[E100 Alert] Edward DeBono as 2005 Ken Practitioner of the Year

Dear E100:

The definition of ken...

ken v. 1. To know (a person or thing). 2. To recognize. 3. To descry (i.e. discern something difficult to catch sight of; discover through careful observation or investigation); to have an understanding of something.
n. 1. Perception; understanding. 2.a. Range of vision. b. View; sight; to make known.

Awarded at the Festival of Thinkers in Abu Dhabi, UAE (30 March 2005) 

Edward DeBono

"Conformists are good at playing the game. We leave creativity to the rebels - people who cannot play the game, do not want to play the game, and even want to be different for the sake of being different."

"'Lateral Thinking' - beyond current paradigms: - establishes the theory that creativity can be enhanced through structured training and teaching."

"One can come from creativity from multiple facets – the psychological, art, cognitive sciences, and self-organizing systems where you can derive mechanisms and interventions and inspire attitudes."

"It can be extremely satisfying — seeing people teaching thinking, even at a very basic level; and it's making a difference. Seeing this change people's lives, where they feel a greater control over themselves, where it changes what they think they can do and what they think about themselves."

Dr. Edward de Bono is the world’s leading authority on conceptual thinking as the driver of organizational innovation, strategic leadership, individual creativity, and problem-solving. Since 1970 his exclusive tools and methods have brought astonishing results to organizations large and small worldwide and to individuals from a wide range of cultures, educational backgrounds, occupations, and age groups.

Dr. de Bono has been credited with producing thinking techniques that are simple, practical, and powerful. His Six Thinking Hats®, Lateral Thinking™, and DATT™ (Direct Attention Thinking Tools) training courses are now being implemented in organizations of all sizes because of their simplicity and their power to change thinking behaviour, increase productivity, foster team-building, and evoke profitable innovation.

Born in Malta, de Bono was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, is an M.D. and Ph.D., and has held appointments at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the University of London, and Harvard University. He has written over 69 books, and his work has been translated into over 42 languages.

Edward de Bono has been called ‘the father of thinking about thinking’. He is ranked amongst the world’s leading management gurus and thought leaders. Dr. de Bono has dedicated his career to linking minds across borders and generations, including the 2005 ‘Festival of Thinkers’ in Abu Dhabi.

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Previous Ken Award Recipients:
Leif Edvinsson

Leif Edvinsson best known as the first Chief Knowledge Officer in the world as he served as Corporate Director for Intellectual Capital, Skandia AFS and architect of the Skandia Future Centre. He currently serves as Professor of Intellectual Capital, University of Lund, and the founder and CEO of UNIC - Universal Networking Intellectual Capital AB. Originating his studies at Enköping, Uppsala and the University of Lund, he received Master of Business Administration, University of Berkley, California, he is currently a mener of the Board of two stock listed, knowledge intensive companies as well as other IT and IC companies. He serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees for Brain Trust, which in 1998 awarded him the 'Brain of the Year.' Most recently, he was listed among the  top 20 list of Most Admired Knowledge Leaders In The World.

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Dr. Thomas F Malone

Dr. Tom Malone is University Distinguished Scholar Emeritus at North Carolina State. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he was elected Foreign Secretary in 1978. He also chaired the Academy's Geophysics Research Board and its Board on Atmospheric Physics and Climate. He left a tenured faculty appointment at MIT in 1955 to join The Travelers Insurance Companies where he went on to become Senior Vice President and Director of Research. While on leave from MIT between 1949 and 1951, Dr. Tom Malone is University Distinguished Scholar Emeritus at North Carolina State. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he was elected Foreign Secretary in 1978. He also chaired the Academy's Geophysics Research Board and its Board on Atmospheric Physics and Climate.

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Admiral Bobby Inman

Admiral Inman graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1950 with a degree in History, and from the National War College in 1972 and then served as assistant and chief aid to the to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. He became an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin in 1987. He was appointed as a tenured professor holding the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy in August 2001.

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Indebted for their knowledge leadership,


For decades of knowledge leadership in creating collaborative advantage.



Debra M. Amidon
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