Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

Where Good Ideas Come From The Natural History of Innovation Where do good ideas come from And what do we need to know and do to have of them In Where Good Ideas Come From Steven Johnson one of our most innovative popular thinkers explores the secrets of ins

  • Title: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
  • Author: Steven Johnson
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  • Page: 344
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Where do good ideas come from And what do we need to know and do to have of them In Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson, one of our most innovative popular thinkers, explores the secrets of inspiration 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 hisWhere do good ideas come from And what do we need to know and do to have of them In Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson, one of our most innovative popular thinkers, explores the secrets of inspiration 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 Why have cities historically been such hubs of innovation What do the printing press and Apple have in common And what does this have to do with the creation and evolution of life itself Johnson presents the answers to these questions and in his infectious, culturally omnivoracious style, using examples from thinkers in a range of disciplines from Charles Darwin to Tim Berners Lee to provide the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of inspiration.He identifies the five 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 Most exhilarating is his conclusion with today s tools and environment, radical innovation is extraordinarily accessible to those who know how to cultivate it By recognizing where and how patterns of creativity occur whether within a school, a software platform or a social movement he shows how we can make of our ideas good ones.

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    1. Book operates around 5 major concepts:1. The Adjacent Possible- contrary to popular belief innovation seldom changes the game completely by creating something incredibly advanced. More often, innovation unlocks a realm of the adjacent possible (That which can be achieved given the components that are already in existence). Ex: in the primordial soup of Earth pre-life, amino acids could be formed spontaneously through random collisions of atoms and functional groups. It would've been impossible f [...]

    2. Hmm, here we go again. Another 'popular / best selling' author with a 'great' book full of 'new' insights.Johnson describes where good ideas come from (hence the title) by breaking it down into 7 patterns: the adjacent possible, liquid networks, the slow hunch, serendipity, error, exaptation, platforms. Each chapter describes a pattern by starting out with an anecdote of some inventor x in city y in year z. Then the pattern is defined / described and finally a bit elaborated upon with possibly m [...]

    3. I first became acquainted with Where Good Ideas Come From through Steven Johnson's TED talk, which I highly recommend if you've got a spare 17 minutes. In that talk -- and the book -- Johnson argues that most people are wrong when they imagine where new, innovative ideas come from. Many people have in their mind a lone scientist working in his lab, suddenly arriving at a "Eureka" moment, perhaps with a proverbial light bulb over their head. It's the apple falling on Isaac Newton, or Darwin devel [...]

    4. I tend to avoid reading this kind of book. The Cluetrain Manifesto, The Tipping Point, Freakonomics, The Black Swan. They all hit the web, and they all pass me by in a largely undifferentiated wash of bold typography, sentence-length sub-titles and (too) easily summarised central points.I'm not sure now why I ordered 'Where good ideas come from' at the library, but having done so, I dutifully picked it up and settled in to read it over the long weekend. The double line spacing immediately gave m [...]

    5. I love origin stories. I especially love the ones that are about some familiar product or invention that I know and use, but if there’s a good story behind something I don't use – like that the glass eye was invented by a doll maker whose grandchild lost an eye in an accident – I’m interested. So I’ve read quite a few books on innovation over the years, but this one was something unique. Those others have more anecdotes and “pop” appeal. This one had more hard science. That made it [...]

    6. This book can be summarized as - where good ideas die. I expected to book to serve as a guide as how inventions evolved into new inventions. Instead the book turned out to be a cross between something like a business book "how to foster new ideas" and a self-help one "how to be more inventive". The fact that it's written by a yuppie Silicon Valley entrepreneur makes it that much more difficult to stomach - the book raves about twitter as a platform and plugs some data-mining wares the author is [...]

    7. I won this book from . This is a fascinating book I would recommend to anyone even remotely interested in creativity and the history of the ideas that changed our world and the way we interact with it. He tackles the similarities in how ideas form, from Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection to the internet and twitter. Johnson's writing is tight and engaging--his ideas scream for contemplation and incorporation into one's intellectual life, yet I found it difficult to pull myself awa [...]

