World-renowned architect, author and designer Richard Saul Wurman is set to kick off the Boma Momentum summit on Jan. 27 in Paris with a talk that will explore the nature and processes of human understanding.
Boma Momentum, an interactive, action-oriented event aimed at empowering people around the globe to work together to build a more positive future, will feature dozens of expert speakers and serve as an open space for dialogue between citizens, companies, politicians, and activists. The three-hour event will be broadcast live in 30 countries.
“We are thrilled to announce that Richard Saul Wurman, one of the most innovative thinkers in the world today, will be opening the summit by exploring a profound subject — human understanding — in a way that only he can do,” said Michel Lévy Provençal, founder of Boma France.
Wurman has written and designed 90 books on an array of topics, from architecture and investing to information systems and mortality. He created and chaired the TED conference from 1984 to 2002, the TEDMED conference from 1995 to 2010, as well as the e.g. and WWW conference.
Wurman said he never prepares his talks formally, but will be looking to build on some of the concepts he explored in his 2017 book “Understanding Understanding.”
“I wish to demystify memory from memorization. There’s an enormous difference between them and how they relate to understanding,” Wurman said. “It’s the same with education and learning, two other fundamentally different concepts. Our education systems rely on memorization, while real learning is done through memory. And to achieve this, you must empower people’s curiosity.”
Wurman predicts in the next five years a technological game-changer will emerge that will facilitate individuals’ pursuits of their curiosities and better enable their personal paths to understanding.
Boma Momentum begins at 7 p.m. (UTC +1) on Jan. 27 at the Grand Rex Theater in Paris.