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Information visualization for meaning making

by Critical Commons Manager

The series of videos distributed under the name RSA Animate claim a lofty goal that is all too infrequently pursued within academia, despite all the talk about "translational research." The problem of communicating complex ideas in language that is widely accessible is a vexing one. RSA Animate (technically the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), bills itself as "an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges," while seeking to "close the gap between today’s reality and people’s hopes for a better world." RSA Animate's interpretation of David Harvey's dense analysis of the banking crisis is a perfect example of this strategy in action. In this case, the visuals add clarity, embellishment, interpretation and humor. Additional videos may be found on their website at

David Harvey's Crises of Capitalism lecture visualization

Marxist sociologist David Harvey's analysis of our current crises of Capitalism is illustrated by animators from the Royal Society for the Arts

from The Crisis of Capitalism (2010)
Creator: RSA Animate
Posted by Critical Commons Manager