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Chart of the World Economy

Chart of the World Economy | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Latest estimates put the world economy at about $80 trillion in nominal GDP. Here is how each individual country stacks up in terms of size."

Seth Dixon's insight:

This chart is reminiscent of another chart depicting the global economy.  Like so many things floating out there on the interwebs, it's  good but not perfect.  Part of what we need to do as educators is to help them assess the validity of online resources.   

Questions to Ponder: What data was used to create this chart?  Any limitation to that data/data source?  Do you agree with the regional divisions in the color scheme and where the countries were slotted? What other information would help contextualize this information? 

 

GeoEd Tags: globalization, industry, economic, visualization.

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Worker Safety?

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This is old video is still shocking because of the blatant disregard for worker safety during the huge rush to get Beijing ready for the 2012 Olympics. This can been seen as large cities host global events such as the World Cup or the Olympics.  As was seen in Rio de Janeiro, leaders will try to sweep some problems under the rug before the global spotlight shines on them. This video can also be used to lead to a discussion concerning China's continued economic growth. What other ways has China (or Chinese companies) been "cutting corners?" How does that give them a competitive edge on the global industrial market?

 

GeoEd Tags: industry, labor, China.

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Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth

Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on the planet. But its benefits mask enormous dangers to the planet, to human health – and to culture itself. Our blue and green world is becoming greyer by the second. If the cement industry were a country, it would be the third largest carbon dioxide emitter in the world with up to 2.8bn tonnes."

 

GeoEd Tags: industry, sustainability, consumption, climate change, environment, architecture, resources.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 30, 5:44 AM
Natural resources
Owenchung's comment, May 13, 11:45 PM
terrible .
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The last Blockbuster: 'I'm proud that we've survived'

The last Blockbuster: 'I'm proud that we've survived' | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"The company was founded in 1985 in Dallas, Texas, and it was worth billions of dollars at its peak, employing dozens of thousands of people. It was so popular across the US that, in 1989, a new store was opening every 17 hours. The rapid rise of digital services such as Netflix, which launched in 1999, and online retailers, like Amazon, made Blockbuster's video and DVD business model practically obsolete."

Seth Dixon's insight:

In my neighborhood, as in neighborhoods around America, there is an old Blockbuster building that is used to sell fireworks before the 4th of July and Halloween paraphernalia in October.  Most of the year however the property is a vacant lot where you might find police officers filling out their paperwork in the parking lot.  If video killed the radio star, Netflix killed the Blockbuster storeCreative destruction leaves littered industries that, because of technological innovations, are no longer viable.  

In addition to technological changes, some product shifts hint at societal and demographic changes (see this witty article about the demise of mayo). 

GeoEd TAGS: globalization, industry, economic.

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