What can comedian Mel Brooks teach us about “group flow”? Group flow is a state of peak performance, when a group is in sync and creative ideas are flowing. I’ve just published an article in a magazine edited at the University of California, Berkeley, called Greater Good. The article summarizes the ten keys to group flow… Read More Mel Brooks and Group Flow
The same day as my post below, I emailed a letter to the editor at the New York Times, and it was published today along with several other letters critical of Susan Cain’s article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/opinion/the-key-to-creativity-solitude-or-teams.html
I’ve just read a New York Times article by Susan Cain, author of the forthcoming book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. It’s the frustrated cry of a true introvert. Cain is clearly tired of everyone touting the benefits of collaboration; some people, herself included, just want to be left alone. And,… Read More Does Solitude Enhance Creativity? A Critique of Susan Cain’s Attack on Collaboration
The Chronicle of Higher Education has just published an article (Jan 8, 2012) wondering whether online “badges” pose a challenge to colleges and universities. Here’s the phenomenon: The spread of a seemingly playful alternative to traditional diplomas, inspired by Boy Scout achievement patches and video-game power-ups, suggests that the standard certification system no longer works… Read More Online “Badges”: Do They Threaten Colleges?
My friends and family know that I love toys. I keep the most interesting ones on my office desk. For Christmas 2011, I received two toys that I think are just awesome. The first one is a creative construction kit called Playable Metal. I got the Infinity Model S, which is a collection of aluminum blocks… Read More My Favorite Toys Christmas 2011