2.3 Pulling it all together
Now it’s time to pull all these skills together. Imagine there is a problem or issue you are concerned about, where you want to take action which leads to a positive outcome. It could be an issue like someone is being bullied or a concern you have about climate change or a lack of sports facilities or the closure of your local youth club. How would you decide the best way of getting your voice heard using De Bono’s 6 hats? You can do this next exercise yourself or with other people.
Activity 4: How would you make your voice heard for positive change?
You can use the issue ‘School Uniforms should be abolished’ or you can choose you own.
The question: How can you make your voice heard?
|Blue hat: organisation planning the process|
|Green hat: creative thinking|
|Red hat: gut feelings and instincts|
|Yellow hat: benefits and values|
|Black hat: problems and risk|
|White hat: the facts/ information gathering|
There is not a right or wrong way to do this activity. The aim is that you explore the question through a range of different thinking styles and that you challenge each of these different perspectives too. Hopefully you were able to use some of the new skills you have developed from doing this course when thinking things through from each perspective, before arriving at your decision.
Thinking creatively, like any new skill, is something that you can learn. And the more you practice the better thinker you can become. You can use these thinking skills to solve problems and to help you make decisions, no matter how big or small. You can also use mind maps which you learned about in Session 1. Using your creativity and imagination when thinking about your future will expand the range of choices you have when a solving problem or when working towards the goals you aspire to or to explore new possibilities.