Collaborative circles and creative work – quotes (chapter 1)

quotes from, Collaborative circles friendship dynamics and creative work by Michael P Farrell Chapter 1 – Collaborative circles and creative work

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  • A collaborative circle combines the dynamics of the friendship group and a worker. At the course a set of friends who, over a period of time working together, negotiate a shared vision that guides their work. As a group evolves, the members develop their own rituals and jargon, and each member comes to play and expected role. Page 7
  • A collaborative circle is a primary group consisting of peers who share similar occupational goals and who, through long periods of dialogue and collaboration, negotiate a common vision that guides their work. The vision consists of a shared set of assumptions about their discipline, including what constitutes good work, how to work, what subjects are worth working on, and how to think about them. Page 11
  • Collaborative circles as pseudo – kinship groups. page 12

  • Transference of familial relationships. Page 13

In a sense, the circle becomes a surrogate family, and interpersonal relationships within the circle often are weighed by the emotional transference of familiar relationships.

  • As they dispel the shadows of their family relationships, the members gain increased mastery over the psychological processes the blocker to store their creative work. Page 13 Collaborative circles as delinquent gangs. Page 14

Collaborative circles usually form among persons in their 20s or early 30s.

  • By definition, creative work as deviant, in that, in form or content, it does not conform to establish traditions in the field. Page 14
  • In the early stages of circle development, not only do the members attitudes toward external authority resemble those of delinquent gangs, but their interpersonal relationships have some gang like qualities. Page 15
  • Circles and creativity. page 16

  • Creative people, including Freud, have done their most creative work well embedded in a collaborative circle. He refers to the strong bonds that often characterized relationships in circles as “mergers with selfobject.” Under the spell of the selfobject, the creative person invests more energy in an inner life and is able to carry out sustained periods of creative work. Page 17
  • The stages of development of collaborative friendship circles
  1. formation
  2. Rebellion against authority
  3. The quest stage: negotiating a new vision
  4. The creative work stage
  5. The collective action stage
  6. The separation stage
  7. The nostalgic reunion stage

Collaborative circles are more common among upper – middle – class people living in urban settings. Page 17

  • When circles form and a magnet place out of the friendship network of a gatekeeper, the members are more likely to share a common language and set of values, and they are likely to possess similar levels of “cultural capital”; that is, they’re likely to be roughly similar in their levels of expertise in there disciplines as well as in their familiarity with the elite and popular cultures of their society. Page 19

If they are selected by a Gatekeeper, they may also share a constellation a personality characteristics. Page 19

  • From my life course perspective, people appear to be most ready to form circles during transition. – When they leave home, when they divorced or become widowed, when they change professions, or when they begin a new stage in their career. Page 19
  • Collaborative circles often form among those who are marginalized in their fields or blocked from advancement. Page 19

One common characteristic of successful circles is open, egalitarian relationships among members. Pg 20

  • Each stage of circle development is characterized by a constellation an informal rolls. Informal rules are relatively stable patterns of behavior they come to be expected of each member. And this formation stage, the roles of the novice numbers have a quality of courtship about them. Brought together by gatekeeper, they size one another up, they discover areas of commonality, and engage in activities that require little commitment. Page 21
  • In addition to the scapegoat, the role constellation during the rebellion stage includes an authority figure who is seen as a “tyrant.” Page 21
  • A third role is the “lightning rod,” a member who was most articulate and expressing the group shared hostility toward authority figures and scapegoats. Page 22

When two minds are linked in a trusting relationship, such that they can openly share ideas and cognitive processes, the likelihood of discovering new solutions to problems increases. Page 23

  • The collaborative action stage begins with members decided to carry a large group project together page 24 For a variety of reasons, conflict among members is likely to increase during the collective action stage. Page 25
  • Often the bonds of affection transcend the divisions over history, intellectual property, and differentiated success, and the numbers support one another during the personal crises of later life. Pg 26