Richard Saul Wurman

Richard Saul Wurman

Richard Saul Wurman has been a hero of mine ever since my brother got me a copy of his brilliant book Information Anxiety. He is a wonderful original thinker. He started the TED conference. TED, a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, was founded by Richard Saul Wurman and Harry Marks in 1984, and has been held annually since 1990. Wurman left after the 2002 conference.He is considered a pioneer in the practice of making information understandable. TED continues without RSW. This year Alain de Botton gave an interesting talk about success.

My three daughters are working in young companies. I think they will benefit from hearing Alain de Botton’s ideas about success and failure.

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

http://www.ted.com/talks/alain_de_botton_a_kinder_gentler_philosophy_of_success.html

filmed July 2009