Where Good Ideas Come from: The Seven Patterns of Innovation

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Penguin Books, Limited, 2011 - Creative thinking - 326 pages
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From the author of Emergence and The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson's Where Good Ideas Come From: The Seven Patterns of Innovation identifies key principles that are the driving force of creativity. Learn how:
  • A slow hunch can be much more valuable than a Eureka moment
  • The connected 'hive mind' is smarter than the lone thinker
  • Where you think matters just as much as what you're thinking
  • The best ideas come from building on the ideas and inventions of others
From the Renaissance to satellites, medical breakthroughs to social media, Charles Darwin to Marconi, Steven Johnson shows how, by recognising where and how patterns of creativity occur, we can all discover the secrets of inspiration. 'Inspirational'
  Independent 'Exhilarating ... An entirely new way of looking at almost everything'
  Guardian 'A huge diversity of bright ideas'
  Financial Times 'Johnson finds new and original things to say about the nature of innovation, and the different forms it can take'
  Economist, Books of the Year 'An enthralling work full of counter-intuitive insights'
  Daily Mail Steven Johnson is the author of the acclaimed books Everything Bad is Good for You, Mind Wide Open, Emergence and Interface Culture. His writing appeared in the Guardian, the New Yorker, Nation and Harper's, as well as the op-ed pages of The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He is a Distinguished Writer In Residence at NYU's School Of Journalism, and a Contributing Editor to Wired.

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Review: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

User Review  - Kendra Kleiner - Goodreads

In October of 1838, Charles Darwin read Malthus on Population, triggering his world changing theory of natural selection. Stories of good ideas like this are often condensed to an epiphany. In Where ... Read full review

Review: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

User Review  - Trevor Ralls - Goodreads

Johnson conceptually sparks interest in the ideal of productivity within networked idea environments, but it never moves past concept; in fact, by the time I hit his “Fourth Quadrant” chapter – and ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Steven Johnson is the author of the US bestsellers The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, Everything Bad Is Good For You, and Mind Wide Open, as well as Emergence and Interface Culture. He is the founder of a variety of influential websites - currently, outside.in - and is a contributing editor to Wired.

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