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Processing more details for my birthday run on April 1, 2013. Please support in any way you can through my Crowdrise Page as a fundraiser to Water for People.  Anyone have suggestions on this route in Colorado?  Other recommendations to run 27 kilometers (16.7 miles) there? Potential 27K Route near Water for People and Columbine

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Sir Ken Robinson - Education Reform (Creativity)

[youtube] I recently watched this TED talks video and couldn't agree more with Sir Ken Robinson.  He eloquently paints a picture to the worldwide status of education and how it needs to change over the next 5, 20, 50, 100, 200+ years.  I am surprised this video was published in 2006!  (He was talking about twenty-somethings moving back into their parents homes to play video games before the economic meltdown of 2008).

His simple quote to creativity:

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.

His definition of creativity:

The process of having original ideas that have value.

Although he focuses on creativity and how it matriculated from his three D's of education (diversity, dynamic, distinct), I see his approach being specifically applied to transforming the Geographic Education curriculum in the United States / (North America).  I keenly dedicate myself to the future of geographic education using a comprehensive approach to meet the needs of ALL students and their dynamic, diverse, and distinct learning capacities.

He proclaims, "What TED celebrates, is the gift of the human imagination.  We have to use this gift wisely.  The only way we will avert the disasters of human ecology is to see our creative capacities for the richness they are.  And seeing our children, for the hope that they are.  And our task is to educate their WHOLE BEING [not just one hierarchical   curriculum], so they can face this future.  They will see this future, and our job is to make something of it." 

Definitely watch the video.  Guaranteed you'll enjoy!

(Side note: I wish all of our political leaders and education leaders would watch this video.)

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Admiration: Pitch Interactive

Pitch interactive: Wes Grubbs

I am in awe of Wes' portfolio and client list!

Wes is the founder of pitch interactive, a data visualization and information graphic studio.  He started in Madison, Wisconsin but recently moved his studio to Berkeley, California.  After visiting his website, I'm convinced he is one of the leaders to information visualization design and interactive digital data.  Once I am visiting family in Oakland, I'll be sure to contact him because I'd love to get his perspective on interactive visualizations, his vision for future data sharing and data representation, and his top cartographic/design influences.

Twitter: @pitchinteractiv

Above, the screen shot from the Global Arms Trade Interactive Visualization he did for Google
I've included two examples from his recent work.  He has a variety of clients ranging from ESPN to The Climate Institute of Australia.