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Ria Deamonte, Feb. 16, 2012

Lateral thinking expert Edward De Bono framed it succinctly when he said, “there is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all.”

http://youtube.com/watch?v=CLYStYPjkGo
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  • srini n srini n Feb. 17, 2012
    Tnx Ria, for the clip!

    What I have always admired about EdB is his ability to drive home a complext idea thru simple examples and visuals. That itself is creativity!

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Kendra Adebayo, Jan. 26, 2012

Bees called in to deter vandals at attraction - thinking laterally by using nature as a security system:

Bee hives are being planned as a natural way to tackle vandalism at the Greenfield Mills heritage site. The historic mill buildings at the heart of Greenfield Valley heritage park were forced to shut due to damage by vandals. Now park managers have been “thinking laterally” about how to maintain the site vandalism-free.

Chris Wright, operations manager at Greenfield Valley Heritage Park, said: “Anyone who wanted to scale the fence would think twice about it if there were bees in there.”

“We’re not going to hide the hives and hope they sting people, we’re hoping it will add to the ecology of the valley – but deterring vandals is a happy side-effect.”

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/109680/buzz-off-bees-called-in-to-deter-vandals-at-attraction.aspx
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  • srini n srini n Jan. 27, 2012
    gr8 post, Kendra! tnx.

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Henry Hamilton, Jan. 10, 2012

Interesting example of lateral thinking to help reduce the rate of crime:

Breaking vicious circles of crime calls for a measure of lateral thinking. It means embracing fresh approaches that may be controversial.

An initiative in North Lanarkshire, which involves focusing energy and resources on a small number of problem families, could be portrayed as rewarding bad behaviour. And yet the latest crime figures from the North Lanarkshire police division suggest this novel approach is working.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/herald-view/a-good-investment-if-it-helps-to-reduce-crime.16330806

It follows that diverting a young man from a dysfunctional family into a more positive outlet for his energies is a worthwhile investment in purely economic as well as human terms.

Henry Hamilton
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  • srini n srini n Jan. 10, 2012
    It is common knowledge that relatively small numbers of hardened criminals are responsible for the bulk of crime.” from the report.

    True, as per Pareto's Law (8//20 rule) it is likely 80% of the crime may be committed by 20% people. So such ideas as this born out of lateral thinking may go a long way in efforts in crime prevention.
  • Amanda Sanchez Amanda Sanchez Jan. 10, 2012
    It's good to see a creative approach to crime prevention that improves the lives of the unprivileged. I'm quite tired of the failed approaches of building more jails and the practice of capital punishment. These latter approaches, and those similar, have done nothing to deter criminal behavior.
  • Dan Thompson Dan Thompson Jan. 11, 2012
    Great initiative!

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srini n, Dec. 22, 2011

Value Creation from Opportunities

You need to identify opportunities to create value. That is the essence of entrepreneurship. And to identify opportunities, often you need creativity/lateral thinking. The professor gives a few examples including one really out of the box idea.

http://ecorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=1465
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srini n, Dec. 21, 2011

Very brief and simple intro to divergent thinking

http://ecorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=2777
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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.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/28/world/europe/28oxford.html

    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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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.
http://www.debonothinking.com/

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srini n, Dec. 19, 2011

Thought of the day from Edward de Bono

http://www.debonothinking.com/
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srini n, Dec. 10, 2011

One way to stimulate creativity is humor. Edward de Bono recommends this quite consistently in his works. And when you want to be jerked out of fixed pattern thinking what is better than a RGM - Rube Goldberg Machine?

Rube Goldberg’s legendary capacity to make simple things complex (yes, you read it right!) has captivated me from my first encounter with his works in mid 80s.

Here is a video just one of the umpteen ones on YouTube. Just an appetizer this. Caution: RGM is addictive!

http://youtu.be/6-TG6SNNL6I
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  • Emily Nelsen Emily Nelsen Dec. 11, 2011
    This is SO much fun! Its so creative. It reminds me of the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with the inventor Caractacus Potts played by Dick Van Dyke whose inventions had a similar feel to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D1ZCvmVsFY
  • srini n srini n Dec. 11, 2011
    @Mauro: Yes, there are aplenty on TY. Plus there are so many competitions around RGM. In fact a mini industry has grown around RGM! What I have posted is not after anything special or not even teh best but just one I had stumbled upon last night. I wd encourage the rest members of the project to discover and post their best discovery here ;)
  • srini n srini n Dec. 11, 2011
    @Emily: Thanks for the CCBB vid link. I did not see the movie but I had heard about it. The clip is truly a RGM based on the chain reaction principle which is at the heart of any RGM.
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srini n, Dec. 9, 2011

Fun theory claims that fun can change behavior. And the proof here.

http://www.youtube.com/user/myvolkswagen?feature=mhee#p/c/8/cxCqW1IbBN4
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srini n, Dec. 8, 2011

Poka Yoke or mistake proofing

these examples are really ingenious solutions. Which of them qualify as examples of lateral thinking?

http://www.mistakeproofing.com/example1.html
srini n
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  • Mauro De Giorgi Mauro De Giorgi Dec. 11, 2011
    I think this is one of them: “Many smoke detectors are designed so they cannot be mounted on the wall until a battery is installed.”
  • Mauro De Giorgi Mauro De Giorgi Dec. 11, 2011
    Number 11: “This airport luggage cart has brakes which are applied whenever the yellow handle is not depressed. Carts will not roll unless they are attended. When carts nested, the rear wheels of all but the last cart are wedged off the floor, so the carts can be pushed easily by airport staff retruning them to service areas.”

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