ICOT's story

Here Now
We are on the edge of what?

Planning for ICOT 2024 is in progress 

We have learned to expect the unexpected, so despite so much in place for Melbourne ICOT to be held before now, we have been faced with so many challenges, obstacles, and setbacks. As an enthusiastic participant in many ICOTs and knowing the incredible consequences and sequels of taking what I and so many people I have met at ICOTs have learned and developed, and since have worked with  and continue to learn from whether in person or from their rich legacy, so much is possible for you too!  I am determined for Melbourne ICOT to go ahead in 2024 so you, your families, your organisations, schools, businesses, and all the countries that you call home can benefit from thinking in so many ways, building understanding and taking actions so the  step forward from the edge is  onto solid land,  one step at a time for the greater good.

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”  - Michael Jordan

The in-person conference experience will enable  participants to explore what ICOT 2024 offers including engaging with people with different experiences and stories as well as experiencing thinking that can empower.

Now more than ever we are aware of the consequences of ours and others’ actions and the impact of today on the future. How has your thinking changed in the last few years? What impact has it had on you, your family, your work/learning/actions? What are you on the edge of now?

Join thinkers and doers from a variety of disciplines, to think creatively, critically, collaboratively and take actions towards your and common goals. Together we can co-create a better future and see the edge we are now standing on offers new opportunities also.

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There Then 
ICOT is a highly regarded event with a rich history spanning almost 40 years of gatherings in cities around the world, attracting people from near and far and fostering deep, creative and critical thinking.

Inspirational people who have positively presented at ICOT events include:

Edward de Bono, Richard Dawkins, Mark Rose, Margaret Boden, Reuven Feuerstein, Peter Doherty, Jan Van Mol, Veronica Boix Mansilla, Richard Saul Wurman, Hans Rosling, Guy Claxton, Robyn Williams, John Edwards, Tony Buzan, Howard Gardner, Art Costa, Paul Davies, Fiona Wood, Susan Greenfield, Shari Tishman, Carla Rinaldi, Valerie Walkerdine, Joy Murphy Wandin, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Kirsty Sword Gusmao, Ewan McIntosh, Frederick Mendelsohn, Mary Featherston, Donald Horne, Sir Edmund Hillary, Jan Millikan, Bruno Della Chiesa, Robert Sternberg, Futa Helu, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ana Perez Saitua, Paul MacCready, Peter Senge, David Perkins, Rita Reichman, Mahathir bin Mohamad, Molly Harriss Olson, Kevin Warwick, Stephen J Gould, Carol McGuiness, Jeffrey Rosenfeld, Ron Ritchhart, Robert Swartz, Javier Bahon, Lane Clark, Joseph Renzulli, Paul Davies, Sunetra Gupta, Bengt Lennartson

Singapore - 1997

Wellington, New Zealand - 2013

Norrkoping, Sweden - 2007

Bilbao, Spain - 2015

Above is a selection of the incredible cities across the globe that have hosted ICOT, for a full list of all locations click here.

*The structure “Here Now, There Then” is a thinking routine developed by Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education. A few of ICOT’s legacies to Australia include collaborations with individuals and international organisations including Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, The Feuerstein Institute and Edward de Bono. Organisations and people of all ages across the country are incorporating these ideas, structures and practices into their lives, workplaces and classrooms.

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