Future Perfect by Steven Johnson
The Case For Progress In A Networked Age

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If you're a pessimist...you should read "Future Perfect"...In fact, read it even if you're an optimist, because Mr. Johnson's book will give you lots of material to brighten the outlook of your gloomy friends.
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Combining the deft social analysis of Where Good Ideas Come From with the optimistic arguments of Everything Bad Is Good For You, New York Times bestselling author Steven Johnson’s Future Perfect makes the case that a new model of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to classrooms, from protest movements to health care. Johnson paints a compelling portrait of this new political worldview -- influenced by the success and interconnectedness of the Internet, by peer networks, but not dependent on high-tech solutions -- that breaks with the conventional categories of liberal or conservative, public vs. private thinking.

With his acclaimed gift for multi-disciplinary storytelling and big idea books, Johnson explores this new vision of progress through a series of fascinating narratives: from the “miracle on the Hudson” to the planning of the French railway system; from the battle against malnutrition in Vietnam to a mysterious outbreak of strange smells in downtown Manhattan; from underground music video artists to the invention of the Internet itself.

At a time when the conventional wisdom holds that the political system is hopelessly gridlocked with old ideas, Future Perfect makes the timely and inspiring case that progress is still possible, and that innovative strategies are on the rise. This is a hopeful, affirmative outlook for the future, from one of the most brilliant and inspiring visionaries of contemporary culture.
 

About Steven Johnson

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STEVEN JOHNSON is the author of the bestsellers The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, Everything Bad Is Good for You, and Mind Wide Open, as well as Emergence and Interface Culture. He is the founder of a variety of influential websites—currently, outside.in—and is a contributing editor to Wired. He lives in Brooklyn, with his wife and sons.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Riverhead Books. 284 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, History. Non-fiction
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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Oliver Burkeman on Oct 19 2012

In the wake of the Arab revolutions of 2010 and 2011...we've been subjected to a remarkably tedious argument about the role that social networks...played in the unseating of dictators...Johnson, refreshingly, is uninterested in such debates.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by John Horgan on Sep 14 2012

If you're a pessimist...you should read "Future Perfect"...In fact, read it even if you're an optimist, because Mr. Johnson's book will give you lots of material to brighten the outlook of your gloomy friends.

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