    8. The first few chapters especially are just incredible. Amazing concepts clearly presented. Johnson is an entertaining polymath with a highly compelling view of why things work the way they do.His use of the word "ideas" in the title implies a more narrow focus than what is presented. By "ideas" he means something bigger than what we're associating it with, particularly human ideas. The idea of evolution, of the formation of life, of why cities are more productive than rural areas per capita. The [...]

    9. 3 звезди заради убийствено скучния стил на писане и озадачаващия на моменти превод."интернетен вестник", "Апъл" - сириъсли?!Иначе книгата съдържа интересни факти, теории и научни експерименти, но трябва да си с железни нерви, за да отсееш зърното от плявата. Добре че съм литер [...]

    10. I picked up this book after hearing Steven Johnson's interview on CBC's Spark. His arguments are compelling, and the book is chock full of invention origin stories - a very interesting read!

    11. Pokud nebydlíte v Praze nebo ještě líp v Londýně či New Yorku, tak počítejte, že po přečtení téhle knihy se bude chtít jít zahrabat nebo přestěhovat :-) Pro Johnsona je totiž velkoměsto, rozsáhlé tekuté sítě a vůbec výrazné multioborové prolínání základem "dobrých nápadů" (takže žádné jablko spadnuvší na hlavu v klidu soukromé zahrady).Celou knihou se prolíná právě opozice vůči populárním mýtům "osamělého vynálezce" a "geniálního vnuknut [...]

    12. I won this book from , and asked our Manager of Innovation to comment on it:"Unfamiliar with Johnson's previous books, I was ill-prepared for the density of his work. This current text probes the various methods in which innovations evolve, since contrary to popular belief they don't occur in a vacuum or eureka moments. Based on his research, Johnson has broken innovation into seven segments of development; the adjacent possible, liquid networks, the slow hunch, serendipity, error, exaptation, a [...]

    13. Regardless of its origin, sometimes a good idea forms the entire basis of a non-fiction book. Often this idea is capable of being summed up in a single pithy sentence which serves as the title--maybe "The Tipping Point," or "The Long Tail,"--and after the concept is explained in the first few paragraphs, chapters full of anecdotes flesh out the work to book length, business publications praise it, and the author can command some serious speaking fees at conferences and corporate events.Where Goo [...]

    14. This fascinating study of ideas disproves the notion that ideas come quickly and to a few chosen geniuses. Instead, most of our best ideas come through years of hunches, open sharing of information and working together. It's a great read if you're a creative person.

    15. A well researched and well written book on the source of good ideas and the many things that should be done to foster them. It's not just a book on ideas - it's like on a non-conventional story telling of some major discoveries stripped of their Eureka Moments.

    16. Un libro molto interessante, scritto molto bene, che entra nei meccanismi con cui le idee nascono, evolvono, proliferano. Con un approccio multidisciplinare Johnson costruisce una storia in cui ci racconta come la favola del genio che crea nel buio della sua stanzetta sia appunto una favola. L’innovazione nasce dall’interazione, è un processo che per sua natura si nutre di connessioni casuali, di intuizioni lente, di errori. L’innovazione si muove nell’ambito del “possibile adiacente [...]

    17. This is one of those books which, without presenting a wealth of original material, do a great job summarizing and structuring existing ideas. I really liked the examples that Johnson uses: instead of focusing on business ideas, which I guess is what most people would associate with innovation, he brings examples from the history of science and from biological evolution, making it all seem one coherent picture.The author presents 7 (or 8, depending on your count) characteristics of an innovation [...]

    18. One of the better books on innovation, Steven Johnson makes connections between biological and technological patterns in how to create innovative environments. The illustrations are vivid and memorable, which help me remember the difference components of an innovative ecosystem. This is definitely the kind of book that I like to have on hand and lend to people.1. Adjacent Possible - Good ideas are built from a collection of existing parts, the following six patterns assemble a wider variety of s [...]

    19. A very impressive book that examines the validity of the lone genius story throughout modern history. Johnson takes a diverse number of subjects and shows the parallels between them, drawing strong comparisons between human engineered systems and naturally evolved systems, particularly their generative power. Written in a conversational lecture mode, the topics covered in this book are understandable for anyone from high school on up.The best part of the book is the conclusion. Although it was a [...]

