Ted Radio Hour

The birth of a new idea could be the strongest force for change that we know. Understanding where ideas come from can help us harness the power of our thoughts. In this hour, we'll hear about what happens when ideas interact--and procreate--with each other, and, how to broaden our approach to cultivating ideas from the quieter voices in the room.

HOST: Alison Stewart

Matt Ridley says the engine of human progress and prosperity has been, and is, the mating of ideas. Ridley explains that when ideas "have sex," they create new possibilities for our species, and our planet.

The best ideas don't always come from the loudest person in the room. Susan Cain urges us to listen to embrace quiet as a force for innovation.

Steven Johnson says that ideas don't come in a stroke of genius--they emerge from a network of people, places, and real-world constraints.

Guests: 

Matt Ridley, Susan Cain and Steven Johnson

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