OFFICE OF PRINCIPAL
The current PRINSOT, Principal of the School of Thinking, is Dr. Michael Hewitt-Gleeson. The Principal is the ‘content king’ of the School.
The Principal is the Fountain of Content who is personally and professionally responsible for the creation, selection, curation, publication, media and dissemination of a suitable stream of world class, evidence-based content for the daily consumption of the members of the school.
The current Principal has held and fulfilled that position for 33 years since 1979.
In New York on 17 November 1979, Michael Hewitt-Gleeson and Edward de Bono founded The Edward de Bono School of Thinking in the USA. Shortly after that, New York mathematician Dr Eric Bienstock, and Yale law graduate, Janie Noble, also became Founding Directors. These four directors were the primary stewards and builders of SOT during the first five years of The Edward de Bono School of Thinking from 1979 to 1984. SOT went on to become the biggest nationwide program in the world ever to teach thinking skills to education, business and public sectors.
For eight years (1977 to 1984) Dr Hewitt-Gleeson and Edward de Bono collaborated to launch a project to get THINKING taught in schools as a school subject. This was the Learn-To-Think Project and was first published in their textbook The Learn-To-Think: Coursebook and Instructors Manual, ISBN 0-88496-199-0 which was co-authored by Hewitt-Gleeson and De Bono in 1982.
Their original textbook on thinking skills was featured as a cover story on all global editions of Readers Digest (article entitled Seven Steps to Better Thinking, April 1983) with a readership of 78 million readers in 70 countries and published in 21 languages. This global publication event was the widest ever distribution of thinking skills and remains so to this day.
To advance this project they created and co-owned several corporate entities: Edward de Bono & Associates Inc, New York (1977), The Cognitive Research and Training (CoRT) Foundation Inc, New York (1983) and The Edward de Bono School of Thinking Inc, New York (1983).
In 1983 they developed The Six Thinking Caps method for teaching thinking skills. In the Preface of a recent edition of Six Thinking Hats Edward de Bono acknowledges that their thinking hats method “may well be the most important change in human thinking for the past 2300 years”.
In 1984, they agreed to separate their business partnership. Since then they have both independently operated successful programs for teaching thinking skills.
Dr Hewitt-Gleeson continued with the School of Thinking and remains the current Principal (PRINSOT). In Melbourne, Australia, in 1995 he established the School of Thinking as the first school on the internet. In 2012 SOT lessons were sent out to members in more than 51 countries.
The first Chief Instructor (1980) and former Managing Director of the Edward de Bono School of Thinking in New York (1982) was Dr Eric Bienstock who is the current Vice-Principal of SOT.
The first Chief Instructor and former Managing Director of the Edward de Bono School of Thinking in New York was Dr Eric Bienstock who is the current Vice-Principal of SOT and assists the Principal.
Eric is a pioneer of thinking skills in the US and is widely known for his “3-Minute Thinking Method“.
In 1982 Dr George Gallup of the Gallup Poll at Princeton was Michael Hewitt-Gleeson’s mentor and Examiner for his PhD. He is singularly and permanently honoured as the Patron of the School of Thinking.
Dr Gallup said: “What the School of Thinking is doing, to teach people to think for themselves, may be THE most important thing going on in the world today.”
Mr Paul Cooke is Chairman of the School of Thinking. He has had a long association with SOT as a graduate and content champion, implementing X10 thinking in organisations both in Australia and internationally. He also holds the position of Chief Instructor SOT.
With a track record of managing diverse professional services firms, most recently as the owner of marketing communications business, Paul offers the School of Thinking a unique combination of corporate, strategy and marketing communications skills.
Along with Paul’s personal signature strengths it is also his Australian Army Officer leadership training and field officer experience which provides the vision, energy, thoughtfulness and corporate discipline to set, drive and deliver its strategic objectives.
The CTO (Chief Technology Officer) and Webmaster of the School of Thinking is Mr Jenks Guo. Jenks joined SOT in 2010 and is the future of SOT. Jenks has led the 2012 SOT Site Upgrade Project and has worked diligently for the past 18 months to understand the different idiosyncratic needs SOT has, as an online school, to that of a simple shopfront site. There are few webmasters who have that unique experience which he has had to earn the hard way. He has also worked on SOT China and our Weibo presence.
Jenks is multi-talented. While completing his Electrical Engineering degree at the University of Melbourne Jenks has been running The SOT Kindle Collection project. This project includes schoolofthinking/books plan to publish all the SOT works and archives. The collection will be available on Kindle. He has managed the publishing of the first two books: English Thinking: The Three Methods or ET 123 (a major title to sell for $9.95) and (the first of our SOT 99cent Library) The Story of the Edward de Bono School of Thinking (1979-1984).