Become more creative – change the color of your hat!

Being more creative; how can you accomplish this? This is a question that has been going through my mind and I am more than happy to share a solution with you!
As a group we are working towards bringing different parties together and let them come up with an innovative solution towards our societal problem regarding Food in combination with Visual Culture. I would like to introduce you to Edward de Bono – the leading authority in the field of creative thinking according to many. He has written over 60 books and today I would like to share with you one technique he uses; the Six Thinking Hats.

This technique enables people to use a different approach to solving (business) problems. All aspects of each situation are explored and out of the box solutions are generated. By putting on six different color hats, each representing a different thinking style regarding a problem, the group can separate facts from personal opinions and see both the positive and negative aspects and creates parallel thinking. This results in stimulating inner creativity and turning problems into opportunities.

Which aspects are included in exploring the subject – what are the colors of the six hats?
White : information
Red: feelings
Black: critical thinking
Yellow: benefits
Green: creative thinking
Blue: organising
When all persons involved are talking about the same aspect (putting on the same color hat) e.g. Yellow, they are thinking about benefits of a certain solution at the same time rather than arguing with each other and mixing different aspects.

Dear readers: meet Edward de Bono by clicking here while he explains his technique to you.

Yvonne.

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