TEDGlobal 2010

Where good ideas come from: Steven Johnson on TED.com

Posted by: Shanna Carpenter

People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web. (Recorded at TEDGlobal, July 2010 in Oxford, England. Duration: 17:46)

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Comments (3)

  • commented on Oct 24 2010

    This is so true. The Creative Process Illustrated (Deb Morrison and Glen Griffin) gives a slightly different take on this idea, but it all shows that it is a process. In public relations and advertising, it is especially important to be aware of this. On the surface the work of these professions may seem like the driving force is business and profit–and that is part of it–but what makes something successful is all parts of the process, especially the relationships with all parties involved.

  • commented on Oct 5 2010

    Excellent thesis on the importance of networks and inter-linked communities in creating novel ideas. We created a virtual coffee-house where leaders of science technology and medicine can engage in creating innovation at the bleeding edge of science. http://www.iamscientist.com

  • Dennis Nustad commented on Sep 21 2010

    I’m still waiting for this function to be seamless.