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Keith Sawyer: Surprising Questions Emerge

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Where will you find transformative creativity?


–Keith Sawyer, Group Genius: the Creative Power of Collaboration (NY: Basic Books, 2007) 16


Image Credit: Kirk Livingston


Written by kirkistan

April 17, 2014 at 9:04 am

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  1. Hi I’m @lizdobsonuoh and Sawyer’s work really inspired me. Do you know his other books Explaining Creativity and Zig Zag? The ideas are put into practice at our uni where I run an undergraduate interdisciplinary collaboration hub – the idea is to foster situations where they can engage in long term improvised narratives. You’ll probably like his article with Stacy DeZutter – on Distributed Creativity and collaborative emergence in improvised theatre performance.


    April 26, 2014 at 6:06 am

    • Thanks for stopping by. I happened into Sawyer’s work quite by accident but have thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ll check out his other books–thanks. I’m very interested in what you are doing at your university. I’ve signed up for your blog. Please continue saying more and I’ll follow along. I love the collaboration idea you are working on with students.


      April 26, 2014 at 7:17 am

  2. Sorry about the slightly corporate looking icon – it’s because I run the CollabHub blog. I notice that you’re interested in discourse – Do you also know about Neil Mercer and Karen Littleton’s work on thinking together (children working together displaying characteristics of talk).


    April 26, 2014 at 6:07 am

    • Your logo is cool! I’ll check into Neil Mercer and Karen Littleton, Thanks. I just ordered Sawyer’s “Explaining Creativity” based on your previous comment. I look forward to reading more.


      April 26, 2014 at 7:19 am

      • All the logos, the tag line etc. were designed by the students. The point is to hand over ownership but to keep things ticking over for them and offer support when needed. They’ve responded brilliantly! Your post is encouraging too – I don’t usually write my own blog posts but I may do more of that. I hope that you ordered the latest edition of Explaining Creativity – it really covers the latest work on sociocultural perspectives – creativity as emergent through interrelationships.


        April 26, 2014 at 11:56 am

      • Thanks. It seems you have a lot of practical collaborative experience to share.


        April 26, 2014 at 1:31 pm

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