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Po Bronson is the author of two acclaimed novels, a book of short stories and four best-selling non-fiction books. Bronson's work is extremely varied. Not only has he written about Silicon Valley both in non-fiction and fiction, but he has also authored best selling analyses of family and, with Ashley Merryman of education and bringing up children. Now Bronson is writing about creativity itself. In a Newsweek July cover story last month Bronson and his co-author Merryman write about the crisis of creativity now affecting the American educational system. According to Bronson, the results of creativity tests for American kids has been falling since 1990 – a particularly worrying statistic for American business given that these test scores have been rising over the past twenty years in most other industrialized countries around the world. As Bronson told me when we met in San Francisco late last month, this creativity crisis may be the single most important issue facing the future of American business.Po Bronson is the author of two acclaimed novels, a book of short stories and four best-selling non-fiction books. Bronson's work is extremely varied. Not only has he written about Silicon Valley both in non-fiction and fiction, but he has also authored best selling analyses of family and, with Ashley Merryman of education and bringing up children.
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Some of our most creative non-fiction writers seem to have the brain on the brain at the moment. First there was Daniel Pink, the author of the best-selling Drive, who argued that the creative left-brained types will inherit the earth in the 21st century. And now technology writer and critic Nicholas Carr has come along with a really disturbing thesis on the brain. The Internet, Carr argues in his latest book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains, ; is destroying (or at least changing) our brains, making us increasingly shallow and incapable of deep and sustained creative thinking. So we invited Carr onto the Internet to explain how, exactly, this medium is wrecking all of our brains and what we need to do to save both our concentration and our creativity. Given his long and successful history as a blogger, Carr's own braininess - both in The Shallows and this interview - might disprove his own argument. But, on the other hand, you won't find Carr on either Twitter or Facebook. So perhaps there really is some mental benefit to going tweet free.
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According to Daniel Pink, the author of the New York Times best-selling Drive, the great shift of the early 21st century is from left to right. Rather than a political change, however, Pink’s shift is all about the brain. The 21st century, he argues, represents the triumph of our creative right brain skills over the more procedural thinking of our left brain. So when I met with Pink on a rainy afternoon in Washington earlier this month, I began by asking him whether the new hegemony of right brain skills would represent a new golden age of creativity for both artists and ordinary people. -Andrew Keen
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As the author of author of such internationally acclaimed crime novels as True Crime and Don’t Say A Word, Andrew Klavan (http://www.andrewklavan.com/) is one of America’s most widely read crime writers, and his work has been adapted for movies starring Clint Eastwood & Michael Douglas. But Klavan is also a keen theorist of the impact of 21st century digital technology both on the creative process of the artist and on the traditional publishing business. So it was with relish that I caught up with Klavan in Washington, DC last week to discuss his past as a crime writer and his vision of the future of creativity. -Andrew Keen
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Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School professor, explains how large corporations are doing good to do well.