The human brain processes information through thinking, to survive, to navigate in the ‎world and to develop new ideas that will improve our lives. The global world in the early ‎twenty-first century is based on a hierarchy that controls all areas of our lives, directing the ‎information that comes to us and limiting our independent thinking. The Academy of ‎Thought is a meeting place for a new community of independent and free thinkers. ‎

Ideas and innovations were always created by individuals, but since the Greek Academy of ‎Plato and Aristotle (2400 b.c.) there is no place for individual thinkers to support and inspire ‎each other. ‎

The developing of ideas and their realization require certain conditions that might contradict ‎each other: individuality, dialogue and resources. Nowadays, there are no training programs for ‎free thinkers. Gifted thinkers and innovators cannot develop new ideas without being dependent ‎on investors or employers, which limit their freedom, individuality and the options of inspiring ‎dialogue. ‎

Western culture is based on a hierarchy of power, a hierarchy of knowledge and information, ‎and a hierarchy of resources. In old days this hierarchy was controlled by emperors and Popes, ‎capitalists and aristocrats, and in the last three centuries this hierarchy has been controlled by ‎few global corporations that exploit the ideas of individuals to create technology that amplifies ‎their power. Patent and copyright laws farther reduce the freedom of thought of individual ‎thinkers. ‎

In the hierarchical world human thinking is utilized to strengthen the power of those who ‎control power and capital, to create more sophisticated technology and for faster utilization of ‎natural resources. In this way thinking, which is the most essential human resource, leads to ‎ecological disaster, destruction of the human community and the disintegration of the ‎democratic idea. ‎

The new Academy of thought, in a small Bulgarian village, is designed for a small community ‎of free and independent thinkers who will help and support each other and develop ideas that ‎will enable to adapt to the rapid and revolutionary changes of the twenty-first century in the ‎fields of ecology, in the creation of new communities, in the field of new energy and in the ‎development of new methods of thinking. ‎

At the same time, the academy will host different groups of experts in different fields, for joint ‎thinking about the necessary adaptation in the changing world and for concentrated thinking ‎workshops. ‎

The Academy of Thought will spread new ideas that will replace the destructive selfish-‎competitive culture with empathy-based collaborations with the goal of creating a tolerant ‎human community and a balance between human civilization and nature. ‎

Basic assumptions ‎

  • ‎Human civilization has not evolved naturally, continuously, and organically, according ‎to human genetics or the rules of natural selection, but rather by unexpected eruptions or ‎leaps and bounds that created rapid historical changes, including long periods of ‎monotonous continuity or regression. This process, which has no parallel in other ‎species, can be identified in the history of ideas. Thanks to random and one-time ideas, ‎humans have created means of transportation, means of communication to share ‎information, advanced science and technology, sublime works of art, and innovative ‎social structures that have led to the creation of a global world. ‎
  • ‎The random and one-time ideas that created human civilization are the result of a unique ‎skill: thinking. Thinking is an emotional skill that enables us to process the stimuli that ‎the brain receives from reality and create a map that enables us to navigate in the world ‎and also develop new ideas. Rational thinking is the tip of the iceberg, while the main ‎thinking process is spontaneous and unconscious. Innovating thinking processes are ‎sophisticated mixture of spontaneous associations and a pinch of rational thinking. ‎
  • ‎Innovative and creative ideas are the brainchild of individuals, but their development ‎and implementation require teamwork. These are not opposite ends that distinguish ‎between the individual and the group. The human brain always operates in a social ‎network of brains and ideas, so individual thinking is more fruitful and productive when ‎it is created in collaboration between different brains. ‎
  • ‎It looks as if the evolution of ideas is a gradual process of development and progress, ‎during which the bad ideas become extinct in favor of the effective and practical ideas, ‎in accordance with Darwin's natural selection theory. In this way, the development of ‎transportation, technology, science and communication can be understood as ideas that ‎have become more sophisticated throughout history. But such a conclusion ignores the ‎fact that the evolution of species, according to Darwin’s theory, is a slow and gradual ‎process that lasts for many generations, while the evolution of ideas is created in rapid ‎movements, by individuals, and therefore can be learned and controlled. The evolution ‎of species is a natural process, while the evolution of ideas is influenced by human ‎values and conventions. ‎
  • ‎Human history is the result of the history of ideas, and yet it progresses and retreats, ‎evolving and regressing over and over again. Thus after the Roman Empire created the ‎ancient global world, its decline led to a thousand years of the Middle Ages. And so after ‎the rapid development of Renaissance ideas through the French Revolution, the ‎Industrial Revolution and the media revolution that created the global, democratic, ‎borderless world, we are at the beginning of a new era in which technology makes it ‎possible to eliminate democracy, create an ecological crisis and endanger the existence ‎of Humanity.‎

