Ready to freak yourself out?The World Rebalancing is an iPad App that pulls data from several places to create visualizations exploring daily global impact.
The data is received from four sources. The New York Times news archives pulls major stories together for “Media & Memory”. “Pulse of the Planet” data comes from a survey of individuals around the world was collected in collaboration with United Nations Global Pulse and JANA(txteagle) using new mobile phone apps and reaching over two billion people. “Future of Business” explores global trends in business and innovation provided by PwC (Price-Waterhouse Coopers) and “PopTech in Action” highlights ideas for social change.
PopTech is a non-profit whose mission is to accelerate the positive impact of world-changing people, projects and ideas and to foster unconventional collaborations that tackle some of the world’s most significant challenges and lead to real and lasting change.
Does it make you feel a little insignificant?
Earthrise. Astronaut Bill Anders. 1968
Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do
The world changed forever with one image in 1968 when astronaut Bill Anders of Apollo 8 took a photograph of the Earth from space.”[W]e had come all this way to study the moon, and yet it was this view of the Earth that was one of the most important events for Apollo 8,” said Anders in a 2008 interview (Universe Today).
“There are basically two messages that came to me. One of them is that the planet is quite fragile. It reminded me of a Christmas tree ornament. But the other message to me, and I don’t think this one has really sunk in yet, is that the Earth is really small. We’re not the center of the universe; we’re way out in left field on a tiny dust mote, but it is our home and we need to take care of it.”
I come from the generation who never knew life before this image and global consciousness; the advent of the environmental movement, the understandstanding that we are all “one” people and that maps are human-made divisions. Then the world connected through the web, social media, video and cell phones. Now, we are finding new ways to understand global consciousness – infographics.
IMAGEre: Photoshop, Politics and Redaction
Fun With Pepper Spray Cop
INFOlinks: Clicks to Coolness
More on the Pepper-Spraying Cop and the internet on Wired.