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Where did your T-Shirt come from? Where did the food your parents bought at the grocery store come from? What's the origin of the components in your cell phone? These questions all allude to what geographers call a commodity chain analysis. Analyzing where the consumer goods that we use every day came from can make global issues hit a little closer to home and reinforce concepts such as globalization. The website Follow the Things is a great resource for teaching students about commodity chains and mapping out your own personal geographies.
Tags: industry, economic, globalization, consumption.
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Great website by colleague Ian Cook at Exeter University
About Globalisation, flows and production today.
Where did your T-Shirt come from? Where did the food your parents bought at the grocery store come from? What's the origin of the components in your cell phone? These questions all allude to what geographers call a commodity chain analysis. Analyzing where the consumer goods that we use every day came from can make global issues hit a little closer to home and reinforce concepts such as globalization. The website Follow the Things is a great resource for learning about commodity chains and mapping out your own personal geographies.
"Many of us have heard the stories of how our parents or grandparents had to walk miles in the snow to get to school. Perhaps some of these tales were a tad embellished, but we got the point. A lot of American kids have the luxury of being driven in a warm car or bus to a good school nearby. This is not the case for the children in this gallery.
The photos you are about to see are snapshots of the treacherous trips kids around the world take each day to get an education. Considering there are currently 61 million children worldwide who are not receiving an education—the majority of which are girls—these walks are seen as being well worth the risk.
In the above photo, students in Indonesia hold tight while crossing a collapsed bridge to get to school in Banten village on January 19, 2012. Flooding from the Ciberang river broke a pillar supporting the suspension bridge, which was built in 2001."
It is sad what so many children must endure and go through in order to get an education. I wonder if these bridges and structures have been fixed. 61 million children not receiving an education is 61 million too many.
Look how some children have to get to school everyday.
Chiwa - Mchinji, Malawi Shot over a period of 18 months, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti's project Toy Stories compiles photos of children from around the world with their prized possesions—their toys.
How are the lives of these children different from those in your neighborhood? How are their lives the same?
geography and history were two of Dewey's most important tools in pedagogy in strengthening the imagination of the child
This is horrifying and really puts things in perspective. Their toys are not what they need. None of these kids had anything creative except for the building blocks... I would have liked to have seen some paints and paintings, because I hugely believe that schools suck the creativity out of people's lives. Toys can be... 'imaginative,' but not really. Toys get put away when a kid turns 10. Then they're in school. Then they're at work... it was interesting to see the farmer girl with farm toys, but seriously, again, creativity should be encouraged at that age. If people are not creative, they become creatures that absorb the habits and things that they are taught, with no ability to deal with new situations, or adapt their environment in a positive manner to better suit themselves or others. I hate the stagnancy of the world today. I used to play guitar in Providence on the streets, I have publically painted at URI, I have given paintings away to friends, and I love sharing ART, which can change the world, if only by one mind at a time. I believe in the butterfly effect and that these kids should have something artsy as their most prized possession, because to not have that is to reflect the corporate importance in society on buying manufactured goods. As for the kid with toy guns, it really isn't my business to speak ill of him, but seriously! He will end up with a TV show like Duck Dynasty one day or something... hope it works out for him.
I've seen other "Where the Hell is Matt" videos and this recent one is building on that tradition. These videos show some fantastic international icons and people around the world. Simultaneously, this video show the unique cultural elements seen around the world while showing the essential beauty of our common humanity. Who wouldn't want to go to all the places that Matt has been?
Tags: geo-inspiration, worldwide, folk culture.
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Coordinating a meeting across time zones can be confusion logistical task and one that people rarely can do off the top of their head or consulting some resources. It is, however, fundamentally a geographic task. Our friends at the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute put together this collection of 5 maps (and this time zone converter) to help global collaboration.
Try out some geography trivia in our World Cities Quiz: a great geography quiz that tests your knowledge of some of the major cities of the word!
