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Large Cities: Where the Skills Are

Large Cities: Where the Skills Are | Robson AP Human Geography Current Events Journal CSA |
Human progress, to a large degree, has depended on the continual expansion of social networks, which enable faster sharing and shaping of ideas. And humanity’s greatest social innovation remains the city.


Urban networks depend on increasing interaction and collaboration...and it pays off.  This article details the correlation between population size of a city and the earning potential of it's citizens. 


Via Seth Dixon, Corey Butler
Thomas Robson's insight:

This article details the correlation between population size of a city and the earning potential of it's citizens. Human progress, to a large degree, has depended on the continual expansion of social networks, which enable faster sharing and shaping of ideas. And humanity’s greatest social innovation remains the city. As our cities grow larger, the synapses that connect them—people with exceptional social skills—are becoming ever more essential to economic growth."The bars on this map show three types of job skills—analytic, social, and physical. The height of each bar is a measure of the average mix of skill within a given city’s labor force—the higher the bar, the more advanced the skill level within that city." 

The fact that the article call them all city is an example of Urban Hierarchy, a theory discussed in our AP Human Geography Urban Unit. This article does not touch on any of the zone models we learned in our unit. The article is able to show through this map that the more analytic jobs there are in a cities Central Business District the higher the average pay the city has. (As evidenced by New York and Boston being much higher then say Albuquerque).  

Seth Dixon's comment, October 5, 2011 9:36 PM
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Territorial Claims in South China Sea

Territorial Claims in South China Sea | Robson AP Human Geography Current Events Journal CSA |

Nice summary of the current state of affaits in the South China Sea territorial disputes.

Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam are among countries that contest China's claims in the region. 

"The problem is that China refuses to make agreements in the framework of ASEAN. Instead, it insists to negotiate bilaterally with the Southeast Asian countries, giving Beijing a huge advantage because of its size."

Via Augis Barkov
Thomas Robson's insight:

    The article in which I am scooping is a summary of the South China Sea territorial disputes that are taking place between countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, China, and the Philippines.  The disputes of the South China Sea includes the maritime boundary in the Gulf of Tonkin and the maritime boundaries off the coasts of Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines.  Moreover, there is even more dispute in the waters near the North Korean border of the Indonesian Natuna Islands. There are also disputes among the various island chains of the South China Sea basin, including the Spratly Islands and the Paracel Islands. The interests of the different nations involved include acquiring fishing areas, the potential of crude oil and natural gas under the South China Sea, and the strategic control of important shipping lanes. 


  The fourth unit of my AP Geography class was all about boundaries, boundary disputes, and how countries dealt with these things. I believe the obvious problem with the dispute in the South China Sea would be the lack of proper definition of the boundaries in the sea. The boundaries that are there, that also happen to be different depending on countries, are all subsequent boundaries. 

Tjc ChinaStudies's curator insight, May 25, 2015 12:21 PM

this article gives a little insight on the  current situation in the spratly's and a few suggestions to resolve the conflict


According to the paper, China's claims on the islands have been and continued to be contested by many other nations in the region, most of all Philippines. 


This defies the UNCLOS, and compromises on the naval integrity and sovereignty of all other nations contesting against china.


Possible uses:

- Is china trying to create a new world order, by defying the rules and regulations of the current one?

-China claims to want to rise peacefully, but its actions speak otherwise. are her claims of peace merely lip service to the world?

-If china wishes to integrate into the global community, stirring territorial conflict is certainly not the way to do so,, begging the question: does china actually want to integrate into the current community, or create an order of its own?

-IS the claiming of these islands a form of deterence, or aggression?




-can clarify a code of conduct for South China SEA

-Use current measures like UNCLOS to legally settle the dispute

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Here Are The Countries With The Biggest Immigrant Populations

Here Are The Countries With The Biggest Immigrant Populations | Robson AP Human Geography Current Events Journal CSA |
Last week, Goldman Sachs published its 100 favorite charts.
Included was a section titled "The Globalisation Of Labour."
And that section included this chart of countries with large immigrant populations.

Via Thomas Faltin
Thomas Robson's insight:

This article is about a published article by Goldman Sachs which talks about its hundred favorite charts.  Included in this article is a pretty cool section that was titled "The Globalisation Of Labour."  In this section was this included graph talking about countries in which the percent of the population is largely immigrants. Included on this list are world super powers like the United States of America, and quiche countries such as Canada and Australia. 


This article links into our unit about population quite well. In our second unit on population we learned about population pyramids and about the stages countries are in. This graph shows the economic prosperity and how countries prosper when they have large immigration workforces. Countries with low GDP and in the first few stages of population growth would not have high immigration, in fact they would have more emigration. The push and pull factors that would cause this disparity of wealth and immigrants would be, I think, largely economic. As an economics student I love graphs. As a great man once said "When in doubt, graph it out!" Although I believe a graph is the perfect representation of this data set, it could be shown in a map like a thematic map. An interesting thing to point out about this graph is that Norway is high on the list, which is weird since according to the UN World GDP numbers Norway has the highest cost of living. 


Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 18, 2013 9:32 PM

This is a chart that shows the increase of immigrants that make up a percentage of a country's population. Certain country's tend to bring in more immigrants than others. with Canada, Australia, and Singapore ranking int he top 3 country's with the most immigrant percentage of their population.

