Parallel thinking

Parallel thinking

Parallel thinking is a term coined and implemented by Edward de Bono. Parallel Thinking is described as an constructive alternative to "adversarial thinking", debate and in general the approach the GG3 (Greek gang of tree) has been known to advocate.

In general parallel thinking is a further development of the well known lateral thinking processes, focusing even more on explorations — looking for what can be rather than for what is.


Parallel Thinking is defined as a thinking process where focus is split in specific directions. When done in a group it effectively avoids the consequences of the adversarial approach (as used in courts).

In adverserial debate the objective is to prove or disprove statements put forward by the parties (normally two). This is also known as the dialectic approach. Practitioners put forward as many statements as possible in several (preferably more than two) parallel tracks. This leads to exploration of a subject where all participants can contribute, in parallel, with knowledge, facts, feelings etc.

Crucial to the method is that the process is done in a disciplined manner, and that all participants plays along and contributes in parallel. Thus each participant must stick to the specific track.


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