In-Depth Post: The Six Thinking Hats

April 7th, 2019 – 2 months left until In-Depth night



Here is what I have discussed with my mentor during our meeting:


What I have done – We talked about the stuff I have already learned and made, what I did well, and what I need to work on.

What I tried to do – I talked about what I have been trying to do since the last meeting, what I struggled with.

What I’ll do next – We discussed what I should work on next, how I can improve, and my goals.


The biggest challenge I have faced during my learning has been making a complete song that doesn’t feel like a loop. Recently, all my focus has been on learning how to create b-sections and continuing my songs without being repetitive. I have consulted my mentor and he sent me this to help me. Friends who have heard my music have recommended that I listen to other songs to learn and get inspired. Although I have tried many things, I still can’t seem to get the b-section right. To overcome this hurdle, my mentor has given me a task: create 5 songs with just piano and drums. This assignment is what I have been working on since my meeting, and I hope to learn something from this process.

I hope to understand the art of making complete songs by mid-April so that I may begin working on my final product: two complete songs. I really hope that I can accomplish this, and I look forward to the rest of April and towards May.


How to have a Beautiful Mind:

I will go over conversations I had with my mentor and identify the corresponding hats:







Mentor: So, what have you done since our last meeting?

Me: I’ve tried to continue my songs, with a b-section, but I feel like something is missing. I can’t seem to make a second part without it sounding bad.


My mentor directs the focus of the conversation with the blue hat and asks me what I have been doing since the last meeting. I use my red hat to express that, despite my efforts, I have not been able to figure out what I have been doing wrong. I also use my black hat to share that my work has been sounding poor due to not understanding how to effectively make a b-section.


Me: I don’t understand how to make a b-section.

Mentor: A b-section is like the first part of the song, but slightly different. For example, removing the drums and changing a few notes. Try putting a twist on the first section.


The white hat is being used to share that I don’t know how to make a b-section. My mentor also uses the white hat to explain what a b-section is, and then a green hat to explain how to develop a b-section that sounds good.


(after listening to a song that I made)

Mentor: I think it’s pretty cool, I think you should try following some more song structure.


My mentor uses the yellow hat to point out the value he sees in what I have already done, motivating me to work harder. He also uses the green hat again to suggest an alternative idea to what I had done in my song (I just added more layers rather than follow structure).


This mentoring session was quite short due to my mentor and me not being able to interact with the project as we were having the conversation. This is because my laptop can’t run the program and it must be done on my desktop PC at home. So, in addition to the normal mentoring sessions, I think it will be beneficial to have ‘meetings’ from my house through skype.

Canada: The First Postnational State?

Is Canada a nation, a country, or a post national state?

When Justin Trudeau said that Canada is the world’s “first post-national state,” he speaks of a place where people respect one another, regardless of their culture (Justin Trudeau, 2015). However, contrary to our Prime minister, I argue that Canada is only a country. Canada is a country because it has “borders, where guards check passports, and an army,” and if Canada is a nation or post-national state, it is those things in addition to being a country (Charles Foran, 2017). A post-national state is a state where nationalism does not hold importance and “respect for minorities trumps any one group’s way of doing things,” which Canada has not accomplished (Douglas Todd, 2016). An Angus Reid Institute poll shows that “75 percent of [Canadian] residents believe there is a ‘unique Canadian culture,’” meaning that nationalism towards Canada still resides within many citizens (Douglas Todd, 2016). And although Canada has made efforts to reconcile with minorities, it is hard to argue that respect is triumphing over all other values. Liden Waboose, a 22-year old from Eabametoong First nations, has said that she “feel[s] like [Trudeau] doesn’t value [the] relationship he committed to in 2015,” showing that some individuals still don’t feel respected to this day. Additionally, a nation is a term used to describe a group of people that feel connected to one another through heritage, language, ethnicity, culture, etc… And although there is a Canadian nation (where many people feel like they belong), it is hard to say that all Canadians feel unified under this nation. On top of this, there are many groups in Canada that hold nationalism towards other countries and communities. This makes it difficult to say that Canada is a unified nation. Rather than a nation or post-national state, I argue that Canada is a country that hosts a community of nations, a multicultural country.