Thinking Hats and Coloured Turbans

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9780131025332: Thinking Hats and Coloured Turbans

What makes up the creative impulse, the creative moment? In Thinking Hats and Coloured Turbans, Kirpal Singh, one of the most powerful voices in the international arena of creativity, offers insights and challenges on this fantastic topic.

Most people, when thinking out of the box, feel comfortable thinking out of their own box, into tbeir bosses¡¯ box. This, according to the author, in one way or another, debilitates thinking. Written in a casual, personal and often irreverent style, this book takes readers on a journey of exploration and discusses the socio-cultural and linguistics dimensions which influence notions of creativity.

True to his character, Kirpal Singh does not mince his words and some hard truths are engagingly discussed. One highlight of the book is the inclusion of detailed case narratives of outstanding individuals from around the world, known for their creative thinking and innovative actions. Other key features include several appendices discussing the general frames relevant for creativity to triumph as well as a frank discussion about Singh¡¯s personal experience of teaching Creative Thinking at the Singapore Management University. Here is a book which no one can afford not to read.

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Dr Kirpal Singh is fast emerging as one of the most powerful voices in the international arena of creativity. A keenly sought-after speaker at important international forums, seminars and workshops on creativity/innovation, Dr Singh has given several critically acclaimed keynote speeches in many countries about the relationship between cultures, languages and creativity.

Prior to joining the newly established Singapore Management University where he facilitates the core university module of Creative Thinking, Dr Singh taught at the National University of Singapore and the National Institute of Education. In all 3 institutions, Dr Singh worked tirelessly to try to bring about fundamental changes to existing mindsets. Dr Singh has also taught and researched in several universities around the world and is well-known for publishing articles and books which challenge existing assumptions, norms and standards. As a fictionist and poet, Dr Singh has been invited to the world¡¯s major Writers Festivals (Edinburgh, Toronto, York, Cambridge, Adelaide) and in 1997, was Distinguished International Writer at the world-famous Iowa International Writing Program. Many of his creative works have been dramatized, choreographed and set to music.

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