Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Where Good Ideas Come From

A student in this class, Gbby, wrote a great post last week on the role of collaboration (and discussion, roundtable debate) within the peer review process - you can check it out here. As I mention in the comments section, it reminded me of a short video by Steven Johnson promoting his new book Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, which highlights the importance of connectivity and collaborative spaces for generating new ideas. The key historical examples being the coffee houses of the Enlightenment and the salons (or pubs) of modernism - which he describes as "spaces where ideas could mingle, swap and create new forms." This discussion also reminds me of the Creative Research workshop last week - among the various benefits described by the participants, group dynamics and interaction appeared to play a particularly crucial role.

Check out the Steven Johnson video embedded below, or access it through My Youtube Channel (on the INF1240 Research Methods playlist):

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Sara,
    Funny to see you mention Steven Johnson. I have just read a piece on Wired on which he "chats" with Kevin Kelly about their new books: http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/09/mf_kellyjohnson/all/1

    Kelly's book is called What Technology Wants, and it seem it has many things in common with Johnson's. I almost bought it right after reading the article, but decided to wait for the price of the iPad edition to go down - I don't like paying hardcover prices for ebooks :-)