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Future Perfect

The Case for Progress in A Networked Age
Johnson, Steven, 1968- (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.


Baker & Taylor
Presents an optimistic assessment of how a technologically connected world can enable a better if different future, outlining a rising model of political change that breaks traditional categories of thinking and enables positive solutions.

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Johnson, author of the bestseller Everything Bad is Good for You, describes a new social and political movement he calls the peer progressive movement, which relies on peer networks made possible by digital telecommunications. The members of this new group of political activists and public sector entrepreneurs are not free-market libertarians, Johnson argues. Going beyond the traditional dichotomy of liberal versus conservative, members of the peer progressive movement are equally suspicious of big government and big corporations; they believe in the power of competition but they also believe that some of society's most important achievements can't be measured by economic reward. Johnson takes stock of this new political vision, making the case that it is indeed an original, unified philosophy, and gives examples of political transformation in areas such as community activism, journalism, technology, govnernance, and corporations. An extensive section of notes is included. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The best-selling author of Where Good Ideas Come From presents an optimistic assessment of how a technologically connected world can enable a better if different future, outlining a rising model of political change that breaks traditional categories of thinking and enables positive solutions. 75,000 first printing.

Authors: Johnson, Steven, 1968-
Statement of Responsibility: Steven Johnson
Title: Future perfect
the case for progress in a networked age
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012
Characteristics: xxxvii, 233 p. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-225) and index
Subject Headings: Information technology Social aspects Progress Information networks Social networks
Topical Term: Information technology
Progress
Information networks
Social networks
LCCN: 2012026086
ISBN: 9781594488207
1594488207
Branch Call Number: 303.4833 J
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Apr 01, 2013
  • mboezi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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