Susan Cain is skeptical about too much togetherness:
Solitude is out of fashion. Our companies, our schools and our culture are in thrall to an idea I call the New Groupthink, which holds that creativity and achievement come from an oddly gregarious place. Most of us now work in teams, in offices without walls, for managers who prize people skills above all. Lone geniuses are out. Collaboration is in.I’m reminded of an observation from Richard Mitchell in The Graves of Academe (1981):
But there’s a problem with this view. Research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption.
The Rise of the New Groupthink (New York Times)
The acts that are at once the means and ends of education, knowing, thinking, understanding, judging, are all committed in solitude. It is only in a mind that the work of the mind can be done.[Introverts of the world, separate!]