Where do good ideas come from?

This is a very interesting video on the nature of creativity and the most conducive “environments” for producing good ideas. The video is really a summary of Steven Johnson’s upcoming Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, in which he explains how many of the best ideas ideas really start as “hunches” that need to incubate for long periods of time, and really don’t reach their full potential until they come into contact with other people’s hunches. And, that’s why Johnson thinks that the internet has been so influential for developing good ideas. Although the internet can be a distract influence, it has also provide a critical environment for exchanging, borrowing, and engaging other people’s hunches so that ours might reach full fruition.

Besides that, it’s just a very well-done video that’s worth a few minutes of your time. Check it out.


About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on September 24, 2010, in Misc and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Very interesting. Well produced segment.

  2. Was that Steven Johnson doing all the drawing? Because if so he’s a genius Renaissance Man and I don’t think it’s fair that he expects us to come up with good ideas the same way as him.

    • You’re just jealous because you can’t draw like that. Granted, neither can I.

      I don’t know anything about the book other than this clip, so I’m not sure if he’s making a basic historical agument that this is generally how good ideas get developed, or if he’s trying to establish the stronger argument that this is how good ideas should be generated. And, I’m also not clear on how he’s defining “good ideas” and what areas of inquiry he has in mind (all or only some). Still, in was an intriguing presentations that sparked some thoughts for me.

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