Thursday, March 08, 2007

Power of visualization: Debunking Myths about the Developing World

Debunking Myths about the Developing World

With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, Prof. Hans Rosling uses software from Gapminder debunks a few myths about the "developing" world. This global health visionary has discovered a powerful new way to communicate complex data about the world; his remarkable interactive graphs help deliver profound insights about global trends and will change forever the way you think about "us" and "them." Rosling is professor of international health at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder, a nonprofit that brings vital global data to life. (Recorded February 2006 in Monterey, CA.) More TEDTalks at

I just loved this video. It shows the power of visualization and how data are meaningless till someone articulates them in a compelling manner. (Hat tip: Cafe Hayek, one of my favorite blogs.)

If you loved the video, you will love playing with the tool that Hans uses even more. Its available at - a collaboration between Google and

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