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Steven Johnson

Bestselling Author & Host of PBS six-part series: How We Got To Now

Described by the New York Times as a “deep thinker and a gifted storyteller,” Steven Johnson is the best-selling author and the leading light of today’s interdisciplinary, collaborative, open-minded approach to innovation. He was chosen by Prospect magazine as one of the “Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future”. Steven’s work on the history of innovation inspired the Emmy-winning six-part series on PBS titled HOW WE GOT TO NOW with Steven Johnson, which aired in the fall of 2014. The book version of How We Got To Now was a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. He’s also the author of The Ghost Map, Where Good Ideas Come From, and Wonderland, among many others. His newest book, Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer*, is an entertaining, wide-ranging and surprising look at how human species managed to double life expectancy in just one hundred years. His TED talks on innovation have been viewed more than ten million times. Steven is currently the host of TED Interview Podcast.

Session Track: Environmental Sustainability

Wednesday, May 17 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM General Session | Hall B

1799K - Where Good Ideas Come From

Drawing on his books and TV series on innovation, bestselling author Steven Johnson will discuss the secrets behind unusually creative individuals and organizations. Sharing fascinating stories from the history of technology, manufacturing, and human health, Johnson will explore the importance of multi-disciplinary collaboration, the challenges of anticipating long-term consequences, and the enduring connection between progress and new ideas.

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