Creativity and Schools – Thinkibility Nibble

"We are born creative geniuses and the 'education' system dumbs us down, according to NASA scientists" headlined a post about a NASA test for creativity for spotting creative geniuses was applied to young children. Children between 4 and 5 scored a full 98%. When the children 5 years later were tested again, only 30% of... Continue Reading →

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Thinking in Analogies

Many teachers in analytical/critical thinking and writing clearly forbid students the use of analogies, because, in one sense, all analogies are faulty. However, as George Lakoff,  known for his thesis that the lives of individuals are significantly influenced by the central metaphors they use to explain complex phenomena, convincingly argues  that all our thinking is metaphorical.... Continue Reading →

Change Your Mood

How many seconds does it take to shift your mood? What messages would  you write to change your mood/thinking? SLOO is an art toy that can help "to remind us to have the strength and motivation to express." Chalk is a toy created like a chalkboard, which means that you can draw and write on... Continue Reading →

Prove that you are Fit to Work Today!

Children with a fever, swollen glands and glazed eyes are prescribed antibiotics so that their parents can go to work? Or they are sent to school where they spread the germs. Work colleagues are coughing and sneezing and relying on you to do their work. Telephone queues to the GP's and desperate people queuing outside... Continue Reading →

Interesting Reading Areas 2018

In 2013 we started what seems to have become an end of the year tradition. What would be the Interesting Reading Areas for the next year? As we don't like traditions for preventing thinking again, we will have another set-up this year. But first: Most  end-of-the-year lists of books consists of books that have already... Continue Reading →

“Thinking and the Meaning of Life!”

Gijs and Asa are delighted to introduce Dennis Perrin, who has kindly written this blog post. Enjoy! 1. Creativity and de Bono Thinking 2.Training makes the difference 3.Some experiences with the de Bonos Creativity and de Bono Thinking In the early seventies I bought Dr de Bono’s book “The Mechanism of Mind”. In the book,... Continue Reading →

Unschooling – Thinkibility Boost

What is unschooling? Is unschooling the same as homeschooling? And is wilderness necessary for unschooling? Let us start with your first thoughts when you read the quote above. When we read quotes is tempting to either agree or disagree. Yet, exploring  a topic is a much more fruitful approach. Usually we do not agree or... Continue Reading →

Too Many Ideas?

Normally we are asked to help people or teams to get ideas. Because they are stuck, running around in circles, blocked, don't have inspiration or are just not creative "by nature". However, in most of the cases they lack creative thinking tools by wich they can create deliberately alternative approaches or construct systematically breakthrough ideas.... Continue Reading →

Ideathons : breakthrough idea construction

In Ideathons, a deliberate attempt is made to create breakthrough ideas. They are tightly directed 2-hour events. The participants work together in small groups of 5 to 6 thinkers. There are clearly defined areas - not too wide nor too narrow. Areas where there is an urgent need for better ideas. For that purpose, world-renowned... Continue Reading →

Tomorrow’s Consumers

If you need something, you buy it. Cars, houses, clothes, you name it. Everything you want or need can be found in real or online stores. This way of thinking was characteristic of the 20th century, efficient manufacturing, logistics, improved transports made it possible to create a shoper's paradise. Ownership of things is a way... Continue Reading →

Eco Care-Icide

In the blog post Creative thinking for the living planet - ecospin doctors, we explored the importance of using suitable words to influence and change how people perceive the natural world.  In this blog post, we are using the new word Eco Care-Icide to highlight the need for changes in the way care homes are... Continue Reading →

Light Lightbulbs

To be creative and innovative is to be open to the idea your own ideas limited by your own experiences. You need to light several lightbulbs filled with possibilities to create something new. A simple way of looking at it is: if you do not explore lots of possibilities and light several lightbulbs, ideas cannot... Continue Reading →

Surprising and Dramatic

How long will it take? Nutrients matter! Some TED-talks are worth resharing. Nutrition reseracher Julia Rucklidge works at the University of  Canterbury, NZ. In the speech below she talks about the critical role of nutrition in mental health. She explains why this knowledge could change the way we treat mental illness. She published a double-blind... Continue Reading →

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