Group Genius The Creative Power of Collaboration

ISBN-10: 0465071937
ISBN-13: 9780465071937
Edition: 2008
Authors: Keith Sawyer
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Description: 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? In this authoritative and  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 3/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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? In this authoritative and fascinating new book, Keith Sawyer, a psychologist at Washington University, tears down some of the most popular myths about creativity and erects new principles in their place. He reveals that creativity is always collaborative--even when you're alone. (That "eureka" moment in the bathtub couldn't have come to Archimedes if he hadn't spent so many hours arguing and comparing notes with his fellow mathematicians and philosophers.) Sawyer draws on compelling stories of inventions and innovations: the inventors of the ATM, the mountain bike, and open source operating systems, among others, to demonstrate the freewheeling ways of true innovation. He shares the results of his own acclaimed research on jazz groups, theater ensembles, and conversation analysis, to show 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.

Introduction: Beyond the Lone Genius
The Collaborative Team
The Power of Collaboration
Improvising Innovation
Group Flow
From Groupthink to Group Genius
The Collaborative Mind
Small Sparks
Collaboration over Time
Conversation and the Mind
The Collaborative Organization
Organizing for Improvisation
The Collaborative Web
Collaborating with Customers
Creating the Collaborative Economy
Acknowledgments
Notes
About the Author
Index

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