How not to be ignorant about the world

In this TED Talk Hans Rosling presents the results of our public surveys that shows that people don’t know key aspects of global development. And Ola Rosling shows that this has nothing to do with intelligence. It’s a problem of factual knowledge. Facts don’t come naturally. Drama and opinions do. Factual knowledge has to be learned. So Ola teachers 4 rules of thumb for not being ignorant about the world.

Minorities and global health

Helena Nordenstedt presents the Global Health Framework, which can help you to understand how income is related to health. Basically, low income countries tend to have a lower life expectancy than countries in higher income levels.

She shows that minority groups within countries (in all income levels) generally have a lower life expectancy than the rest of the population, but as the countries get richer and healthier, the health of the minorities also improve.

She also shows that there is no minority group in middle income and high income countries that has a life expectancy lower than the average in poor countries.

 

Everyone lives on Dollar Street

Imagine all people in the World lived along one long street. And imagine all houses were sorted by income. The poorest to the left. The richest to the right. What would it look like, and where would you live?

Back in 2003 Anna got obsessed with the idea of making such systematic photo documentation of all common items from homes all over the world, to see what everyday life looks like, with different incomes. Her project launched in 2016 with more than 300 homes from 52 different countries documented. Anna was then invited to present it at TED in Vancouver in April 2017, and now you can watch her talk here. (Or scroll down to see how you can contribute to this unique free image bank, by adding more homes from more countries).

 

Even if we have 300+ families documented, we want more. Dollar Street is a one of a kind image bank of everyday life across the world. It uses photos as data to show what life looks like on all different income levels. If you like to contribute with more homes, please contact [email protected]  (All images are free to use, under Creative Common License CC BY 4.0.).

Using photos as data to understand how people live

Dollar Street is the brainchild of Anna Rosling where she uses photos as data to make everyday life on different income all over the World easy to understand! It is a free website with 300+ homes from 52 countries ordered by income. Imagine all people in the World lived on the same street, the poorest to the left and the richest to the right. Where would you live?

Do you want better coverage in your country? Welcome to add your home to the street – you can find the resources here.

Don’t Panic — End Poverty

Hans Rosling asks: Has the UN gone mad?

The United Nations just announced their boldest goal ever: To eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, already by 2030.

Looking at the realities of extremely poor people the goal seems impossible. The rains didn’t fall in Malawi this year. The poor farmers Dunstar & Jenet, gather a tiny maize harvest in a small pile on the ground outside their mud hut. But Dunstar & Jenet know exactly what they need to break the vicious circle of poverty. And Hans Rosling shows how billions of people have already managed. This year’s “hunger season” may very well be Dunster’s & Jenet’s last.

Up-to-date statistics show that recent global progress is ‘the greatest story of our time – possibly the greatest story in all of human history. The goal seems unrealistic to many highly educated people because their worldview is lagging 60 years behind reality.

About the film

The visualizations are based on original graphics and stories by Gapminder. The data sources are listed here.

The Dollar Street project, featured in this film, will launch later this year.
Learn more and stay tuned here.

This film follows the previous award-winning BBC productions Don’t Panic – The Facts About Population and The Joy Of Stats.

The film was produced by Wingspan Productions and broadcasted on BBC TWO on September 23, 2015. Director & Producer: Dan Hillman. Executive Producer: Archie Baron. ©Wingspan Productions for BBC, 2015.

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Demographic Party Trick 1 – Hans Rosling & Bill Gates

Explaining the global vaccination programs is NOT a party-killer! It’s a Party Trick!

About
This is Party Trick #1 in a series of Demographic Party Tricks, produced by the Gapminder Foundation: A Swedish Non-Profit promoting a fact-based worldview.

In this film Hans asks the question — What percent of children get the basic vaccines? In our Global Ignorance Project we found that the majority of people in Sweden & US don’t know the fact that most children in the world get the basic vaccines.

Learn about the World Immunization Week here:
http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2014/en/

Read more about our Ignorance Surveys here: //www.gapminder.org/ignorance/

DATA SOURCE
World Health Organization
http://www.who.int/immunization/monitoring_surveillance/en/

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Don’t Panic – The Facts About Population

The world might not be as bad as you might believe!

“Don’t Panic” is a one-hour long documentary produced by Wingspan Productions and broadcasted on BBC on the 7th of November 2013.

