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Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration (Unabridged), 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 Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook 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. Sawyer's audiobook 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, Sawyer tells the true story of innovation. In spite of the lone genius myths that always spring up after an invention's success, these important inventions always originate in collaboration.

To understand the hidden collaborations that drive exceptional creativity, Sawyer spent 15 years studying jazz groups and theater ensembles, small businesses, and large corporations. In Group Genius he distills the essence of this acclaimed research and shows 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. 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 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.