While creative thinkers are the main source of scientific, technological, social or cultural ‎developments, since the Greek Academy of Plato and Aristotle (2400 bc) thinking is not taught ‎in schools or academies or universities, and methods of thinking are not developed in such ‎institutions (the last one was developed by Descartes, 1637). ‎

Now, in 2022, there is not a single academy of thought that trains experts in developing ideas in ‎the fields of scientific research, technology, economy, politics, culture, etc. ‎

In the last fifty years I have been researching human nature and human creativity, in order to ‎develop a new method of thinking. I have experienced composing music, painting, literary ‎writing, business management, psychotherapy, developing ideas and inventing patents. I have ‎developed the 'Emotional Training’ method and the 'Emotional Thinking' method, which is a ‎new method of thinking, and the concept of ‘Sharing Autonomy’ for creating a community ‎appropriate for the Twenty-First century. ‎

‎‘Emotional Thinking’ is a method of thinking that enables us to use our emotional skills to ‎challenge our thinking patterns and create new ideas. ‎

In my research I discovered that empathy is an emotional skill that enables us to create a human ‎community because it allows the human brain to communicate quickly with network of other ‎brains in order to share information through which we can better attune to reality.‎‏ ‏

In the same way, empathy enables us to share our thoughts with others, thus improving our ‎ability to develop new ideas.‎‏ ‏

This is the platform for the new Academy of Thought I established in the heart of nature, in a ‎small Bulgarian village.‎‏ ‏


The Academy of Thought is a unique environment that provides conditions for productive ‎thinking and collaboration that serves as a catalyst for the development of ideas. The academy ‎is a meeting place for the academy members, as well as thinking experts, entrepreneurs and idea ‎developers who can enrich and improve their creative skills, learn new thinking methods and ‎share their ideas in a safe place.‎

The academy will serve as a laboratory for developing methods of thinking and developing ‎ideas that will help to cope effectively and creatively with the climatic, political, technological ‎and social changes of the twenty-first century.‎

The Academy of Thought is located in a small village near the town of Kyustendil in ‎southwestern Bulgaria, in the heart of nature. A stream flows beneath the house, and two springs ‎in the garden create a small and quiet paradise for thinking and for meetings. ‎

The house includes five two-room apartments, each with a shower, toilet and kitchenette, which ‎will host members of the academy and seminar participants.‎

On the first floor there is a community kitchen where members of the academy (up to ten ‎participants) can cook together, eat together, talk, listen, share and discuss various topics.‎‏ ‏

The community kitchen is a meeting point that creates intuitive thinking modes that optimize ‎the thinking processes of each of the participants.‎

The Academy of Thought will operate on four parallel lines: ‎

‎1. Regular meetings of members of the academy. ‎

The members of the academy will consist of a community of twenty free and independent ‎thinkers, experts with experience in ‎thinking and developing ideas from various fields, ‎representing new ways to cope with the rapid changes of the ‎twenty-first century: global ‎warming, migration, new energy, communication and information, ‎Globalization and changes in ‎the social contract (state, democracy, human rights), education ‎and training in the Internet age, ‎health systems.‎

Members of the academy will meet in the Bulgarian village in groups of five to eight for seven ‎consecutive days, three times a year, and once again in a group of ten members. In addition, ‎members will meet for online meetings on the various topics of discussion.‎

The members of the academy will support each other in the development of ideas within their ‎area of expertise, initiate topics for the development of common ideas and advise organizations ‎whose activities do not contradict the ethics of the Academy of Thinking.‎

