Top 20 most inspiring TED videos about maps and geography


TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an amazing initiative that organizes events where inspiring people share their inspiring research, work and ideas. For the upcoming holidays we’ve rounded up 20 of the most inspirational and interesting TED talks about maps and geography out there. No matthew if you want it or not watching YouTube videos will most likely end up in your Christmas break’s agenda. This compilation will make it not a total waste of time.

1. Hans Rosling: The best stats you’ve ever seen

2. Rohini Swaminathan – There is nothing natural about disaster (Rohini is one of our Geoawesome authors)

3. Aris Venetikidis: Making sense of maps

4. Daniele Quercia: Happy maps

5. Eric Sanderson: New York – before the City

6. Parag Khanna maps the future of countries

7. Frederic Kaplan: How I built an information time machine

8. Dan Berkenstock: The world is one big dataset. Now, how to photograph it …

9. Ben Wellington: How we found the worst place to park in New York City — using big data

10. Steven Johnson: A guided tour of the Ghost Map

11. Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps

12. Stephen Lawler: Look! Up in the sky! It’s Virtual Earth!

13. Eric Berlow and Sean Gourley: Mapping ideas worth spreading

14. Dave Troy: Social maps that reveal a city’s intersections — and separations

15. Parag Khanna: How megacities are changing the map of the world

16. Allan Jones: A map of the brain

17. Lalitesh Katragadda: Making maps to fight disaster, build economies

18. Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different?

19. Greg Asner: Ecology from the air

20. Danny Dorling: Imagining the world anew – redrawing the world map

I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.


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