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Johnson--writer, Web guru, and bestselling author of Everything Bad Is Good for You--delivers a sweeping look at innovation spanning nearly the whole of human history. What sparks our great ideas? Johnson breaks down the cultural, biological, and environmental fuel into seven broad "patterns," each packed with diverse, at times almost disjointed anecdotes that Johnson synthesizes into a recipe for success. A section on "slow hunches" captivates, taking readers from the FBI's work on 9/11 to Google's development of Google News. A section on error takes us through a litany of accidental innovations, including the one that eventually led to the invention of the computer. "Being right keeps you in place," Johnson reminds us. "eing wrong forces us to explore." It's eye-opening stuff--although it does require an investment from the reader. But as fans of the author's previous work know, an investment in Johnson pays off, and those who stick with the author as he meanders through an occasional intellectual digression will come away enlightened and entertained, and with something perhaps even more useful--how to recognize the conditions that could spark their own creativity and innovation. Another mind-opening work from the author of Mind Wide Open. (Oct.) (c)
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The figure of the lone genius may captivate us, but we intuit that such geniuses’ creations don’t materialize in a vacuum. Johnson supported the intuition in his biography of eighteenth-century scientist Joseph Priestly (The Invention of Air, 2009) and here explores it from different angles using sets of anecdotes from science and art that underscore some social or informational interaction by an inventor or artist. Assuring readers that he is not engaged in “intellectual tourism,” Johnson recurs to the real-world effects of individuals and organizations operating in a fertile information environment. Citing the development of the Internet and its profusion of applications such as Twitter, the author ascribes its success to “exaptation” and “stacked platforms.” By which he means that curious people used extant stuff or ideas to produce a new bricolage and did so because of their immersion in open networks. With his own lively application of stories about Darwin’s theory of atolls, the failure to thwart 9/11, and musician Miles Davis, Johnson connects with readers promoting hunches and serendipity in themselves and their organizations. --Gilbert TaylorSee all Editorial Reviews
As fluffy quasi-technical bestsellers go, this one was pretty good. Good enough, in fact, that after reading it I bought two additional copies which I used as thank you gifts in a... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Stanwell1840
We are living in an information sharing age it is open to anybody living in any geography this is something very recent it gives immense opportunities to everyone to get and to... Read morePublished 6 days ago by horrible
This was really good. Entertaining with nice examples of point A-Z innovations. Changed my perspective on how to develop, or discard, new ideas.Published 23 days ago by Mike Lauritsen
Completed "Where good idea comes from - By Steven Johnson". Nicely written book, he took a shot at environmental perspective of getting ideas. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Dheeraj sarwaiya
This is the basics on relearning and the thought process within innovation. A must read for any business professional.Published 2 months ago by Gary
Enjoyed this book. Johnson outlines the stages of where good ideas come from in an easy to follow format, with a good conclusion to tie it together and direct you toward where most... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Taylor Runyan