Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaborationby Keith Sawyer, Jenny Sterlin (Narrated by), Jonathan Marosz (Narrated by)
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 creativity are wrong? In this authoritative and fascinating book. Keith Sawyer tears down some of the most popular myths about creativity and erects new principles in their place. Sawyer's book is filled with compelling stories about the inventions that changed our world: the ATM, the mountain bike, and open source operating systems, among others. In each case, he shows the true story of innovation: in spite of the "lone genius" myths that always spring up after an invention's success, they always originate in collaboration. In Group Genius, Sawyer shows us how to be more creative in collaborative group settings, how to change our organizations for the better, and how to tap into our own reserves of creativity. The empowering message is that all of us have the potential to be more creative; we just need to learn the secrets of group genius.
About the Author:
Keith Sawyer is Associate Professor of Education and of Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis
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Dr. Sawyer is the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of fourteen books, including the most widely used textbook for college courses on creativity research, and has authored over 80 scientific articles. Sawyer lives in North Carolina.
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Many of the world’s greatest innovations are tied to the names of famous people – like Mozart, Einstein, JRR Tolkien, and Steve Jobs. They’re the geniuses, right? What is often overlooked is the community that nurtured the individuals and provided the conversation and collaboration necessary to develop their ideas. As you may have guessed, this book explores the genius of groups. Author Keith Sawyer believes that it is collaborative process, not simply the Aha! moment that holds the key to true creativity and innovation. In Group Genius, Sawyer explores how collaboration sparks the trail of ideas that eventually lead to innovation. He shares his passion for jazz and improvisational theatre as examples of how people build off each other and create products that are better than could ever been done alone. I’ve experienced this and it’s beautiful. What I found exceptionally interesting was how authors like JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis depended on the culture fostered by their university to create their masterpieces. Not much a writer, I had previously thought of that realm of expression as very solitary. I think many people would find this book fascinating. People who are interested in creativity may really benefit from the practical framework he offers to infuse an innovative culture throughout their company. On the basis of his extensive research since the 1990s, Sawyer has identified seven key characteristics of effective teams, but prepare for some hard truths and big changes! I’d love to see people work more collaboratively…. I hope the message of this book is shared with many. There are plenty of examples of how it will make for a better future!