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Steven Johnson – Where Good Ideas Come From #2

WGICFJust re-read this book and thought it was worth summarising the main points again. As I understand it Johnson's basic argument is that the roots of innovation often go beyond individual moments of inspiration. He identifies seven crucial themes, or environmental conditions, that are closely involved in the processes of innovation. In summary these are: The Adjacent Possible From genetics to YouTube, innovation requires the right environment and the component parts to be available. YouTube required broadband and Flash for an internet video service to be viable and developed in a very short period.
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Steven Johnson – Where Good Ideas Come From

Made a very long overdue start today on one of the many books in my 'must read' pile,  'Where Good Ideas Come From' by Steven Johnson. Really enjoying it and thought this little video was a good introduction to what I think are very powerful insights. I love the way he elevates the role of the slowly incubating hunch over the eureka moment.  Johnson concludes with the observation that 'chance favours the connected mind' and in my.
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