Thursday, July 05, 2007

Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths (TED 2006) and Insights on Poverty (TED 2007)

I just came across an impressive twenty minute presentation at TED 2006 by Hans Rosling, co-founder of the GapMinder Foundation.

He deftly uses his Trendalyzer software (recently acquired by Google) to present basic truths about the state of health, inequality, gdp per capita between and within countries over the past decades. Viewed from that time span, conditions do seem to be getting better.

For the more recent TED 2007, Rosling returns with an equally enlightening nineteen minute presentation, using longer timescales and ends with an impressive demo. (The Philippines gets special mention at 5:01.)

If you want to get the big picture when it comes to economic and human development, the videos are worth watching.



Cocoy said...


yes. saw that the other night.

"The Philippines today has almost the same economy as the United States during the first world war" ;)

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cvj said...

Hi Cocoy, the quality of the TED talk series is truly impressive. Now i can appreciate why you feature them from time to time.

Hi Carlo, thanks for the link as well as the invite!