Publically Funded & Accessible Data Can Tell Powerful Stories

29 03 2007

Hans Rosling is a man on a mission to unlock critically important data developed with public funds to help the world better understand, plan and act to improve economic, social and environmental problems. Hans is professor of international health at Sweden’s world-renowned Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder, a non-profit that brings vital global data to life with its software.

He promotes a fact-based worldview by bringing statistical story-telling to new levels. In collaboration with producers of accurate statistics that are eager to give the public free access to databases, Gapminder hopes to recruit and inspire many users of public statistics.

In 2006, Rosling appeared at the TED Conference (video), an annual event that bring the leading minds across various disciplines to discuss the critical issues of the day. His presentation was engaging, dispelled myths in population, poverty, child mortality, and showed that public health was the springboard for wealth accumulation and growth among the less developed countries. His story also reminds us that action plans must be highly contextual (aka local) not simply regional to be effective as country by country (or even within country) differences are so great.

His presentation shows how even statistics can tell engaging and powerful stories to help us plan better futures.

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