In 2007, I published Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration, where I argued that collaboration is the most important driver of creativity. I called the book “group genius” because all of the research showed that the “lone genius” was a misleading myth. But what about those stories you’ve heard about solitary geniuses coming up with… Read More Is the “Lone Genius” Finally Dead?
The radio show Big Picture Science just produced an NPR special about creativity, solitude, and collaboration. In the solitude corner: Susan Cain, best-selling author of the new book Quiet, arguing that solitude enhances creativity. In the collaboration corner, Keith Sawyer (me), author of the 2007 book Group Genius, arguing that all creativity is deeply based in… Read More Solitude or Collaboration? Listen to NPR…
A fascinating on-air story about my recent debate with Susan Cain about the merits of collaboration versus solitude: a one-hour episode of the radio show Big Picture Science, based on extended interviews with me, Susan Cain, and others. You can listen to it online here: http://radio.seti.org/ First broadcast April 30, 2012
A quick follow-up to my critical post about Susan Cain’s New York Times article: Am I the only person who finds it ironic that the big newspaper ad for her book has this text and the cover image? “The Instant New York Times Bestseller Everyone Is Talking About” And at the bottom of the ad,… Read More The Book Everyone is Talking About
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