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Time2think……..…the story so far.
The origins of the Time2think program date back to April, 1999, when the program was first introduced to inmates serving time at the Corradino Correctional Facility in Malta. The program was run by Norman Darmanin Demajo, who was an accredited Trainer in deBono Thinking methods.
The program was specifically designed and developed for use in Correctional Facilities and Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Units.
The Primary Objectives of the program included:
  • To assist in the rehabilitation of inmates by teaching deBono Thinking tools that specifically create a level of consciousness and responsibility amongst residents, thereby assisting in the raising of confidence and self-esteem

  • To use the deBono Thinking tools in a direct approach which aims to increase offenders’ reasoning skills, problem solving abilities and widen offenders’ perceptions and empathy towards others

  • To assist inmates in their eventual integration to society by applying deBono Creativity tools designed to encourage inmates to take control of their lives, by seeking to create new ways forward with confidence and foresight.
The program involved once weekly sessions of 2 hours each, and ran for approximately 6 to 7 years. The thinking and creativity tools were introduced and covered in every session, despite the inevitable regular changes in the attendance of inmates who were serving shorter sentences than others. For the longer term inmates, the program provided for opportunities for ‘creative teams’ and projects, creative games, problems, and puzzles, and the ever popular ‘ lateral thinking’ competitions, which involved the solving of ‘impossible’ lateral thinking situations which the inmates eventually became very good at approaching and solving.
Humour was also constantly encouraged during the sessions, where inmates were expected to regularly share jokes, anecdotes, and real life situations where the focus would be to look at the funny side of any situation. If necessary, to also laugh at themselves !!
And finally – puzzles !! Solving puzzles can be regarded by many as a measure of self-esteem. This was found to be very evident in a Correctional facility environment, where inmates felt pleasantly surprised to discover, after solving a puzzle, that they were ‘more intelligent’ than they thought. With this updated and revised measure of their abilities, they began to perceive themselves in a different light, and gaining new confidence in the process. This helped them to re-assess their lives and to begin considering adjusting their personal goals accordingly.

EDWARD DE BONO'S MESSAGE - 5th July 1999

..all the time in the world to think

From time to time I shall make suggestions here which can be downloaded, disseminated and used in any way provided the message is kept intact without additions or alterations and provided acknowledgement is made as to its source. Where this is permitted I shall indicate it – as with the following message.
In Malta, Norman Damanin Demajo is teaching thinking inside the prison. There has been work in this regard in Norway and New Zealannd. The head of the Fremeont Correction Institute in California once told me that he had tried everything with the youngsters and the only thing which had worked was my CoRT thinking programme.
Teaching thinking raises self-esteem and nothing is more important than that. Youngsters taught thinking have a way of coping with life; a way of making choices; a way of making decisions. Such youngsters see more broadly. They can look at the consequences of action. They can consider other people.
I would say, without any hestitation, that teaching thinking is by far the most imporrtant thing that can be taught in all prisons. By this I mean the CoRT programme and its ‘tools’ method. There is a lot of stuff out there on teaching thinking which is complex and has little effect.
Quite apart from the teaching of thinking to prisoners, there is another project. Norman Darmanin Demajo is going to enlist the help of prisoners as part of a world-wide think tank (the Creative Team) to think about world problems. Prisoners have all the time in the world to think. Given some training and some structure there could be a vast think tank of thousands of prisoners around the world. If you would like to help in getting this going let me know.
Edward de Bono
Vancouver, Canada
2nd July 1999

EDWARD DE BONO'S MESSAGES - 20th September 1999

...achievement

In the USA research shows that seventy-four per cent of youngsters rate ‘achievement’ as what matters most to them. There are all sorts of achievement: academic, sports, social, hobbies etc. Gangs are often negative in behaviour because negative achievement is the most available forms or achievement.
The boy Scout movement was an excellent idea to provide both belonging and achievement. It is still doing a very good job. But there are youngsters who are never going to become scouts – for various reasons. What sorts of achievement are available to youngsters – on their own or in groups?
I would like to set this task for the Creative Team and for visitors to this site. Send in practical suggestions of types of activity and organisations which would allow youngsters to get a sense of achievement. If these activities are also of benefit to others and to society, so much the better. Keep in mind very pratical matters. It would not be much use having a wonderful idea which was so unappealing that no one wanted to do it. If the ideas are good enough they may be published in a sort of catalogue. (email: edwdebono@msn.com subject: achievement)
I welcome to the Creative Team Norman Darmanin Demajo and the team he is putting together at the Corradino prison in Malta. There are 1.5 million prisoners in the USA. That could be a lot of useful thinking!
Quite apart from the teaching of thinking to prisoners, there is another project. Norman Darmanin Demajo is going to enlist the help of prisoners as part of a world-wide think tank (the Creative Team) to think about world problems. Prisoners have all the time in the world to think. Given some training and some structure there could be a vast think tank of thousands of prisoners around the world. If you would like to help in getting this going let me know.
Edward de Bono nmt
Seychelles
19th September 1999

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