KQED Forum: Where Good Ideas Come From

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  1. Science Friday Archives: Steven Johnson and ‘Where Good Ideas Come From”

    How did Darwin develop some of his ideas? Why did YouTube burst onto the social media scene when it did? And how are those two developments connected?

    In this segment, we’ll talk with Steven Johnson, author of the book "Where Good Ideas Come From." We’ll talk about how great ideas come to be, and what conditions help to foster creativity and spur advances in thought.


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  2. Searching For The Origins of Creativity : NPR

    From Darwin’s theory of evolution to the invention of YouTube, what factors play a role in innovation? Is there such a thing as an idea whose time has come? Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, talks about great conceptual advances and how to foster creativity.


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  3. How Cafe Culture Helped Make Good Ideas Happen : NPR

    It is easy to talk about great ideas as if they were light-bulb moments —€” sudden epiphanies where everything comes together for you. But Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, says the great ideas of the past have taken a lot more hanging out than you’d expect.


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  4. Authors@Google presents Steven Johnson: “Where Good Ideas Come From”

    Steven’s newest book is titled ‘Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation.’ From Darwin to YouTube, Johnson asks the questions, What kind of environment fosters the development of good ideas? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? His answers are never less than revelatory, convincing and inspiring as Johnson identifies the seven key principles to the genesis of such ideas, and traces them across time and disciplines.

    Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3Ce3Vs0Ec0
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  5. Joseph Priestley And ‘The Invention Of Air’

    Author Steven Johnson’s new book, The Invention of Air, is, on the one hand, a supple examination of the man largely credited with the discovery of oxygen. On the other, it’s a subtle reminder of the intellectual glories of bygone days when great thinkers mastered numerous fields, not merely one.


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  6. Steven Johnson, author of The Invention of Air: Interview on The Sound of Young America

    Steven Berlin Johnson is a writer and entrepreneur who writes on the history of ideas. His books have included Everything Bad is Good for You, which suggested that contemporary popular culture is more challenging to the mind than it’s accused of being, and The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World, which tracked the spread of cholera in London in the mid-19th century as a way to understand the networked modern city. His newest book, The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution and the Birth of America tracks the life of the 18th century writer and scientist Joseph Priestley, and how his story can help us learn about the growth and development of ideas. Johnson also created the news discussion site plastic.com and the hyper-local site outside.in.


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  7. Where Good Ideas Come From: Steven Johnson at the LSE

    Steven Johnson has spent twenty years immersed in creative industries, was active at the dawn of the internet and has a unique perspective that draws on his fluency in fields ranging from neurobiology to new media. In his new book, he identifies the key principles to the genesis of great ideas, from the cultivation of hunches to the importance of connectivity and how best to make use of new technologies. By recognising where and how patterns of creativity occur – whether within a school, a software platform or a social movement – he shows how we can make more of our ideas good ones. This event celebrates the publication of his latest book Where Good Ideas Come From: A Natural History of Innovation.

    From: http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/podcasts/publicLecturesAndEvents.htm

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