Notes from The Remarkables

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The Remarkables enables communities to have life-changing moments by connecting them with remarkable people. These notes represent some of the remarkable people, places and things we uncover in our research that we believe may inform and inspire others.



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The world population has now reached 7 billion people. This milestone inspired us to conduct research to update our statistics, and the changes over the past 5 years are remarkable. In 2006, only 1 person out of 100 would have had a college education— today that number has jumped to 7 thanks in part to advances in higher education in Asia. The detailed research and source information can be found here and the statistics provided by Donella Meadows in 1990 that originally inspired our project can be viewed here.

If the World were 100 PEOPLE:

50 would be female
50 would be male

26 would be children
There would be 74 adults,
8 of whom would be 65 and older

There would be:
60 Asians
15 Africans
14 people from the Americas
11 Europeans

33 Christians
22 Muslims
14 Hindus
7 Buddhists
12 people who practice other religions
12 people who would not be aligned with a religion

12 would speak Chinese
5 would speak Spanish
5 would speak English
3 would speak Arabic
3 would speak Hindi
3 would speak Bengali
3 would speak Portuguese
2 would speak Russian
2 would speak Japanese
62 would speak other languages

83 would be able to read and write; 17 would not

7 would have a college degree
22 would own or share a computer

77 people would have a place to shelter them
from the wind and the rain, but 23 would not

1 would be dying of starvation
15 would be undernourished
21 would be overweight

87 would have access to safe drinking water
13 people would have no clean, safe water to drink

Sources: 2012 - Fritz Erickson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ferris State University (Formerly Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay) and John A. Vonk, University of Northern Colorado, 2006; Returning Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison Wisconsin, Unheard Voices: Celebrating Cultures from the Developing World, 1992; Donella H. Meadows, The Global Citizen, May 31, 1990.

REMARKABLES LIVE: Brent Beshore on Good Ideas

At age 30, Brent Beshore has already started more than 15 companies, raised $1.7 million through Facebook for his hometown of Joplin, MO tornado relief efforts, and is a columnist for Forbes and the Huffington Post on entrepreneurship., which ranked 28th on the 2011 Inc. 500, serves as the launchpad and creates new companies that “solve problems and transform the world.” As the result of his efforts, Brent has been recognized as American Express Open Forum’s “10 Under 30,” a VH1 Do Something Award Nominee, and a Missouri Chamber of Commerce Fast Track Awardee.

Remarkables LIVE are moderated interviews with Remarkables via livestream. We discuss a predetermined subject for 25 minutes, followed by Q&A with participant-submitted questions.


Sketch notes from @iamctodd on designing for the new service economy. 

A sucker for sketch notes, this is a nice visualization, definitely would be curious to hear more of the ‘meat’ of the conversation and the thinking behind the 6 strategies: 

Cater to the core customer 

Turn it into an Experience

Be Nimble 

Execute as an Organization

Always be in Beta

Employees are your best asset

Make it smaller

What will you pack on your adventures?

In the image above, see the packing list of Nellie Bly, a remarkable woman journalist in the Victorian era.


No female reporter before her had ever seemed quite so audacious, so willing to risk personal safety in pursuit of a story. 

How to pack like Nellie Bly, pioneering Victorian journalist who raced around the world in 80 days.

UPDATE: By popular demand, the illustrated packing list is now available as a print.

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