Dr R Keith Sawyer

Principal Consultant

PhD Psychology, University of Chicago

M.A. Psychology, University of Chicago

Bachelor of Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Trainings, Certifications, Memberships

  • Osher Fellow, San Francisco Exploratorium, 2009
  • Special Recognition for Excellence in Mentoring, 2004-2005, Washington University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • "Chair's Choice Award for Department Service," 2004, Washington University Department of Education
  • Member American Educational Research Association
  • Member Academy of Management
  • Member American Sociological Association
  • Member International Society of the Learning Sciences
  • Member European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction
  • Member International Society of the Learning Sciences


  • Professor in Educational Innovations at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill
  • Principal at Kenan Systems Corporation
  • Management consultant on innovative technologies; clients included Citicorp, AT&T, and U.S. West
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, University of Exeter, UK, 2010 - 2012; 2012 - 2015
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Washington University
  • Project manager and video game designer, General Computer Corporation, Olin School of Business
  • Management consultant in Boston and New York
  • Designed videogames for Atari

Areas of Expertise

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Learning sciences
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Dynamics of collaborating groups and teams
  • Innovation in business
  • Organizational dynamics
  • Creativity in work teams
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Instructional Design
  • Curriculum Design
  • Creativity Skills
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Artistic and scientific innovation and creativity
  • Learning: designing classrooms based on the latest science of learning
  • Play: Children develop social skills and group creativity through pretend play
  • To Be Creative, Read a Lot
  • Fast Company 50 Most Innovative Companies
  •  Group Genius Today It’s the Accepted Wisdom
  • SXSWedu 2017 was Awesome!
  • Bumblebees Can Learn
  • We Never Think Alone
  • What Happens Next? (The Problem with Plot)
  • Creativity Keynote at Rice University
  • What Will We Do After AI Takes Our Jobs?
  • Collaborative Technology Leads to Collaborative Leadership
  • Explaining Creativity The Science of Human Innovation