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Published for the First Time: a 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity | MIT Technology Review

Published for the First Time: a 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity | MIT Technology Review | creativity | Scoop.it
Isaac Asimov Mulls “How Do People Get New Ideas?”
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Business set to prefer video conferencing by 2016

Business set to prefer video conferencing by 2016 | creativity | Scoop.it
Video conferencing is expected to be the preferred business communications tool in 2016. This is according to new survey on global video conferencing trends.

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Enhancing Creativity at Work -- It's Not What You Think

Enhancing Creativity at Work -- It's Not What You Think | creativity | Scoop.it
When we open ourselves up to be more aware of our experiences, we create opportunities to tap into a much greater store of information outside the limits of our conscious conceptual awareness....
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The Aha Moment! A Perspective from Neuroscience |� YSC

The Aha Moment! A Perspective from Neuroscience |� YSC | creativity | Scoop.it
Those flashing moments of clarity when we have a new insight are crucial to personal growth. Here Neil Jacobs outlines the latest brain science – and shows how to prepare the ground for fertile breakthroughs.
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Collective Intelligence in Humans - A Literature Review

Collective Intelligence in Humans - A Literature Review | creativity | Scoop.it
This literature review focuses on collective intelligence in humans. A keyword search was performed on the Web of Knowledge and selected papers were reviewed in order to reveal themes relevant to c...
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Creativity, Inc: The story of Pixar

Creativity, Inc: The story of Pixar | creativity | Scoop.it
Who better than the founder of Pixar to give advice on how to build teams and stop a business going stale? Michael Rose applauds an inspiring memoir cum guide.
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Too many chefs: Smaller groups exhibit more accurate decision-making

Too many chefs: Smaller groups exhibit more accurate decision-making | creativity | Scoop.it
The trope that the likelihood of an accurate group decision increases with the abundance of brains involved might not hold up when a collective faces a variety of factors—as often happens in life and nature. Instead, Princeton University researchers report that smaller groups actually tend to make ...
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The limits, or rather the nuance, of collective intelligence

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The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors Are Changing The World Of Business

The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors Are Changing The World Of Business | creativity | Scoop.it
Here are a few reasons that philosophy majors will become the entrepreneurs who are shaping the business world.
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David Lynch's Secrets For Tapping Into Your Deepest Creativity

David Lynch's Secrets For Tapping Into Your Deepest Creativity | creativity | Scoop.it
If anyone knows a thing or two about creativity, it's David Lynch. Arguably one of the most brilliant film directors of our time, Lynch is best known for genre-defying, surrealist art-house films like Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, and Wild at Heart....
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Copycats pave the way to problem-solving success

Copycats pave the way to problem-solving success | creativity | Scoop.it
It often is better to be surrounded by copycats than innovators, according to a new study.
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Deadly conformity is killing our creativity. Let's mess about more

Deadly conformity is killing our creativity. Let's mess about more | creativity | Scoop.it
Henry Porter: People's lives would be more fulfilling if they were given greater freedom in the workplace
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We Say We Like Creativity, but We Really Don’t

We Say We Like Creativity, but We Really Don’t | creativity | Scoop.it

In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers—creative people whose ideas have transformed our world.


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Are you like the many written about in this article? Do you say you want creativity on one hand and then, on the other don't really want it at all? Is that what it's like in your organization?
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Is creativity eternal? No, we made it up ourselves

Is creativity eternal? No, we made it up ourselves | creativity | Scoop.it
There are few English nouns that have received such relentlessly good publicity as the word “creativity”.
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IBM launches functioning brain-inspired chip | KurzweilAI

IBM launches functioning brain-inspired chip | KurzweilAI | creativity | Scoop.it
IBM neurosynaptic chip (credit: IBM) IBM announced today, August 7, the first computer chip to achieve one million programmable “neurons,” 256 million

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IBM - what - 'out-cooling' Apple with this design! Or is that golden square the size of my front room ;)

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Monoculture Sucks: The case for diversity in startup teams. — Medium

Monoculture Sucks: The case for diversity in startup teams. — Medium | creativity | Scoop.it
Diverse teams are better.
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A Closer Look at Creativity

A Closer Look at Creativity | creativity | Scoop.it
By David Shadovitz New research suggests companies continue to struggle to translate creativity into business performance.
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Excellent, concise account of the many questions at the cutting-edge of creativity research

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Understanding the Proliferation of Virtual Teams in the Global Economy

Understanding the Proliferation of Virtual Teams in the Global Economy | creativity | Scoop.it
While virtual teams can cut costs, they also provide a significantly more varied team base that contributes to the depth and breadth of an organization. As with all teams, virtual teams can be highly functional, or highly dysfunctional....
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Innovation Talk: Overuse of word innovation has blurred its true meaning

Innovation Talk: Overuse of word innovation has blurred its true meaning | creativity | Scoop.it
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Why 21st century children need to excel at problem solving

