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Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural…

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation (original 2010; edition 2011)

by Steven Johnson (Author)

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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.
Title:Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
Authors:Steven Johnson (Author)
Info:Riverhead Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson (2010)

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This book has got a couple of good things to say (be playful, be prolific, facilitate accidents and clashes), and tells a bunch of really neat anecdotes of past inventions and big ideas. I don't really think the anecdotes are good arguments for any of the points the book makes, but I enjoyed them nonetheless. As a whole, it's not terribly deep, and for some reason that I can't put my finger on, reading it felt very tedious. ( )
  _rixx_ | May 24, 2020 |
Really good read on the best way for humanity to generate new ideas. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Sort of interesting book that has some flaws. While [a:Steven Johnson|1563|Steven Johnson|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1209398919p2/1563.jpg] makes some compelling arguments there is the whole idea of "Good". There is nothing in his theory of the genesis of ideas that makes any sort of distinction between good and bad ideas. Bad ideas can come from the exact same sources as the author uses for his good ideas. Therefore there has to be something else that distinguishes good from bad ideas but that particular notion is never discussed.

The other issue is the sort of lack of good ideas in some ways. There are lists of tons of ideas some categorized to fit the author's conclusions (not necessarily incorrectly categorized just categorized without much explanation), but only a couple of ideas are discussed in depth. It would seem that if this explanation of where ideas come from has merit, a wider set of examples would strengthen the case.

Not the most exciting reads, but there is some good food for thought here. ( )
  Skybalon | Mar 19, 2020 |
One of this fine writer's (and thinker's) best. ( )
  altonmann | Jan 24, 2018 |
The natural history of innovation
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
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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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