    20. Fantastic! The single most important book for anyone looking for an accurate and comprehensive description of the creative process that they have heretofore been unable to verbalize. Johnson breaks creativity down to 7 basic underlying principles: the adjacent possible, liquid networks, slow hunch, serendipity, error, exaptation, and platforms. In doing so, he not only allows readers to become more conscious of the patterns that creativity follows, but he also provides inspiring examples of the [...]

    21. Within the first 20 pages, I was hooked with this book. For anyone with an entrepreneurial bent or fiendish desire to understand the workings of innovation and creativity, this is the book for you. Johnson elegantly and eloquently debunks the so-called myth of the lone genius innovating in a vacuum. Instead, he asserts that several underlying principles --of serendipity, error, liquid networks, and adjacent possibilities--help to propel new inventions. Some of the inspirational thoughts that cam [...]

    22. There are really only two core ideas in this book: 1. That innovations are best modeled as ideas having sex, in the sense that they don't pop into existence but instead each idea is formed by the process of mixing elements from previous ideas (recombination), or slightly improving on an aspect of the idea (mutation). This view makes all of our innovations look similar to intellectual animals, with their own family trees. And 2. That these innovations don't happen in sudden eureka moments inside [...]

    23. Johnson's books are just plain good. This one is no exception. So much great information. This is a must read for anyone wanting to increase serendipity, innovation or creativity in their organization or community.

    24. Rarement un livre m'aura autant enthousiasmé. Cet ouvrage est une pépite. Autant qu'une ruche à idées.

    25. I like the core point of this book, but the author is not an amazing writer. He relies on the "I am going to show you a lot of examples" way of convincing which, for me, just got kind of boring and I lost track of why he was telling me anything at all. I think this book needed a brutal editor to keep it focused rather than rambling. My take-away from the book is that encountering lots of different ideas, working with people who are different from you, and generally being curious and cooperative [...]

    26. The only other book I've read by Steven Johnson is "How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World", which I guess primed me for disappointment in this one. Whereas "Six Innovations" was bursting with new ideas and compelling connections, "Where Good Ideas Come From" is repetitive. It rehashes and belabors its points until you're tempted to leave it unfinished. It's also a little annoying when a writer states, "Almost everyone believes," or, "We tend to assume" about a point and t [...]

    27. It was okay It started out really interesting and I was excited to talk about it with Michael, but by the end, Johnson's ideas felt stretched and his theories of where good ideas come from felt a bit forced. Even his own examples didn't quite match up and he had to make excuses for it. mmm. There was also a bit of blatant self promotion of his other books and side projects--"speaking of good ideas, I had an awesome one and you should go check it out". As a reader, it threw me out of the flow of [...]

    28. (4.0) Analogies to the natural world aside, some interesting insight actionable advice for fostering innovationSomewhat entertaining. An attempt to abstract the conditions in which innovation thrives, along the way making many analogies to nature (e.g. sex is good for innovation because it brings disparate 'ideas' together and allows for a small amount of error).But there are the seeds of good recommendations here, tied to each of the environmental factors he identifies that encourage innovation [...]

    29. Un libro lleno de ejemplos sobre la innovación a lo largo de la historia, imprescindibles para tener una buena narrativa en presentaciones sobre innovación y charlas de negocios y sobremesa.Además de sus seis capítulos, hay una agrupación de las ideas de 1600 a 2000 por criterios de comercio (ideas para el beneficio comercial) y si se trata de inventos personales o "colectivos", que demuestra de manera muy efectiva como, cuando las ideas se comparten y se les permite fluir libremente, gener [...]

    30. This book shows that “good ideas” (or key innovations) are generally products of prior discoveries, experimentation, and collaboration, not the Eureka moments of isolated geniuses. I found the historical anecdotes interesting and the lessons somewhat insightful, but overall the book wasn’t especially fascinating. I also felt that Johnson’s repeated comparisons of human ingenuity to evolutionary ecology were stretching the metaphor and didn’t contribute to his points. My favorite chapte [...]

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