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Matthew Rogers

look forward to it on audio...

MaxKaizen

Kindle version finally good to go, and with the solid assurance of unflagging awesomeness from tomes past - it's been gifted around.
Some of my favourite open innovation heroes, Von Hippel and Seely Brown within, how could it fail to reward?
Fanfully hopeful, going to get cooking.

Sara Martin

Hello! Just discovered you today via your TED Talks. I am an artist and architect, so I spend a great deal of time generating, testing, and talking about ideas. Looking forward to digging into your books and blog. Thanks for the engaging material!

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Same as Matthew, look forward to it on audio format..

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I'm looking forward too to it on audio format...

Mat Cusick

The article by Peter Drucker that opens this collection is horrifying! Drucker celebrates some of the most crooked, pro-fascist capitalists of the twentieth century. Watson and IBM, Ford, J.P. Morgan, Siemens, Deutsche Bank, and Citibank (once National City Bank) are not heroic models to emulate, unless you admire people and institutions who actively supported the Third Reich! Citibank is called an "innovator in financial areas," but it has been in precisely the "financial pseudo innvation" that is derided in the introduction. And Drucker's assertion that a simple innovation in automatic box filling led to the Swedish global monopoly in matches is not only absurd, it is downright criminal. Though Drucker assiduously avoids naming the name, the "innovator" behind the Swedish match monopoly of the early twentieth century was Ivar Kreuger, who was as aggressive a monopolist as John D. Rockefeller and as devious a crook as Bernie Madoff–John Kenneth Galbraith called him the "Leonardo of larcenists." Kreuger orchestrated a global monopoly through corrupt political influence and the most audacious accounting fraud of that entire speculative era. What a recipe for innovation to include in the cookbook!

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It has the same effect of entrenching the elite in corrupt economies.
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I'm a father of three boys, husband of one wife, and author of nine books, host of one television series, and co-founder of three web sites. We split our time between Brooklyn, NY and Marin County, CA. Personal correspondence should go to sbeej68 at gmail dot com. If you're interested in having me speak at an event, drop a line to Wesley Neff at the Leigh Bureau (WesN at Leighbureau dot com.)

My Books

  • Steven Johnson: How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

    Steven Johnson: How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
    A history of innovation accompanied by a 6-part TV series on PBS and the BBC, this was the first of my books to crack the top 5 on the NY Times bestseller list. Appropriately for a book that celebrates diverse networks, this was the most collaborative of any of my books. (Available from IndieBound here.)

  • Steven Johnson: Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age

    Steven Johnson: Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age
    My first book-length attempt to organize my writings about emergence and networks into something resembling a political philosophy, which I called Peer Progressivism. (Available from IndieBound here.)

  • : Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

    Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
    An exploration of environments that lead to breakthrough innovation, in science, technology, business, and the arts. I conceived it as the closing book in a trilogy on innovative thinking, after Ghost Map and Invention. But in a way, it completes an investigation that runs through all the books, and laid the groundwork for How We Got To Now. (Available from IndieBound here.)

  • : The Invention of Air

    The Invention of Air
    The story of the British radical chemist Joseph Priestley, who ended up having a Zelig-like role in the American Revolution. My version of a founding fathers book, and a reminder that most of the Enlightenment was driven by open source ideals. (Available from IndieBound here.)

  • : The Ghost Map

    The Ghost Map
    The story of a terrifying outbreak of cholera in 1854 London 1854 that ended up changing the world. An idea book wrapped around a page-turner. I like to think of it as a sequel to Emergence if Emergence had been a disease thriller. You can see a trailer for the book here. (Available from IndieBound here.)

  • : Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter

    Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter
    The title says it all. This one sparked a slightly insane international conversation about the state of pop culture -- and particularly games. There were more than a few dissenters, but the response was more positive than I had expected. And it got me on The Daily Show, which made it all worthwhile. (Available from IndieBound here.)

  • : Mind Wide Open : Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life

    Mind Wide Open : Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life
    My first best-seller, and the only book I've written in which I appear as a recurring character, subjecting myself to a battery of humiliating brain scans. The last chapter on Freud and the neuroscientific model of the mind is one of my personal favorites. (Available from IndieBound here.)

  • : Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

    Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software
    The story of bottom-up intelligence, from slime mold to Slashdot. Most of my books sold more copies than this one, but Emergence has influenced the most eclectic mix of fields: political campaigns, web business models, urban planning, the war on terror. (Available from IndieBound here.)

  • : Interface Culture : How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate

    Interface Culture : How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate
    My first. The book I wrote instead of finishing my dissertation, predicting the growing cultural significance of interface and information design. Still relevant, I think. But I haven't read it in a while, so who knows what's in there! (Available from IndieBound here.)

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