About the Book

Group Genius

Group Genius

The Creative Power of Collaboration
February 2017
Not Yet Published
Trade Paperback · 288 Pages
$16.99 U.S. · $21.99 CAN · £11.99 U.K. · €12.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780465096633
Basic Books


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? Group Genius tears down some of the most popular myths about creativity, revealing that creativity is always collaborative-even when you're alone. Sharing the results of his own acclaimed research on jazz groups, theater ensembles, and conversation analysis, Keith Sawyer 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.

About the Author

Dr. Sawyer is the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of fourteen books, including the most widely used textbook for college courses on creativity research, and has authored over 80 scientific articles. Sawyer lives in North Carolina.