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TEDCity2.0

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Citizen Powered Change
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An incredible resource for learning more about cities, TED talks about cities, and how you can get involved in a movement to change the world.

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My wish: Manufactured landscapes and green education

My wish: Manufactured landscapes and green education | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Accepting his 2005 TED Prize, photographer Edward Burtynsky makes a wish: that his images -- stunning landscapes that document humanity's impact on the world -- help persuade millions to join a global conversation on sustainability.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | Video on TED.com

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories.
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¨Reflection writing 1 page. (single-spaced, hand written) 1st half – What’s the “single story” that we have of East Africa (Somalia) – where does that story come from? 2nd Half – Is Ms. Adichie right? Do you agree with her? Use the example of East Africa/Somalia to explain your thoughts.
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4 efforts to diffuse conflict in Israel with art

4 efforts to diffuse conflict in Israel with art | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry has always loved posting images on Facebook, most of them garnering just a few random likes from his friends. But on March 15, he posted an image that got a different kind of reaction.
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9 talks by impressive kids

9 talks by impressive kids | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Few scientific papers are written in crayon and begin with the words, “Once upon a time.” But then again, few scientific papers are written by a group of 8 to 10-year-olds.

 

Anytime you hear "you don't know anything, you're just a kid" or "you're young, you have still got a lot to learn" just smile and remember people at all ages don't know anything, and are still learning.

Check out these amazing kids giving insightful talks about a number of topics.

Questions to Ponder:
1) If you had a TED talk, what would it be about? 

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6 TEDxTalks envisioning the city of the future

6 TEDxTalks envisioning the city of the future | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
According to the United Nations, by the year of 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. So what will the city of the future look like?

 

6 TED Talks to get you thinking about how you would alter the cities of the future to make them better equipped for a world of 9 Billion by 2050. Remember it has been estimated that roughly 6 billion people will be living in cities by 2050. How do we prep our megacities of the future for this rapid population change? What problems will we face? How will "The West" face these problems? "The Rest"?

 

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Lalitesh Katragadda: Making maps to fight disaster, build economies | Video on TED.com

TED Talks As of 2005, only 15 percent of the world was mapped. This slows the delivery of aid after a disaster -- and hides the economic potential of unused lands and unknown roads.

 

Great TED talk in under 3 minutes. It highlights the importance of mapping our world and how we can improve our society through such efforts. Really makes a great argument for untapped global potential.

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Robert Neuwirth on our "shadow cities" | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Robert Neuwirth, author of "Shadow Cities," finds the world’s squatter sites -- where a billion people now make their homes -- to be thriving centers of ingenuity and innovation. He takes us on a tour.

 

Powerful discussion and argument for the future of squatter communities or shanty towns. A point to consider, by 2050 our cities will hold roughly 6 billion people. How can we deal with the issues of our cities at present and prevent the expansion of squatter communities? How do we incorporate such communities into formal organization of cities?

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Kent Larson: Brilliant designs to fit more people in every city | Video on TED.com

TED Talks How can we fit more people into cities without overcrowding? Kent Larson shows off folding cars, quick-change apartments and other innovations that could make the city of the future work a lot like a small village of the past.

 

This video presents an amazing overview of current efforts to make cities into more efficient areas of human settlement. Loads of discussion regarding sustainability and realistic solutions.

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8 ideas for the future of cities

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In 2012, the TED Prize was awarded to an idea: The City2.0, a place to celebrate actions taken by citizens around the world to make their cities more livable, beautiful and sustainable. This week, The City2.0 website evolves.
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Ever wonder how you can save the world? It's really simple, change the cities we live in.

With over 50% of the human population (that's about 3.5 billion people) cities have an ENORMOUS impact on the entire world.

The choices made by city inhabitants affect the world over. So how can we reshape cities and life in cities to benefit the world and ultimately save it from our unsustainable practices? 

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Why do competitors open their stores next to one another?

 

"Why are all the gas stations, cafes and restaurants in one crowded spot? As two competitive cousins vie for ice-cream-selling domination on one small beach, discover how game theory and the Nash Equilibrium inform these retail hotspots."


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A great video lesson that gets at the heart of location theory and competition.

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For use in understanding the placement of businesses in Human Geography.

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Jeremy Rifkin: The empathic civilization | Video on TED.com

In this talk from RSA Animate, bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways it has shaped human development and society.
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Watch the following video and complete your "flipped" notes. Bring your notes, questions, and struggles with you to class tomorrow. We will be discussing this video on Wednesday Sept. 18th, but we will NOT rewatch the entire video in class.

Hint: reference your questions/struggles to a specific time marker, e.g. @3:02, @1:10, @8:03...etc.

Here's a link to the note-taking sheet: https://drive.google.com/?tab=wo&authuser=0#folders/0B8bz0dgds0QLbmNqcjAzWng1OG8  

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Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from? Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world.
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Playlist: 10 talks that show why politicians need to focus on the environment

Playlist: 10 talks that show why politicians need to focus on the environment | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it

With just three weeks to go before the 2012 presidential election in the US, eyes around the world are on the contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. As shown in last night’s debate, the election may well come down to a few key issues.


