Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson is a thought leader of today’s interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to innovation. Johnson was chosen by Prospect magazine as one of the top ten brains of the digital future, and the Wall Street Journal calls him “one of the most persuasive advocates for the role of collaboration in innovation.” His writings have influenced everything from the way political campaigns use the Internet, to cutting-edge ideas in urban planning, to the battle against 21st-century terrorism. Johnson is the bestselling author of eleven books on the intersection of science, technology, and personal experience. His latest book, Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions that Matter Most (2018), features stories drawn from critical decisions in urban planning alongside stories of hard choices drawn from military history. Johnson’s 2010 book, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, was a finalist for the 800-CEO-READ award for Best Business Book of 2010 and was ranked as one of the year’s best books by The Economist. He has also written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Nation and is a contributing editor to Wired magazine. Johnson is the 2009 Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence at the Journalism School, Columbia University.


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