Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration

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Basic Books, Mar 4, 2008 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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Creativity has long been thought to be an individual gift, best pursued alone; schools, organizations, and whole industries are built on this idea. But what if the most common beliefs about how creativity works are wrong? Group Genius tears down some of the most popular myths about creativity, revealing that creativity is always collaborative-even when you’re alone. Sharing the results of his own acclaimed research on jazz groups, theater ensembles, and conversation analysis, Keith Sawyer shows us how to be more creative in collaborative group settings, how to change organizational dynamics for the better, and how to tap into our own reserves of creativity.
 

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Contents

The Power of Collaboration
3
Improvising Innovation
21
Group Flow
39
From Groupthink to Group Genius
59
Small Sparks
77
Collaboration over Time
99
Conversation and the Mind
127
Organizing for Improvisation
153
The Collaborative Web
179
KNOWLED GMENTS
227
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
257
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Page 4 - From the time we were little children my brother Orville and myself lived together, played together, worked together and, in fact, thought together. We usually owned all of our toys in common, talked over our thoughts and aspirations so that nearly everything that was done in our lives has been the result of conversations, suggestions and discussions between us.

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Keith Sawyer is an associate professor of psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of the textbook Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation, has designed video games for Atari, and lectures frequently to both academic and business audiences. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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