Sarah Williams shows her emotional spatial mapping

Dale’s pick for a great TEDx Talk – TEDx­Wa­ter­loo – Sarah Wil­li­ams – Map­ping the Psy­cho­lo­gic­al City

By now you’ve seen Steve’s pickPeter Van Uhm’s Why I chose a gun – and Brooke’s pickBrené Brown’s The power of vul­ner­ab­il­ity. Now, I’m really happy to put up my pick! It’s really hard pick­ing a favour­ite, there are so many, but for me, this week it’s Sarah William’s Map­ping the psy­cho­lo­gic­al city.

I work with data and I’m really inter­ested in the magic of turn­ing data into inform­a­tion and know­ledge. There are small dif­fer­ences between data and know­ledge. Basic­ally know­ledge is sor­ted filtered cat­egor­ized data. Though dif­fer­ences are small the impact of well presen­ted data is huge and Sarah demon­strates bril­liantly her approach to work­ing social check in data into know­ledge about the places where we live. Sarah takes it one step fur­ther as she works up know­ledge about our lives and our rela­tion­ships with our urb­an envir­on­ment and presents the com­plex­ity in a remark­ably visu­al and digestable way. Sarah’s know­ledge bene­fits people and will help future urb­an design­ers to build bet­ter cit­ies as well as help­ing us all under­stand the psy­cho­lo­gic­al tec­ton­ics of our spaces.

Where did you fall in love? And, what does that mean about that space? Sarah might know.

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