Friday, June 26, 2009

give me 20 minutes and the world will look different

I'm a student and teacher of development economics. The problem with that subject, as with so many others, is not ignorance but knowing so much that isn't so.

Rather than relying on what someone told us, a fact-based view of the world may be helpful. But only if you're into reality....

Please take 20 minutes, watch the video below, and your view of the world will change. (If you only have less than five minutes, the second video is good but not as informative, and certainly not as much fun as the first.)



You can play with the graphs yourself at Gapminder World.

Short attention span? A more recent and shorter version, but not as much fun:



Be blessed!
RB

3 comments:

Darlene Sinclair said...

That was great. One question? What's with the portraits on the side? Judy Garland? And some long-hair dude? Hmmm...

RB said...

This was just one of many talks on many different topics at a TED conference (ted.com). The photos are just decorations. Having nothing to do with this particular presentation.

RB said...

My guess on the guy with hair is Isaac Newton.