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Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration by [Keith Sawyer]

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Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration Kindle Edition

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Forget about the myth of the solitary genius: collaborative effort generates ideas and inventions, says this useful, upbeat book about how innovation always emerges from a series of sparks—never a single flash of insight. Judiciously wielding exercises and dozens of examples, Sawyer (Explaining Creativity) helps the reader understand how people think and function in and out of groups. He looks at how J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis composed their epic novels in concert, how unorganized individuals can come together to provide disaster relief more efficiently than government planners, how Charles Darwin and Samuel Morse built their work on others' discoveries, how information sharing helped Silicon Valley beat out Boston's computer startups. (Sawyer's riffs on jazz ensembles and improv comedy as sites of ingenuity are less convincing.) Basing much of his work on that of mentor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi—who writes about reaching the state of heightened consciousness he calls flow—Sawyer offers guidelines for creating group flow. Insisting that collaborative webs are more important than creative people, he calls for an organizational culture that fosters equivocality, improvised innovation, and constant conversation—that's a recipe for group genius. Even if few readers are in a position to do away with their organizational chart, this is a solid recipe for unexpected innovation. (June)
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"Sawyer ... shares the secrets [of creativity] in a book that's every bit as fun, insightful, and practical as you'd want a book on creativity to be."―Chip and Dan Heath, authors of Made to Stick

"In this provocative book, Sawyer complexifies our thinking about creativity, innovation, and genius."―
Howard Gardner, author of Five Minds for the Future

Group Genius is a must-read for anyone who ... want[s] to make the most of [their] own creative capabilities."―Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01N3OT132
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Basic Books; 2 edition (May 16 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2830 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 342 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62 ratings

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Dr. Keith Sawyer is one of the world's leading scientific experts on creativity, innovation, and learning. In his first job after graduating from MIT, he designed videogames for Atari. He then worked for 6 years as a management consultant in Boston and New York, advising large corporations on the strategic use of information technology. He's been a jazz pianist for over 30 years, and performed with several improv theater groups in Chicago, as part of his research into jazz and improvisational theater.

Dr. Sawyer is the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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5.0 out of 5 stars blows the myth of the lone individual with the sudden idea
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5.0 out of 5 stars Das derzeit beste Buch zum kollaborativen Lernen der Zukunft!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Work on Collaboration
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