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Democracy Digest » 'Third wave crackdown' on Sudan's civil society

Democracy Digest » 'Third wave crackdown' on Sudan's civil society | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
Sudan's government is trying to close independent forums for civil society dialogue and coordination, says a leading African rights group, accusing pro-democracy NGOs of receiving US funding in order to undermine the ...
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Democracy in Place and Space
Examining the Place and Space of Democratic and Anti-Democratic Action, Past, Present and Future
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Spatial Citizenship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Spatial Citizenship is an educational approach at the intersection of citizenship and geography education. Spatial citizenship describes an individual’s ability to interact and participate in societal spatial decision making through the reflexive use of geo-media (e.g. maps, virtual globes and GIS) regarding consumption as well as production and communication. Spatial Citizenship gains particular importance through the emergence of the Geoweb. Its main theoretical reference points are emancipatory forms of citizenship and the mature and reflexive appropriation of space.

Spatial Citizenship can be distinguished from traditional citizenship education approaches in many respects:

The geographical reference point of Spatial Citizenship is the (mature) appropriation of space, based on theories of action-oriented social geography and new cultural geography. These approaches contend that human beings constantly appropriate spaces, as they attach meanings to geographically located physical matter in order to prepare it for their own actions (Werlen 1995).[4] Spaces in these concepts are regarded as being socially constructed. To a large extent, the attachment of meaning works unconsciously, following socially accepted, mainstream categories and discourses. Meanings given to physical objects determine the actions deemed possible. For instance, a field of asphalt in a city centre might have a two-fold meaning (or multiple meanings) – it may be interpreted as a parking area as well as a place for ball games, with both meanings competing for dominance. As soon as one meaning becomes superior, which is a result of social power relations, the other meaning declines, becomes invisible, and eventually is not used any more. The superiority of a specific meaning over another one might be supported by artifacts representing meanings attached, such as signs on buildings, structural modifications of the physical environment, or symbols and explanations of the socio-cultural significance of places and objects in spatial representations visualized via geo-media. A mature appropriation of space therefore includes the conscious attachment of meaning as well as awareness of meanings being attached to physical matter by others. It includes a sensibility to the multitude of meanings transported and hidden by a mainstream discourse. Keys to the mature appropriation of space are therefore the deconstruction of socially produced meanings, as well as the ability to communicate one’s own, potentially contradictory meanings and negotiate them with others.

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FAQs: War in Syria, children, and the refugee crisis

FAQs: War in Syria, children, and the refugee crisis | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
Read our overview of the conflict in Syria, the refugee situation in neighboring countries, and World Vision’s response to the crisis.
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Democracy in Place and Space will give special attention over the next year to the plight of children in Syria.  The horrible effect of diverse forms of war on children is a global topic, but the larger picture can be studied while focusing on Syria.  

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Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change

Presentation by WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer WRI/Resources and Rights Initiative (RRI) release of the report "Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: …
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The local and the global are transactional in securing rights, and combating climate change.  

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J. B. (Jack) Owens | Idaho State University - Academia.edu

J. B. (Jack) Owens | Idaho State University - Academia.edu | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
J. B. Owens is Research Professor of History and Director of the Geographically-Integrated History Laboratory at Idaho State University (USA).
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J. B. Owens is an important scholar in the integration of history and geography in the human sciences.  

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Esri Education Team - Esri News for Education - Spring 2013 Issue

Esri Education Team - Esri News for Education - Spring 2013 Issue | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it

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I will begin to provide the latest news on education, praxis  and reseach using Geographic Information Systems in democratic and communication studies.  

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Global Solidarity | Iran Channel

Global Solidarity | Iran Channel | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
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Iranian Caucus in the United States Congress
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Open-Source Mapping

Open-Source Mapping | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
Young GeoInt professionals gathered at USGIF headquarters to learn to use OpenStreetMap software. The software allows users to edit a satellite map almost any way they would like.
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Mapping your own neighborhood and community as well exploring the world?  Democracy is the free and open flow of information in considerable part. Can we hit limits of information flow that impringe on privacy in the geostpatial digital world?  Or....?  

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Distributed Connectivism in virtual learning environments

Distributed Connectivism in virtual learning environments | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it

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How Online Mapmakers Are Helping the Red Cross Save Lives in the Philippines

How Online Mapmakers Are Helping the Red Cross Save Lives in the Philippines | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
Volunteers across the world are building the digital infrastructure for the organization's Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 12, 2013 11:28 AM

Want to see geographic knowledge and geospatial skills in action?  Crowd-sourced mapping is increasingly an important resource during an emergency.  Poorer places are often not as well mapped out by the commercial cartographic organizations and these are oftentimes the places that are hardest hit by natural disasters.  Relief agencies depend on mapping platforms to handle the logistics of administering aid and assessing the extent of the damage and rely on these crowd-sourced data sets.  Can you join in and help?


