Edward De Bono

By Martin Gilliard

Doctor Edward De Bono Ph.D. is the founder and director of the Cognitive research trust in Cambridge, England. 

An academic who is the father of lateral thinking and a world-renowned creativity expert. He has worked with Gerry Adams, the Eurythmics, Richard Branson, Francis Bacon and the Pet Shop Boys in terms of improving the creative process.


He is a consultant and author and has written 68 books, in 40 languages, with many people teaching his methods across the globe.

De Bono is responsible for creating the popular six thinking hats technique, which helps you look at important decisions from a number of different perspectives. This technique was first promoted in his book of the same name: "6 thinking hats".

Edward De Bono

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De Bono is also responsible for the systematic thinking tool known as PMI or plus minus interesting which is a variation of pros and cons analysis.

Many of De Bono’s thinking tools are now taught on training courses to employees wishing to improve their creative abilities and they are taught across many schools across the globe.

The International Astronomical Associations renamed the planet DE73 to EdeBono after him.

He followed many generations of his family by enrolling in medical school at the island of Malta’s university at the age of 15 (his father was a doctor, his mother was a journalist). This university is now home to his Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking.

His life’s work has been with respect to educating people how to treat creativity as a systematic process. Many large corporations have adopted his methods including Boeing, British Telecom, Nokia, Nestle, IBM and Siemens.

You can watch the video below of De Bono giving a talk on creativity and thinking outside of the box:



Some Of The Books By Edward De Bono Include:

Six Thinking Hats

Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step

How to Have a Beautiful Mind 

Creativity Workout: 62 Exercises to Unlock Your Most Creative Ideas 

Teach Your Child How to Think 

Think!: Before It's Too Late 

Change Directions: Perceive it, Believe it, Achieve it 

The Six Value Medals: The Essential Tool for Success in the 21st Century 

Six Frames: For Thinking About Information 

H+ (Plus) A New Religion?: How to Live Your Life Positively Through Happiness, Humour, Help, Hope, Health 

I Am Right You Are Wrong: From This to the New Renaissance: From Rock Logic to Water Logic



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