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David McCandless

Posted: January 3, 2011 in people
The last three posts were about visualisations of ideas, issues, facts and stats. Here’s the man behind it all.


The Billion Dollar - O - Gram 2009David McCandless TED Talk



I’m an award-winning writerdesigner and author based in London. My work has appeared in over 40 publications worldwide including Wired and The Guardian.

My new book Information Is Beautiful explores the potential of data visualisation as a new direction for journalism and story-telling. I love that!

Check out my blog. It’s dedicated to visualising ideas, issues, knowledge and data – all with the minimum of text. See what you think.

recent work

02.10 Kyoto: Who’s On Target? How is each nation doing?

09.09 The Hierarchy Of Digital Distractions Staying focused is an art

08.09 Time Travel in Film & TV Infographic

08.09 The Billion Dollar Gram Billions spent on this. Billions spent on that.

07.09 The Buzz vs The Bulge Caffeine vs Calories

07.09 If Twitter was 100 people Infographic

08.09 Information Is Beautiful Dedicated to data, ideas and stories in graphic form

05.07 How To Complain In A Restaurant For cap-doffers like me.

04.08 I’m a Webby Award Honouree My Internet spoof book gets cited!

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Thomas Berry died

Posted: June 3, 2009 in society

Thomas BerryThomas Berry, leading ecological thinker, Passionist Catholic priest and world-renowned cultural historian, died Monday at the Well-Spring retirement community. He was 94. Berry’s health had declined over the years and his family expected his death.

Berry has been one of the great minds of the 20th century, and ideas have influenced people across the world, from corporate globalization critic David Korten to Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai of Kenya. Almost his whole life, he has been a student of the earth and the human condition. In particular, he conducted an ongoing study of the ecological nature of Earth, the way everything affects everything else. He realized then that human beings are a part of a larger natural order.

One of his many achievements was to articulate a vision of an approaching “Ecozoic Era” in which human societies would live in a sustainable and mutually beneficial manner with the natural world. But for this to happen, we would have to change our relationship and attitudes to nature by learning to understand it in a new way.

“The catastrophe of our time is the loss of any real human connection to the natural world,” he told a reporter in 2005. “That’s why ecology alone is not the answer because it’s a ‘use’ relationship to the natural world. The earth is saying, ‘You used me.” Trees, birds — all living things — have rights, he wrote. They require that people treat the natural world not as an object, but as a living being. “If nothing has rights but humans, then everything else becomes the victim,” Berry said.

But maybe changes are underway. Berry’s vision certainly played a role in growing concerns about climate change, species loss, and depletion of natural resources; what 30 years ago was a small minority is beginning to transform into a mainstream sustainability movement.

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I saw this article already three days ago and originally didn’t want to re-post it but I had second thoughts. I might not agree with most of Obama’s politics, but his wife’s passion for organic gardening, healthy eating and community involvement deserves to be positively acknowledged.

While the organic garden will provide food for the first family’s meals and formal dinners, its most important role, Mrs. Obama said, will be to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at a time when obesity and diabetes have become a national concern. “My hope,” the first lady said in an interview in her East Wing office, “is that through children, they will begin to educate their families and that will, in turn, begin to educate our communities.”

Twenty-three fifth graders from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington will help her dig up the soil for the 1,100-square-foot plot, in a spot visible to passers-by on E Street. (It is just below the Obama girls’ swing set). Students from the school, which has had a garden since 2001, will also help plant, harvest and cook the vegetables, berries and herbs. Virtually the entire Obama family, including the president, will pull weeds, “whether they like it or not,” Mrs. Obama said with a laugh. “Now Grandma, my mom, I don’t know.” Her mother, she said, will probably sit back and say: “Isn’t that lovely. You missed a spot.”

Whether there would be a White House garden had become more than a matter of landscaping. The question had taken on political and environmental symbolism, with the Obamas lobbied for months by advocates who believe that growing more food locally, and organically, can lead to more healthful eating and reduce reliance on huge industrial farms that use more oil for transportation and chemicals for fertilizer.


