The Myth of The Lone Genius & The Creative Power of Pairs

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel International Ballroom on January 13, 2013. (Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal/Getty)

Abbott and Costello, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: Twosomes that make history test the myth of the lone genius and the creative power of pairs.

The beauty of a duo is the subject of a new book, "Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs," by Joshua Wolf Shenk. He says for one genius to exist, there often have to be two.

Who you would choose to partner up with if you could pick anyone? Leave a comment below or give us a call at 1-877-869-8253.

Guests:

Joshua Wolf Shenk

Produced by:

Vince Fairchild and Ellen Frankman

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [6]

danny

Concerning the Lennon/McCartney team story( Strawberry Fields).Paul was not the arranger on the song, it was George Martin. I doubt that Paul had anything to do with that song, In fact as Lennon had said after the early years they had very little to do with each others writing. Thank, Danny

Aug. 05 2014 11:14 PM
Silvia from Oakland CA

Women have been largely ignored in this discussion. I admire, venerate, and adore Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, the mothers and perpetrators of the Women's Suffrage Movement. Without their dedicated partnership, the struggle for the 19th Amendment may have taken longer.

Aug. 05 2014 04:49 PM
Victoria Anderson from Hawaii

I'd pair IWorry.com with Pixar.

Why Iworry: Iworry "is a campaign created by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and exists to protect elephants by raising awareness of the threat facing the survival of the species." (quoted from website)

Why Pixar: When I heard recently that Frozen was #1 at the box office in China, and it made me think that an animated feature film about a family of elephants could illustrate what beautiful, awe-inspiring creatures they are, and (in an age-appropriate way) how much they have suffered at the hands of humans. Pixar has done such intelligent, moving, resonant films, with tremendous social influence. I love the messages of Wall-E––for us to “come down to the ground” and cherish the earth; of Up––that a person can come around to finding meaning and value again in life, after the tragedy of losing their soulmate; of Toy Story––the beauty of friendship and loyalty. It’s way past time for an animated film about elephants (and so many other endangered creatures) that humans threaten in so many ways. A Pixar film about elephants might be able to overcome the centuries-long love of ivory that’s so deeply culturally embedded throughout Asia, and start to turn things around.

Aug. 05 2014 03:20 PM
Victoria Anderson from Hawaii

I'd pair IWorry.com with Pixar.

Why Iworry: Iworry "is a campaign created by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and exists to protect elephants by raising awareness of the threat facing the survival of the species." (quoted from website)

Why Pixar: When I heard recently that Frozen was #1 at the box office in China, and it made me think that an animated feature film about a family of elephants could illustrate what beautiful, awe-inspiring creatures they are, and (in an age-appropriate way) how much they have suffered at the hands of humans. Pixar has done such intelligent, moving, resonant films, with tremendous social influence. I love the messages of Wall-E––for us to “come down to the ground” and cherish the earth; of Up––that a person can come around to finding meaning and value again in life, after the tragedy of losing their soulmate; of Toy Story––the beauty of friendship and loyalty. It’s way past time for an animated film about elephants (and so many other endangered creatures) that humans threaten in so many ways. A Pixar film about elephants might be able to overcome the centuries-long love of ivory that’s so deeply culturally embedded throughout Asia, and start to turn things around.

Aug. 05 2014 03:20 PM
Lily Winter from Mn

I thank your guest for getting the word suffragist right.
I would add Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman to this discussion. Couldn't live together; are not the same apart.

Aug. 05 2014 02:58 PM
Dillon Pyron from Austin, TX

Stephen Hawking. He's explained the universe and I'd love to pretend that I was helping.

Aug. 05 2014 12:59 PM

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