Steven Johnson, author of one of my favorite books, Everything Bad Is Good For You, goes on stage at TED Talks to brief the audience about how amazing ideas come to life. He references the rise of non-alcoholic venues like cafes in society as a jumping board for many of history’s great ideas as well as the usual conference meetings where ideas get bounced off from one person to the next. Interestingly enough, there’s also a great story here about the beginnings of modern GPS systems. The talk is longer than your average YouTube video, but it certainly is worth sitting through and listening to. [via]

And if you’re interested in reading more, Steven Johnson’s latest book Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation is out now. Pick it up and soak in some more stories of amazing innovation.