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His latest book, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, was a finalist for the 800CEORead award for best business book of 2010, and was ranked as one of the year's best books by The Economist. His book The Ghost Map was one of the ten best nonfiction books of 2006 according to Entertainment Weekly. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Steven has also co-created three influential web sites: the pioneering online magazine FEED, the Webby-Award-winning community site, Plastic.com, and most recently the hyperlocal media site outside.in, which was acquired by AOL in 2011. He serves on the advisory boards of a number of Internet-related companies, including Meetup.com, Betaworks, and Nerve.
Steven is a contributing editor to Wired magazine and is the 2009 Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence at The Journalism School, Columbia University. He won the Newhouse School fourth annual Mirror Awards for his TIME magazine cover article titled "How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live." Steven has also written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and many other periodicals. He has appeared on many high-profile television programs, including The Charlie Rose Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He lectures widely on technological, scientific, and cultural issues. He blogs at stevenberlinjohnson.com and is @stevenbjohnson on Twitter. He lives in Marin County, California with his wife and three sons.
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The first of the book's two sections lays out its central premise: that distributed "peer networks" allowing the free flow of information between diverse individuals are a powerful force for social progress. decentralized networks are a powerful tool for facilitating interaction between individuals, and thus for social progress. It concludes: "We have a theory of peer networks. We have the practice of building them. And we have results. We know that peer networks can work in the real world. The task now is to discover how far they can take us." The second, longer section - a series of thematic chapters on subjects like journalism, technology, and government - makes good on that promise. It presents case studies that show what peer networks have already accomplished, and contemplates what they might accomplish in the future.
Johnson's goal, in Future Perfect is not to write a primer on the theory of networks, an analysis of how distributed networks function, or a history of distributed networks (though he touches, expertly but wearing his expertise lightly, on all those subjects). Nor is his goal to predict the future: The potential applications he describes for peer networks are presented as possibilities, not certainties.Read more ›
However, despite his appeals that this "peer" revolution is not simply net-utopianism, the majority of Johnson's examples of peer-networked success were drawn from web related projects. If, however, we are learning from the Internet as a model as he says, maybe the dearth of non-web examples in Future Perfect suggests they are still emerging and evolving.
Additionally I really wished he had included a chapter on energy. There was almost no mention of climate change in this brief book. While tackling some "pressing" problems such as election finance reform, democracy, business, and education, Johnson overlooks one of the most centralized (non-distributed) platforms in our country: our energy grid. Energy seems like hanging fruit for this book, and its a disappointment to read 20 pages about KickStarter instead...
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It was a mildly interesting thesis, some might find it very relevant, but I prefer Steven Johnson's delightful historical explorations over his future conceptualizations and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Roger K in LA
Steven Johnson is one of the top writers of science topics I've read.
The book is excellent and I rate it a 4.99 out of 5.0.
I would rate it higher if Mr. Read more
Despite Johnson never using the term 'New World Order', he highlights very well some of the scenarios where networking and social technologies have revolutionised how we organise... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ryan B.
Excellent read. Steven Johnson tells a great story and makes a great argument for progressive change in business, society and how we think about solving problems. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
those who can, do. those who can't, teach. those who can't even, speculate. those who can't be bothered to consider a possible audience, write books like this.Published 22 months ago by G. Damiani
Steven Johnson writes well. His books sit better with me than Malcolm Gladwell's books. Where Gladwell tries to push a point beyond where it can logically be pushed, Johnson takes... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Edward Durney
Future Perfect fails to fully connect its three themes: that society does not readily recognize incremental improvements; that the Internet and Baran networks enable more effective... Read morePublished 24 months ago by PJH
If you enjoyed Emergence then you will definitely enjoy Future Perfect. It leads on directly from the ant colonies of Emergence to the problems facing political systems today, but... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Graham K. Burdis
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