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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
Comments (2)
  • 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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