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2015 Program

November 3-5, 2015 // Hilton Chicago // Chicago, Illinois

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 12:30 PM

W12:30A Keynote Lunch

Grand Ballroom
Steven Johnson is the leading light of today's interdisciplinary, collaborative, open-minded approach to innovation. His writings have influenced everything from cutting-edge ideas in urban planning to the battle against 21st-century terrorism. Johnson was chosen by Prospect magazine as one of the Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future, and The Wall Street Journal called him “one of the most persuasive advocates for the role of collaboration in innovation.” He unites a deep understanding of scientific progress with a sharp sensitivity to contemporary online trends. Together, those traits give him an unmatched insight into how ideas emerge and spread and how they affect the world today.
Johnson's work on the history of innovation inspired the Emmy-nominated six-part series on PBS, HOW WE GOT TO NOW with Steven Johnson, that aired in the fall of 2014. The book version of How We Got To Now debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list, and was a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.
Johnson is also the author of the bestselling Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation. Steven considers breakthroughs as different as Darwin's theories and the rise of YouTube, and asks: what did these moments have in common? What kind of environments fostered these ideas? He answers these question with a core set of innovation principles that have encouraged creativity across history. It's a fascinating read and a wonderfully practical guide to making any space or organization more innovation-friendly.


Steven Johnson, Bestselling Author, How We Got To Now and Where Good Ideas Come From