I first came across Edward de Bono when picked up the book Simplicity. As I glanced through the pages from the back to front, I was drwan to the layout of the book. The simplicity on the left, which summarized the text on the right, made it the quickest read I have ever had.
To me, he was not saying anything new. It all made sense, as most simple things in life do.
I am uneducated and am judged to have a mental illness. So the description is quite fitting: As a Simpleton, I value simplicity.
On the other hand, I believe that (non lateral) thinking initself is a mental illness. The drawback from living a simple life is that you have no friends, or business associates. So it is harder to receive feedback which is a necessity for any self organising system. Without it, you go nuts.
It is my dream to work with Edward de Bono - and roll out a(n Inter) National Simplicity Campaign - whilst he is still alive. The world needs a new way of thinking.
In order to get there, I've challenged Edward's idea in how to combat the economic crisis with a suggestion that encaptulates the principles of Simplicity.