Steven Johnson

Inventing without a purpose
Carmichael, CA
@jmnevets

Big Idea:
Inventor/cartoonist Steven M. Johnson, born 1938, has created a “line” of alternative products and systems, including cars with closets and chaise lounge lawn mowers. His talk centers on his creative technique of “thought-spinning”, a process of speeding up normal perception of everyday visible things and mashing them with distorted and dissimilar things.  This mental mixer has resulted in a lifetime of unplanned forays into imagining the future.

Bio:
Inventor/cartoonist Steven M. Johnson, born 1938, has created a “line” of alternative products and systems, including cars with closets and chaise lounge lawn mowers, that will benefit or at least amuse his fellow consumer-citizens. His drawings have been featured in publications everywhere. His books: What the World Needs NowPublic Therapy Buses, Information Specialty Bums, Solar Cook-A-Mats and Other Visions of the 21st Century; and Have Fun Inventing.  His talk centers on his unplanned foray into futurism and his accidental inclination to mix-n-match.