24,000 TEDx Talks from around the world visualized in a gorgeous new infographic

If we could map the ideas spread at TEDx events worldwide — in Bolivia and Brazil, Australia and Antarctica, Poland and Peru — what would it look like? In today’s talk over at TED.com, ecologist Eric Berlow and physicist Sean Gourley let us know.

The big data-obsessed pair took the entire archive of TEDx Talks — over 20,000 ideas worth spreading — and built algorithms to transform them into an visual ecosystem of global ideas.

Check out some of their visualizations above, which transform TEDx Talks into tiny, colorful dots — forming constellations of the ideas, issues, and concepts that come together to create conversation and transform communities. Below, their talk:

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