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James Michael Surowiecki (// SOOR-oh-WIK-ee; born 1967) is an American journalist. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he writes a regular column on business and finance called "The Financial Page".
Surowiecki was born in Meriden, Connecticut and spent several childhood years in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico where he received a junior high school education from Southwestern Educational Society (SESO). On May 5, 1979, he won the Scripps-Howard Regional Puerto Rico Spelling Bee championship. He is a 1984 graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall and a 1988 alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. Surowiecki pursued Ph.D. studies in American History on a Mellon Fellowship at Yale University before becoming a financial journalist. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and is married to Slate culture editor Meghan O'Rourke.
He got his start on the Internet when he was hired from graduate school by Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner, to be the Fool's editor-in-chief of its culture site on America Online, entitled "Rogue" (1995–1996). As The Motley Fool closed that site down and focused on finance, Surowiecki made the switch over to become a finance writer, which he did over the succeeding three years, including being assigned to write the Fool's column on Slate from 1997–2000.
In 2002, Surowiecki edited an anthology, Best Business Crime Writing of the Year, a collection of articles from different business news sources that chronicle the fall from grace of various CEOs. In 2004, he published The Wisdom of Crowds, in which he argued that in some circumstances, large groups exhibit more intelligence than smaller, more elite groups, and that collective intelligence shapes business, economies, societies and nations. In an article in the Huffington Post in November 2013, Internet entrepreneur and researcher Neil Seeman drew on social media trends over the time since the publication of the The Wisdom of Crowds to observe that Mr. Surowiecki wrote his observations about collective intelligence "prior to the proliferation of Facebook and Twitter and 'social filtering'; today, online, we increasingly do not reach any wisdom of any independently-minded crowds. We speak to our friends."
- Surowiecki, James (3 November 2008). "The Financial Page: Greasing the Slide". The New Yorker 84 (35): 50. Retrieved 27 March 2009.
- Surowiecki, James (24 November 2008). "The Financial Page: The Perils of Efficiency". The New Yorker 84 (38): 46. Retrieved 16 April 2009.
- Surowiecki, James (8 December 2008). "The Financial Page: Enter, Pursued by a Bear". The New Yorker 84 (40): 40. Retrieved 22 May 2009.
- Surowiecki, James (12 January 2009). "The Financial Page: Cheat, Pray, Love". The New Yorker 84 (44): 21. Retrieved 27 March 2009.
- Surowiecki, James (28 September 2009). "The Financial Page: Ratings Downgrade". The New Yorker 85 (30): 25. Retrieved 27 March 2009.
- Surowiecki, James (15 March 2010). "The Financial Page: Special Interest". The New Yorker 86 (4): 25. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
- Surowiecki, James (20 September 2010). "The Financial Page: Second Helpings". The New Yorker 86 (28): 52. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
- Surowiecki, James (8 November 2010). "The Financial Page: Back-Office Blues". The New Yorker 86 (35): 32. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- Surowiecki, James (19&26 December 2011). "The Financial Page: Living by Default". The New Yorker 87 (41): 44. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- "Contributors: James Surowiecki". The New Yorker. Retrieved 16 April 2009.
- Neil Seeman (2013). Don't Mistake 'Likes' on Facebook For Real Social Change. Huffington Post. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
- Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2004. PEN (Permanent Entry Number): 0000156165.
- The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations Little, Brown ISBN 0-316-86173-1
- Best Business Crime Writing of the Year (Editor) Anchor ISBN 1-4000-3371-3
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