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.
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories.
Luke Walker's insight:
¨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.
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.
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?
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"?
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.
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?
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.
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.
Luke Walker's insight:
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?
"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."
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.
Luke Walker's insight:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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