The Thinking Environment is a philosophy of communication, based on the work of Nancy Kline. It is a practical series of values-based applications which are useful in family, campaigning, community and organisational life, as well as forming the basis of a teaching pedagogy and coaching approach.
A Thinking Environment occurs when the Ten Components, or principles, are held in place by a facilitator. The components are attention, appreciation, ease, encouragement, diversity, information, feelings, equality, place and Incisive Questions. A hallmark of the Thinking Environment is that you are either in one, or not. Both are fine, but for a Thinking Environment to take place, the simple rules (no interrruption, showing the Thinker generative attention) must be observed.
With the components in place, the facilitator then chooses an Application of the Thinking Environment, with the agreement of participants. These include coaching (known as the Thinking Partnership), Thinking Rounds, Thinking Pairs, Transforming Meetings, Mentoring, Time to Think Council, Dialogue, Timed Talk and others.