CONFERENCE ON CREATIVE THINKING: ANNOUNCEMENT & CALL FOR PAPERS

M.Rizzo mr3 at ukc.ac.uk
Thu Feb 4 17:07:03 EST 1993


                CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS

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                           THE UNIVERSITY OF MALTA

                                 announces

             THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CREATIVE THINKING

                     on the occasion of the launching of

               THE EDWARD DE BONO PROGRAMME FOR THE DESIGN AND
                           DEVELOPMENT OF THINKING


    To be held at the Aula Magna, Foundation for International Studies,
    Valletta, Malta on the 26th and 27th July 1993. The Conference will
    be followed by a Two-Day Seminar conducted by Dr. Edward de Bono on
    the 28th and 29th July 1993.

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EDWARD DE BONO PROGRAMME FOR THE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THINKING

The Programme was established by the University of Malta, together with
Dr. Edward de Bono, of Lateral Thinking fame, whose ideas have been adopted
by countries as diverse as Australia, Venezuela, the United States, Pakistan,
China, the United Kingdom and Malta. The University of Malta has initiated
the programme by introducing Creative Thinking as a subject on an
interdisciplinary basis within various faculties.

The Programme aims to generate discussion on Creative Thinking and the Direct
Teaching of Thinking Skills in an attempt to encourage the evolution of
Critical and Creative Thinking.



CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR GENERAL INFORMATION

A number of prominent international personalities will present papers at the
Conference.  Workshops and discussion sessions will also be held.  The
objective of the Conference is to generate discussion on the topic of Creative
Thinking with particular reference to the direct teaching of thinking skills
in both education and business.

The two day Conference will be followed by a two day Seminar, which will be
conducted by Dr. Edward de Bono, on the subject "The Direct Teaching of
Thinking Skills in Business and Education (with particular emphasis on
creative and conceptual thinking): Why Traditional Thinking Habits are
Totally Inadequate".


SEMINAR OBJECTIVES

By the end of the Seminar, participants are expected to have:

1.  gained a clear understanding of the logic of concept change
    and creative thinking;
2.  learned creative attitudes that can be used in business,
    education and private life;
3.  mastered the use of tools and techniques that can be applied
    systematically to increase individual as well as group creativity.


CONTACT

For further details kindly contact:

  Ms. Sandra Mercieca
  Coordinator
  The Edward de Bono Programme for the Design and Development of Thinking
  University of Malta
  Msida,
  Malta.
  Tel: (0356) 333903 - 333907
  Fax: (0356) 336450


WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

The Conference and Seminar are being organised to attract persons involved
in both Education and Business or Business Management who are interested
in improving and expanding their potentiality for innovative conceptual,
critical and creative thinking.  Participants likely to obtain the most
value from this seminar are academics, educators, policy-makers, managers
and executives involved in creating innovative strategies. This would
include persons researching or involved in such fields as Marketing,
Public Relations, Human Resources, Information Technology and Artificial
Intelligence. The Conference and Seminar would also appeal to those in
academic institutions involved in the areas of innovation, creativity,
or any field which involves novel methods of generating thought or emulating
'thought processes'.

Experience of de Bono Seminars in other parts of the world suggests that the
attendance of a group of Managers from the same Company would facilitate the
successful implementation of the skills acquired by seminar participants.
Dr. de Bono's unique and successful method makes use of the logic of creativity
to design tools that can then be used deliberately and formally to create new
concepts. Conceptual thinking skills are an integral part of today's life where
growth has reached saturation point. This has created the necessity for
conceptual thinking skills to improve, develop and create new strategies for
which lateral thinking is a necessary asset. Lateral thinking is a structured
and logical form of creativity that can be used in a deliberate manner.

Although it is possible for participants to choose to attend either the
Conference or the Seminar, attendance at both is highly recommended.


CALL FOR PAPERS

The Conference will feature presentations by renowned personalities in the
field of Creative Thinking from both the Business and Educational spheres.
It is planned to hold workshops and discussions to generate novel ideas
connected to the various issues brought up by the keynote speakers. Selected
proceedings of the Conference will be published.

Participants are invited to present papers on the theme "Creative Thinking"
for inclusion in the proceedings of the Conference. The papers are to be in
English.  Those interested should submit an abstract (approx 500 words) by
not later than Friday 26th February 1993 to:

  Ms. Sandra Mercieca
  Coordinator
  The Edward de Bono Programme for the Design and Development of Thinking
  University of Malta
  Msida,
  Malta.
  Tel: (0356) 333903 - 333907
  Fax: (0356) 336450

Please indicate the format of your proposal - whether it is a paper or
another form of presentation.  Proposals will be selected in terms
of their originality and contribution to the topic under discussion.


DR. EDWARD DE BONO

Edward de Bono was born in Malta to a distinguished medical family.
He was educated at St. Edward's College, Malta, and graduated from
the Royal University of Malta in 1956.  He proceeded to Christchurch,
Oxford, as a Rhodes scholar, where he obtained an honours degree in
psychology and physiology and a D.Phil. in medicine. He has held
faculty appointments at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, London
and Harvard. 

In 1969 Dr. de Bono founded the Cognitive Research Trust (CoRT), this
being the largest curriculum programme in the world for the direct teaching
of thinking in schools. Thinking, according to Dr. de Bono, is an operating
skill with which intelligence acts upon experience. Dr. de Bono has, so far,
published over 41 books on the subject of creative thinking and thinking
skills, five of which were published in the United States in 1992.
The books have sold around five million copies in 26 languages including Urdu,
Japanese and Korean.

Dr. de Bono is a visiting professor at the University of Malta.  He is also
involved with a number of universities and design colleges, as well as with
leading multinational corporations such as IBM, ICI, Du Pont, GM, NTT, Mondadori
and 3M, amongst others, on the subject of creative thinking.


THE UNIVERSITY OF MALTA

The University of Malta traces its origins back to the Collegium Melitense
founded by the Society of Jesus in 1592.  Throughout the centuries, the
University has been committed to the search for universal knowledge,
to the fulfilment of a vocation transcending geographical and political
frontiers and to the affirmation of the vital need for different cultures
to know and influence each other.

Universities produce, examine, appraise and hand down culture through
research and teaching.  To meet the needs of the world around them,
their research and teaching must be morally and intellectually independent
of all political authority and economic power, but relevant to human
development.

University education, beyond its concern with instruction, research and
dissemination of knowledge, also develops the qualities of leadership
and knowhow and the ability to assess and adapt to the continually changing
environment.  The attainment of these qualities means that the individual
is enabled to face different changing environments with success. 

The University of Malta seeks to respond innovatively to the unceasing
evolution of the global and the local context in general, and to the
economic challenges in particular.  This commitment to flexibility
is directing the University of Malta towards new areas.  Consequently,
new courses and course structures are regularly developed. This means
that the future is full of interesting p


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