DeBono's Six Thinking Hats
Adapted from the OHCHR Toolkit:
The Thinking Hats exercise is a kind of role-play in which different perspectives are represented by hats of different colours. When a participant is symbolically wearing a specific hat, they must seek to perceive the situation through the lens associated with that colour. This method shows how different aspects of one’s personality can approach a problem differently.
It is tool that assists in the critical analysis of complex situations by simulating diverse points of view in a controlled environment. It helps to achieve more comprehensive perspectives and sounder solutions, by forcing the participants to step outside the limits of their standard thought processes and points of view.
The white hat focuses on data, facts, and information known or needed.
The red hat focuses on feelings, hunches, gut instinct, and intuition.
The black hat focuses on difficulties and potential problems, like why something may not work.
The yellow hat focuses on values and benefits, like why something probably may work.
The green hat focuses on creativity: possibilities, alternatives, solutions, new ideas.
The blue hat focuses on managing the thinking process: focus, next steps, action plans.
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