Bestselling author – of Where Good Ideas Come From – and podcaster Steven Johnson offers insight into the cumulative consequences of your decisions – where to live, how to manage your career and whom to marry, among other choices. He understands that you live with the outcomes of countless decisions politicians, bureaucrats, doctors and bosses make on your behalf. Johnson explores new decision-making tools and processes, including public hearings, diverse expert consultations, data analyses, scenario planning, simulations and artificial intelligence. Given these resources, he says, environmental, scientific, military and political leaders today make better decisions than their counterparts made in the past. He suggests ways you can use variations of these techniques to improve how you tackle your most important decisions. Johnson offers wisdom to help you avoid bad decisions and prepare for the unintended consequences of your choices.
About the Author
Steven Johnson’s MA in English literature gave him an appreciation of how empathy with fictional characters helps readers make better decisions. When he faced deciding whether to move from Brooklyn to California, he reflected on George Eliot’s classic, Middlemarch.