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The International Conference on Thinking (ICOT) has confirmed the official program for the five-day July conference, which will include panel discussions, keynote talks, symposiums and speaker spotlights.

Officially opening on Sunday, July 7th, with an opening address from Richard Hames from the Centre of the Future, and Trav Bell, ‘The Bucket List Guy’, ICOT 2024 will run through until Thursday July 11, where it will conclude after closing reflection and provocations of the conference.

Over the course of the five days, attendees will participate in workshops and hear from speakers from across the globe on the topical theme ‘We are on the Edge of What’. With climate change, geopolitics, technology and health looming large in the world news cycle, ICOT brings together some of the leading critical thinkers of our time to share their insights and expertise. The full program can be viewed at https://www.icot2024.com/program

A further list of speakers has been confirmed to join ICOT 2024 including:

Heather Morris – International number one bestselling author of “The Tattooist of Auschwitz,” recently adapted into a critically acclaimed mini-series and an Ambassador for Courage to Care

Nicholas Opie – Biomedical engineer & world expert in neural interfaces; Professor & Head of Vascular Bionics Laboratory – Dept. Medicine, University of Melbourne

Richard Hames – Founder of the Centre for the Future & Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science; Co-founder of The Ecority Trust

Katie Flannigan – Children’s author & educator, and an environmental and animal activist

Adam Jacoby – Chief JTTTS Officer; 2 X Codex World’s Top 50 Innovator, Founder MiVote, Author, Democracy Philosopher & Architect

Leanne Mitts – Committee Member of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange, Co-convener of Early Childhood Australia Special Interest Group ‘Talking Reconciliation’, ECA Victorian Committee member

Carolyn Ingvarson – Biology teacher for 20 years, before moving into the Victorian public service in the Occupational Health and Safety Commission and then Business Victoria

The new speakers will join international presenters at the conference including Philip D. Jaffe (CH), Tina Grotzer (USA), Vishal Talreja (IND), David Perkins (USA), Patrick Newell (JPN), Ron Ritchhart (USA), Jonathan Levy (FRA), Teina Moetara (NZ), Yong Zhao (USA), Aixa Pérez-Prado (USA).

An esteemed contingent of local academics, educators, artists and business leaders are confirmed to present at ICOT 2024 including Rita Reichman (Steinway Artist), Kieran Nolan (RocketShoes.io), Lina Le (Shrunk) John Edwards (Author, ICOT steering member), Associate Professor Tilman Ruff AO, Suzie Betts (Boob Armour), Ryan Trainor (Adventus.io), Andy Dinan (MARS Gallery), Simon Goodrich (Portable) Rosalind Croucher AM (Human Right CommissionEli Court (Soils for Life), John Worsfold (Former AFL player & coach) Simon Longstaff (Ethics Centre), Alexandra Saundry (More than Management) and Anders Sorman-Nilsson (Thinque).  

You can find out about these speakers and more here  https://www.icot2024.com/speakers

The motivation for the conference is to understand and enhance thinking, learning and creativity across disciplines at the individual and organisational level and to develop people and organisations through improved thinking and learning strategies.

This internationally renowned cross-disciplinary event is set to celebrate its 40th year, in Australia’s cultural capital, which will introduce shared experiences and thinking strategies that can be utilised to develop and co-create a positive future. This is the second time Melbourne will be home to the conference, playing host in 2005 to the 12th International Conference on Thinking.

Throughout the 20-year journey of ICOT, Dr. Edward de Bono has been a consistent source of inspiration, and his absence will be deeply felt at this year’s conference. de Bono was instrumental in bringing the 2005 ICOT to Melbourne and his enduring legacy will forever offer accessible guidance and motivation for those striving to excel and contribute to the common good.

The 20th International Conference on Thinking will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on July 7-11, 2024. Please Visit: www.icot2024.com

Conference Details
Registrations can be completed here: https://www.icot2024.com/registration