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Group Genius Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Group Genius, by Keith Sawyer
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.67 (95 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Keith Sawyer Narrator: Jonathan Marosz Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 audiobook, 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I can’t stop thinking and talking about Group Genius. It’s filled with insightful nuggets—from improvisational theater to the advent of Monopoly to Impressionist painting to the invention of the mountain bike—about teams and the creative process. Whether shedding new light on brainstorming or exploring the subtleties of language, Sawyer made me see creativity in a whole new way.”

    Ori Brafman, New York Times bestselling author of The Starfish and the Spider

  • “Useful, upbeat…a solid recipe for ‘unexpected success.’”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A fascinating account of human experience at its best.”

    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow

  • “Keith Sawyer has emerged as the world’s leading scholar on innovative, collaborative creativity. Sawyer is a consummate storyteller and a sure-handed guide to the secrets of success in the ever-changing global marketplace. Group Genius is essential reading for anyone who competes in that marketplace.”

    David Henry Feldman, professor of child development, Tufts University

Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Brent | 7/13/2013

    " This is an interesting take innovation and the power of group collaboration. The main idea is that innovation is not a solitary creation, but the building of sparks together over time from many people into extraordinary ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Pam Hoffman | 10/31/2012

    " I learned that Brainstorming isn't done best the way we all think it should be... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Richard (Rick) | 8/27/2012

    " This is what my current research is on, so no doubt hat is why I like this book so much. But Sawyer does such a good job of making the science behind group creativity understandable and engaging. He's coming to visit us at BYU in the fall, and I'm rereading this to refresh my memory of his ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Chip | 2/22/2012

    " The first half of this book was a bit slow. It picked up in the second half. I'm not sure it gave me any great "insight", but it reminded me of a number of things that are important to keep "top of mind". "

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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.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Marosz has narrated dozens of audiobooks throughout his career, including numerous titles by bestselling authors David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, and Tony Hillerman.