Why are we so ignorant and totally unaware of it?
First of all, it’s not our fault. Hans Rosling brings sexy back to the world of statistics and shines a light on the common misconceptions we share regarding the human development narrative we’ve been fed over the last 60 years. His landmark book Factfulness is a thought provoking world awareness-alarm, providing factually fresh insights for us in the 21st century.
It’s not often you find the words “celebrity” and “statistician” in the same sentence, but Hans Rosling has ensured it’s possible. Rosling passed away at the age of 68. His now famous TED Talks made Rosling a worldwide sensation, has provided inspiration for a new generation of students, scientists and leaders through uncovering the story behind data, while educating and entertaining his audiences.
In Rosling’s first TED talk in 2006, he used statistics to debunk myths of the developing world, revealing how world health and living standards are getting much, much better each day. Rosling was a professor of health in Stockholm, Sweden, where he tracked trends in global health and poverty.
Rosling called himself an “edutainer.” He was one of the rare scientists who packaged complexity into presentations people really wanted to see, over and over. To Rosling, statistics need not be boring; statistics could tell a story.
Upon hearing of Rosling’s death, friend Melinda Gates wrote on her Instagram account: “Where others saw nothing more than statistics, Hans saw the chance to tell an incredible human story about our progress against poverty and disease…A data geek through and through, he used numbers to educate us, to entertain us, and to share his special brand of big-hearted, evidence-based optimism.”
Heavily heralded by both Melinda and Bill, as a true thought leader of our times, below is a full list of all of Hans’ impressive Ted Talks; each one leaving you with waves of positive emotions in both your mind and heart, along with many true moments of AWE and a gratuitous realisation that being alive right now, is the best human’s have ever had it. Blessed