‎2. Emotional Thinking seminars for teams of leading organizations. ‎

The seminars will provide participants with practical tools for developing ideas individually and ‎integrated with teamwork.‎

‎3. Seven-day meetings for teams engaged in development and thinking, in a supportive ‎atmosphere that incorporates close guidance. ‎

The sessions will allow the development teams to move away from the familiar thought patterns, ‎focus on a particular topic and look at it in a new way using the 'Emotional Thinking' method.‎

4. Think tanks: Seven-day meetings for joint thinking about change processes in different areas. ‎

Each of these meeting, of five participants, will focus on a defined area and the possibility of ‎adapting it to the radical changes taking place in the world: new communities, medicine, ‎education and studies, alternative therapy, creativity (for writers, painters, musicians, ‎filmmakers, curators, actors, dancers, photographers) , Caregivers, coping with old age and ‎death, relationships, raising children, nutrition, loneliness. ‎

The ethics of the Academy of Though ‎

The code of ethics of the Academy of Thought derive from the goals and values for which the ‎Academy was established, and from an optimistic definition of human nature and the ‎appropriate conditions for productive and fruitful thinking, and from the definition of the new ‎community. ‎

  • ‎The goals of the academy: The academy will serve as an incubator for the development ‎of ideas and methods of thinking in order to find effective solutions to the radical ‎changes of the twenty-first century: to prevent hierarchical tyranny and to promote the ‎establishment of small and free communities; to cope with global warming and develop ‎new energy, new housing, new agriculture and limited technology; to develop free ‎communication for sharing knowledge.‎
  • ‎Defining human nature: Human beings are motivated by natural death anxiety and the ‎search for a sense of safe place. Anxiety evokes violent tendencies in us, and the sense ‎of safe place enables us to create a community based on sharing and empathy. The ‎academy will strive to create conditions of a safe place by using the seven emotional ‎skills intended for it (described in the book 'Emotional Training), and to avoid anything ‎that provokes violence: argument, criticism, competition, possessiveness, control.‎
  • ‎The code of ethics of the academy: In order to create communication based on sharing, ‎empathy and listening, the members of the academy and its guests will commit to ‎tolerance, responsibility and reciprocity. At the same time, members of the academy will ‎undertake to refrain from criticism and debate.‎
  • ‎Community definition: The members of the academy will form a small community (at ‎the time of the meetings and via the Internet, or if they choose to move and live in the ‎Bulgarian village), a community based on the idea of Sharing Autonomy. This is a non-‎hierarchical community that has no leadership, each of whose members lives in its own ‎way, and the sharing is done by choice (in meetings in the 'community kitchen' and in ‎joint activities). ‎

Applications of the Academy of Thought ‎

Members of the academy will be able to document their personal or joint work in books ‎published by the academy, and in the academy's journal. ‎

The Academy of Thought, as a laboratory for developing ideas in a special environment that ‎combines individuality and sharing, will also serve as a working model for much broader ‎activity, by developing a unique application that will connect expert thinkers with other ‎thinkers around the world. ‎

Dr. Dror Green ‎

Dr. Dror Green ‎

I was born in Jerusalem, 1954. I have two sons and two daughters, and we live in a beautiful ‎village in Bulgaria. ‎

I hold a Ma and Ph.D. in psychotherapy (Regent's College, City University, London). I ‎graduated from the Rubin Academy of Music (composition) and the Hebrew University ‎‎(philosophy and musicology). ‎

I am a psychotherapist, musician, illustrator and art curator. I am the author of more than 50 ‎books including children's books, novels, short stories, poetry and professional psychotherapy ‎texts (most of them in Hebrew). My books can be read in my website, free of charge.  ‎

I served as the director of the Cogito School of Psychotherapy in Israel and developed my own ‎methods: Emotional Training and Emotional Thinking. As one of the pioneers in online ‎psychotherapy, I have developed the first online clinic. ‎

I am the owner of Books, Publishers (an Israeli publishing house). I served as the managing ‎director of the Israeli Music Publication in Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Design Workshop. ‎

I invented the TRIXXY puzzle, a mind game that has been sold worldwide. ‎

I also served as an art curator for some museums in Israel.‎