The Origins of Group
camel is a horse designed by committee.' This old saw demeans the camel,
which is an admirably designed animal (for the environment in which
it lives) and the group design process. It is not the idea of collective
creativity which has failed but the committee idea itself; which attempts
to function without clear understanding of the necessary processes involved
in group problem solving!"
- Lawrence Halprin, "Taking Part: A Workshop Approach to Creativity,"
Co-Founder Gail Taylor first encountered
the concept of group genius while living in Kansas City in the early 1970's
in the work of Lawrence Halprin, community developer and co-author of "Taking
Part: A Workshop Approach to Creativity." The idea resonnated with
Gail's core beliefs about the nature of creativity and the collaborative potential
of a group. Several years later, when Gail and Matt Taylor formed MG Taylor
(then Taylor Associates), releasing "group genius" became a core principle
in the organization's philosophy.
The logo was created by Christopher Fuller
and Claire Arias for the Group
Genius Weekend, an MG Taylor Patchworks
Event that took place at the Palo Alto knOwhere
Store in May, 1999.
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