Csikszentmihalyi meets Socrates: Fostering a sense of group flow to produce creative outcomes
Dennett, P. (2019). Csikszentmihalyi meets Socrates: Fostering a sense of group flow to produce creative outcomes. Journal of Organisational Creativity, 1 (1), 18-27.
Collective consciousness (and ultimately creativity) can evolve from a sense that contributions are group ones rather than personal ones. A facilitator can enhance this by fostering a sense of “flow” which Csikszentmihalyi says adds up to an outcome greater than the sum of the inputs. This idea of flow also explains how a fully engaged team can perform at high levels regardless of the individual creativity of team members. This paper introduces a model based on a Socratic Dialogue that can be used to produce group flow resulting in creative outcomes in a real-life context.
creativity, innovation, ideation, socratic dialogue, teamwork