Distances and Diversity: Sources for Social Creativity

The power  of the unaided,  individual mind  is highly overrated:  The  Renaissance scholar  no longer  exists. Although creative  individuals are  often thought  of as working in isolation,  the role  of interaction  and collaboration with other individuals is critical to creativity. Creative activity  grows out  of the relationship  between individuals and  their work,  and from the  interactions between an  individual and other  human beings.  Because complex problems require more knowledge than any single person possesses,  it is necessary  that all  involved stakeholders participate,  communicate,  collaborate,  and learn from  each other. Distances (across spatial, temporal, and technological  dimensions)  and diversity  (bringing stakeholders together from different cultures) are important sources of social creativity. This paper describes  conceptual frameworks  and socio-technical environments in which  social creativity can come alive.


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About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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