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The Farm-to-Table Opportunity

The Farm-to-Table Opportunity | Robson AP Human Geography Current Events Journal CSA |

Consumers crave fresh, local food, and local farmers are eager to fill the demand, but a distribution bottleneck is strangling the supply chain—farmers’ markets can only go so far. But a new business model is slowly emerging to bridge the gap.

Via Tugboat Group
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This article is discussing the problems that farmers face in bringing fresh local produce which is what consumers are looking for. It discusses the difficulties that start-up small businesses face, and how it relates to all small time organic farmers. The growth in the sector is substantial however, as direct farmer-to-consumer sales have risen 147 per cent in recent years, from $46 million in 2006 to $113 million in 2012. Difficulties arise for these small businesses mainly due to the incredible start up costs and the infrastructure costs of setting up the distribution network required to be successful. 

The article connects to two units we've done in  AP geography. Economic and Rural (units 5 and 7&8 in the AP Barrons Textbook). The article relates to the Von Thunen model brought up in the Rural Unit. Von Thunen discusses how farmers compares two costs; cost of the land versus the cost of transporting production to market. Identifies a crop that can be sold for more than the land cost, distance of land to market is critical because the cost of transporting varies by crop. Since these organic farmers and distributers are working with a very perishable crop they have to make sure their good does not go off while delivering them, an issue discussed in the article.  

This article relates to the Economic Unit of AP Human Geography because the businesses discussed in it are all cottage industries,because sadly at this time organic food is closer to a specialty good. This article also relates because many of the industries discussed in it are actually secondary industries (working in the delivery of the products, not the actual production) and therefore do not directly relate to the Von Thunen model. 

Tugboat Group's curator insight, November 5, 2013 12:36 PM

Farmgate sales are money. The race is on to bring the Eat Local movement to business and consumers with a reliable and efficient distribution model. Is it possible to rule out the middle man? We think so. It's all about knowing @whatsatthemarket

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The brands tackling cultural taboos head-on

The brands tackling cultural taboos head-on | Robson AP Human Geography Current Events Journal CSA |
From MTV and HIV to AFRIpads and menstruation, brands are confronting cultural taboos. But shouldn't be done lightly

Via Veronique Zurcher
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This article is focusing mainly on cultural taboos and how businesses have come to tackle them. It talks mainly about MTV, and how they broke the taboo of talking about HIV/AIDS with a bang. Unit 3 of our AP Geo course consisted of learning about culture and learning about cultural taboos. In China you don't wear red to weddings. Never eat while standing in Indonesia. Don't wear shoes in a Japanese home. These are all cultural taboos, its assumed that there are not as many in America. Something that can be taken away from this article is that, in fact, there are more then anywhere else. America is the country where for decades you wouldn't dare say you were gay, or talk about safe sex practices, or talk about religion. This article focuses on how Corporate America is breaking down barriers on taboos to get people to talk about issues, and how it makes sense for them economically to do so. 



Like I touched on in the first paragraph, Unit 3 is all about culture. I big part of culture is what is perceived as an ok thing to do. In other words, taboos. Again, I enjoyed this article not only because it connected to my interest in human geography, but also it connected to the business world, which is another of my interests.Taboos are considered one of the cultural cores of the United States. This article touches on how the United States is one of the most powerful cultural hearths in the world, and how marketing in the US diffuses hierarchally throughout the world to countries such as India.


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2013 World Population Data Sheet Interactive World Map

2013 World Population Data Sheet Interactive World Map | Robson AP Human Geography Current Events Journal CSA |

Via Seth Dixon
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     This interactive map provides information on world population now, the 2050 estimate and in several other formats. The maps data is compiled from several different sources, such as the United Nations World Demographic book. There are no controversies in this article as its not an article as much as it is a multi-media presentation. It's a fairly cool resource for anyone interested in world population projection. This map goes further then just population projections, as it shows information and projections on categories such as life expectancy, HIV/Aids, family planning and income.

   This fits into the first unit of mapping because it is a map. This chloropleth map provides data and information on multiple issues. A chloropleth map is a map that displays information through a colour code system. It is defined as a map that uses graded differences in shading or color or the placing of symbols inside defined areas on the map in order to indicate the average values of some property or quantity in those areas. The maps provide information in multiple points of the 5 Themes of Geography. The maps are cut up into formal regions such as North America, as well as functional regions such as North Africa. We can also see that the map is made in a Robinson projection. My prior knowledge in human geography allowed me to critically look at this map and the information it shows and analyze the data to provide an idea of where the world is heading.


Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 11:28 AM

By looking at this data sheet you can see that the worlds population will increase by the millions in 2050. These populations will increase in areas that are already very populated and in areas that are not so heavily populated yet. 

Lona Pradeep Parad's curator insight, May 28, 2014 7:00 PM

This is an interactive map where you can click the year you wish and see what the population is or will be. it allows a person to observe and understand population growth better.

Katelyn Sesny's curator insight, October 31, 2014 12:21 PM

A straightforward map that puts previous knowledge (of the rapidly growing population and the limited food supply) into prescriptive. -UNIT 2