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There’s Still Time To Register For This Friday’s First Friday Book Synopsis – Where Good Ideas Come From & Doing Both

Our monthly event, the First Friday Book Synopsis, is this Friday.

We meet at the Park City Club at 7:00 am, close to the intersection of Northwest Highway and the Tollway.  Great networking, great food – and both books are definitely worth your time.  Both Bob Morris and I have multiple blog posts prompted by Steven Johnsons’s Where Good Ideas Come From:  The Natural History of Innovation.  Bob Morris just posted his review of Doing Both.  Read it here.

Just click here to register for Friday.  I hope you can join us.

A Quote for the Day from Thomas Jefferson – “Ideas should spread freely”

I read this near the end of Steven Johnson’s book, Where Ideas Come From:  The Natural History of Innovation.  You can read the entire letter by Thomas Jefferson here.  It was written to a Mr. Isaac McPherson, a Boston mill owner, in a patent dispute.

That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property.
Thomas Jefferson to Isaac McPherson
13 Aug. 1813