Communications technologies may expand the public sphere, but they’re destroying the quality of our conversations.
Richard Saul Wurman is an architect and graphic designer and the 2012 Lifetime Achievement recipient of the Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards. He coined the phrase "information architecture" and is considered a pioneer in the practice of making information easily understandable. Wurman has written and designed more than 83 books, and is perhaps best known as the creator of the TED conferences. He also created the EG conference and TEDMED, and is currently developing the WWW conferences, celebrating improvised conversations.