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Lateral Thinking Examples

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This is project is intended to act as a repository of examples and illustrations of Lateral Thinking.
Please post links, stories and examples of lateral thinking in action here.

To get a background on what is Lateral Thinking read this wiki article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lateral_thinking

To get a flavor of what the guru of Lateral Thinking, Edward de Bono, has to say on the subject please visit
http://www.edwdebono.com/lateral.htm
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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.

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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. 31, 2011

To all the present and future members of this project…
A Very Happy New Year 2012

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srini n, Dec. 28, 2011

An idea is an organization of features just as a pattern is an organization of features to give a perception. It is quite likely that the features can be regrouped or re-structured in a different and better way. It is possible that adding some features or dropping others can lead to a better idea.”
Edward de Bono

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Joseph Curtis, Dec. 24, 2011

Is time travel possible?

The lateral thinking of Albert Einstein and Kurt Godel, applied to time travel, is explored by the theoretical physicist Michio Kaku in the video below. In sum, the technology to achieve time travel does not yet exist, but it seems that the theory for time travel is valid.

I suppose this is similar to Da Vinci understanding that human flight was theoretically possible. His sketches prove that he had excellent ideas about how to build a flying machine. But the technology to build his inventions came approximately 400 years after his death…as seen at this URL http://youtube.com/watch?v=2Ur3XcoAHvQ

http://youtube.com/watch?v=X02WMNoHSm8&feature=related
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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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