What’s the Story
Coined by Dr. Edward de Bono in 1970, lateral thinking is a non-traditional way of approaching a problem, sometimes called “thinking outside the box.” Often used to train business executives and others in the art of creative thinking, these puzzles are sometimes proposed to job applicants at software and high-tech firms.
What’s the Story? features more than 20 puzzles-some classic, some new-in two formats. Available as a book and as a boxed deck of cards, both editions have been compiled and are illustrated by Matthew Johnstone, whose work is as thought-provoking as the puzzles themselves. Do the illustrations hold clues to the solutions? Perhaps, but you probably won’t recognize the clues until you’ve found the solution.
Perfect for long car trips or dull dinner parties, these fascinating puzzles will generate hours of mind-bending fun.
My blurb: In 1996 I packed up and sold everything I had, bought a Dodge Ram Van affectionately called the Scooby and embarked on a 15,000 mile road trip around the left hand side of the United States which took around a year. During that year I wrote and illustrated What’s the Story? which is a collection of slightly dark and twisted lateral thinking stories. When I was at art school we used love playing these at dinner parties or on road trips.
Why I was inspired to do such a book is bit of a lateral thinking puzzle in it’s self, I suppose you could put it down to a phase I was going through. It was published in New York by Stewart Tabori and Chang in 1998, it came out in a hard back and as a box of cards. I was lucky enough to get the foreword written by Edward DeBono, whom I actually got to meet last year (2011) at the Mind and It’s Potential conference. The only place I seem to be able to find copies of this book is on amazon.