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Follow the money: new data-visualization tool helps track the world economy

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The global economy can be difficult for the average person to understand. Money funnels towards and away different countries quickly, creating a delicate balance of economic power that can be knocked off its axis by a variety of factors. Nowadays, with a flagging Euro, a still-recovering U.S. and doomsday-style economic reports on China, trying to diagnose the economic health of the world head spin.

The Global Economy Dynamics Project (GED), a research institute funded by prominent German non-profit Bertelsmann Foundation, created an interactive data-visualization called GED-VIZ that illustrates the individual economies of countries —  as well as their trade interactions with other nations across the globe — over the last 10 years.


Users can select any number of countries for the graphic, which automatically shows a country’s GDP as well as its trade volumes. When a country is highlighted, little strings light up that show the proportional break down of trade — showing…

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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