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Anatomy Of An Idea

Steven Berlin Johnson

The subject matter of the book is not all that important here, but suffice it to say that I am currently working on an introductory bit that contrasts old, bureaucratic models of state organization with some new network structures that are currently on the rise. People often ask me about my research techniques. What's the moral of this story?

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Introducing Findings

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First, because we are focused on quotations, we have built a number of smart systems that pull metadata from the sources, which allows you to seamlessly organize your quotes around authors and titles and sources (and other organizational schemes we are going to dream up in the months ahead.) It’s a social commonplace book.

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The Glass Box And The Commonplace Book

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But they have underestimated the textual productivity of organizations that are incentivized to connect, not protect, their words. It is broken.

Introducing Future Perfect

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That subtitle gives some sense of the book’s specific subject matter, though the primary theme of the book was more abstract: it was an examination of self-organizing systems, like city neighborhoods or ant colonies, systems that lacked traditional leadership structures or command hierarchies but that nonetheless managed to solve complex problems.

What Peer Progressives Really Believe

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If you have patience for this kind of online debate, The New Republic is now running my extended response to Evgeny Morozov's review (along with a new response from him). It cites a number of the misleading or innacurate quotes that I reviewed yesterday, but the key passages come at the end. It’s simply a question of emphasis.

Old Growth Media And The Future Of News

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Let me be clear: traditional news organizations were an important part of the 2008 ecosystem, no doubt about it. That kid was me. Certainly not.

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stevenberlinjohnson.com: Can We Please Kill This Meme Now

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Whats the organizing principle? stevenberlinjohnson.com « Everything Bad In Paper | Main | » Can We Please Kill This Meme Now Jason linked to this op-ed on the "endangered joy of serendipity" : Serendipity is defined as the ability to make fortunate discoveries accidentally. Think about the library. Do people browse anymore?

stevenberlinjohnson.com: The Invention Of Air

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stevenberlinjohnson.com « Will She Stay or Will She Go? fixed the URL. Congrats! Can't wait to read it! Posted by: Scott M. this made my day!

stevenberlinjohnson.com: David Brooks, Deconstructed

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Think of the environmental movement itself -- which runs through a lot of those Urban Baby and Babble conversations about disposable diapers and organic baby food. Somehow I get the sneaking suspicion that Brooks has never listened to Sufjan Stevens. Christian orchestral pop about the fifty states -- why isnt that perfect kid music? ").

stevenberlinjohnson.com: The Shanghai Surprise: Urban Planning Is Sexy!

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But you can't self-organize a subway system. ended it taking the 200 mph MagLev train to the Shanghai airport. Please try again.

Brian Eno Renames My Book

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Two nights ago in London, Brian Eno and I did the second in what I hope will be a long series of public conversations at the wonderful ICA.

Deep Structure

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The logical, but less interesting way would just be to create a bunch of chapters organized by discipline: great ideas in the arts, in science, in nature. If there's one thing I'm known for as a writer, it's my habit of writing across disciplines, connecting multiple fields in a single book or narrative.

Tour Dates for "Where Good Ideas Come From"

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Organized in partnership with the University of Chicago Booth School of Management Alumni Association). The folks at Riverhead have put together a great tour for Where Good Ideas Come From. It's going to be a busy October, but it should also be a lot of fun. Here are the details for now; I will update as new events get added. Seattle, WA.

Introducing Appify

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The mobile app ecosystem is arguably the most interesting and rapidly diversifying region of the software world right now, but the search and filtering options available to us are shockingly under-developed. That's where Appify comes in. The brainchild of my outside.in Instead, you're thinking: "What's the best subway app for NYC?" Go check it out

Does Apple Think Multitasking Is A Bug Not A Feature? And Other Questions.

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In the application-centric model, you were constantly lugging organs into other operating rooms and then dragging them back. I wrote a little essay for Time.com on the iPad launch (and the reactions to it.) number of proposed interfaces — most famously, Apple's failed OpenDoc. The user wouldn't launch documents inside an application.

CNN Invests in Outside.In

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We spent the first months of the year building out our Outside.in For Publishers platform, which is now used by more than a hundred news organizations around the country. Having such a respected news organization as a partner and investor is obviously a big deal for us. platform for their local coverage on CNN.com.

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December 11, 2005 in Cities | Permalink Comments There's a reason those New Englanders are alarmingly friendly. And it creates value.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Vertical Ascent

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You got in the elevator, and there was a long list of options: floor 20 for the Italian joint, floor 21 for some great sushi, floor 22 for Cantonese.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Radical New Innovation at Outside.in: Search!

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stevenberlinjohnson.com « The Times Tears Down The Wall | Main | Ghost Map in paper (and more!) hope the Web still exists then! Please try again.

Skim and Plunge

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think of  our present situation as somewhat analogous to the mass migration from the country to the city that started several centuries ago in Europe: the bustle and stimulation and diversity of urban life made it harder to enjoy the slower, organic pleasures of rural living. Brand’s opening line was “Computers are coming to the people.”

OIP and the news ecosystem

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Today's an exciting day at outside.in : we're rolling out the beta release of Outside.in for Publishers , a suite of tools for organizing and curating hyperlocal news pages for US cities and towns. The launch of Outside.in for Publishers should accelerate that growth.

