Ecological networks scientist
Ecologist US Geologic Survey, Founder Vibrant Data Labs
Vibrant Data Labs, United States Geologic Survey University of California Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab (PEaCE Lab) TED
Eric Berlow: Simplifying complexity View talk on TED.com »
In an effort to promote a more sustainable form of ecotourism in the delicate arctic wilderness, Telemarkzone, with the help of Svalbard Villmarkssenter, developed a combination tour of dog sledding, kite skiing, and alpine skiing. Hoping to limit snowmobile access to regions of the island, a low impact alternative needs to be put in place. Hopefully this is a great start!
Please visit www.telemarkzone.org for more information!
With over 150 snow covered volcanoes, rising up to 3300 meters above sea level, Kamachatka, Russia has large potential as a back country ski destination. Infrastructure and the organization of sustainable back-country access needed a jump start. Combining efforts with the Kamchatka Ecotourism Society, Telemarkzone traveled into the back country to help provide a better understanding of what was needed to get sustainable back-country ski tourism off the ground. In this breath taking landscape, the potential for skiers willing to hike their way up the mountains is endless.
For more information please visit www.telemarkzone.org
Music: "Flyin Away" by Mo' Horizons. Off their Come touch the Sun album
Personal Data is the new 'oil' - but how can we catalyze a Personal Data Economy that truly benefits everyone? This is a complex, messy challenge comprised of many problems that are inter-connected - solving one may cause (or solve others). This video describes an ecological network approach developed by Vibrant Data Labs for #WETHEDATA (http://wethedata.org) to gather collective expert input about the complexity of the problem, and boil it down to a few foundational 'Grand Challenges' for catalyzing a new Personal Data Economy. This short data video was screened at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, January 2013, at inner session about 'Rethinking Personal Data'. We are proud to have helped our friends at the World Economic Forum set the Global Agenda on the Personal Data Economy! To learn more, check out: http://wethedata.org/about/how-was-this-done/ http://weforum.org/personaldata This ecological network approach was developed by Vibrant Data Labs (http://vibrantdatalabs.org) and applied here in close collaboration with Intel Labs, http://Brainvise.com, @TheStoryStudio, and Juliette Powell.
TED Fellows Eric Berlow and Sean Gourley of Quid collaborated with TEDx to visualize the explosion of ideas from the TEDx network through the ideas and themes of TEDx Talks. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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Swall Institute is a sustainably designed creative incubation space near Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. The Swall Institute has hosted retreats for artists, musicians, writers, scientists, TED fellows, and corporate environmental strategy groups that derive a creative boost from blending work with access to nature and stunning scenery.
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THINK WIERD GO BIG
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Retreats for TED Fellows to help us take our crazy visions and turn them into powerful realities. Co-Organized with TED Fellow, Jessica Green.
10/08/2012 – present
How can we massively democratize data so that everyday people benefit from the explosion of data we generate every day? How can we spark a new Personal Data Economy that actually works for people and not against them? How can we do more with personal data than targeted marketing and surveillance?
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Vibrant Data Labs
01/01/2012 – present
Vibrant Data Labs is a collaborative collective of scientists, artists, designers, and social investors developing data-driven tools/approaches to navigate the complex landscape of our most pressing problems and convert limited resources into problem solving engines for positive change. We map the ecosystem of complex problems to spark creative input where it’s most needed TED Fellow collaborators in this endeavor include: David Gurman, Sean Gourley, Jon Gosier, Kellee Santiago, Jessica Green, and Candy Chang.
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Eric Berlow is an ecologist and network scientist who specializes in not specializing. Eric applies network visualization and analysis to find stories in messy data and help make the complex simple. Complex problems have many moving parts that all potentially interact with one another. Of all these moving parts, how can we focus our creative energy and resources on the subset with the most transformative influence? Eric founded Vibrant Data Labs to bring data to life for social good and develop ecological approaches for simplifying complex problems facing human well-being. His current projects range from data-driven conservation of endangered amphibians in Yosemite to crowd-sourcing novel insights about human creativity. Eric is internationally recognized for his work on food webs and ecological networks and was the founding director of the University of California’s first environmental interdisciplinary research station in Yosemite National Park. His publications in Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and elsewhere have been recognized among the ISI's Top 1% Most Highly Cited Papers in the field. .