First Newsroom becoming Gapminder Certified

Announcement: Today the team behind SVT Rapport is the first newsroom in the world to get the Gapminder Global Fact Certificate!

On September 14, 2017, we visited SVT Rapport, a newsroom of SVT, the Swedish national public TV broadcaster, which is one of the most trusted news sources in Sweden. We tested their core team of 15 people with fact questions about the state of the world. They didn’t score terribly bad, but just like most people (including journalists) they got most of our questions wrong. We lectured to them for an hour about the state of the world, and upgraded their worldview. Then we tested them with the Gapminder Test and then they scored 100% correct. And that makes them deserve the Gapmidner Team Certificate.  Gapminder can now guarantee that the newsroom SVT Rapport have essential global knowledge that most people are missing. Dear Swedes! Next time you watch Rapport, you can feel safe: You’re not listening to a reporter with an overdramatic worldview.

This is the first announcement of a Gapminder Team Certificate, which will become one of our most important strategies to fight devastating misconceptions at workplaces. In this way we can guarantee that teams of professional are up to date with the state of the world they work in. We can know for sure that people are not just enjoying an entertaining presentation, but actually learn form our lectures.

If you want your team to get a certificate, please contact us at: [email protected]

Or stay tuned about this new strategy by following us on Facebook or Twitter where we will keep posting about this project.

Happy birthday Dollar Street!

Happy Birthday Dollar Street 1st Year

Today is Dollar Street’s first birthday. And what a year it has been!

Dollar Street has grown from 160 to more than 260 homes.

And it is now available in English, Spanish and Swedish!

Our mission has been to show how people around the world really live. And Dollar Street has received an overwhelming response! A lot of teachers, public speakers, researchers and students have used Dollar Street to better understand how people eat, brush their teeth and sleep on different income levels across the globe. Country stereotypes have simply fallen apart in front of our eyes; at the same income level, there are a lot of similarities in how people live, independently of their culture or religion.

Thanks to our Dollar Street photographer, we now have 100 new homes; a total of 260 homes in 50 countries, from the hills of Peru in South America, to the furthest Islands of Papua New Guinea along the Pacific Ocean.

Guispe de Tenori's Family, Peru

Guispe de Tenori’s, Peru
Geenkai's family, Papua New Guinea

Geenkai’s, Papua New Guinea

Our goal is to have at least 10 homes per country. Volunteer with your home or become a Dollar Street photographer (just like these fantastic folks). Or maybe you prefer to help translating Dollar Street to more languages? Welcome to join us! Please sign up here.

This year Dollar Street has been travelling the world. It has been presented in classrooms and at meetings and conferences in several countries including Sweden, Spain, U.S., Austria, South Africa, Canada and Germany. Some other highlights are articles in Business Insider, Fast Company and BuzzFeed and winning the Fast Company World Changing Ideas Award (category: Photography and Visualization). Last but not least, Dollar Street made it to TED! The TED Talk is coming out soon, stay tuned!

Finally, we would send our warmest hugs to all the families who generously welcomed us into their homes. Without you there would be no Dollar Street! Thank you!

Now, for the coming years, let’s make Dollar Street even better. Together.

Yours sincerely,

Dollar Street Logo

Anna & the Dollar Street team

The U.N. Population Award 2017 is also to you

The U.N Secretary General signed the beautiful diploma below for Hans, with a wonderful motivation that truly captures Hans’ dedication. It was a great honor for me to visit U.N. headquarters last week to receive the prize on Hans’s behalf. I thanked the committee for choosing Hans, but I also expressed Hans’ thankfulness to all of You who supported him during the past decades. This award is also to You!

To carry Hans’ legacy forward, at the award ceremony, I did what Hans would have done. I took the chance to teach. The slides I used are downloadable here among our many other free slideshows. Please take them and use them!

To all of you who loved Hans’ excitement for enlightenment, it’s time for you to take responsibility. Please help us carry Hans’ legacy forward into the next decade. Download Gapminder’s free slides and tools, and promote a fact-based worldview to everyone you meet all the time. With your support, Gapminder could potentially win even more U.N. Prizes in the future! 😉

Thanks!

Ola Rosling, President of the Gapminder Foundation

(More photos from the ceremony are further down the page).

