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Highlights from the International Conference of Thinking 2018

Read what Andy got up to at the International Conference of Thinking 2018 in Miami


Earlier this month, Go MAD Thinking Founder, Andy Gilbert presented our ‘Light Bulb Moment vision’ to Miami as he took part in the International Conference of Thinking (ICOT). The conference was spread over 5 days, with more than 50 nationalities attending 70 difference conference sessions.



ICOT fosters collegial exchange and educational development around the topic of thinking and its cultivation. Thinking is understood broadly to include any kind of thinking and learning and to acknowledge cultural, psychological, historical, and disciplinary diversity and richness.


The conference is transdisciplinary, drawing from diverse fields including education, neuroscience, health sciences, the arts, sports, government, business, anthropology, history, cross-cultural studies, architecture, engineering, economics, geography, technology and other areas.


The theme of ICOT 2018 was focused on Metacognition – thinking about your thinking. During Andy’s visit, he participated in some interesting and thought-provoking sessions on topics ranging from the use of critical thinking in schools, to the emphasis on creative thinking habits as well as learning resources for teachers.



Andy also attended some key note speaker sessions. One held by Howard Gardener, best known for his work on multiple intelligences; and also Temple Grandin, whose 2010 TED Talk “The World Needs all Kinds of Minds” shares her story of achieving success as an autistic person, whilst educating people about how autistic people think. Unfortunately, Andy wasn’t able to meet Edward de Bono on his 85th birthday as he was unwell and couldn’t attend the conference.


Andy’s highlight of the conference (aside from his session!) was delivered by 9-year-old Christopher Evans, who gave a 10 minute key note speech about how you are never too young, or too old to make a difference. At the age of 6 he started a social media campaign to raise $30,000 to help the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2014.


Andy delivered a thought-provoking session on the penultimate day of ICOT, giving out 300 packs of thinking cards to help the audience think differently and create lightbulb moments! In addition, Andy came back from Miami with over 30 actions, ideas and partnership opportunities to take our Light Bulb Moment vision forward.



To find out more about our Light Bulb Moment vision and how you could possibly get involved, click here.

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