Why 21st century children need to excel at problem solving | creativity | Scoop.it
It’s no longer enough for children just to be able to read, count or multiply. With computers now doing many mundane repetitive tasks for us, many jobs in today’s world require analytical skills and the…
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Fascinating that there is a weaker relation between socio-economic status and performance in problem solving compared to the other subjects - i.e. disadvantaged students seem better able to show their cognitive potential when being evaluated on their problem-solving skills compared to the classical dimensions of reading, maths and science

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Hide knowledge from co-workers? It just doesn't pay, study finds

Hide knowledge from co-workers? It just doesn't pay, study finds | creativity | Scoop.it
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For creativity, share and share alike - don't hoard

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Gary Hamel: creativity is the key to success

Gary Hamel: creativity is the key to success | creativity | Scoop.it
If you are in business today, the chances are high that your company, your executives, and your five-year plans are suffering strategy decay, according to management expert Gary Hamel.
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Virtual Teams: 40% Believe They're Underperforming

Virtual Teams: 40% Believe They're Underperforming | creativity | Scoop.it

"According to a 2010 survey by RW3, 80 percent of corporate managers work virtually at least part of the time. But a surprising proportion of virtual team members — 40 percent — believe their groups are underperforming.

The study (pdf) is quite broad, delving into many areas, including this graph, which shows unequivocally that almost everything is more challenging in virtual teams:

Any of these alone would be worrisome, but the cost benefits of virtual teams have won the day, so management will simply have to invest time and energy into countering the problems that come along with virtual work.

94 percent of those surveyed said the greatest problem with virtual teams is an inability to read nonverbal cues, the single greatest difference from face-to-face interaction. A higher reliance on video communication is the likely counter to that, as the authors reported:

When asked how they would make their virtual teams more successful, some respondents expressed a need for more time. Others cited the need for a common language, time zone, and currency. These comments, however, constituted only a fraction of the total. The largest number of comments cited a need for more frequent face‐to‐ face contact to cement better relationships among team members. In a related vein, many participants identified a need for better communication, and they frequently suggested the use of better collaborative technologies – especially video‐conferencing.

Clearly, management isn’t inclined to let these virtual workers meet on a regular basis:

I think it’s a shame that the authors did not break out how many of the respondents use video, and did not cross tabulate that with the questions regarding difficulties.

The other dimension not covered in this study are the collaboration tools used by the virtual teams. Having relied on work media for my work in the past decade, I know that these tools can decrease the barriers inherent in virtual work, especially after protocols and etiquette about their use is learned by team members. As the authors relate

There also were numerous comments that only can be interpreted as expressions of frustration about poor project management – usually evidenced by a lack of organization or a clear understanding of shared objectives and responsibilities. Finally, comments about the lack of initiative, cooperation, and meeting etiquette among team members pointed to a need for more careful selection of virtual team members.

My bet is that virtual teams fall into three general groups, based on the level of capabilities of the tools that they use:

No Fidelity — Virtual teams that rely on a weak collection of minimal work tools, like telephone, email, and paper-based communication. This leads individuals to contrive their own ways of tracking critical information, expectations, goals and so on. These pre-web work situations are likely — I believe — to have the greatest problems with the social side of virtual work, as well.

Low Fidelity — Teams that have adopted early web-based solutions, like online document repositories, chat, portals and  intranets, are making their business processes more streamlined, but are largely lacking shared ways to track work socially. And they particularly fall short on the possibilities of social interaction that we see on the open web today.

High Fidelity — Virtual teams can adopt the best that today’s web has to offer and at a very low-cost: video/audio conferencing and advanced work media tools can bridge the social gap inherent in virtual work. These go beyond just patterning business processes: they support the deepening of social interaction — the creation of social density — which makes groups more productive and satisfied with their work. Video is an essential aspect of this, especially solutions that emulate team meetings.

The benefits of gaining even 5% improvement in virtual team performance is gigantic. My sense is that the right combination of communication and social tools — high fidelity work experience — can tap this huge productivity potential of underperforming virtual teams, and there is no other answer aside from lots of pricy and time-consuming travel. I expect that the adoption of work media tools is growing to a large degree because of this need: to make virtual teams more productive, by making them more social."

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Social Creativity: The Engine of Software Development in the Social Era | Innovation Insights | Wired.com

Social Creativity: The Engine of Software Development in the Social Era | Innovation Insights | Wired.com | creativity | Scoop.it
Image: hanspoldoja/Flickr Shower moments. We?ve all had them. Even Archimedes had one. Suddenly, all the dots connect and an idea forms. (Yes. I know.
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Determinants of Team Creative Efficacy

Determinants of Team Creative Efficacy | creativity | Scoop.it
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Summary of my original research exploring team creative efficay - is team members’ shared beliefs in their team’s capabilities to produce creative ideas. 

 

Specifically considered the nature of the relationship between TCE and team inputs (team demographic and cognitive diversity, and team virtualness) and a team process (shared ‘knowledge of who knows what’ – KWKW). 

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