Some Thoughts On Various Subjects From Steven Berlin Johnson

Steven Berlin Johnson is the author of books such as Where Good Ideas Come From, How We Got To Now, and The Ghost Map.

“Bill Gates (and his successor at Microsoft, Ray Ozzie) are famous for taking annual reading vacations. During the year they deliberately cultivate a stack of reading material—much of it unrelated to their day-to-day focus at Microsoft—and then they take off for a week or two and do a deep dive into the words they’ve stockpiled. By compressing their intake into a matter of days, they give new ideas additional opportunities to network among themselves, for the simple reason that it’s easier to remember something that you read yesterday than it is to remember something you read six months ago.”

Steven Johnson

“This is not the wisdom of the crowd, but the wisdom of someone in the crowd. It’s not that the network itself is smart; it’s that the individuals get smarter because they’re connected to the network.”

Steven Johnson

“Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.”

Steven Johnson

“Being right keeps you in place. Being wrong forces you to explore.”

Steven Johnson

“When you don’t have to ask for permission innovation thrives.”

Steven Johnson

Also, here is a video from the author:

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