The Green Rich List

A special survey of how the world’s wealthiest people are turning into eco-pioneers

The global rich are going green as never before. This first Sunday Times Green Rich List shows that the enthusiasm among the world’s wealthiest for investments in areas as diverse as electric cars, solar power and geothermal energy is unaffected by the recession.

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Rank Name Country Wealth Green investment
1 Warren Buffett USA £27bn Wind power
2 Bill Gates USA £26bn Renewable fuel
3 Ingvar Kamprad Sweden £22bn Renewable energy
4 Marcel Brenninkmeijer Holland £19bn Natural power
5 Mukesh Ambani India £15bn Life sciences
6 Michael Bloomberg USA £14.4bn Natural energy
7 Michael Otto Germany £13.2bn Green products
8 Paul Allen USA £11.5bn Natural fuels
9 Donald Bren USA £8.2bn Environmental research
10 Sergey Brin USA £7.5bn Green energy
11 Larry Page USA £7.5bn Green energy
12 Serge Dassault France £7.5bn Electric cars
13 Andreas and Thomas Strungmann Germany £6.8bn Solar power
14 Hansjörg Wyss Switzerland £6bn Open spaces
15 Philip Anschutz USA £5.8bn Wind power
16 Hans Rausing UK £4bn Packaging
17 Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen Denmark £3bn Toymaker
18 Dennis Washington USA £2.7bn Conservation
19 Alicia and Tannetta Fentener van Vlissingen Holland £2.4bn Conservation
20 José Manuel Entrecanales Spain £2.3bn Renewable energy
21 Aloys Wobben Germany £2.2bn Wind turbines
22 Norbert Rethmann Germany £2bn Waste services
23 Bill Koch USA £1.9bn Renewable energy
24 Stephan Schmidheiny Switzerland £1.9bn Sustainable development
25 Nicolas Berggruen Switzerland £1.8bn Wind power
26 Gordon Moore USA £1.8bn Bio-diversity
27 T Boone Pickens USA £1.8bn Natural power
28 Jeff Skoll Canada £1.8bn Electric cars
29 Stein Erik Hagen Norway £1.7bn Electric cars
30 Theodore Lerner USA £1.7bn Green sports
31 David Rockefeller USA £1.7bn Sustainable agriculture
32 Edward Bass USA £1.5bn Eco research
33 Nicky Oppenheimer S Africa £1.5bn Wildlife conservation
34 John Whittaker UK £1.3bn Green energy
35 Sir Richard Branson UK £1.2bn Renewable energy
36 Ted Turner USA £1.2bn Wildlife conservation
37 Otto Happel Germany £1.1bn Solar power
38 Julian Robertson USA £1bn Global warming
39 Tom Siebel USA £1bn Alternative energy
40 Carl Berg USA £900m Clean technology
41 Tom Golisano USA £900m Natural resources
42 Nicholas Pritzker USA £800m Electric cars
43 Peter Sperling USA £800m Renewable energy
44 John Doerr USA £750m Green venture capitalist
45 Caroline Getty and Anne Earhart USA £750m Conservation
46 Sebastian Pinera Chile £700m Conservation
47 Petter Stordalen Norway £700m Renewable energy
48 Jorgen Philip-Sorensen UK £650m Eco-consumerism
49 Tulsi Tanti India £648m Wind Turbines
50 Jaiprakash Gaur India £620m Wind power
51 Brad Kelley USA £570m Wildlife conservation
52 Vinod Khosla USA £560m Alternative energy
53 Xiaofeng Peng China £560m Solar power
54 Michael Ahearn USA £550m Solar power
55 Felix Dennis UK £500m Tree planting
56 Jim Mellon UK £500m Solar power
57 Axel and Erik Schweitzer Germany £500m Recycling
58 Michael Moritz USA £475m Alternative energy
59 Cheung Yan and family China £470m Paper recycling
60 Frank Asbeck Germany £440m Solar power
61 Wendy McCaw USA £400m Environmental research
62 David Werklund Canada £400m Oil recycling
63 Selim Zilkha USA £400m Renewable energy
64 Wang Chuanfu China £375m Eco-friendly transport
65 Shi Zhengrong China £370m Solar power
66 Morris Kahn Israel £350m Environmental protection
67 Phillip Sheppard and family UK £330m Recycling
68 Dou Zhenggang China £325m Waste-to-energy
69 Yoon Seok-Keum S Korea £310m Solar power
70 Bruce Cheng Taiwan £300m Renewable energy
71 Johan Eliasch UK £300m Forest preservation
72 Teresa Heinz USA £300m Environmental research
73 Ralph Sarich Australia £300m Carbon-free development
74 Lawrence Tomlinson UK £300m Green transport
75 Robert Wilson USA £300m Conservation
76 Lu Xiang-yang China £275m Green transport
77 Thomas Domenig Switzerland £260m Conservation
78 Anu Aga India £250m Energy conservation
79 Jin Baofang China £250m Solar power
80 Angela Bennett Australia £250m Carbon-free development
81 Miao Shouliang China £250m Renewable energy
82 Akio Toyoda and family Japan £250m Green transport
83 Liansheng Miao China £222m Solar power
84 Zhu Gongshan China £220m Solar power
85 Olivia Lum Singapore £220m Clean energy
86 Jöel Séché and family France £220m Renewable energy
87 Elon Musk S Africa £210m Solar power and green transport
88 Roxanne Quimby USA £210m Conservation
89 Joan Smith USA £205m Water conservation
90 Jean-Michel Germa France £200m Wind power
91 Zac Goldsmith UK £200m Environmental philantropy
92 Lu Yonghua China £200m Solar power
93 Huang Ming China £200m Solar power
94 Terry Peabody Australia £200m Waste and industrial recycling
95 Zhang Weihua China £200m Industrial recycling
96 Chen Wukui and family China £200m Solar power
97 Li Xianshou China £200m Solar power
98 Qu Xiaohua China £200m Solar power
99 Huh Yong-do S Korea £200m Wind power
100 Jifan Gao China £200m Solar power

