Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Steven Johnson

Saturday, January 26, 2013 -
10:00am to 11:00am

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Ballroom 6B

Enjoy listening to one of the most brilliant and inspiring visionaries of contemporary culture offer his hopeful, affirmative outlook for the future. Steven Johnson is acclaimed for multi-disciplinary storytelling and big ideas. Combining the deft social analysis of his earlier bestselling books "Where Good Ideas Come From" with the optimistic arguments of "Everything Bad Is Good For You", his most recent book "Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age" (,,9781594488207,00.html, Riverhead Books) 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, but not dependent on high-tech solutions—that breaks with the conventional categories of liberal or conservative thinking. "Future Perfect" has already garnered rave reviews and has appeared on several lists of best books for Fall 2012.

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 new solutions are on the rise. Once you hear this speaker, you’ll want to keep up with his thinking -- his blog ( is a good place to start.

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