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  1. 1. Where Good Ideas Come From:The Natural History of InnovationSteven Johnson<br />A review of the book and additional thoughts of Gillian Buonanno<br />
  2. 2. Web/City/Coffeehouse<br />
  3. 3. Get “open”<br />
  4. 4. The Adjacent Possible<br />Innovation based on the available parts/knowledge<br />Apollo 13<br />
  5. 5. Parts<br />The parts must exist first, whether they are mechanical, intellectual, or physical.<br />
  6. 6. Liquid Networks<br />Must: <br /><ul><li> Have a huge number of ideas/thoughts at any given time
  7. 7. Be capable of adjusting/assuming new configurations</li></li></ul><li>Spillover<br /> When a common culture is shared by so many individuals, good ideas will flow from mind to mind.<br />
  8. 8. The Slow Hunch<br /><ul><li>Begins with a vague sense that there is a solution to problem that has not yet been questioned
  9. 9. Lingers in the back of the mind for unspecified amount of time
  10. 10. Making new connections, filtering through ripples (networks)
  11. 11. Thinking of a problem in a different way</li></li></ul><li>The Slow Hunch needs the commonplace book.<br />A personal book of writings, quotes, translations that are inspiring.<br />Today, we call them bookmarks, RSS feeds, delicious accounts.<br />
  12. 12. Joseph Priestley<br />Discovered oxygen, carbon monoxide, ammonia, nitrous oxide, carbonated water<br /><ul><li>A favorite pastime as a boy was to trap spiders in a glass jar.
  13. 13. Studied classical languages as a young child: Hebrew, Greek and Latin
  14. 14. In preparation for being a minister, he studied French, Italian, German, Chaldean, Syrian & Arabic
  15. 15. Mathematics, natural philosophy, logic metaphysics through the works of John Locke, Isaac Watts & Willem Gravesande</li></li></ul><li>Tim Berners-Lee<br />Names his network the World Wide Web<br /><ul><li>Child of mathematicians
  16. 16. Enquire within cyclopedia
  17. 17. While working at CERN laboratory, began organizing the overwhelming amount of information and personnel contact, calling it Enquire.
  18. 18. Ten years later, he returns to the project looking for a way to connect documents stored on different computers, using a language called Hyper-Text Markup Language (HTML).</li></li></ul><li>Serendipity<br />The power of accidental connection<br />“You have to set out in good faith for elsewhere and lose your bearings serendipitously (Barth).”<br />
  19. 19. Anchors and unlikely connections<br />Anchors are the research, notes, conversations with colleagues<br />Unlikely connections happen when we take a break, go for a walk, soak in the hot tub, bake cookies<br />
  20. 20. Error<br />Being right keeps you in place. Being wrong forces you to explore.<br />
  21. 21. Two important scientific errors<br /> Joseph Priestley<br /> Alexander Fleming<br />
  22. 22. Exaptation<br />Gutenberg<br />An idea, a technology, an organism, is used to solve an unrelated problem, thus creating a completely new genre or technology.<br />
  23. 23. Platforms<br />An environment that encourages hunches to be connected and built upon.<br />
  24. 24. The Fourth Quadrant<br />
  25. 25. Resources<br /><br /><br /><br />,%20Speech%20and%20Language%20Services/<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  26. 26. Resources<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />