Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age

By Steven Johnson
Combining the deft social analysis of "Where Good Ideas Come From" with the optimistic arguments of "Everything Bad Is Good For You," "New York Times" bestselling author Steven Johnson s "Future Perfect" makes the case that a new model of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to classrooms, from protest movements to health care. Johnson paints a compelling portrait of this new political worldview -- influenced by the success and interconnectedness of the Internet, by peer networks, but not dependent on high-tech solutions -- that breaks with the conventional categories of liberal or conservative, public vs. privatethinking.
With his acclaimed gift for multi-disciplinary storytelling and big idea books, Johnson explores this new vision of progress through a series of fascinating narratives: from the miracle on the Hudson to the planning of the French railway system; from the battle against malnutrition in Vietnam to a mysterious outbreak of strange smells in downtown Manhattan; from underground music video artists to the invention of the Internet itself.
At a time when the conventional wisdom holds that the political system is hopelessly gridlocked with old ideas, "Future Perfect" makes the timely and inspiring case that progress is still possible, and thatinnovative strategiesare on the rise. This is a hopeful, affirmative outlook for the future, from one of the most brilliant and inspiring visionaries of contemporary culture."


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Publisher Riverhead Books
Publish date 09/01/2012
Pages 233
ISBN-13 9781594488207
ISBN-10 1594488207
Language English

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