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Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation (2010)

by Steven Johnson

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While this book is maybe lacking the scholarly precision of a work of science, its message is clear and at least for me easily acceptable. It identifies the key ingredients for innovation and great ideas and is practical and explanatory enough to give the reader ideas to translate them into their environment.

The message is that innovation occurs on fertile ground, but as a product of a deterministic process, but rather as a mixture of right ingredients mixed with a good pinch of time.

The book is lively written and a pleasure to read. I warmly recommend it. ( )
  ernst.schnell | Dec 20, 2013 |
A surprisingly interesting broad survey of innovation. Somewhat formulaic in sections, and lacking any great insight, this book nevertheless presents a mass of interesting data and makes a case (fairly weak, but still a case) for re-evaluating how organisations approach innovation. That said, there is little information of practical relevance. ( )
  gbsallery | Oct 7, 2013 |
Second time listening to the audio book. I really enjoy it.

Informative. Entertaining.

This is a great book on innovation and how companies and individuals can foster creativity.

Recommended for creative professionals and those in innovative fields. ( )
  damienfranco | Aug 22, 2013 |
This book does an excellent job of exploring some of the concepts of how creativity and innovation get their start. Now the concept of "where do you get your ideas" is ludicrous. However, this book lays out some of the things that seem to need to be in place to increase the odds of successful creative innovation.

In particular, it tends to debunk the concept of the serendipitous moment of the lone genius. Using many examples, it lays out a path that shows individual moments seldom exist without a history of concepts and idea coming together. (Yes, there is serendipity, but not without a lot of background research.) It also shows how no person really works on their own, as well as the role of large numbers in helping dissimilar ideas come together.

If I have any complaint, it is that (as happens far too often when an author has a point to make) the examples seem to be chosen to prove the point. Maybe it is simply that all examples would prove the point, but these feel slightly contrived.

Nonetheless, there are a lot of fresh ideas contained within this book. And I found it to be a great jump start for creative issues I was dealing with. In other words, it was a great idea generator. ( )
  figre | Aug 18, 2013 |
An interesting, provocative exploration of the environments that spark creativity and innovation. Johnson's insights and observations are frequently fascinating but the ideas could be better organized and the narrative more focused. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Especially for people in business or education, it’s a worthwhile book. It talks about the institutional structures that facilitate good ideas – how you get lots of people thinking about cutting edge problems, how you put people together in a space where different skill sets and influences can come together, how you make the right kinds of materials available but don’t force a conclusion.
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Like The Tipping Point and Freakonomics it goes beyond the traditional 'big think’ guides that promise to teach us how to get ahead or why things went so wrong; instead, it explores what makes us tick, and as a result might actually have an impact far beyond the boardroom.
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Johnson addresses an urgent and universal question: What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? He provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how the ideas are born that push careers, lives, society, and culture forward.… (more)

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