Conceptualizing a world with 7B+ people is HARD. I have no point of reference for what a BILLION people is, save China and India, and since I've never been in a room with all the Chinese or Indians in the world at once, it's still pretty rough for me.
Let's be real. I've never counted past 100 without getting a bit bored. But I can count to 100. So let's conceptualize the world today in 100. Sounds lovely.
Toby Ng makes this possible by creating a 20 poster series that parses up the resources, religion, literacy, birth, death, etc in a bunch of different ways. Best of all, you can purchase the postcard series for just under $25. Cool for a bellringer exercise at the beginning of class.
GREAT for when you start talking CompPol.
I hate when I am late to the party, but better late than never. Enjoy this next 14 minutes, because I know how much you like PACs. Especially now that they make money off of all of those hard earned donations from folks all over the world. Ooops. That's illegal. Country.
I am scrolling through my social media feeds, and noticing that there is a heck of a lot of strife going on now... Egypt... Syria... Ukraine... Spain... US...
It's pretty cool to remember that because we have the right to association, petition, and redress... we have a lot more control, influence... whatever you want to say about that... then people in other corners of the world.
We're squabbling over those things that Locke and Jefferson pointed out as our unalienable rights...
Government expenditures, social policy, restructuring institutional debt in place like Detroit, distribution of resources, government regulation of industries, and just plain old government corruption.
This last resources is a really fun one... allowing you to interact with the data. There are also great visualization of the data in the brochure towards the bottom. Tons to talk about here... so how do you plan on using it?
Photo via Flickr/Ted Eytan