Motivation:

“In recognition of the power of his intellect and influence for human understanding and progress; his dedication and unwavering commitment to public health, population dynamics and the eradication of poverty for over three decades; his remarkable quest and success in promoting increased use of data and a better fact-based understanding of the world communicated with his personal wit and humour through a wide range of publications, documentaries and educational videos, and above all, the iconic infographics: Trendalyzer developed by the Gapminder foundation he co-founded to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends from international statistics; his enthusiastic investigation of a rare and previously unrecognised paralytic disease and its cause; for pioneering health research collaborations with universities; and for his sterling leadership in championing international cooperation in health.”

 


Beware TOTAL emission! Use per capita!

As Hans showed in the film Don’t Panic, the richest billion people emits the double amount of CO2, compared to the second richest.

The richest countries don’t like this fact, because it shows who must start cutting CO2 most urgently!

It’s us. It’s not them!

U.S. and other high income countries, instead like to compare total emission, which makes the Chinese and the other large middle income countries, seem more guilty.

But I think the World Bank should avoid this game. The Bank’s front page today, is depicting the total emission of Upper middle income and comparing it to High income.

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But come on! It’s unfair. They are more people. Look at the huge difference in population size:

  • Upper middle income: 2.6 Billion people
  • High income: 1.2 Billion people

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No surprise that Upper middle income emits more CO2. They have more than twice the population of High income.

I think the World Bank should promote this chart instead:

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It’s interesting to notice that CO2 per capita has been flat in High income for several decades. Some of it is because the increased consumption is covered by imports from Upper middle income. Industries have moved to China and elsewhere, where increasing amount of CO2 has is emitted while producing products that are still consumed on High income. It gives the impression that the way of life in Upper middle income trend, is emitting more and more CO2. But the consumption often doesn’t happen where the CO2 is emitted.

🙂 Ola Rosling

The Gapminder Effect has been measured!

It works!

Right now, the media attention around “fact resistance” makes it seem like it increases. But do we really know? To know such things we must measure it, and to our knowledge nobody has done that.

Six years ago we realized we didn’t know if our presentations had any effect. So we started measuring knowledge. After all Hans’ appearances in media and TED talks, he expected that people would know the facts that he had been repeating. In 2013 we asked a set of knowledge questions to the public in Sweden, only to find that their ignorance of basic global facts was huge.

Only 8% knew that the majority of children get basic vaccines.
Only 23% knew that the global poverty rate has been halved during the last two decades.
Those were multiple choice questions, A, B or C. And a chimpanzees would get 33% correct answers, just by picking randomly.
We were very disappointed.

This year in February, the same month Hans passed away, we asked a new battery of questions. The 2017 results were announced two weeks ago. And to our great relief, they were much better! The Swedish public had improved from 8% to 27% on the vaccination question.

On the poverty trend questions, they were even better than the chimpanzees! That has never happened in Sweden before! Congratulations.

Now we wondered: Was this really thanks to us? So during the last two weeks we have made a follow up study. If only Hans could have seen these results!

The people who picked the correct answer, got a follow up question. “Do you remember from where you got this knowledge?”

We gave them an open answer field to write whatever came to their mind. So we didn’t trick them. This word cloud shows word sizes by their frequency.

46% of the people who answered correctly, attributed their knowledge to “Rosling” or “Gapminder”. We call it the Gapminder effect!

Our conclusion is: It works! We should just continue doing what we have been doing for 18 years, and spread a fact-based worldview, the way we do it.

Please grab our slides, tools and exam questions, and help more people learn the basic global facts!

🙂 Ola Rosling

A fact-based worldview for all

– Free tools, videos, slideshows and more!

We live in a globalized world, not only in terms of trade and migration. More people than ever care about global development. But most people have severe misconceptions about contemporary global development. We know, because we have tested people’s knowledge. One of the main reasons for this is that students don’t learn to understand the world based on statistics and facts. Instead, we have a dramatic worldview formed by outdated school books and sensationalist news-stories. People intuitively believe that most things are getting worse. The dramatic worldview leads to irrational decisions by individuals, nonprofits, governments and business.
For the first time in human history reliable statistics exist. There’s data for almost every aspect of global development. The data shows a very different picture: a world where most things improve; a world that is not divided; and a world where the fast population growth will soon be over. The world has never been less bad. But that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.