Tags: disasters, mappingPhilippines, STEM.

Tony Aguilar's curator insight, November 13, 2013 12:32 PM

online maps are being used to help locate the best way possible to help transport food and resources to those most in need. They van locate bridges and the world is pulling together with tehcnolgy and accurate maps to help the  American red Cross maximize in time and manpower. It seems that after Hurricane Katrina and the Earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, We have been improving our strategies for how to best help people around the globe come together put our time energy and resources together to best help people whose lives have been devasted and crushed by the forces of mother nature.

 

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 3, 4:14 PM

Having a map of the current landscape, after the typhoon will speed up relief and rescue efforts by showing areas to land and set up help stations. The digital world is immediate now and this will change how organizations such as the Red Cross provide relief to suffering people.

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
Students in Matamoros, Mexico weren't getting much out of school -- until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.
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Some may want to give particular attention to how these ideas are being used in very poor areas on the Mexican-American border with students often trapped in a world they did not make. 

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Locate A Station | Democracy Now!

Locate A Station | Democracy Now! | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
A daily independent global news hour with Amy Goodman & Juan González
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This is locally accessed and global in coverage. 

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The Map That Lincoln Used to See the Reach of Slavery

The Map That Lincoln Used to See the Reach of Slavery | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
This map, made by the U.S. Coast Survey in 1861 using census data from 1860, shows the relative prevalence of slavery in Southern counties that year.
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Lincolng often examined this map contemplating both actions in the war and possibiliites after the war. 

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Entrevista a Manuel Castells: 'Los nuevos movimientos por la democracia'

Entrevista a Manuel Castells: 'Los nuevos movimientos por la democracia' | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
Son movimientos absolutamente diversos que crecen en culturas y contextos diferentes. Pero tienen tres rasgos comunes. Se inician por Internet, viven siempre en la red y desde allí van y vienen al espacio urbano, son rizomáticos.

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KilianCD's curator insight, August 16, 2013 2:29 AM

Ahora que los contrapoderes también se organizan en red, ausculta el nuevo escenario de los movimientos sociales. 'Redes de indignación y esperanza' tituló su último libro.


Luz Eugenia Aguilar González's curator insight, August 16, 2013 8:37 AM

Está larga la entrevista, pero resume muy bien su pensamiento.

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China Won't Allow Open Elections in Hong Kong

China Won't Allow Open Elections in Hong Kong | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
China's government declared that all candidates for Hong Kong's chief executive position in the 2017 election must be approved by its nominating committee.
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This is an open-ended story in short and medium term in my view.  That said I think the chips are stacked against the full range of democratic possibilities in Honk Kong.  

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Nigeria: PIB - Civil Society Group Threatens to Boycott 2015 Elections

Nigeria: PIB - Civil Society Group Threatens to Boycott 2015 Elections | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
As the 2015 general election beckons, a civil society group, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has threatened that the non-passage of the petroleum industry bill (PIB) may trigger apathy in the elections.
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A part  of Nigerian civil society has drawn a line with the might of  big oil money.   What are the short and long term possibilites?  

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Tens of Thousands in Hong Kong Rally Against Beijing

Tens of Thousands in Hong Kong Rally Against Beijing | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
Hong Kong residents marched through the streets of the former British colony to push for greater democracy in a rally fueled by anger at Beijing.
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How 'Minecraft' is Transforming Developing Cities Around the World

How 'Minecraft' is Transforming Developing Cities Around the World | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
The United Nations is using Minecraft in developing countries to let citizens design the public spaces of their dreams.
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This project brings the power of design to civil society (societies).  

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AJAM Presents: ‘Borderland’ | Al Jazeera America

AJAM Presents: ‘Borderland’ | Al Jazeera America | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
“Borderland” is “Al Jazeera America Presents” first original series exploring immigration and border control.
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Borderlands of the world are one of the important vantage points in the study of aspiratational, agonistic and continent democracy.  

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UN Women - Headquarters

UN Women - Headquarters | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
UN Women is the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

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Women and children need to be an essential part of democratic place making.  

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Big maq attack

Big maq attack | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it

"A 50-year-old export industry that provides millions of jobs has to reinvent itself quickly to stay competitive."


