Doing some electronic filing today, I came across a keynote speech on creativity and its sources which I gave while working on interactive television in the 1990s. It seems to stand up pretty well a decade on, so I have posted it to my selected articles page (scroll to the bottom of the page).
The paper argues that creativity is a tension between the group and the individual, and that successful creative teams share four creative characteristics: porousness, persistence, partnerships, and opportunism. It draws on examples from across creative media, from Orson Welles to Gene Kelly, from Bob Dylan to the Beatles and Bruce Springsteen, from Charlie Parker to his radio producer namesake Charles Parker. And look out for the cameo appearance from Marie Osmond.