Anna shows innovative ways of teaching stats in Kyoto

Photo by Amy Hogan – @alittlestats 

Anna Rosling Rönnlund wants to make sure everybody can understand how the world actually looks like, beyond stereotypes and prejudices.  Passionate about the visual side of data, she always makes sure that the educational resources created by Gapminder are easy to use and easy to understand!

At the 10th International Conference on Teaching Statistics, Anna showed how Gapminder educates the public all over the globe about the state of the world with statistics. She showed how most people in the richest countries have a very skewed worldview, and then explained that this is due to our dramatic instincts, which are presented in the Factfulness book.

Anna showed the 10 Rules of Thumb, that allows us to overcome our dramatic instincts and open our eyes to what the statistics show: the world is not divided in two, things are getting better (it can be bad, but better!) and the world population is expected to stabilise by the end of the century.


Educators, statistics students, statisticians (and other people who don’t necessarily love numbers) learned about Gapminder’s innovative ways of showing data. They can now create new knowledge and tools that will help mankind to:

1. Explore and learn quantitative information in a non-mathematical way – Like Anna does with– a tool that she created to show photo as data.

2. Understand that country stereotypes are not correct: variation across the world is more based on income than on other factors.

3. Discover that unlike many people think, the world is not divided in two. People normally see only the extremes, but it’s normally more important to highlight the entire distribution.


Anna’s focus is always the big picture as she knows that what you see is what you understand! 

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