This dramatic worldview has to be dismantled, because it is stressful and wrong. It leads to bad focus and bad decisions. Facts don’t come naturally. Drama and opinions do. Factual knowledge has to be learned. Thanks to a grant from IKEA Foundation 2013-2016 it has been possible for Gapminder to develop and spread teaching material.

To decide what materials to create, we started by measuring what people know and don’t know about the world. The idea was to focus on the least-known facts. Unfortunately our surveys did not make it easier to prioritize. People had preconceived ideas about the World that made them score worse than random on most of the questions!

We soon realised that the teaching material we had planned wouldn’t be enough. Worst of all: people were ignorant about their ignorance. They thought they already knew the basics about the World so they had no incentives to (re)learn. We had to start by making people humble and aware about their own ignorance before we could teach them successfully. Initially we got overwhelmed when we realized the enormous size of the problem. We had stumbled upon something bigger and more important that we had initially thought. We are now even more excited to work on it! We realised we needed to team up with real teachers to reach maximum impact.

Instead of wasting our time blaming the media or condemning the human brain, Gapminder tackles the dramatic worldview by developing free teaching material. The goal is to dismantle misconceptions and promote a fact-based worldview. For the last 5 years the Gapminder School project has focused on exactly that: creating and spreading data visualizations, videos, slideshows, posters and other educational material for students to get a consistent and fact-based worldview.

Gapminder Tools (gapminder.org/tools) let you compare hundreds of indicators and understand the health and wealth of all nations. It works on desktops, tablets and mobile phones.

Gapminder tools makes it possible to see the data as bubbles, lines, mountains, ranks and maps.

We created a series of 90-second videos to answer basic questions about the world (gapminder.org/answers).

 

We also created free slideshows and posters, that anyone can download (gapminder.org/downloads) and easily modify, copy, use however they want to help the facts about our changing world to reach more people.

 

Reliable global statistics exists for nearly every aspect of global development. And we are working to transform this numbers into public understanding. We haven’t finished this task yet, we still have much more to do! All Gapminder School material is freely available under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

Results for the Swedish Public on the ‘Gapminder Test 2017’

We asked the Swedish public 12 questions about the the world: those are basic global facts you need to know to start building a fact-based worldview.

Check the questions and results below! You can also see the complete report here.

1. In the last 20 years the proportion of people living in extreme poverty, worldwide, has…?
A. Almost doubled
B. Remained more or less the same
C. Almost halved

Correct answer: Almost halved
Source: World Bank

 

2. How many of the world’s 1-year-old children today have been vaccinated against some disease?
A. 80%
B. 50%
C. 20%

Correct answer: 80%

Source: WHO & UNICEF

 

 

3. How did the number of deaths per year from natural disasters change over the last hundred years?
A. More than doubled
B. Remained more or less the same
C. Decreased to less than half

Correct answer: Decreased to less than half

Source: OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database

 

4. Of all people in the world today, the majority live in:
A. Low income countries
B. Middle income countries
C. High income countries

Correct answer: Middle income countries
Source: World Bank Population Data

 

5. Worldwide, 30 year old men have spent 10 years in school, on average. How many years have women of the same age spent in school?
A. 9 years
B. 6 years
C. 3 years

Correct answer: 9 years
Source: IHME Global Educational Attainment

 

6. There are roughly seven billion people in the world today. Which map shows where people live? (Each figure represents 1 billion people.)

 

Correct: A
Source: Based on 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects

 

7. The United Nations predicts that by 2100 the world population will have increased by another 4 billion people. What is the main reason?
A. There will be more children
B. There will be more adults
C. There will be more very old people

 

Correct answer: There will be more adults
Source: 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects

 

8. In all low income countries across the world today, how many girls finish primary school?
A. 20%
B. 40%
C. 60%

Correct answer: 60%
Source: UNESCO

 

9. There are two billion children in the world today, aged 0 to 15 years old. How many children will there be in the year 2100 according to the United Nations?
A. 4 billion
B. 3 billion
C. 2 billion

Correct answer: 2 billion
Source: 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects

 

10. The global climate experts believe that, over the next 100 years, the average temperature will:
A. Get warmer
B. Remain the same
C. Get colder

Correct answer: Get warmer
Source: IPCC

 

11. How many people in the world have some access to electricity?
A. 20%
B. 50%
C. 80%

Correct answer: 80%
Source: Global Electrification database

 

12. What is the life expectancy of the world population?
A. 50 years
B. 60 years
C. 70 years

Correct answer: 70 years
Source: WHO

The Way Forward 1: The Hans Rosling Generation

Under “The Way Forward” we will publish posts from former students and colleagues of Hans Rosling, on how to take his work with providing a fact-based worldview forward.

