Wednesday, April 24, 2013

global rich list

Feeling overworked, underpaid, and tapped out? Visit the Global Rich List, and you may be surprised to learn you're actually among the global economic elite. Developed by Poke out of the UK, the interactive first went online in 2003 as a response to lists focusing on the super-rich, such as that published by Forbes. According to partner,, these lists tend to distort the true picture of global inequality by ignoring the fact that the general populations of developed nations are incredibly better-off than the masses elsewhere. Like the first edition, the interactive encourages you to plug in personal data relative to income and then compares where you stand to the rest of the world. Comparisons are interestingly localized to enhance contrasts and to stimulate user contributions to Care International. The new edition however also includes a wealth option, and as well incorporates continually updated comparative information.

Friday, April 19, 2013

code switch

NPR has a great series running since last week relative to the changing nature of race and ethnicity in the U.S.  Check it out at

Thursday, April 18, 2013

As I Am: poverty in Memphis

Check out this incredible Alan Spearman video about high school student Chris Dean's poetic take on life in his impoverished Memphis neighborhood. It was recently named winner of the NAPPA "Best Use of Multimedia" award (see story at