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Advanced Civilizations & Ancient Mysteries

Author Christopher Knight talked about how knowledge from a highly advanced civilization can be seen in the henges in Britain, the Pyramids of Giza, and even...

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The ancient civilizations we will be studying this year achieved amazing things.  Here's a sample to pique your curiosity.

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Istanbul Calling: Hip-Hop in the Melting Pot - PopMatters

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PopMatters Istanbul Calling: Hip-Hop in the Melting Pot PopMatters Brimming with a sense of invention and a passion that runs deep and pure, Turkey has at once embraced and rejected hip-hop in a constant bid to assert an identity both separate and...
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What Are the Five Themes of Geography?

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The five themes of geography were created in 1984 by the National Council for Geographic Education and the Association of American Geographers. Learn more about the five themes of geography in this video lesson.

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Not really *getting* the 5 Themes and their purpose in the study of geography?  Check out this video.

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The Impact of Urban Farming in New York

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Urban farming is a sustainability movement that is giving new purpose to rooftops, patios and unused space. The beauty of urban farming is that it not only produces an abundance of organic, locally grown food, but also has a social, economic and communal impact.

 

Urban farming has the potential to become a global green evolution, improving the economy, sustainability and health of our urban communities. From North Minneapolis and Milwaukee to Cairo and Montreal, urban farms and gardens are sprouting up as a solution to maximize the use of natural resources such as solar energy, advocating healthy lifestyles and even teaching job skills. 

From rooftop-grown organic herbs to brownstone backyard tomato plants, urban farming is creating green utopias in otherwise unused or abandoned metropolitan spaces.

 

Read further for more information on urban farming as an agricultural revolution, aiding the change of global urban landscapes.


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Cultural landscapes in our cities are changing.  What's your opinion?

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The Second Green Revolution: Feeding 9 Billion People in 2050 - Pittsburg Morning Sun

The Second Green Revolution: Feeding 9 Billion People in 2050
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Now it's our turn. We need a second Green Revolution if we're going to feed 9 billion people in 2050.
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We are learning about the agricultural revolution--It seems it's time for another as world populations grow exponentially.

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"Offshore Outsourcing Not Always a Negative Thing"

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             One of the most controversial economic practices today is outsourcing, or the transfer of industrial business processes overseas. Offshore outsourcing is “not always a negative thing”, as the title of CBC Canada’s article suggests. The prompt for the article is the outsourcing issue involving the Royal Bank of Canada, which leads to thoughts about where outsourcing can have positive and negative effects, and for who. In particular, small businesses benefit the most from outsourcing, as any one company is able to capitalize on efficiency abroad. For instance, consider a small Toronto media business, Majestic Media. While strategy and sales are handled in Toronto, creative and technological development occurs in Latin American countries such as Argentina, and even in European countries like Poland. According to a professor at Ryerson in Toronto, outsourcing can lower costs by 30 to 40 percent, which acts as the primary motivation for outsourcing. The article proceeds to cover how outsourcing can maximize efficiency through low costs and high returns, while also discussing responsibility in business and location-specific specialty companies.

            Outsourcing and its effects on the world connect to several themes of economic geography, including Weberian Theory, site factors, and Wallerstein’s model. On a global scale, outsourcing is representative of the change in distribution of the world’s service sector, and of changing location factors. According to Alfred Weber’s Least Cost Theory, industries located themselves so as to maximize profits, which is exactly what happens with outsourcing. Weber also asserts that labor is the most important site factor, as low labor costs have clearly convinced many companies to bank on foreign labor. Furthermore, transport costs are also kept at bay, with ship transport being the most cost-effective method of moving goods. Now, consider the example of Majestic Media in Toronto. According to Wallerstein’s theory of Core-Periphery, countries in the economic periphery of the world (less-developed) supply labor for the core countries (most developed), which purposely orient themselves to take advantage of low labor costs. The company in the example executes its strategic planning in Toronto, but uses Latin American and European technopoles (agglomerated high-tech centers) to produce the best technological results.

            As suggested at the end of the article and by the example, the need for outsourcing is ultimately determined by a company’s needs in manufacturing and specialized labor. If companies continue to outsource responsibly and ensure that national jobs are not compromised, outsourcing may not be as negative as so many have considered it to be.

 

(Kazia, Alexandra. CBC News Canada. April 13th, 2013. May 21st, 2013.)


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Great current example of cultural change.
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Anthony Bidwell's curator insight, November 22, 2013 8:12 AM

This article highlights...Weber's Least Cost Theory

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Twitter on Paper / Infographics

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Twitter is a cultural phenomenon that has changed the way we communicate around the world.

This infographic looks at the Twitter facts and shares some interesting facts about the social media site which continues to grow daily. The numbers might just blow you away...


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Twitter is a social media that many of you already use.  What has been/will be it's ultimate impact on culture?

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Scott Langston's curator insight, June 5, 2013 5:16 PM

Twitter as a classroom tool? I'm just playing around, but there maybe something here for instant feedback? Dedicated class twitter account etc? Anyone doing this?

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Advanced Civilizations & Ancient Mysteries

Author Christopher Knight talked about how knowledge from a highly advanced civilization can be seen in the henges in Britain, the Pyramids of Giza, and even...

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The ancient civilizations we will be studying this year achieved amazing things.  Here's a sample to pique your curiosity.

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Cremation moves mainstream due to cultural changes, affordability (VIDEO) - Sentinel and Enterprise

Cremation moves mainstream due to cultural changes, affordability (VIDEO) - Sentinel and Enterprise | Unit 1 | Scoop.it
Cremation moves mainstream due to cultural changes, affordability (VIDEO)
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But none of such factors would have swayed people toward cremation had it not been for the underlying cultural changes in the U.S.
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Once upon a time, cremation was taboo for many cultures.  What factors have brought about this cultural change?

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Civilization Online puts you in the boots of a citizen and lets you wage war ... - PCGamesN

Civilization Online puts you in the boots of a citizen and lets you wage war ... - PCGamesN | Unit 1 | Scoop.it
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Civilization Online puts you in the boots of a citizen and lets you wage war ...
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Civilization Online is a thing.
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Want to begin and manage your very own civilization? If you love video games and social sciences, this is for you!
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