Creative Discussion using Plain Pair Groups

Creative Discussion – a key to insight and change

William Plain
Emeritus Professor, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

Plain Pair Group Teaching (Plain PGT)
- for universities and schools
Plain Pair Group Discussion (Plain PGD)
- for decision making and staff development
- for informal or community creative discussion

A flash of insight is the spark of cosmic intelligence.
Small group sharing of insight can change the pattern of human intelligence.

only search

Home page


"Insight is the key to creativity"

Follow these links to consult references to insight in this website:

J. Krishnamurti, Beyond Awareness

This is a long text down to the end of the page. Krishnamuti is the principal source for an understanding of insight.

Key to Creativity is Insight

"Exercises" for facilitating insight.

Insight originates from outside the conditioned mind

Insight allows us to correct error in judgement. This is "mental proprioception".

The emergence of insight

How insight functions in the Plain Pair Group process.

Insight and organisations

Insight is individual, but multiple individual insight can transform an organisation.

Insight to Earthsight

We are part of the Earth. The Earth sees through our eyes. This is insight applied to global problems.


Texts from other writers

J. Krishnamurti

Look at Daily Quote, and choose "Receive the daily quotes". The short quote from Krishnamurti's writings will help to understand the basic elements of Creative Discussion: insight, awareness, silence, as well as conditioning, self, time. See "Key to Creativity is Insight" above for the suggestion: "keep an 'insight diary'".

You can also do a search on the Krishnamurti website for any word you are interested in. Try 'insight'.

Fire in the Mind Dialogues with J. Krishnamurti by Pupul Jayakar

[On the Scribd document-sharing website, search for "Pupul Jayakar".] Her biography of J. Krishnamurti is very informative, but leads us to think about the person, and less about his teaching. Fire in the Mind is perhaps the best means of understanding Krishnamurti's message. The chapter, "Brain, Mind, Emptiness" (pp. 157-172) focuses on 'insight'. You can read in your browser, but better to download to your computer and then you can more easily search. This is a book well worth buying.


"In New York .. a doctor .. said, 'All these questions are all right, sir, but the fundamental issue is whether the brain cells – which have been conditioned for centuries – can really bring about a mutation in themselves. Then the whole thing would be simple'. I [Krishnamurti] said, 'It's possible only through insight'." (Pupul Jayakar, Fire in the Mind, p. 171)



Recognition and remuneration


© William Plain  1990-2016 (print) 2005 - 2016 (website)