wheregoodideascomefromThe link escapes me at the moment, but I’m sure all you smart readers can use your networked brains to find the recent discussion in WIRED magazine about the new book, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Kevin Kelly and Steven Johnson. In it, the co-authors discuss how their investigations into the history of technological innovation point to the fact that important new ideas most often come out of collaborative environments, not out of genius inventor’s isolated workshop. Because we live in this ideological ecosystem we call ‘culture’, new ideas only become relevant when the cultural soup is ready to except them. The authors elaborate on several examples of elegant concepts that were designed by the lone inventor, but could only be put to use decades or centuries later, when the cultural connective tissues had developed around them and made them applicable within the knowledge system.