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IBGeography Session for Richard Allaway and Matt Podbury
Presented 20th May 2021

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  1. 1. Exploring and evaluating geographical possibilities Alan Parkinson, CGeog. Vice President: Geographical Association HoD King’s Ely Junior https://www.remove.bg/ - add yourself to an image or background https://www.remove.bg/ - add yourself to an image or background Possibilities “The alternative events, futures and outcomes that geographers can model, project or predict with varying degrees of certainty.” Key contemporary questions include the degree to which human and environmental systems are sustainable and resilient, and can adapt or change.
  2. 2. Possibilities “The alternative events, futures and outcomes that geographers can model, project or predict with varying degrees of certainty.” Key contemporary questions include the degree to which human and environmental systems are sustainable and resilient, and can adapt or change. Exploring possibilities A future-focussed approach David Hicks David Hicks Despair Fear Dread Doomscrolling Weltschmerz Thanks to David Alcock Future timelines (Hicks, 2007: Lessons for the future: A geographical contribution – Geography 92(3): 179-188 Framing the future Thanks to David Alcock
  3. 3. David Alcock - from possible / probable / preferable to Hoped-for & feared Thanks to David Alcock - adapted from David Hicks From Roman Krzanic Short termism Long term thinking From Roman Krzanic TED Talk October 2020 From Roman Krzanic
  4. 4. From Roman Krzanic ‘Speed’ - James Gleick - globalisation Social media - soundbites Internet - communication From Roman Krzanic Political decisions - accountability Brexit Speculative capitalism Futures markets From Roman Krzanic Suggest some examples from IB From Roman Krzanic
  5. 5. From Roman Krzanic Suggest some examples from IB From Roman Krzanic Suggest some examples from IB From Roman Krzanic Suggest some examples from IB
  6. 6. The Thing from the Future http://situationlab.org/project/the-thing-from-the-future/ Card Game Which possibilities to focus on in geography? At the moment, due to COVID-19, we face a number of challenges to some of the longer term processes because of the need for short term responses: Ocean plastics vs. LRT testing kits & face masks Shortages of sand vs. huge demand for boro-silicate glass vials Metal futures vs. huge demand for hypodermic needles Also the trends in cases and lag in response to changes. Does geography give us a different perspective on events? “Powerful Knowledge” ● Does it provide new ways of thinking? ● Does it help pupils explain and understand the world? ● Does it give them power over what they know? ● Does it mean that young children can join in conversations and debates? ● Does it give them knowledge of the world? After Alaric Maude, seek him out… See previous session for Matt & Richard “Cathedral thinking” Image: Martyn Fordham
  7. 7. To be truly sustainable, we need to think in the longer term & set in place changes which we will not see within our lifetimes... Image: Alan Parkinson Ocean Plastics https://unctad.org/news/growing-pla stic-pollution-wake-covid-19-how-tr ade-policy-can-help https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-06-1 3/coronavirus-pandemic-plastic-waste-recycling “The coronavirus pandemic has brought a dramatic increase in the use of plastic, the main component in masks, gloves, hand sanitizer bottles, protective medical suits, test kits, takeout containers, delivery packaging and other items central to our new, locked-down, hyper-hygienic way of life.” Melton, Suffolk, UK How did ‘your country’ fare? https://www.independent.co.uk/new s/uk/home-news/covid-uk-ppe-cont ainers-suffolk-nhs-b1760678.html
  8. 8. https://ichemeblog.org/2015/01/02/c an-you-drink-all-the-water-in-an-oly mpic-size-swimming-pool-day-220/ Ever Given https://evergiven-everywhere.glitch.me/ https://www.leventhalmap.org/projects/insizeor/ Vaccine programme Resource implications… Vaccine programme