We are a generation of students who grew up with Hans Rosling as our teacher, our moral compass and most of all our role model.

Hans Rosling has inspired students across the globe. For many of us, he was the major reason to our choice of study, our interest and engagement in global health, our many hours of late night studying. As students at Karolinska, we were especially privileged to have Hans as our teacher. His presence at Campus was a persistent source of inspiration. Constantly busy and on the move, our energetic and enthusiastic professor always took the time to listen to us, encourage us and try to give us answers to our questions (the most difficult as well as simple ones). He had a very rare way of making us feel important and significant as students.

Hans Rosling inspired and empowered a whole generation of young Global Health leaders. With a toilet roll he could explain the most complex issues and make our rapidly changing world comprehensible. By providing us with tools in his ever optimistic manner, he appeased us when the world went chaotic and he gave us faith when the world seemed to be getting darker.

Hans used to make a point out of the fact that students, and people in general, would get less correct answers on his quizzes than chimpanzees. The Hans Rosling Generation has changed that. Aside from the fact-based worldview, he taught us to always be updated, to think before we act and to constantly reevaluate the world around us. He also taught us to speak the truth and to always act responsibly, with compassion, kindness and understanding. Thanks to Hans, we are a generation of interconnected students and our classroom is the world.

Thank you Hans for the privilege of growing up with your worldview as our compass. We promise to honour your legacy of all that you have taught and given us.

Daniel Hellden, Caroline Olsson, Giulia Gaudenzi‎, Linus Kullänger, Magnus Winther and Emelie Looft
Students at Karolinska Institutet

Hans would have loved reading this after his death

Thousands and thousands of wonderful words have been written about my father during the last days. I knew he was popular. But I didn’t expect this avalanche of comforting condolences. Thanks a million everyone!

All the stories have been wonderful, but last night one article made my jaw drop. While scrolling down the page I kept thinking: Hans would have loved reading this after his death!

The article was called “This is how we let Hans Rosling rest in peace”. It was written in Swedish, by someone I’d never heard of. How could this person know my father so well? Was he a close friend of Hans, whom I had never met? How could he express with such precision what my father was thinking, and feeling?

After I woke up this morning I couldn’t resist calling the author, Peter Fällmar Andersson, who answered with a humble voice. He told me he had interviewed Hans only ones. Hans had mainly used the time to explain why he refused being categorised as an optimist. In addition to that, Peter only had access to the same free online material as everyone else.

Peter, you must be a very good listener! Many people didn’t hear what Hans was saying. And you must be a very good writer. Hans never managed to express his frustration as clearly as you do. The frustration of being fame, but not being listened to. And then you convey what Hans wanted everyone to hear!

Most people can not read our tribal language (as Hans usually called Swedish). So I asked Peter to translate the article.

Please read carefully:
This is how we let Hans Rosling rest in peace

Thanks Peter!
🙂 Ola Rosling

Sad to announce: Hans Rosling passed away this morning

We are extremely sad to announce that Professor Hans Rosling died this morning. Hans suffered from a pancreatic cancer which was diagnosed one year ago. He passed away early Tuesday morning, February 7, 2017, surrounded by his family in Uppsala, Sweden.

Eleven years ago, the three of us, Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling & Anna Rosling Rönnlund founded Gapminder. In 2007 Hans decided to “drop out” of university to work only 5% as professor at Karolinska Institute. That was a great decision. The 95% he worked for Gapminder made him a world famous public educator, or Edutainer as he liked to call it.

Across the world, millions of people use our tools and share our vision of a fact-based worldview that everyone can understand. We know that many will be saddened by this message. Hans is no longer alive, but he will always be with us and his dream of a fact-based worldview, we will never let die!

We kindly ask you to respect our need for privacy during this sad time of mourning. Gapminder will announce info about memorial plans later.

Stay updated on Gapminder’s twitter and facebook

— Anna R. Rönnlund & Ola Rosling, Co-founders of Gapminder

For more info, please contact Karolinska Institutet.