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Edward De Bono, MD, PhD, DPhil Biography

Founding Director of the Cognitive Research Trust
Con to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"

“There’s a danger in the internet and social media… The notion that information is enough, that more-and-more information is enough, that you don’t have to think, you just have to get more information – gets very dangerous…

[P]eople say ‘I don’t have to think, information will make my decision for me’, and that completely rules out creativity using the information in a different way, or new way…

(Social media causes) laziness – that we just feel we’ll just get more information and we don’t need to have ideas ourselves – we’ll get ideas from someone else, we don’t need to look at the data we’ll just see what someone else has said and so on.”

Claire Connelly, “Edward De Bono Says Social Media Makes Us Lazy and Stupid,”, Oct. 3, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chair of the Council, Young Enterprise Europe, 1998-present
  • Secretary General, Supranational Independent Thinking Organization (SITO), 1983-present
  • Founding Director, Cognitive Research Trust (UK), 1971-present
  • Professor, University of Malta, University of Pretoria (South Africa), University of Central England (UK), and Dublin City University (Ireland)
  • EU Ambassador for Thinking, European Union Year of Creativity, 2009
  • Da Vinci Professor of Thinking, University of Advancing Technology, 2005
  • Founder, International Creative Forum, 1991
  • Founder, International Creativity Office
  • Lecturer in Medicine, University of Cambridge (UK), 1976-1983
  • Assistant Director of Research, Department of Investigative Medicine, University of Cambridge (UK), 1963-1976
  • Honorary Consultant, Boston City Hospital, 1965-1966
  • Honorary Registrar, St. Thomas’ Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 1965-1966
  • Founder, Edward De Bono Nonprofit Foundation
  • Junior Lecturer in Medicine, University of Oxford (UK), 1960-1961
  • Research Assistant, University of Oxford (UK), 1958-1960
  • PhD, University of Cambridge
  • DPhil, Medicine, University of Oxford
  • MA, Psychology and Physiology, University of Oxford
  • MD, University of Malta
  • Twitter handle: @Edward_deBono
  • Was born Edward Francis Charles Publius De Bono on May 19, 1933 in Malta
  • Coined the term ‘lateral thinking’ in 1967
  • His work has been translated into more than 30 languages
  • Has been invited to lecture in more than 50 countries around the world
  • His work is taught in schools in Argentina, Venezuela, Singapore, Malaysia, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, and the UK
  • Has worked with many multi-national corporations including IBM, Du Pont, Prudential, AT&T, British Airways, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Siemens
  • Has made two TV series: De Bono’s Course in Thinking for the BBC (UK), 1982, and The Greatest Thinkers for WDR (Germany), 1981
  • Recipient, Life Time Achievement Award and inducted into the Hall of Fame, American Creativity Association, 2005
  • Recipient, Carl Sloane Award, Association of Management Consulting Firms, 2005
  • Recipient, Doctor of Laws (LLD) (honorary), University of Dundee (Scotland), 2005
  • Recipient, Doctor of Design (DDes) (honorary), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia), 2002
  • Planet DE73 renamed EdeBono in honor of Edward De Bono, 1996
  • Recipient, Order of Merit, Government of Malta, 1995
  • Recipient, Capire Prize for a Significant Contribution to Humankind, 1988
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