Using Six Thinking Hats in Court or in Parliament
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
Thanks Gary for contributing such great topics to our 6TH-forum.
Indeed, "If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail". We should be very careful to use parallel thinking and/or 6TH in non-exploring / adversarial / argument-situations, such as in court and parliament.
But to the extent we consider these processes and institutions as ways to jointly explore different perspectives towards a complex situation or challenge, parallel thinking and or 6TH could indeed be helpful. @Victor Aguilan
gave an excellent juridical example.
Note that while you spoke of "distorted Western thinking", the situation in the USA and the UK is actually not entirely the same as in Continental Europe and Japan, where there is a stronger tradition of seeking solutions together rather than an opposing, adversarial paradigm. You can see evidences of this in the political, legal, economic and corporate governance systems.