The visualizations are based on original graphics and stories by Gapminder and the underlaying data-sources are listed here. Hans presents some results from our UK Ignorance Survey described here.

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About the film

This is a free documentary for a fact-based worldview. The visualizations & stories in this film were originally developed by Gapminder. The data-sources are listed here.
It was first broadcasted on BBC on 7th of November 2013.
Director & Producer: Dan Hillman. Executive Producer: Archie Baron. ©Wingspan Productions for BBC, 2013.

The River of Myths

The River of Myths

Hans Rosling is debunking the River of Myths about the developing world. By measuring the progress in the once labeled “developing countries”, preventable child mortality can be history by the year 2030.

Religions and babies

About the video:

Is there a relation between religion, sex and the number of babies per woman? In this TED talk from Doha, Qatar, Hans Rosling discusses this delicate topic and explains the main reason why the world population will increase with another 3 billion people.
The chart in the presentation is available here.

Hans Rosling and the magic washing machine

About the video

What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading.

The Joy of Stats

About the video

Hans Rosling says there’s nothing boring about stats, and then goes on to prove it. A one-hour long documentary produced by Wingspan Productions and broadcast by BBC, 2010. A DVD is available to order from Wingspan Productions. Director & Producer; Dan Hillman, Executive Producer: Archie Baron. ©Wingspan Productions for BBC, 2010

200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

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Instead of studying history for one year at the university, you can watch this video for less than five minutes.
Income per person (GDP per capita) is adjusted for inflation and for differences in costs of living (purchasing power) across countries. You can play with the data yourself in Gapminder World.
This is a short clip from the longer film The Joy of Stats ©Wingspan Productions for BBC, 2010.
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Reducing child mortality – a moral and environmental imperative

About this video

On September 20, 2010, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and TED co-hosted TEDxChange, an event reflecting on the progress made against the Millennium Development Goals.

On the basis of the most recent data on child mortality, Hans Rosling showed how countries like Kenya and Ghana are now reducing child mortality at an accelerating speed – “Time has come to stop talking about Sub-Saharan Africa as one place”.
He also shows the strong correlation between reducing child mortality and decreasing family size and questions why Singapore, South Korea, Chile, & Qatar are labeled “developing countries” in a recent UNICEF report.

Interactive graph: Relation between Child mortality and Family size

TED and Reddit’s 10 questions

About the Interview

In a cooperation between the internet community Reddit and TED,Reddit users got to put their questions to Hans Rosling. In this video response he answers the top 10 questions with explaining graphs.

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The original TED-blog post »

The 10 questions:

1. What is your min is the number one lesson to be learned from your way of looking at data; what ought our governments do that they are not doing.
/numberwang

2. If you could present your stats to a panel of any five people in the world, who would you chosse and why?
/reubensandwich

3. In my experience, people do not understand statistics and will never change their opinion based on statistics, I would like to ask if you agree.
/universalsprout

4. What are the most startling or intriguing correlation you have encountered while playing with different values on the the x and y axis at gapminder.org.
/rugs729

5. What do you think of the state of statistics education in high school and colleges?
/kunjaan

6. Would you be willing to help the WhiteHouse present the Healthcare budget in such a way as to make it easier for the average person to understand the value of a public option or single payer plan?
/gerskerski

7. Do you think CUDA is an important step in the path of better and richer visualizations of data?
/playeren

8. What are your future plans for Gapminder?
/papper

9. What can bra done to encourage governments and international organizations to more actively and effectively collect and publish vital statistics?
/bordergroves

10a. But how do you recommend that I or we help the “bottom billion”? I’m wondering about practical ways the “top billion” can assist the “bottom billion” with small units of organizations.
/Phatlikebuddha

10b. What’s it like knowing so many on reedit have intense nerd crushes on you?
/Stranger2love

Let my dataset change your mindset


About this talk:
In the talk at the US State Department in the summer of 2009, Hans  Rosling showed the overall global trends in health and income over the last 200 years, the development of the HIV/AIDS-epidemic and how China is catching up on the richest countries.

It was also the 500th TED-talk of all times.


From TED:s webpage:
Talking at the US State Department this summer, Hans Rosling uses his fascinating data-bubble software to burst myths about the developing world. Look for new analysis on China and the post-bailout world, mixed with classic data shows.


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