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In addition to commerce what are the democratic and civil society institutions and social mvoements involved, or not involved, in this transiation now apparently underway?  

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 13, 7:32 AM

A maquiladora is a term that often used to describe a factory in Northern Mexico that enjoys special tax breaks for eport-driven production. Northern Mexico is an ideal location for this type of industry because 1) access to American markets is high and 2) labor costs are relatively low.  The Mexican Maquiladoras can no longer compete in a ‘race to the bottom’ for the lowest skill jobs, but they can produce higher-end goods and compete with China to supply more innovative consumer goods.  Labor costs in China are on the rise, making Mexico able to compete more effectively with them on the open market.  The total value of Mexican maquiladoras exports has grown by more than 50% in the last 5 years; more foreign corporations are investing money into Mexico.  Some of the more innovative and aggressive maquiladoras are attempting to become more involved in the research and development end of production; essentially they want to start competing with European and American companies on the lucrative high-end of the commodity chain instead of fighting for the scraps at the bottom. 


TagsMexicomanufacturing, industry, economic, globalization, technology.

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On How to Read a (Good) Map

On How to Read a (Good) Map | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it

"Just as you shouldn’t trust everything you read or see on television, you should never blindly trust information just because it is on a map. All maps posit arguments. Maps present information about how something is. All maps posit arguments. Maps present information about how something is. Just as there are no unbiased arguments, there are no unbiased maps."


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Map skills are vital in the study of democratic place and space. 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 23, 2013 9:12 AM

This is a really good article that explores the idea of how to critically read maps. It gives good guidelines, techniques and questions to ask when assessing the positionality of the map.  If you are looking for a video for a younger audience to teach this same principle, see this clip.


Tags: mapping, perspective.

YEC Geo's curator insight, November 24, 2013 1:44 PM

Good advice.

Ignacio Garrido's curator insight, November 25, 2013 10:09 PM

Exercise 14 :

 

Read the news and answer the questions:

 

a.What is the news talking about ?

b. There are two maps.Maps that is down has these questions ( Answer them ) :

Who made the map?What is the purpose of the map? That is, what is the map attempting to communicate?Who is the intended audience? (It is important to remember that the map may not have been designed for you, but a more specialized audience.)Does the map effectively achieve its communication goals? Does it present an interesting story or argument?

c.Sum up the news ( five sentences in english )

d.Choose another map ( of Internert  if you want ) and answer the questions 1,2,3 i 4. Add the map.

 

Send by moodle.Good luck¡

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The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces

The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it

Classrooms should be spaces that students don’t want to leave.  Some communities are still hesitant about these futuristic looking learning spaces and have resorted to older, traditional physical spaces. Hopefully, they will begin to embrace changes to better prepare students and move them in the 21st century global economy.

 


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Allan Shaw's curator insight, November 19, 2013 1:52 PM

While I do not ascribe to everything mentioned in this post, there is much to commend it.

Schools and the learning spaces within them should be engaging and attractive places for children in which to learn. Outside of their home, school is where they spend a significant portion of their lives.

richard Forward's curator insight, December 14, 2013 11:35 AM

Are you old school or Mr cutting edge?

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54321ignition's curator insight, January 18, 3:57 AM

To construct better learning environments we need to deconstruct our traditional view of the classroom.

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Oakland Mayor Jean Quan: 'We're A Little Bit Like Brooklyn'

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan: 'We're A Little Bit Like Brooklyn' | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
In an interview with the National Journal published this week, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan discussed her city's biggest challenge for the future: can Oakland ever escape San Francisco's shadow?
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Oakland is on the rise, and this means a recovery of its great history. 

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How Do You Grow One of the World's Densest Cities Without New Land?

How Do You Grow One of the World's Densest Cities Without New Land? | Democracy in Place and Space | Scoop.it
Singapore has built skywards and taken back land from the sea to accommodate its booming population. But as the city-state runs out of options for future growth, it's looking underground to build infrastructure, offices, and even public spaces.
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A different direction in city planning of the future?  

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MSN Video

Check out this great video from MSN.
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a fast trip around the world to region-states often not well known

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Historical geographic information system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A historical geographic information system (also written as historical GIS or HGIS) is a geographic information system that may display, store and analyze data of past geographies and track changes in time. It can be regarded as a subfield of historical geography and geographic information science.

GIS was originally developed for use in environmental sciences, military and for computer assisted cartography. The tools developed for these uses are ill suited for the features of historical data.

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capturing temporal place in GIS

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