Old Growth Media, The Aftermath

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David Crow looked at the speech in the context of Canadian news organizations : Steven Johnson gave a great talk at SxSW about the recent history of publishing and distribution of news. His vision includes a role for organizations like CBC and other traditional media outlets. Nobody knows. The internet turns 40 this fall. publishing.

Bill Clinton On The Invention Of Air

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If you don't know how to organize and evaluate, construct an argument, get from A to Z, what you know in your head doesn't amount to a hill of beans. A few weeks after the book tour for The Invention of Air started to wind down, I got an email from an old friend who had spent some time with Bill Clinton at Davos. Not those. It's amazing.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Large Is Smart

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stevenberlinjohnson.com « Long Zoom Interview | Main | » Large Is Smart Jason pointed me to this amazing-sounding study on the whole metaphor of cities as biological organisms. look forward to hearing your response on your podcast. [I'm kidding. but I can dream right?] See Jane Jacobs' books. link] ??? link] ??? link] ????

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Walking Londons Bridges

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the question I have for you is when you say simple units what exactly is so simple about ant or any organisms? thanks. Goodbye! Affengeil!

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Ghost Map Reviews: The First Round

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Otherwise it might seem a little insufferable. Were the lead review -- titled "Plotting Death" -- in this Sundays L.A. Times books section.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Will She Stay or Will She Go?

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It´s a research about the viability of a new social web net for solidary purposes, by interconnecting non-governmental organizations, citizens, public and private companies, etc. stevenberlinjohnson.com « Unintended Consequences, part 57. Main | The Invention Of Air » Will She Stay or Will She Go? Focus should be on worldviews.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: One Last Colbert Item

Steven Berlin Johnson

In sum, the UN should be shuttered, allowing a brand new organization to emerge because the current UN is broken beyond repair. With respect.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Radar Is Live

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discussions, and Twitter tweets, and organizing them all both around specific places and topics. stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | George Will: SBJ Says Beer Is Good For You » Radar Is Live Im really excited to report that we launched Radar today, the most significant addition to outside.in Radar lets you see it all.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Uploading My Library

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Its also erratically organized within each letter -- once I got all the Bs together, I had a hard time finding the energy to put the Brs after the Bos.

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Within two days of the broadcast, 10,000 copies were sold. Disagree with him? Burn this when you're done. The truth is out there. 1. With fear.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Outside.in and The Washington Post

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Secondly, were not just geographically organizing the blogger content -- were organizing the Posts content. stevenberlinjohnson.com « New Hampshire | Main | Outside.In Lets People Use The Internet To Communicate With Each Other! Our investor Fred Wilson talks about this a little today on his blog.) Is he qualified? All the best!

stevenberlinjohnson.com: The Huddled Masses

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The first time I saw this crowd, while walking towards the mid-levels escalators, I thought: wow, they’ve got a big homeless population here.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Apple Opens Up

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Also, the term is "organic milk," not "Web 2.0 Let me just say it. What were starting to see here (and of course in the anti-DRM letter from earlier this year) is a pretty significant shift in Jobs public relations strategy, in that he seems to have recognized that there are limits to secrecy. openness and transparency. "?

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Apple: Consumer Unfriendly

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The iPhone has generated a hurricane of hype, and organizations like this group are trying to take advantage of it for their own PR purposes. stevenberlinjohnson.com « Two Hours With The iPhone | Main | » Apple: Consumer Unfriendly What a bizarre Joe Nocera Times piece about the lack of a removable battery in the iPhone. release.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Five Thoughts On The Nintendo Wii

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What strikes you immediately playing Wii Sports -- and particularly Tennis -- is this feeling of fluidity, the feeling that subtle, organic shifts in your bodys motion will lead to different results onscreen. stevenberlinjohnson.com « Outside.in and Feedburner | Main | The Atomic Wall » Five Thoughts On The Nintendo Wii 1. Thanks.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Real America

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We do in fact live in a divided nation, but states are not the organizing principle we should use in thinking about the split. The relationship between city and country is a sort of second-level social contract: both forms of organization are necessary to the whole society, and depend upon each other. He knows it already. Cheyenne?

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Introducing Outside.in

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With help from you -- suggesting and tagging neighborhood data, and suggesting ways that we can better organize the web geographically -- we think outside.in can help unify the divided space of hyperlocal content. One thing both blogs and traditional newspapers share is that they are organized around time, with the latest news given priority.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: The Ghost Maps first review

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Johnson weaves in overlapping ideas about the growth of civilization, the organization of cities, and evolution to thrilling effect. stevenberlinjohnson.com « Is There An iTV In Our Future? Woo-hoo! August 24, 2006 in Meta | Permalink Comments Didn't Snow use maps in an original way? Do you republish his graphics in your book?

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Five Things All Sane People Agree On About Blogs And Mainstream Journalism (So Can We Stop Talking About Them Now?)

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By looking for connections between different topics and different news organizations, they can add value. This is definitely an important role, but supplanting a press agency on no budget and organization is simply not realistic at the moment. But Nicholas Lemanns piece in the New Yorker this week has finally pushed me over the edge.