Several talks, all things human-environment considered. 

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Cameron Sinclair: The refugees of boom-and-bust | Video on TED.com

TED Talks At TEDGlobal U, Cameron Sinclair shows the unreported cost of real estate megaprojects gone bust: thousands of migrant construction laborers left stranded and penniless. To his fellow architects, he says there is only one ethical response.

 

Raises a lot of ethical questions about the treatment of migrant labor. Shows the dark side of what can happen when migrant labor goes terribly wrong resulting in forced homelessness and poverty. Modern day indentured servitude all in the search for remittances to send home.

 

Questions to ponder:

 

1) Why is so little done to help these migrant laborers in their camps?

2) Where are most of these laborers coming from? How does this relate to distance decay?

3) Is there an ethical (right, fair, or just) way to build skyscrapers with migrant labor?

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Yu Heng Andrew Hsia's comment, October 14, 2012 3:24 PM
Andrew H. 9B #27
Terrified and shock. The video gave us a clear view of what a migrant workers’ life is like. “Mainly Indian Pakistani, Sri Lankan, and Nepalese, these laborers risked everything to make money for their family back home.”(00:53). All these worker came overseas, away from their families to make money. However, after they arrived, the environment they lived in was harsh. “And when they arrive, they find themselves in labor camps with no water, no air conditioning, and their passports are taken away” (01:03) Those workers have no way to get back home and with their harsh living environment, none of the us can manage to survive. This video is meaningful to me as it raises social awareness that actions must be done to help those migrant workers. It also makes me realize that how lucky it is for me to live here in Taiwan. All the workers come from “the Rest” to “the West”. “The West” being more financially active should care more for the migrant workers. Democratic societies always talk about equal rights and stuff; however all these rights are only given to the citizens in those particular countries. How about migrant labors? No. they were treated like slaves. After watching this video, I just can’t stop thinking about how corrupt “the West” was. I hope that this video can make more and more people realize that we must take actions to help those migrant workers.
Alex Hsu's comment, October 14, 2012 3:53 PM
Alex H. 9B #6
After I watched this video, I was extremely surprised that many migrant labors have to suffer from this type of work. They risk their lives at work to feed their families. "These laborers risked everything to make money for their family back home." (00:50). Also, these workers get treated very unfairly, they don't get the essentials they need nor any fair treatment. "Last summer, more than 10,000 workers protested for the non payment of wages, poor quality of food, and inadequate housing." (01:30) With this harsh living environment, I don't think anyone's body can handle it. I don't think these workers are treated with any bit of respect. These workers are working so hard to support their family but their income is just unbelievably low. "And when they arrive, they find themselves in labor camps with no water, no air conditioning and their passports taken away." (00:57). In the end, i realized that "the west" takes advantage of these workers and I now know i am lucky to be born in a family like mine.
Areta Chu's comment, October 14, 2012 4:51 PM
Areta C. 9A #10 After watching this video, i was shocked for what benefits they give for the migrant labors. "40 present of of the countries 1,098 labor camp had violated minimum health and fire safety regulations."(1:23) i feel like "the west" shouldn't take unessential benefits from the migrant laborers that are already in a difficult situation. "The Rest" has to send back most of the money that was made at the work place but finding them selves in a place where there's no water, no air conditioning and their passports taken away.(00:57) There's no way back home, and there's no way, and no proof of arrival." (1:55) i feel lucky for what i have and live around in where people are comfortable and eat well, where people aren't usually living in such harsh conditions, i feel blessed with a family like mine.
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Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box | Video on TED.com

TED Talks The world's population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years -- and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth.

 

Great lecture on population growth.

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Robert Hammond: Building a park in the sky | Video on TED.com

TED Talks New York was planning to tear down the High Line, an abandoned elevated railroad in Manhattan, when Robert Hammond and a few friends suggested: Why not make it a park? He shares how it happened in this tale of local cultural activism.

 

Cool TED talk on the NYC high line city park.

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Making Sense of Maps

TED Talks Map designer Aris Venetikidis is fascinated by the maps we draw in our minds as we move around a city -- less like street maps, more like schematics or wiring diagrams, abstract images of relationships between places.

 

This video touches on numerous themes that are crucial to geographers including: 1) how our minds arrange spatial information, 2) how to best graphically represent spatial information in a useful manner for your audience and 3) how mapping a place can be the impetus for changing outdated systems. This is the story of how a cartographer working to improve a local transportation system map, which in turn, started city projects to improve the infrastructure and public utilities in Dublin, Ireland. This cartographer argues that the best map design for a transport system needs to conform to how on cognitive mental mapping works more so than geographic accuracy (like so many subway maps do).

 

 


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Jesse Gauthier's comment, October 14, 2012 8:42 PM
When trying to graphically represent spatial information in a useful manner for your particular audience, you will have a lot to take into consideration. How familiar are the travelers with the area you map out? Are there visuals to precisely mark on the map so that will they accurately correspond to the area?