I gave a presentation entitled Why Maps Matter shared here recently to the general public at a public library. By sharing this, I encourage you to give a similar presentation and/or use the resources I list to start your exploration into 21st Century issues with live web maps.
Presentation Description: Have you ever used your smartphone to locate the nearest coffee shop? Do you wear a fitness tracker? Have you used Google Earth? What’s the common element among these useful, fun tools? They are all examples of geotechnologies. Today’s maps can help to make the world safer, healthier, and smarter. Join geographer and educator Joseph Kerski for a journey through some of the major issues of our 21st-century world to discover how maps are changing the ways we understand our planet. Map everything from real-time airplane locations to your last hike, explore some of the major challenges facing our 21st-century world, and discover why maps still matter.