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Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From was an excellent read on the subject of innovation. His new book, Future Perfect, on the subject of ‘peer progressives’ and the power of networks looks just as good

“The peer progressive’s faith in the positive effects of the Internet rests on this democratic principle: When you give people more control over the flow of information and decision making in their communities, their social health improves — incrementally, in fits and starts, but also inexorably.” 

From Futures Agency Associate, Neil Perkin

We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but is somewhat beauty and poetry.

Astronomer Maria Mitchell (1818-1889), the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Also see Robert Sapolsky on science and wonder and Richard Feynman on the cultural role of science.

( It’s Okay To Be Smart)

Lanier’s critics often label him a pessimist. They are mistaken. What he’s after is a world in which technology extends human capability – where it serves us rather than the other way around.

The Futures Agency: 8 Visionaries on How They Spot the Future


Found on Wired’s Epicenter: “Spotting the future is an art. We asked eight of our favorite visionaries for their techniques.

Paul Saffo

A longtime technology forecaster, Saffo is a managing director at the Silicon Valley investment research firm Discern. Formerly the director of the…

We experiment with our models…before we wreck the world.