Welcoming Divergent Thinking and Diverse Group Identities

The definition of Diversity in a Thinking Environment is both diversity of group identity and diversity of ideas. When we don’t value each other’s identity differences, we don’t value our divergent thinking.

This programme explores ways to remove the blocks to pride in our diversity, so that we can think together—all of us—as ourselves.

The Ten Components of a Thinking Environment®

The programme begins with an exploration of the Ten Components of a Thinking Environment, suggesting that the application of these Components has a profound effect on the thinking of individuals and groups.

Thinking Pairs

Participants then are introduced to the theory and practice of Thinking Pairs, a particular structure that generates clear and independent thinking.

Assumptions and Incisive QuestionsTM

Participants learn about the place of assumptions in the creation and maintenance of our individual and group identities; and how to build Incisive Questions to replace untrue limiting assumptions about our individual and group identities with true liberating ones, helping us to think better with each other.

The Diversity Process

The Diversity Process is deceptively simple in structure. But it is powerful. It reaches into the dark corners of both societal prejudice and the internalised personal version of it. And so it can stir feelings. However, with the skill of building Incisive Questions and the Thinking Environment in general, the Thinker can process well the limiting assumptions that surface, and can create a very different life without them.

Course Culture

The course is taught in a Thinking Environment—requiring respect, personal integrity and rigorous confidentiality.