CIE Presents: Steven Johnson
Steven Johnson will lead this CIE Presents seminar live via satellite on April 26.

Register today for “Steven Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From”


The printing press, the flush toilet, the battery, Google – these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kinds of environments make them more likely? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the groundbreaking ideas that push forward our careers, our lives, our society, our culture?

Continuing and Innovative Education is proud to announce the latest in its “CIE Presents” label of informative, exclusive seminars—“Steven Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From.” The seminar takes place LIVE via satellite on April 26, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Thompson Conference Center (TCC), located on the UT Austin campus at the corner of Dean Keaton and Red River just West of I-H 35.

Returning CIE Presents attendees can take advantage of a special discount! Learn more when you register.

Almost all of us are interested in where good ideas come from. We want to be more creative, have better ideas and want our organizations to be more innovative. Innovation is often a team effort. New ideas are created through a network of individuals, organizations and societies. Steven Johnson has found seven recurrent patterns that are crucial to creating an environment that stimulates this creativity and unusual innovativeness.

Steven Johnson is the best-selling author of seven books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience. His writings have influenced everything from the way political campaigns use the Internet, to cutting edge ideas in urban planning, to the battle against 21st-century terrorism. Johnson’s research explores how innovative ideas emerge and spread in society and drive historical change.

Johnson employs a surprising historical and biographical narrative to discuss ideas that have profoundly shaped our modern world. Both social critic and technologist, Johnson recently won the Newhouse School fourth annual Mirror Awards for his TIME magazine cover article titled “How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live.” Steven has also written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and many other periodicals.

During his 90-minute seminar on April 26, Johnson will describe how and where good ideas are generated. The seminar will include a 30 minute Q&A in which you will have an opportunity to ask your questions live via satellite.

During this program you will learn:

  • The kinds of environments that foster the development of good ideas.
  • The seven key principles of the genesis of good ideas and see them traced across time and disciplines.
  • Lessons to be learned from various stories of innovation, discovery and invention from Darwin to YouTube.

Register today online and join us April 26 for this inspiring offering from CIE Presents.


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