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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; 1 edition (Oct. 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594487715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594487712
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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“[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.”—The 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

“A magical mystery tour of the history and architecture of innovation.”—The Oregonian

“A rapid-fire tour of ‘spaces’ large, small, mental, physical, and otherwise… Where Good Ideas Come From may be the ultimate distillation of his thinking on these issues… One admires the intellectual athleticism of Johnson’s maneuvers here.”—Boston Globe
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About the Author

Steven Johnson is the author of seven bestsellers, including Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, and Everything Bad Is Good for You, and is the editor of the anthology The Innovator’s Cookbook. He is the founder of a variety of influential websites—most recently, outside.in—and writes for Time, Wired, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Marin County, California, with his wife and three sons.

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As Steven Johnson explains, "The argument of this book is that a series of shared properties and patterns recur again and again in unusually fertile environments. I have distilled them down to seven patterns, each one occupying a separate chapter. The more we embrace these patterns - in our private work habits and hobbies, in our office environments, in the design of new software tools - the better we are at tapping our extraordinary capacity for innovative thinking." I strongly agree with Johnson that there is much value to be found in seeking commonalities between and among most (if not all) forms of creativity and innovation. Further, I also strongly agree that "we are often better served by [begin italics] connecting [end italics] ideas than by protecting them.

Clearly, Johnson endorses the open business model about which Henry Chesbrough has so much of value to say in two of his books, Open Innovation and Open Business Models. Both in nature and in culture, "environments that build walls around good ideas tend to be less innovative in the long run than more open-ended environments. Good ideas may not want to be free but they do want to connect, fuse, recombine. They want to reinvent themselves by crossing conceptual borders. They want to complete each other as much as they want to compete"...if indeed compete at all.

Co-creation has great power externally for those who forge strategic alliances but it also has great power internally for others such as Apple, a company that "remains defiantly top-down and almost comically secretive in its development of new products.
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I read this book from the library originally and had to buy it so I could have a copy always on hand. Really good read with interesting facts about ideas and the thought process.
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Excellent book, worth another read. Personally very rewarding as I have always seen my multiple interests as a weakness rather than a strength.
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Highly interesting and engaging read
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Fascinating book
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