Politics, Weather, Photography, and the Dog
Monday 20 February 2012

The term "brainstorming," conjured up by BBDO partner Alex Osborn in the 1940s, conjures up images of creative people in a creative meeting creatively coming up with great ideas. Only, it doesn't actually work that well:

The first empirical test of Osborn’s brainstorming technique was performed at Yale University, in 1958. Forty-eight male undergraduates were divided into twelve groups and given a series of creative puzzles. The groups were instructed to follow Osborn’s guidelines. As a control sample, the scientists gave the same puzzles to forty-eight students working by themselves. The results were a sobering refutation of Osborn. The solo students came up with roughly twice as many solutions as the brainstorming groups, and a panel of judges deemed their solutions more “feasible” and “effective.

And yet Osborn was right about one thing: like it or not, human creativity has increasingly become a group process. “Many of us can work much better creatively when teamed up,” he wrote, noting that the trend was particularly apparent in science labs. “In the new B. F. Goodrich Research Center”—Goodrich was an important B.B.D.O. client—“250 workers . . . are hard on the hunt for ideas every hour, every day,” he noted. “They are divided into 12 specialized groups—one for each major phase of chemistry, one for each major phase of physics, and so on.” Osborn was quick to see that science had ceased to be solitary.

Lehrer continues to examine the success of Broadway musicals and the story of MIT's Building 20, "one of the most creative spaces in the world" from the 1940s until its demolition in 1998.

Monday 20 February 2012 10:58:53 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Kitchen Sink | Business#
Search
On this page....
Brainstorming and data
Countdowns
The Daily Parker +3265d 13h 28m
To London +6d 15h 08m
Parker's 9th birthday 235d 23h 46m
My next birthday 317d 03h 51m
Categories
Aviation (336) Baseball (110) Best Bars (6) Biking (44) Chicago (892) Cubs (197) Duke (132) Geography (329) Higher Ground (5) Jokes (282) Kitchen Sink (637) London (52) Parker (189) Daily (204) Photography (142) Politics (303) US (1079) World (252) Raleigh (21) Readings (8) Religion (66) San Francisco (87) Software (200) Blogs (74) Business (225) Cloud (89) Cool links (132) Security (98) Travel (202) Weather (688) Astronomy (84) Windows Azure (59) Work (54) Writing (8)
Links
Archive
<October 2014>
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
2829301234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930311
2345678
Full archive
Blogroll
About
David Braverman and Parker
David Braverman is a software developer in Chicago, and the creator of Weather Now. Parker is the most adorable dog on the planet, 80% of the time.
Legal
All content Copyright ©2014 David Braverman.
Creative Commons License
The Daily Parker by David Braverman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License, excluding photographs, which may not be republished unless otherwise noted.
Admin Login
Sign In
Blog Stats
Total Posts: 4515
This Year: 413
This Month: 28
This Week: 4
Comments: 0