Steven Johnson


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Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of ten books, including 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.
The founder of a variety of influential websites, he is 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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Wonderland, the book (and podcast!)


1*epW5Ya4_wE5XTWTDJglb1gI’m very excited to announce my next book — Wonderland: How Play Made The Modern World, to be published in November by my long-time publisher Riverhead Books. The book is in many ways a sequel to How We Got To Now, though it also has some thematic links that connect it back to Everything Bad Is Good For You. Wonderland deploys the same overarching structure as How We Got To Now: six chapters, each f...

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The Ghost Map: The Story of...

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Where Good Ideas Come from:...

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How We Got to Now: Six Inno...

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Mind Wide Open: Your Brain ...

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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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Future Perfect: The Case fo...

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Farsighted: How We Make the...

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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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