Welcome to
International Conference On Thinking XIX®

The International Conference on Thinking XIX has been rescheduled for Hot Springs, Arkansas, on December 28, 29, and 30, 2021.  ICOT XIX was interrupted due to the Covid pandemic.


Mission Statement:

The mission of the International Conference on Thinking®

is to invite to one place the most skillful and influential

problem-solvers on earth to identify solutions for

humankind’s most difficult problems; and promulgate

those solutions, along with instruments for measuring

humanity’s progress, to the basic institutions of society,

families, communities, schools, religions, and the media.

[Governments, including the UN, are too inhibited by political concerns to be objective problem-solvers.]


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First International Conference on Thinking 1982

ICOT was founded in 1982 as the world’s first fully inter-disciplinary academic conference to examine the specific problem of falling intelligence in each generation.  The presumption was and is that all serious problems are complex and require the full lenses of every perspective, every discipline, to be completely remedied.  From the first, ICOT I, to ICOT XVIII, the focus was on how to improve the intelligence of the human species.

ICOT XIX shifts focus to the world’s most costly social problem after wars, Racism.

ICOT I took place at the world’s most international university, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji,, which is, in effect, the “national university” of then eleven smaller English-speaking independent island nations of the South Pacific.  Later, the Marshall Islands joined the initial eleven in sponsoring the University..  The core issue in 1982 was the falling IQ and decreasing emotional intelligence of children around the world brought on by the breakdown of the nuclear family and the negative influence of television.

The first ICOT was initially and enthusiastically supported by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific, Dr. James A. Maraj, former Deputy Secretary-General of the British Commonwealth, and by the world’s number one authority on deliberate curricula for teaching all known thinking skills, Professor Edward de Bono of Malta and England.  Professor de Bono possesses doctorate degrees in medicine, psychology, and philosophy from the universities of Malta, Oxford, and Cambridge, and is the author of over 50 books on thinking.  Equally enthusiastic to support such a breakthrough conference was the Government of the United Kingdom in the person of Mr. T.H.L. Matthews, Director of the British Council for Commonwealth Affairs.

The second ICOT was at Harvard in 1984 with 847 participants.

These conferences, planned for every 2 ½ years, alternating hemispheres, grew from 250 scholars from 41 universities in 14 nations at ICOT I, to over 3,000 in such cities as Auckland, Harrogate, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, again, at MIT,  Melbourne, Singapore, and Stockholm.

Now, to close a cycle and the year 2021, ICOT XIX will sharply focus on six researched remedies for the world’s 400-year-old virulent problem of racism which threatens to bring down the world’s strongest democracy, the United States of America.


The formula for ending racism in America has been found.

Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman in 1962 published his classic, Capitalism and Freedom, which offered the world the surest route to ending racism, not only in America but everywhere.

The International Conference on Thinking® announces that we are inviting 100 of the world’s powerful persons with the resources, the most fundamental of which is trained thinking skills, to plan the implementation of all known remedies for racism: (1) 90 mature, influential, and experienced, creative thinkers and problem solvers and (2) 10 entrepreneurial-minded, very intelligent students from around the world between the ages of 12 and 25, to meet for three days in America’s favorite health spa city, Hot Springs, Arkansas, to design plans to remedy the six proven remedies for racism.