The world is constantly changing, only now it’s changing ever more rapidly. This 21 minute talk can give you an idea as to how you, your children and grandchildren may be affected. Here’s a summary from the TED Talk page:
“Over the past few centuries, Western cultures have been very good at creating general prosperity for themselves. Historian Niall Ferguson asks: Why the West, and less so the rest? He suggests half a dozen big ideas from Western culture — call them the 6 killer apps — that promote wealth, stability and innovation. And in this new century, he says, these apps are all shareable.(My underlining)
History is a curious thing, and Niall Ferguson investigates not only what happened but why. (Hint: Politics and money explain a lot.)”
•Onate creates •Albuquerque •Mexican first permanent area settled independence settlement and named •US Territorial
To my eye, the time context of the dates seem to tell a different, and somehow more effective, story in the timeline format. I believe one gets a deeper feeling for the relative periods of time and cultural influence from this format.
That is why I chose to use a timeline format, even though it required a lot (a lot) of trial and error to:
get all the information into a single coordinated format
keep the overall physical length to 16 feet
figure out where to use 100-, 50-, 20- and 10-year visual time segments
see that adding a true-time-scale at the bottom was necessary to really effectively visually represent the relative time frames for the 600 year timeline period
From most comments, it seems to work OK and support individuals in seeing the fascinating interactions between time, geography, demography and culture.