Peer Progressivism — a review of Future Perfect

To my knowledge, Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age is Steven Johnson’s first attempt at pamphleteering. The other books of his that I have read — The Invention of Air, Emergence and Where Good Ideas Come From — have been about telling the stories of complex concepts in an engaging way.Continue reading “Peer Progressivism — a review of Future Perfect”

Organization of No Organization

Remarkable that two books released this month advocate eschewing hierarchy for network-based approaches to changing society. The books in question are: Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age A deep review of Brad Feld’s book is forthcoming, and I am only part wayContinue reading “Organization of No Organization”

Steven B Johnson’s new book on the internet and politics

I have read a number of his works, including Emergence: And so, over time, a book I had written about social insects and video games and software algorithms started to feel more and more like a book about politics… I look forward to this book and hope it goes beyond the aspect of political organizationContinue reading “Steven B Johnson’s new book on the internet and politics”

[REVIEW] Grouped: How Small Groups of Friends Are the Key to Influence on the Social Web

Grouped: How Small Groups of Friends Are the Key to Influence on the Social Web by Paul Adams My rating: ★★★★★ Great little book giving an overview of a wide array of research on social networks and how information passes through them. Though near the end it gets a little too evangelical for permission marketingContinue reading “[REVIEW] Grouped: How Small Groups of Friends Are the Key to Influence on the Social Web”

I drink your milkshake: Thoughts on the Innovator’s Solution

Clayton Christensen and Michael Raynor’s The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth was recommended by Horace Dediu on his show The Critical Path. On the show Horace often talks about “Jobs to be Done Theory”, or the idea that customers hire a product to do specific job. It is a very useful way ofContinue reading “I drink your milkshake: Thoughts on the Innovator’s Solution”

The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

★★★★☆ This book was a much more difficult read than his earlier books Letter and End of Faith. Rather than a popular, NYT best seller list-type book, this seems to target a more scientific audience. It should be studied rather than simply read. Moral Landscape is a very technical book both in terms of philosophyContinue reading “The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values”