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TEDxBrooklyn - Richard Saul Wurman and Kurt Andersen - Part 2

Spurred by the dance between his curiosity and ignorance, Richard Saul Wurman has sought ways to make the complex clear. He has now written, designed and published 82 books on topics ranging from football to health care to city guides, but he likes to say that they all spring from the same place - his ignorance. Described by Fortune magazine as an "intellectual hedonist with a hummingbird mind," Wurman has been shaped by an epiphany he had as a young man: ignorance and embracing the understanding of what it is like to not understand. Wurman created the TED conference in 1984, bringing together many of America's clearest thinkers in the fields of technology, entertainment and design. He continues to co-chair the annual TEDMED meetings. Kurt Andersen is the author of two novels, the critically acclaimed bestsellers Heyday and Turn of the Century, as well as short fiction, screenplays and work for the theater. His latest book is nonfiction, an essay called Reset, and his next novel will be published in 2012. He is also host and co-creator of the Peabody award-winning public radio program Studio 360, co-founder of Very Short List, and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and New York magazines. Previously, he co-founded Spy magazine, and served as editor-in-chief of New York. He has also been a columnist and critic for The New Yorker and Time. He received a BA from Harvard College, an honorary Ph.D. from the Rhode Island School of Design and serves on the boards of Pratt Institute and the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. What is TEDx? In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxBrooklyn, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBrooklyn event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
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