Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation

    By Steven Johnson
The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery--these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the breakthrough technologies that push forward our lives, our society, our culture? Steven Johnson's answers are revelatory as he identifies the seven key patterns behind genuine innovation, and traces them across time and disciplines. From Darwin and Freud to the halls of Google and Apple, Johnson investigates the innovation hubs throughout modern time and pulls out applicable approaches and commonalities that seem to appear at moments of originality. "Where Good Ideas Come From "gives us both an important new understanding of the history of innovation and a set of useful strategies for cultivating our own creative breakthroughs.
Steven Johnson's newest book, "Future Perfect," is now available from Riverhead Books.

Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of "Interface Culture, Emergence, " and "Everything Bad Is Good for You" as well as a columnist for "Discover" and a contributing editor at "Wired." He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons, and can be reached via the Web at www.stevenberlinjohnson.com.


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Posted December 28, 2010, 10:21 PM with category of General Business
Business book expert (and former president of 800-CEO-READ) Todd Sattersten has picked his top 10 business books of the year. We agree heartily with his list--a mix of big idea books and practical methodology--and think that you can't go wrong choosing any of these fine books as a blueprint for your business goals in 2011. Todd's Top 10: Drive by Dan Pink Switch by Chip and Dan Heath Linchpin by Seth Godin Rafi Mohammed's The 1% Windfall William Poundstone's Priceless Youngme Moon: Different Lisa Gansky: The Mesh The Big Short by Michael Lewis Steven Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From Gamestorming: by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, and James Macanufo Click over to Todd's blog to read more about each of his picks. Read more

NEWS: Interviewing Steven Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From

Posted December 28, 2010, 4:42 PM with category of General Business
I had the incredible pleasure of interviewing Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From (among many other books). We spoke about patterns among the individuals featured in the book, what an organization created to build on the premise of the book would like, and Bill Gates' reading vacation. What's fascinating about Where Good Ideas Come From is the application of the research to your own pursuit of creativity and innovation and that of your organization. Read more

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NEWS: The Economist's Books of the Year

Posted December 2, 2010, 11:17 PM with category of General Business
The Economist is surely one of the best, if not the best, weekly publications running. Oddly, though, considering its title, it put only three books in the economics & business category of this year's "page turners"—while there are ten in politics & current affairs and eight in history. I guess that's not too odd, considering this is coming from a magazine that calls itself a newspaper, a newspaper that almost never carries a byline on its articles and essays. Read more


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ISBN 9781594485381
Language English
Pages 352
Publish Date 10/01/2011
Published 10/2011
Publisher Riverhead Books

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