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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Anna Fransson, Oct. 22, 2013

Worth thinking about if you want to do something for the environment:
Plant trees, buy eco products, eat vegetarian food, local produce, recycling, sorting, second hand, better infrastructure, public transport/car-sharing, energy-smart, save electricity and energy. Think in long terms!

Anna Fransson
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  • Ryan Plourde Ryan Plourde Oct. 23, 2013
    These are all good ideas! Also,even if you don't want to go completely vegetarian, it would help just to do certain days of the week without eating meat. Another thing you can do is to grow a home garden. There is a great Facebook page called grow food not lawns with tips. Overall it's important for everyone to be conscious of there actions and the effects they have on the environment. Whether you choose to ride your bike or simply recycle everyday, anything can help.
  • Aina Milovanovic Aina Milovanovic Oct. 23, 2013
    As you mention there is so much we can do to improve the environment, and if many people work together it will definitely help us increase our CO2 emission. It is so much easier to work together with for instance a friend, since then you can help each other getting motivated. I feel like it is very hard to change if I am the only one that actually want’s to do so, so we have to be together. We really have to go inside ourselves and find the power and will to do something about our life style, and it doesn't even need to be a dramatic change, as Ryan said everything can help. If enough people carpool to work and school this would make a big difference itself, and if everybody had recyclable bags this would save the world from millions of plastic bags every year. It is all the small measures that makes the big difference.
  • angelo westmacott angelo westmacott Oct. 24, 2013
    this is a great idea and a good place to start. if everyone works together then we can do this and have a big change in the world for the better. all of these are easy and quick changes that we can do that will make a very big change in the long run. recycling is a great thing that we can do that will help the world so much by just this little thing that we are doing. This is a group effort that we all can help improve on

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Discussions Discussion Lateral Thinking Examples
srini n, Dec. 21, 2011

Very brief and simple intro to divergent thinking

srini n
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  • Bedford Wells Bedford Wells Dec. 21, 2011
    Very interesting video segment. I was so intrigued by Oxford's one word essay that I did some quick research on it to unfortunately find that this “devilishly” clever admissions requirement for All Souls College, at Oxford, was discontinued. It had been offered annually since 1932.


    The linked article gives interesting insight into this exam and the creative thinking former students used to execute it.
  • srini n srini n Dec. 21, 2011
    Bedford: Tnx for digging it out. Very interesting news article.

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Discussions Discussion Lateral Thinking Examples
srini n, Dec. 20, 2011

An insight switch-over involves discontinuity. It involves breaking loose from an established way of looking at things in order to find a new one. For this reason insight cannot be achieved by the sequential process of logical thinking which insists that you must be right at each stage.

So logical thinking will only preserve the established way of looking at things - not change it. To do this one needs lateral thinking.

srini n

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Discussions Discussion Lateral Thinking Examples
Kevin Chu, Dec. 4, 2011

Often, knowing what “not” to do is half the battle. So, here are “Ten Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking,” followed by a terrific sci-fi example of creative thinking]:


1. Trying to Find the “Right” Answer
2. Logical Thinking
3. Following Rules
4. Being Practical
5. Play is Not Work
6. That’s Not My Job
7. Being a “Serious” Person
8. Avoiding Ambiguity
9. Being Wrong is Bad
10. I’m Not Creative

Kevin Chu
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  • srini n srini n Dec. 5, 2011
    tbh, I dont understand this. What is the message?

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Discussions Discussion Lateral Thinking Examples
srini n, Dec. 3, 2011

Discuss: Where is lateral thinking needed more?

Today I was called in to judge a competition where management school students were presenting their new business ideas. I came away with the impression that students have novel ideas for new products or services but are weak in ideas for realizing those products into actual businesses. In a word they are fairly okay with the WHAT but not okay with HOW.

