With Five Minds for Future, Gardner now seeks to expand our definition of our mindset. He considers these five "minds" interdependent and indispensable to future innovators and leaders:
- The Disciplined Mind - Applying thinking based on established scholarly disciplines
- The Synthesizing Mind - Choosing vital information from diverse fields in cohesive, comprehensive ways
- The Creating Mind - Posing new questions and offering new solutions that build on established disciplines and passes the scrutiny of authoritative entities
- The Respectful Mind - Reacting sympathetically and constructively to divergent cultures
- The Ethical Mind - Striving toward good world citizenship
The book reads well for those seeking a theory and less so for those seeking practical applications; however, Gardner’s research, especially for the first three minds, is worth reading.