A country-by-country analysis of data from more than 2,500 censuses, surveys and population registers finds that 84% of adults and children around the globe are religiously affiliated.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life is one of the best sources for information of culture and religion. This is a great data set of global religions, complete with maps, charts and graphs.
Tags: religion, culture, unit 3 culture.
Much more than words...
Wonderful resource for studying religion and region.
...Imagine all the people living in peace?
This map might appear to be completely trivial and it probably is. Still, there are interesting historical and colonial patterns that can be seen in this technological culture region map.
Questions to Ponder: Will there one day be a single format? When? What are barrier to that happening? What does this tell us about the extent of globalization?
You can map ANYTHING!!!
The United Nations General Assembly approved an upgraded U.N. status for the Palestinian Authority, despite U.S. and Israeli opposition.
While this may be primarily symbolic, it is still a highly significant move on the part of the United Nations. 65 years ago, the United Nations called for a two-state system. This map of the vote that I found on Facebook (can't find another source as of yet) is quite intriguing.
Questions to Ponder: Why might a country choose to abstain? Can you think of a specific reason why a particular country abstained? With this new geopolitical fact, how will Israel and Palestine move forward?
One year ago, the U.N. status regarding Palestine was upgraded from "non-member observer entity" to "non-member observer state". While Palestinians believe that this is a major push for peace and for Palestinian independence, other countries believe that the change will not do anything for Palestine.
Explore the cities and emerging urban clusters that will drive dramatic growth and demographic changes over the next generation. A McKinsey Quarterly Economic Studies article.
In the next 13 years, 600 cities will account for nearly 65 percent of global GDP growth. That is reason enough to explore this global dataset with over 2,600 metropolitan areas.
If you were moving abroad, what would you want to know? Find out the results from the largest ever global independent survey of expats. Gain a unique insight into how expat life differs across the globe.
The labor market is increasingly becoming a global market. These countries are the leading places for expatriate workers based on economic and experience factors (according to a survey by HSBC). You can adjust the criteria to see how these 30 countries as destinations for workers that aren't afraid to move internationally.
Tags: labor, globalization, industry, economic.
Things you need or want to know in advance of selecting a new place to live!
Check out the responses from the survey
The Brazilian government's geographic department (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística-roughly equivalent to the U.S. Census Bureau) has compiled an fantastic interactive world factbook (available in English and Spanish as well as Portuguese). The ease of navigation allows the user to conduct a specific search of simply explore demographic, economic, environmental and development data on any country in the world.
Tags: population, worldwide, statistics, mapping, zbestofzbest.
Tags: gender, development, worldwide, poverty.
Gender Development index - CHapter 9 materials
This is a great represenaton for showing the unfortunate truth of the state women in the world today.
Why are women so unequal to men? Why are women in the Middle East seeing such bad treatment and unequality? How can we fix these problems?
"The world divided into 5 regions, each with the population of China."
This map from Amazing Maps (a great follow on Twitter) is a clever way to divide the world into 5 equal population regions. In many world regional courses, discussion of Asia might be 1/4 of the course content, while the "NATO and the Americas region" might be about half of the class. Also, think about "the World News" that you see on TV: how much coverage do each of these 5 regions receive? Why is our news coverage unevenly distributed?
This map would go together nicely with this one to show the demographic importance of South and East Asia.
Tags: media, population.
This is an interesting look at a world regional map based on having 1 billion+ people per region. Notice it takes all of the Western Hemisphere plus much of Europe and Australia and New Zealand to equal the region of China or India. The purple region of Eastern Europe/Russia/Central Asia and also Southeast Asia, Japan and the Koreas is the most fragmented and diverse.
Population and liveability are connected. Population distribution and density influence the characterisics from places - at all scales ( region, continent, country, state ,city, neighbourhood)
Here, go around the world in less than 180 minutes with TEDGlobal talks.
I've linked various TED talks on this site; this playlist is a quick global tour feature some old favorites and ones that were new to me.
