Collective Creativity

Sorry it’s been a while since i last posted something, but life and assignments decided to give me headaches.

Since the Bollier report was so long, I tried to read it in pieces. What stood out to me was in the first part of the symposium. It was cool to see three professors from different disciplines talking about how scholars and scientists work best when they can communicate and pool their knowledge easily.

I especially related to the Humanties professor Rowe, I believe her name was, when she said that,”In the humanities, many of us don’t want to collaborate. We love going into a quiet room and working with objects that stay the same from century to century. It’s a kind of contemplative, meditative coming to knowledge – a kind of sustained engagement that we deeply value, and that we usually do alone.”

That sounds like fun to me. Sitting in my room alone in a comfy chair or at my, quietly gathering knowledge and information at my own pace when I need it. That’s how I work. I don’t like working together with someone on a project, especially when we divvy up the assignment. Part of that is that if I do everything, I know it gets done and done more or less well. If somebody else, more so if I don’t know the person well, does part of it, then i don’t know what he or she will produce nor what quality it will be.

Another thing that was interesting about that first section was that all three professors had participated in a collaborative, online research journal or database. That way, the professors could “talk” to each other about their projects or their part of a project and see what they came up with since the last discussion. PLus, they could use each others’ work for their own research. They, then, could build on the project, improve it, and make it available to everyone else.

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  1. The last part of your comment about the collaborative, online research reminds me of what Dr. Woodworth was talking about in class last Wednesday. If we are all working on the same project, then why share information. We could accomplish so much more if we shared what we found with each other as opposed to everyone doing their own individual work and not sharing their findings with others. In fact the article tells us “don’t hold your data to yourself.” Knowledge is so much more valuable when it is shared with others.

    • I know! Pooling our resources is wonderful and so useful! I love resources that are easy to use and have a wealth of information. I think the cubicle aspect of research has limited us to this narrow perspective that revolves around only us. But, if we share what we find then others can inspire us and we inspire them. When i compare assignments with friends, I’m most inspired and excited afterwards, not when I’m staring at the computer screen.

  2. Great post! I have never worked on a collaborative project via blogging. I am really enjoying the way our class is set up. I will echo what the two of you have said: We can do great work on our own. However, I think there is more power when we work together. I have learned quite a bit from reading everyone’s blogs and seeing the various routes that everyone is taking in their thinking. I feel like this virtual collaboration is where our world is heading now. We are getting a great opportunity to practice this type of collaboration. I am certain that by the time I finish school it will be very common to work together online.


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