Steven Johnson on Where Good Ideas Come From
“Chance favors the connected mind.”
By Maria Popova
After their animated exploration of capitalism, the RSA are back with a visual distillation of one of the most important questions in creative culture: Where do good ideas come from?
Steven Johnson tackles the grand question with insights from his latest book, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation (public library), and a historical perspective on innovation throughout human civilization. His answer strongly echoes the Brain Pickings mission — to build a rich and wide-spanning pool of mental resources that serve as the building blocks of creativity.
That’s the real lesson: Chance favors the connected mind.
Also worth watching is Johnson’s recent TED talk, one of my favorites this year:
Where Good Ideas Come From comes as a fine addition to these must-read books by TEDGlobal speakers.
Published September 23, 2010