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Richard Saul Wurman
Richard Saul Wurman is an architect and graphic designer. While having been involved in countless and varied projects, his social innovation focus is on making information understandable and accessible. His major projects include:
Ø the TED conference, which he founded with Harry Marks in 1984
Ø TEDMED, a medical and healthcare innovation idea exchange
Ø and his latest project 19.20.21, a project to explore the effect of population on urban and business planning
“We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we're building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.”
As a point of interest, the World Without Oil alternate reality game was recently featured under the ‘technology’ label for its innovation for blurring the lines between games and social change. This struck me as an important highlight to the similarities between WWO and the EVOKE network.
While TED is held in California, I would encourage EVERYONE to visit the website – you can watch recorded lectures of some of the most innovate people and ideas, and who knows, maybe spark your own!
Richard Saul Wurman left TED after the 2002 conference, and the event is now hosted by Chris Anderson. However, this wasn’t the last of Mr Wurman’s involvement. TEDMED operates under the TED banner, but focuses on medical, healthcare and technology innovation. A more specific target, but again a fantastic forum to share knowledge and new ideas.
“No two cities in the world, or even cities within the same country, ask the same questions that result in the data that describes themselves. No two cities create maps to the same scale, or with identical legends.”
The 19.20.21 Project is an initiative to organize and analyse the effects of population regarding urban and business planning and its impact on consumers. It covers 19 cities as case studies, is estimated to take place over five of more years, and will publish findings via web, television, print, exhibits and seminars.
This is a really valuable project in its ability to pre-empt the effects of population growth and facilitate solutions before issues get out of hand. I’ll be following this project over the next few weeks to see what else I can find out.
Note: I have just added Richard Saul Wurman on Facebook, but am yet to receive any notification. I’ll keep you posted!
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