So I am wondering whether we have enough good examples of how lateral thinking helped in putting into the market a new product idea.

srini n
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  • Bedford Wells Bedford Wells Dec. 3, 2011
    The best business idea or business plan is only as good how it is implemented. Even if one knows HOW to implement the plan, the WHEN aspect of the equation is equally important. In other words, the TIMING of when you actually implement various aspect of the plan is critical to success. I've pretty much arrived to the point where I believe the HOW and WHEN aspects of business are much more complex than the idea. It's often due to poor execution that great business plans fail. And only experience can teach you how to avoid this pitfall - something most students don't have.
  • srini n srini n Dec. 3, 2011
    Well said. I guess new ideas get romanticized in management books seminars training sessions and academic portals far more and less attention is paid to the key aspects of execution which includes the processes, methods and resources and when.

    Yesterday a student had come up with one 'new' business idea of delivering at doorstep fresh cut vegetables everymorning but had no clue to the logistics involved in it!

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Discussions Discussion Lateral Thinking Examples
Kendra Adebayo, Dec. 2, 2011

William Kamkwamba, the young man in Malawi who, at age 14, built a windmills to bring electiricity to his village is one of the great lateral thinkers. He built hiw windmills based only on pictures he saw in a book. Everyone in his village mocked his efforts, calling him crazy…until the electricity his windmill produced changed the life of everyone in the village.

Kendra Adebayo
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  • srini n srini n Dec. 2, 2011
    Teah, I had read his story. Great work by a young boy it was. Often severe challenges have been the trigger for lateral thinking to surface. Like Edward de Bono says when conventional linear thinking runs out of ideas, one is left with no patterns to follow and lateral thinking gets a chance to surface.
  • Ricky Burkhardt Ricky Burkhardt Dec. 2, 2011
    Amazing story and amazing person!

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Discussions Discussion Lateral Thinking Examples
Mercedes Domingues, Dec. 1, 2011

Dr. Edward de Bono, creator of Lateral Thinking, explains that creativity is a skill that anyone can learn with the proper training

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Discussions Discussion Lateral Thinking Examples
Jessie Rhodes, Nov. 29, 2011

The fact that lateral thinking is not a natural gift, but instead is a product of experience and practice is something that I find fascinating. Everyone should be able to learn how to be an effective lateral thinker. Here’s an intriguing example of lateral thinking that actually happened and saved the lives of the astronauts on the Apollo 13 mission

Jessie Rhodes
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  • Billy Sumner Billy Sumner Nov. 30, 2011
    Collaborative lateral thinking, conducted under extreme time constraints, of which the outcome will result in a life or death scenario, shows that experience and professionalism play an important part of the process.

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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Anna Konobrodzka, Oct. 4, 2011

Hey! It wasn’t untill few months ago when I was surely positive about what happens with my recycled trash. All the trash, even recycled, used to be pick up by one truck and all of it ended in one place! Terrible. So there was nobody in Poland who actually recycled trash.. But as I said earlier, recently I saw a truck picking up only one container and then moved to another container with the same kind of trash! :) I consider it a huge success for Poland! :)

But during that time when all trash eneden int he same place, I learned to reuse things. For example I bought postcards in a tiny metal box, and now I’m using it as my pencilcase ;)
There’s also a project called Odyssey of the Mind where as a part of your solution to a creative problem you had to made an outfis out of trash! Really awesome!

Truely speaking if brings me so much joy when I can reuse and repurpose things! Try it! :)

Anna Konobrodzka
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  • iza bella iza bella Nov. 29, 2011
    Hi, Anna!
    Here in Bulgaria we have the same problem. The recycled trash always ended in one place with all the other trash, it's so disappointing for the people, who really want to help and who want their trash to be recycled.
    These are good news, that in Poland you solve that problem, it's a really huge success! But here in Bulgaria the things are getting worst… now there aren't anymore recycle containers, it's just one container for all the trashes… And even if you want to help the nature and to recycle your garbage it's just not possible.
    I am so disappointed but I truly hope that soon this problem will be solved here too.
    Greetings from Bulgaria! :)

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