The Economist: Mapping a better world

This morning flipping trough the last issue of the Economist, I ran into an interesting article titled “Mapping a Better World“. Since we have been working together with the LA based NGO Iridescent Learning in the “Urban Schools Needs Project”, I’ve became quiet familiar with the shape of Los Angeles. When, flipping the last page before heading to the office, I bumped in a full color LA Map showing relations between parks diffusion and childhood obesity; I felt that somehow they were talking also about us.
The article goes trough different successful examples of mapping tools that have been used to visualize correlation between different data and places on a map.

The ending is quite evocative:
” Maps don’t change the world – but people who use maps do.”

We couldn’t agree more.


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