October 2, 2012

News & Opinion: An Interview With Steven Johnson

By: Michael @ 4:15 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Steven Johnson is the author of eight books, including Where Good Ideas Come From, Everything Bad is Good For You, and The Invention of Air. He is also a contributing editor for Wired magazine. His newest book, Future Perfect is published on Riverhead Books. In Future Perfect, Steven demonstrates a unique perspective that assumes a great understanding of technology, society and communication. This new book offers a voice to a particularly timely need for solutions—a need created by the centralization of power that the world has seen in almost every sector.

Last week, Steven was kind enough to talk to me over the phone and respond to a few questions that I had regarding the ideas in Future Perfect. Click the play button below to listen to the interview.  By way of an outline, here are some of the questions I had for Steven, which he answered in great detail:
At what point in time did the peer progressive type become concrete in your mind?

To what extent does the peer progressive model remain effective without the internet and its supporting technologies?

How did the horizontal organization structure play into the development of the idea of the peer progressive model?

Are there specific sectors that would not benefit from the peer progressive approach?

Play the interview below
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Thanks again to Steven for sharing his time and thoughts with us! Check out my review of Future Perfect here. Visit Steven here.

About Michael

Michael Jantz oversees “special projects,” a task that corrals any number of imaginable alterations and re-imaginings of the umpteen books 800-CEO-READ so gracefully sells day after day. But never content with the appellations of the common workplace, Michael also now enjoys exploring other avenues of 800-CEO-READ’s enterprise, including reading, writing, design, and lively conversations with those writers whose books the company sells. It is a happy time for Michael, whose love of books and good company has found 800-CEO-READ's office and philosophy to be like nutrient-rich compost to his hungry, burrowing roots.