The Case For Progress In A Networked Age
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Combining the deft social analysis of Where Good Ideas Come From with the
optimistic arguments of Everything Bad Is Good For You, New York Times
bestselling author Steven Johnson’s Future Perfect makes the case that a new model
of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to
classrooms, from protest movements to health care. Johnson paints a compelling portrait of
this new political worldview -- influenced by the success and interconnectedness of the
Internet, but not dependent on high-tech solutions -- that breaks with the conventional
categories of liberal or conservative thinking.
With his acclaimed gift for multi- disciplinary storytelling and big ideas, Johnson explores this new vision of progress through a series of fascinating narratives: from the “miracle on the Hudson” to the planning of the French railway system; from the battle against malnutrition in Vietnam to a mysterious outbreak of strange smells in downtown Manhattan; from underground music video artists to the invention of the Internet itself.
At a time when the conventional wisdom holds that the political system is hopelessly gridlocked with old ideas, Future Perfect makes the timely and inspiring case that progress is still possible, and that new solutions are on the rise. This is a hopeful, affirmative outlook for the future, from one of the most brilliant and inspiring visionaries of contemporary culture.
The Peer Progressives
Peer Networks at Work
Communities The Maple Syrup Event
Journalism The Pothole Paradox
Technology What Does the Internet Want?
Incentives We Have a Winner!
Governance Liquid Democracies
Corporations Conscious Capitalism
The Peer Society
[Where Good Ideas Come From is a] rich, integrated, and often sparkling book. Mr. Johnson, who knows a thing or two about the history of science, is a first-rate storyteller." -- New York Times
"A vision of innovation and ideas that is resolutely social, dynamic, and material.... Fluidly written, entertaining, and smart without being arcane." -- Los Angeles Times
"Brilliant... Johnson is an exemplar of the post-categorical age.... The 'long zoom' approach gives Johnson's book power, makes it a tool for understanding where we stand today, and makes it satisfying." -- New York Times Book Review
"Stimulating, iconoclastic, and strikingly original." -- The Atlantic Monthly
"Essential reading for anyone trying to understand this culture." -- New York Times
"Johnson is a polymath... [It's] exhilarating to follow his unpredictable trains of thought. To explain why some ideas upend the world, he draws upon many disciplines: chemistry, social history, geography, even ecosystem science." -- Los Angeles Times
"Steven Johnson is the Darwin of technology. Through fascinating observations and insights, he enlightens us about the origin of ideas. How do you create environments and networks that promote innovation? Johnson discovers patterns that help clarify that critical question." -- Walter Isaacson, author of the bestselling Steve Jobs