Steven Johnson

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Location Amphitheater

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Author, Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

Steven Johnson is an innovator and author whose most recent book, Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World, revolves around the creative power of play: ideas and innovations that set into motion the many momentous changes in science, technology, politics and society. Johnson has also launched a new podcast about the past and future of play and innovation. 

With a writing career dedicated to celebrating progress and innovation, Johnson the author of 10 books, including Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation and Everything Bad is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter. He is also the author of How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Changed the Modern World, which was a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Johnson was also the host of the Emmy-nominated, six-part PBS series of the same name. Johnson is the co-creator of the online magazine FEED; the Webby-Award-winning community site,; and the hyperlocal media site, which was acquired by AOL in 2011. He is a regular contributor to Wired, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications.

Johnson is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University.