Where Good Ideas Come From – Wouldn’t we all like to know? ☆

| March 27, 2011

The Symposium is proud to present Steven Berlin Johnson, who will be speaking to the audience on Friday afternoon, April 29th. In his writing, the best selling author of seven books, among them Everything Bad is Good for You and Ghost Map, examines the intersection of science, technology, and personal experiences.

In his new book, Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson explores the concept that good ideas don’t come out of thin air, but from other good ideas. Drawing on examples of scientific and technological innovations, the book examines how creativity is born from collaborative communication. In an interview with Salon‘s Michael Humphrey called “Epiphanies Are Overrated,” Mr. Johnson states,

“What you end up seeing when you look at history is that people who have been good at pushing the boundaries of possibility, and exploring those frontiers of good ideas and innovations, have rarely done it in moments of great inspiration. They don’t just have a brilliant breakthrough idea out of nowhere and leap ahead of everyone else. Their concepts take time to develop and incubate and sit around in the back of their minds sometimes for decades. It’s cobbled together from other people’s ideas and other people’s technologies and other people’s innovations.”

Mr. Johnson will elaborate on his research and connect the dots between his theory and the fundamental themes of the Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation in Education Symposium.

Where Good Ideas Come From is receiving much critical acclaim.  In a review for BoingBoing, Cory Doctorow called it “a multidisciplinary hymn to diversity, openness, and creativity.”

Steven Berlin Johnson’s key note address will be at 4:00 on Friday, April 29th in the Cowin Center.

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