Topic 7 – Lateral Thinking

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Topic 7 – Lateral Thinking

“What is lateral thinking? … PO: Provocative Orientation … PMI: Plus, Minus, Interesting … APC: Alternatives, Possibilities, Choices … APC in process and design … Stepping Stone method: Getting outlandish … Discussion of stop & thinks Wrap-Up”
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  • Topic 7 - Lateral Thinking > What is lateral thinking? > What is lateral thinking?
  • Topic 7 - Lateral Thinking > Discussion of stop & thinks > Discussion of stop & thinks
  • Topic 7 - Lateral Thinking > Topic 7 Wrap-Up > Concept Review

Topic 7 – Lateral Thinking > What is lateral thinking? > What is lateral thinking?

  • Today we’ll take an even weirder leap into a set of methods for changing the way we perceive and think called lateral thinking.
  • What is lateral thinking? Lateral thinking is a set of methods devised by Edward de Bono to provide a means for moving across patterns of thinking.
  • Consider it to be a method for leaping outside of normative problem solving, more through intuition than logic.
  • Lateral thinking avoids judgment about what is right or wrong and even about what makes sense.
  • De Bono devised a number of tools for lateral thinking, four of which we’ll visit today:
    • Provocative orientation;
    • PMI, plus, minus, interesting;
    • APC, alternatives, possibilities, choices;
    • The stepping stone method.

Topic 7 – Lateral Thinking > Discussion of stop & thinks > Discussion of stop & thinks

  • Case study of Better Place using the tools of lateral thinking and and misuse of the stepping stone method.

Topic 7 – Lateral Thinking > Topic 7 Wrap-Up > Concept Review

  • Strange as they may seem, these tools can generate useful ideas.
  • APC asks us to never stop searching for additional alternatives.
  • The stepping stone method asks us to use fantasy in constructing reality.

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