Choe where reminisces his start with spraypaint, the importance of technique and the necessity of having good ideas as a foundation.

Choe where discusses making and throwing Molotov cocktails, napalm and his take on the finer points of Korean culture.

Choe talks about the power of prayer.

Interview features with David Choe, filmed by Alexander Tarrant and Michael Langan from Walrus TV/Upper Playground.

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Prince Charles started three days his first full day of a Latin America tour Monday, visiting Chile’s capital and preparing a speech set to highlight his concern over climate change. The prince’s speech on climate change in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday is being presented as one of his keynote presentations. Climate change “is one of the UK government’s highest foreign policy priorities in 2009,” the British embassy in Brazil said in a statement announcing Prince Charles’s visit – meaning the British taxpayer most likely finances the trip.

And besides the perennial question of how much celebrities can really achieve in terms of paradigm shifts, one needs to wonder about their true agendas – in this case for example about the Prince’s  commitment to sustainability. Apart from using the trip for visiting one of his earliest girlfriends, Lucia Santa Cruz (who was the daughter of the Chilean ambassador to London 40 years ago) and staying at her place (with Camilla of course 😉 ), he also hired a private Airbus jet to fly just 14 people for the duration of his visits, leaving a 322-tonne carbon footprint from the voyage. What does that do to the credibility of his mission and the impression people get about the authenticity of the “green prince”?

I don’t think this is a shining example of walking the talk – instead of demonstrating a serious concern about climate change, Charles’ actions smack of self-promotion and wanting to have tax payer funded fun. So, once again: nothing new to report from the life of the royal family.

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This guy is really quite amazing and definitely truly inspirational with his vision and his active ways of promoting and implementing it. Find out more about him:
What the Press Didn’t Tell You About the Largest Youth Movement in Decades (in itself is a great story that makes empowering reading).