Tags: TED, worldwide, and video.
"A glimpse inside the life of students from Senegal to Vietnam and China."
In the United States, we are constantly trying to improve education so that we can help students succeed in the global community. Our education system is often compared to those in other countries to see how American education "measures up." However, there are many differences between schools around the world.
BONUS: After looking at the pictures, compare American education and education in other countries. Write a paragraph explaining the similarities and differences that you INFER from the pictures and captions.
Little bit different to my school:)
What does this do to your ethnocentric beliefs?
"This video shows the basic concept of HDI (Human Development Index), by using four different examples (Japan, Mexico, India and Angola)."
This video is a primer for those that have never seen HDI data. This interactive map with HDI data is for those already acquainted with the HDI, showing the HDI number as well as the ranking.
Tags: development, statistics, worldwide.
Watch this HUGGERS for a great review!
some emerging markets, Japan
Des cartes pour comprendre le monde
Like a flag, can you represent? From the most famous flags to the more obscure, challenge your knowledge of flags from around the world in our fun Flags Quiz!
What's on family dinner tables around the globe? Photographs by Peter Menzel from the book "Hungry Planet"
This gallery of 16 families from around world together with their week food is quite a treat that shows agricultural, development and cultural patterns. Pictured above is the Ayme family from Ecuador, just one of the many family's highlighted in the book Hungry Planet. The Ayme family that typically spends $31.55 on food and commonly eat potato soup with cabbage.
Tags: food, agriculture, worldwide, consumption, unit 5 agriculture, book reviews, culture, development, unit 3 culture.
Play the Global development game: identify the world's countries and territories, rank them according to GDP then fingers at the ready for the picture round
This game is not as simple as it may appear. The first round challenges you to be able to recall basic facts, the second has you comparing countries while the third asks you about global current events. Hopefully geography education around the world can get past that '1st round' and into deeper content. Good luck (Hint: use a computer with a mouse since locating the countries on the map is a timed activity).
Tags: games, K12.
Are you ready?
Ughhhhhh, this is addicting. Must stop playing. Must keep playing so I can beat JC.
Free travel tip and photos from all over the world...
This map is not a professionally produced map and that is the beauty of this website. Virtually anyone can make a 1-feature world map by simply clicking on a checklist all the countries you want highlighted on your map. Second, opened the file and added some text and a few lines to label it. This took 20 minutes to make with no need for any cartographic or GIS experience (this PNG didn't compress well, the full image of this map can be seen here).
An in-depth, multimedia look at climate change, its global impact, and efforts to combat it.
This guide on climate change from the Council on Foreign Relations (independent think tank) covers many of the geopolitical, economic and environmental issues that confront the Earth as global temperatures rise. Rather than produce a full length feature film, they have organized the this as an interactive video, allowing the user to get short (a couple of minutes) answer to specific questions about the science, foreign policy or economic ramifications of adapting to climate change.
Tags: climate change, environmental adaption, economic, industry.
"Freedom House has been at the forefront in monitoring threats to media independence since 1980. A free press plays a key role in sustaining and monitoring a healthy democracy, as well as in contributing to greater accountability, good government, and economic development. Most importantly, restrictions on media are often an early indicator that governments intend to assault other democratic institutions."
This interactive map shows some intriguing spatial patterns about the freedom of press internationally. What other patterns to you see in matching up with the most free presses in the world (in green)? How does a free (or not free press) influence the cultural and political values of a country?
Some buildings and features are so well known they have become icons of place.
This is a great collection of important world landmarks including the pictured Potala Palace in the Tibetan city of Lhasa. Who wouldn't like to see some of these places?
Tags: geo-inspiration, tourism, images.
List of the countries with the most migrants in the world as measured by net migration rate.
Which countries have the most migrants per capita living there? What spatial or development patterns do you see on this list?
Tags: Migration, population, Immigration, statistics, worldwide, unit 2 population.