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Science author, media theorist Steven Johnson to speak at PSU Harrisburg

Posted 2/28/18

Steven Johnson, science author and media theorist, will present “Innovation: Where Good Ideas Come From,” at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Student Enrichment Center theater at Penn …

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Science author, media theorist Steven Johnson to speak at PSU Harrisburg

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Steven Johnson, science author and media theorist, will present “Innovation: Where Good Ideas Come From,” at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Student Enrichment Center theater at Penn State Harrisburg.

Johnson is considered the leading light of today’s interdisciplinary, collaborative, open-minded approach to innovation, according to a press release from PSU. His writings have influenced everything from cutting-edge ideas in urban planning to the battle against 21st century terrorism.

Johnson’s work inspired the Emmy-nominated PBS series, “How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson,” that aired in 2014. The book version of “How We Got to Now” debuted at No. 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.”

He 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.”

His new book, “Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World,” revolves around the creative power of play and the ideas and innovations that set into motion the many momentous changes in science, technology, politics and society. Inspired by the book, Johnson launched a new podcast series about the past and future of play and innovation.

The presentation is free and open to the public; however a ticket is required. For tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pnc-thought-leaders-lecture-series-at-penn-state-harrisburg-presents-steven-johnson-registration-41422588076