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Seminars on Economics - Myths about the developing world

Seminar 3 - Myths about the developing world

Hans Rosling is a professor of global health at Sweden's Karolinska Institute. His current work focuses on dispelling common myths about the so-called developing world, which (he points out) is no longer worlds away from the west. In fact, most of the third world is on the same trajectory toward health and prosperity, and many countries are moving twice as fast as the west did. In this presentation, he is able to dramatically use statistics to support his arguments.

What sets Rosling apart isn't just his apt observations of broad social and economic trends, but the stunning way he presents them. Guaranteed: You've never seen data presented like this. By any logic, a presentation that tracks global health and poverty trends should be, in a word: boring. But in Rosling's hands, data sings. Trends come to life. And the big picture - usually hazy at best - snaps into sharp focus.

Rosling's presentations are grounded in solid statistics (often drawn from United Nations data), illustrated by the visualization software he developed. The animations transform development statistics into moving bubbles and flowing curves that make global trends clear, intuitive and even playful. During his legendary presentations, Rosling takes this one step farther, narrating the animations with a sportscaster's flair.

Prof. Hans Rosling
Hans Rosling shows the best stats you've ever seen
(TEDTalks)
http://www.ted.com
Date accessed: 2009-12-01
License: Creative commons BY-NC-ND

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