Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age

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Penguin, Sep 18, 2012 - Social Science - 272 pages
From the New York Times bestselling author of How We Got To Now and Farsighted

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. private thinking.

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 that innovative strategies are 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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User Review  - AJBraithwaite - LibraryThing

I liked the premise of this book, and the idea of peer progressivism in general. Particularly appealing ideas are those around the delegation of local spending powers to local communities and Lawrence ... Read full review

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User Review  - Darwa - LibraryThing

This book was not exactly what I was expecting. Lots of insight into how technology is shaping society, but at the end there was more political advocating that I would have liked. The political review would have been fine if it had been less opinionated. Read full review

Contents

THE PEER PROGRESSIVES
COMMUNITIES The Maple Syrup Event
JOURNALISM The Pothole Paradox
TECHNOLOGY What Does the Internet Want?
INCENTIVES We Have a Winner
GOVERNANCE Liquid Democracies
CORPORATIONS Conscious Capitalism
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author
Copyright

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Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of eleven books, including Where Good Ideas Come From, Wonderland, and The Ghost Map. He's the host and co-creator of the Emmy-winning PBS/BBC series How We Got To Now, and the host of the podcast American Innovations. He lives in Brooklyn and Marin County, California with his wife and three sons.

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