Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration

Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration

by Keith Sawyer

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465096633
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Edition description: Second Edition, Revised and Updated
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 574,840
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Beyond the Lone Genius ix

Part 1 The Collaborative Team

1 The Power of Collaboration 3

2 Improvising Innovation 25

3 Group Flow 45

4 From Groupthink to Group Genius 69

Part 2 The Collaborative Mind

5 Small Sparks 91

6 Collaboration over Time 117

7 Conversation and the Mind 149

Part 3 The Collaborative Organization

8 Organizing for Improvisation 177

9 The Collaborative Web 207

10 Collaborating with Customers 235

11 Creating the Collaborative Economy 255

12 Collaborating with Everybody 263

Acknowledgments 277

Notes 281

Index 323

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Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
GShuk on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Some good points about how great inventions are the result of incremental steps by many people instead of just one person in a moment of clarity. Found the book went into too much detail when explaining studies.
davidloertscher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are two things to think about when reading this book: how does a school¿s faculty capitalize on group genius to transform mediocre education into world-class learning? And, how to we help children and teens learn to work in groups so that they learn how to stand on one another¿s shoulders to solve the problems they are asked to solve? Yes, this author takes us into the world of music, business and innovation, but we can use the seven principles of effective and innovative groups to design learning experiences, particularly with web 2.0 tools to inroduce learners to the power of creative collaboration.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
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!
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As befits its subject matter, this is a lively and innovative book, which uses many examples drawn from the worlds of jazz and improvisational theater, as well as from creative writing, cycling, banking and computer technology. Keith Sawyer doesn¿t stop at telling stories, though he also supports his ideas with solid evidence. In well-organized chapters, complete with summaries and checklists, he debunks common beliefs about the nature of creativity ¿ primarily, the myth that you need to be an isolated genius to succeed. Instead, he argues that innovation is most often the result of collaboration. Sawyer overreaches in some instances: He does not fully explain why some individuals are so much more creative than others in the same ¿collaborative web,¿ or why some individuals can produce revolutionary ideas in relative isolation. However, that¿s a quibble, since Sawyer tackles a complex and slippery topic and comes up with some genuinely new insights. We recommend this book to managers and members of workplace teams, and executives who wish to encourage creative thinking.