Our project was inspired, and derives its name, from an idea known as the Overview Effect. This term refers to the sensation astronauts have when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole. 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 is needed to sustain a safe and healthy planet.
As a result, the Overviews (what we call these images) focus 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 capture 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 hobby 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. Benjamin oversees all creative efforts at Daily Overview and is grateful for the opportunities he has to share the story of this project at speaking engagements and exhibitions.
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.
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