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Rescooped by Kristen McDaniel from Geography Education!

T-Shirt Travels

When filmmaker Shantha Bloemen was stationed in a remote village in Zambia as a worker with an international aid organization, she had to adjust to living in a different culture. But one thing struck her as oddly familiar: almost everyone in the village wore secondhand clothing from the West. Bloemen began to imagine stories about the people who used to wear the clothing, wondering if the original owners had any idea that the castoffs they had given to charities ended up being sold to Africans half a world away.

Via Seth Dixon
Kristen McDaniel's insight:

It's fascinating to look at the effects of globalization, and a great look at how economies change.  When people in the Western world drop a bag of clothes off at a charity, I doubt we think they'd end up in a village in Africa. Warning:  it does get a little preachy at the end. 

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, July 12, 2013 9:52 PM

I saw old coats in parts of India , .

Mr Ortloff's curator insight, October 8, 2013 9:44 AM

Is direct aid a good thing or not? How does secondhand clothing impact local economies?

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 12:57 PM

Westernization is a popular theme thats happening in the East. Even though people don't know it, the clothes they give away may be some that are taken to places like Africa. Hand-me-downs are popular in the U.S. but even more so in Africa. The t-shirt you give away to someone might end up across the world. Who knows.

Rescooped by Kristen McDaniel from Geography Education!

Interactive Map: Economic Stress Index

Interactive Map: Economic Stress Index | Social Studies Education |

This is a great interactive feature focusing on the differential impacts of the economic downturn on particular places.  You can zoom in, see county-level data, and slide the time bar at the bottom to get spatiotemporal data.    

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Rescooped by Kristen McDaniel from Geography Education!

The global debt clock

The global debt clock | Social Studies Education |

Interactive map showing the debt load of different countries.  


Via Seth Dixon
Guillaume Decugis's comment, September 6, 2012 12:06 PM
Remember when we used to talk about the 3rd-world debt being a problem? (Back when the term 3rd world was actually not politically incorrect...) Well, this map clearly shows, debt is a 1st-world problem now...

Awesome map Seth! Thanks for sharing.
Rescooped by Kristen McDaniel from Geography Education!

No, a nation’s geography is not its destiny

No, a nation’s geography is not its destiny | Social Studies Education |
One of the most widely accepted alternative theories of world inequality is the geography hypothesis, which claims that the great divide between rich and poor countries is created by geographical differences.


This article is an excerpt of the forthcoming book "Why Nations Fail" that should serve as an ideological counterweight to the book "Guns, Germs and Steel."  The authors argue that the wealth of a country is most closely correlated with the degree to which the average person shares in the overall growth of its economy, meaning that political institutions are more relevant to economic success and development than physical geographic resources. 


For more on this upcoming book and it's hypothesis see this NY Times review:

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mb's comment, March 20, 2012 10:23 AM
the authors write a blog as well:
Tony Burton's comment, March 20, 2012 10:38 AM
Thanks for the link!