Daily Overview was inspired by, and derives its name from, an idea known as the Overview Effect. This term refers to the sensation that astronauts experience when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth from outer space. They have the chance to appreciate our home in its entirety, to reflect on its beauty and its fragility all at once. That’s the cognitive shift that we hope to inspire.
From our line of sight on the earth's surface, it’s impossible to fully appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things we’ve constructed, the sheer complexity of the systems we’ve developed, or the devastating impact that we’ve had on our planet. We believe that beholding these forces as they shape our Earth is necessary to make progress in understanding who we are as a species, and what’s needed to sustain a safe and healthy planet.
As a result, the Overviews (what we call these images) focus primarily on the places and moments where human activity — for better or for worse — has shaped the landscape. Each Overview starts with a thought experiment. We consider the places where man has left his mark on the planet and then conduct the necessary research to identify locations (and the corresponding geo-coordinates) to convey that idea.
The mesmerizing flatness seen from this vantage point, the surprising comfort of systematic organization on a massive scale, or the vibrant colors that we highlight will hopefully turn your head. However, once we have that attention, we hope you will go beyond the aesthetics, contemplate just exactly what it is that you're seeing, and consider what that means for our planet.
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Benjamin founded Daily Overview in December 2013 as a passion project on the side of his consulting job. A friend had shared a video with him about the Overview Effect, which inspired him to bring that experience to as many people as possible. His best-selling book OVERVIEW has been critically-acclaimed by the New York Times, The Economist, and was selected as one of the "Best Books of 2016" by Amazon and the Los Angeles Times. The book has been translated into seven languages so far. Ben oversees all creative efforts at Daily Overview and is currently working on a children's adaptation of his first book.
Tim joined Daily Overview in 2016 and focuses on our partnerships and content strategy. His primary goal is to make sure our collaborative efforts and everything we produce is aligned with the Daily Overview mission. He also manages our Printshop operations and image licensing opportunities with corporate customers. Tim attended Georgetown University where he studied finance in the McDonough School of Business as well as Science, Technology, and International Affairs at the School of Foreign Service. In addition to his role at Daily Overview, Tim works in Operations at Marine Layer - a clothing company based out of San Francisco.
Eli joined Daily Overview in 2018 and manages our online community. He also supports the content team’s research, production, and writes many of the descriptions for our new Overviews. Eli attended Cazenovia College, where he earned a degree in International Studies and a minor in journalism. In addition to his role at Daily Overview, Eli works as the Communications Coordinator at a nonprofit health planning agency in northern New York. If you're interested in collaborating with us for a social media feature or to license content for your publication, you can send Eli an email directly with the link below.
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