum indicated, the college followed the methods of the first Greek and Roman universities, where gifted students were paired one student/one master with celebrated tutors.

At IC the outstanding tutors were: Leonard Bernstein in Music and Conducting; Anaïs Nin in Novels and Writing; Buckminster Fuller in Innovation and Design Science; Lord Yehudi Menuhin in Violin and Music; Edward de Bono in Education and Psychology. Other world-renowned tutors at IC included: poet Kenneth Rexroth; author Lawrence Durrell; documentary Oscar-winning filmmaker Robert Snyder; dance instructor Anna S. Halprin; historian-philosopher Erik Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn; educator Ivan Illich; musician Ravi Shankar; economist Hans Sennholz; and, before their passing, communications expert Marshall McLuhan; architect F. Lloyd Wright; and paleontologist Louis S. B. Leakey

In 1980, Hewitt-Gleeson was admitted to International College and paired with Edward de Bono for the world’s first PhD in lateral thinking. The field project he designed involved 26 New York hospitals and their 40,000 healthcare employees. His external examiner for the project was George Gallup, founder of The Gallup Poll at Princeton.

Leadership training for cadets at RAAF Base, Sale, Australia, 1972

Prior to his career in lateral thinking, he had already 7 years of service in the ADF (Australian Defence Force). He had been educated and trained at the rigorous Officer Training Unit, Scheyville (1968-69) and after a tour of duty in the Vietnam War he continued as a reserve officer and Chief Instructor in the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) with the rank of Flying Officer.

Dr Hewitt-Gleeson is Australia’s best-selling author of Software For Your Brain (1990), The x10 Memeplex (2000) and The 4th Brain (2019). His current projects include a new online pandemic recovery experience for teaching x10 Thinking called Australia x10.

Graduation at School of Thinking

School of Thinking holds special graduation days during the year.

***NEXT INTAKE: The next intake of certified thinking instructors will be on Wednesday 1 June. Fifty places available. 180 minutes of intensive training. Certificate earned: fee $100. If you’d like to be considered for this intake write to Michael.

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