A Road Map to World Harmony

4 08 2009

I always have trouble when people ask me to explain succintly what I am learning from my degree (International Development Studies) and why I am taking classes in so many different areas. Last year I had made a rough diagram which attempted to demonstrate how all the areas were interconnected – i.e. agriculture is affected by environment, women’s rights are affected by religion, modern-day governments are affected by political geography, which in turn is affected by history etc.

Areas of Study - Interconnections

LANG = language, EDUC = education, NUTR = Nutrition, RELG = Religion, AGRI = agriculture, GEOG = geography, ECON = economics/economy, ENVIR = environment

*since making this diagram, I have added a few more areas to my degree, and there are certainly more which could be connected, these are just my chosen areas of focus.

More recently, Toyota has released an interesting interactive website showing the same idea as shown above, but with suggestions on how we can improve on the problems which face the world, including energy, education, health and coexistence – just to mention a few.

I thought about trying to duplicate it on here somehow, but it’s probably best to just explore it yourself.

– Sarah Topps



2 responses

22 09 2009

Hello! your blog is awesome! i particularly loved your web of interconnected issues! we (at feelgoodworld) have an online curriculum and one of our topics is “hunger as web” talking exactly about how all issues are interconnected and require interconnected solutions ๐Ÿ™‚ do you mind if we use your picture in one of our weeks? you can check us out at http://www.feelgoodworld.org
great work! peace and cheese, talis

4 10 2009

Hi Talis,

Certainly! Thanks so much for asking my permission, it’s very much appreciated in today’s day and age of rampant internet piracy.
I look forward to seeing how your website will continue to branch out and grow.

Best of luck,
Sarah Topps

P.S. Please send me the link to the program once it is finished and I will link to it on here as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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