Future Perfect

Future Perfect

The Case for Progress in A Networked Age

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781594488207
1594488207
Branch Call Number: 303.4833 Johnson 09/2012
Characteristics: xxxvii, 233 p. ;,22 cm.

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Apr 01, 2013

Steven Johnson = great writer, great ideas. I read Emergence a few years ago, and I liked Future Perfect just as much. The concept of "Peer Progressives" is an evolved alternative to binary political thought.

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