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In a world where we’re connected yet distanced, how do you enable connectedness?

Architecting A Connected World, by Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes

Stephanie’s vision of Architecting Interaction explores how we can create contexts – physical, digital or other – that facilitate interactions and nurture connections. Architecting Interaction, like information architecture, is not an end in itself, but a process. It is a process centred on facilitating connectedness. It connects different stakeholders, helps them make sense of connections, and empowers them to continue building connections in and for the future.

Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes

Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes is an architect, author, and international speaker. Stephanie lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is founder and CEO of AKKA Architects.

## Global Theme: A Connected World

We connect with each other in digital, physical, and blended spaces. We connect with people, products, services, content, and the world in general. This connectedness can be wondrous and yet challenging.

Information architecture uncovers and creates new connections that we weren't aware of before. It can inspire us to make new discoveries or reveal new relationships that may urge us to take constructive action, e.g. climate change, the global health crisis, or the supply chain disruption we have experienced during the pandemic. Information architecture contributes to making connections more relevant. It helps us understand which information is important and trustworthy. It provides guidance in a mess of information and helps fight against the disinformation of fake news. It allows us to steer better who and what we are connecting with. It creates places we enjoy being in where people and information meet.

In a world where we’re connected yet distanced, how do you facilitate connectedness? How do you help make sense of connections? What new connections have you made recently? How did you support others to discover new connections? In what ways do you think information and information architecture can be used to support, define, or create environments (digital, physical, virtual, or blended) to improve the lives and experiences of people in a connected world?

Akron to Zurich // Cebu to Los Angeles //
Barcelona to Bogota // Manila to Mexico
~40 speakers
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Global theme image credit: Stephen Anderson