Six Thinking Hats 2

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Identification
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Method
Intervention
Method category: 
Intent or purpose: 
To enhance the ability of a group to see an issue from a number of perspectives, rather than to argue one perspective against another.
Used as component of: 
A idea generating session
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
3 - 6 minutes
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
A number of ideas from different perspectives
Level of participation: 
high
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
No specific skills required
Procedures: 

<b>Process</b><br>
I. Introduction: The metaphor of six colored thinking hats ? white, red, black, yellow, green and blue ? is used to align the members of a discussion so that they are all looking in the same direction at one time. It is essential that everyone is wearing the same colour hat at the same moment. <br>
II. The white hat suggests paper and computer print-outs. The white hat means ?information?. When the white hat is on everyone if focusing on information.<br>
III. Think of red as fire and warm. The red hat represents emotions, feelings and intuition. The red hat is very important because it allows emotions and intuitions in the discussion without the need to explain why one feels that way.<br>
IV. This is the most used in normal behaviour. The black hat is the basis of ?critical thinking?: is this right or wrong?<br>
V. The yellow hat is the much-neglected positive aspect of thinking. Wearing the yellow hat the group looks for values, benefits and why something should work.<br>
VI. Steps: participants discuss their issue from the perspective of one of the hats and then move to another one<br>
VII. The facilitator captures the ideas generated on flipcharts.

How flexible is the process?: 
Very
Follow-Up Required: 
Go to the idea prcessing step or convergence steps.
Background
Developer: 
Maureen Jenkins
Derived from: 
Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats.
Selected publications: 
0316178314
References: 
De Bono, E., (1985). Six Thinking Hats. Toronto: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0316178314
License Model: 
Open
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