Steven Johnson

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Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of twelve books, including Enemy of All Mankind, Farsighted, Wonderland, How We Got to Now, Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, and Everything Bad Is Good for You.
He's the host of the podcast American Innovations, and the host and co-creator of the PBS and BBC series How We Got to Now. Johnson lives in Marin County, California, and Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and three sons.

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How We Got to Now: Six Inno...

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Everything Bad is Good for You

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Emergence: The Connected Li...

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The Invention of Air: A Sto...

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The Enemy Of All Mankind Is At Large!

It’s pub day for my new book.

In normal times I would be sitting in an airport somewhere, posting a list of upcoming bookstore events here. But these are obviously not normal times.

And yet in many ways, I feel genuinely fortunate, because book publishing (and book reading) has continued through the COVID-19 crisis even if traditional book tours have not. And so I’m very happy to announce that my tw Read more of this blog post »
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“Chance favors the connected mind.”
Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation

“The patterns are simple, but followed together, they make for a whole that is wiser than the sum of its parts. Go for a walk; cultivate hunches; write everything down, but keep your folders messy; embrace serendipity; make generative mistakes; take on multiple hobbies; frequent coffeehouses and other liquid networks; follow the links; let others build on your ideas; borrow, recycle; reinvent. Build a tangled bank.”
Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation

“Bill Gates (and his successor at Microsoft, Ray Ozzie) are famous for taking annual reading vacations. During the year they deliberately cultivate a stack of reading material—much of it unrelated to their day-to-day focus at Microsoft—and then they take off for a week or two and do a deep dive into the words they’ve stockpiled. By compressing their intake into a matter of days, they give new ideas additional opportunities to network among themselves, for the simple reason that it’s easier to remember something that you read yesterday than it is to remember something you read six months ago.”
Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation




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