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Seminars on Economics - New insights on poverty

Seminar 4 - New insights on poverty

Prof. Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He shows what he calls the "Dollar Street" which visually compares households of varying income levels worldwide. At the end of the talk, he performs an amazing feat - emphasizing his point that the seemingly impossible is possible.

Even the most worldly and well-traveled among us will have their perspectives shifted by Hans Rosling. 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.

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's new insights on poverty
(TEDTalks)
http://www.ted.com
Date accessed: 2009-12-01
License: Creative commons BY-NC-ND

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