Lecture 1 –      New Insights on Poverty

                        Hans Rosling

TED2007 | March 2007 (19 minutes)


Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing. [TED]


Hans Rosling was a Swedish physician, academic, and public speaker. He was the Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute and was the co-founder and chairman of the Gapminder Foundation, which developed the Trendalyzer software system. He held presentations around the world, including several TED Talks in which he promoted the use of data to explore development issues. His posthumously published book Factfulness, coauthored with Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Ola Rosling, became an international bestseller. [Wikipedia]


Link to watch again:

http://TED.com Search on Rosling or the direct link below



Feel free to discuss this lecture with one another. Below are some discussion questions:


1 – Did you learn anything new from this lecture? (New perspectives and facts)


2 – Is our world community getting better at anything? (Health, poverty, freedoms, education)


3 – What things can we do as individuals or as a local community that affect the world community in terms of poverty?

4 – At the end of his lecture this chart was discussed. He explained that economic growth is a path to our real goals as a human society - Human Rights and Culture. What are the implications of this?


Additional video to watch and discuss:

How not to be Ignorant about the World

Hans and Ola Rosling

TED 2014, (19 minutes)