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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.

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

Population growth explained with IKEA boxes

About the video

Explaining population growth requires simplification, but not oversimplification.
In this TED video, Hans Rosling explains why ending poverty – over the coming decades – is crucial to stop population growth. Only by raising the living standards of the poorest, in an environmentally-friendly way, will population growth stop at 9 billion people in 2050.

Rosling’s World – a documentary about Hans Rosling

About the Documentary

A 55-minute documentary about Hans Rosling’s life & thoughts. Hans Rosling is a professor in international health. His presentations on global development evokes laughter, rejoice and reflections. He wants everyone to question their prejudices about the world – as he himself has needed to do. A documentary by Pär Fjällström, SVT.

(With subtitles in English)

Free statistics for democracy

About this video:
In a democracy, decision making is ultimately made by the people, therefore statistics cannot only be the bookkeeping of the state. It must be understood and used by many.

The video was produced by Health Metric Network, and shoot during a talk at the Prince Mahidol Award conference in Bangkok, January 2010.

Open Lecture with Hans Rosling (in Swedish)

Monday 23 November, Hans Rosling will give an open lecture at Uppsala University. The title of the lecture is “Civil War, Aid, Competition and Latte – a fact based view on four types of countries”.

The lecture is given in Swedish and moderated by the science journalist Jan-Olov Johansson

Date: Monday 23 November, 2009
Time: 19:00 – 20:00
Location: Lecture room X in the University building

Read the university’s add in Swedish

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.

Join the discussions at Reddit.com »
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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Open lecture with Hans Rosling (in Swedish)

Note: Date already passed. On Tuesday, 8 September, Hans Rosling will give an open lecture at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. The lecture will be in Swedish and the title is “Blir världen bättre?” – (Is the world becoming a better place?).

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