  9. 9. Bill Gates https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/feb/ 17/how-to-avoid-a-climate-disaster-by-bill-gat es-review-why-science-isnt-enough The Dasgupta Review - 600+pp & abridged version Foreword by David Attenborough Partha Dasgupta, St. Johns College, Cambridge
  10. 10. David Attenborough - UN message https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesi gn/2021/apr/25/thomas-heatherwick-the- city-will-be-a-new-kind-of-space “Outdoors must once again be a place, and no longer be treated as garnish, like a sprig of parsley in a serving suggestion”. The ventilation requirements of the pandemic have made people realise, he says, “the insane degree to which air conditioning has been taken up in the UK – where most months of the year it’s fine to have windows that open; instead, we seal ourselves in.” 1000 Trees, Shanghai - Thomas Heatherwick Planetary Boundaries - Johan Rockstrom Doughnut Kate Raworth “A safe and just space…” https://www.nature.com/articles/461472a
  11. 11. Feeding the future population Super powers Keeping the lights on Living Spaces: sustainable cities The world of work Living spaces Singapore - Tengah Eco Town Tengah Eco Town What makes a city ‘smart’? 15 minute city
  12. 12. Gulp - Food deliveries - changing urban areas Gulp: Economist https://www.economist.com/1843/2021/01/26/gulp-the-secret-economics-of-food-d elivery ‘Energy island’ - Denmark h ttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-5 5931873 Energy
  13. 13. “The geopolitics of carrots” https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000d1yp - Energy and Geopolitics podcast Superpowers Changing power relations... Governance https://experience.arcgis.com/e xperience/a1ae7fc97c0f4eaab2 0ee5e82098ac11/ - world globe
  14. 14. Caiti Walter - Steve Puttick https://youtu.be/rMW2-3f1E6A?t=5010 GA Conference 2021 - Teachmeet - also features Richard https://www.theguardian.com/busine ss/2021/feb/06/ikea-recycling-schem e-furniture https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56186217
  15. 15. Home learning WFH Bitcoin and Blockchain Climate crisis Bill McKibben New Yorker January 2021 https://www.newyorker.com/news/a nnals-of-a-warming-planet/to-count er-climate-change-we-need-to-stop- burning-things Evaluating possibilities gauge, assess, appraise; identify; classify, class, categorize, catalog, sort, group, factor; estimate; rate, rank, value, place or set a value on, prize, appreciate; size up or take one's measure Consider several options, ideas or arguments and come to a conclusion about their importance/success/ worth / likely outcomes...
  16. 16. “Why should I care about future generations – what have they ever done for me?” Groucho Marx Stephen Scoffham - Environmental Emergencies Alarm Wisdom Well being of future generations - Welsh Government Act (2015) Rebecca Solnit article - disaster https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/07/ what-coronavirus-can-teach-us-about-hope-rebe cca-solnit Geographical Association Resources to be produced during 2021 Requests for emphases https://www.mentimeter.com/s/b92b89fcace79130f41b911 5e02ae4fb/5d63ffc5a3d3
  17. 17. Reading “Footprints” - David Farrier ‘The Ministry of the Future” - Stanley Kim Robinson “The Good Ancestor” - Roman Krzanic ‘Weapons of Reason’ - journal in 8 volumes References 6-9:: David Alcock, Bradford Grammar School, GTE Conference January 2021 https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/singapore-tengah-eco-town/index.html https://www.takingti.me/articles/sixwaystothinklongterm Hicks, 2007: Lessons for the future: A geographical contribution – Geography 92(3): 179-188 BBC Sounds: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000d1yp http://situationlab.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/FUTURETHING_Print-and-Play.pdf - Thing from the Future Cards Living Geography http://livinggeography.blogspot.com - over 10 000 posts - all searchable. Image credits 1,2: https://wallpaperaccess.com/akira-neo-tokyo David Alcock Singapore Credit: Courtesy The Housing & Development Board https://www.takingti.me/articles/sixwaystothinklongterm Soundtrack...

IBGeography Session for Richard Allaway and Matt Podbury Presented 20th May 2021

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