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Brief Published: 16 Aug 2011

Thinking Man’s Dinner Party


Richard Saul Warman, founder of TED – the highly regarded non-profit organisation that disseminates the work of the world’s thought leaders – is putting a twist on the traditional conference format with his newest project, the WWW.WWW conference.

Making its debut in September 2012, Wurman promises the conference will be, “like giving a dinner party with a hundred of the world’s greatest minds having a conversation, two at a time.” And it will not have speeches, slide shows or tickets because Wurman’s goal is to celebrate the improvisation and unplanned nature of one-to-one conversations. Warman adds, “in conversation you’re more likely to have those shared moments of epiphany. You can get closer to the truth.”

For those not invited, the live performance will be streamed via a tablet app.