Nurturing creativity – parents encourage the curiosity of their children at an early age and answer questions. A supportive home environment enables a child to start on a creative path early.
The best environment for creative work seems to be on the scale of the extended family, where people can get to know each other, build trust, and feel free to think outside of the box.
A close-knit team, drawing on the particular strengths and skills of each member of the group, may be smarter and more effective than any individual member of that group.
We’re drawn to the image of the lone genius whose mystical moment of insight changes the world. But the lone genius is a myth, instead it’s group genius that generates breakthrough innovation. When we collaborate, creativity unfolds across people, the sparks fly faster, and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
The improvisational collaboration of the group translates moments of creativity into group innovation. Jazz ensembles work on this premise.