The Joy of Stats: Hans Rosling on World Population Health and Income

There is a rising trend of using infographics and video technology to explain very significant statistics–statistics that were often isolated to only minor appearances in public service announcements and discussions within academia. But with the rise of new media formats and data visualization technology, these statistics have the opportunity to appeal to the general audience and inform them about some very important data that explain some very important issues.

In this video, Hans Rosling explains the connection between life expectancy and income through 200 years in 200 countries using 120,000 numbers in just 4 minutes. Hans shows how the world we live in changed radically over 200 years and how this world is very different then the world most of us imagine. From the data visualizations, we see the huge disparities in income and health between countries and even within countries, as Hans demonstrates within the different provinces of China.

This video is part of a new series from BBC called, “The Joy of Stats”.

This documentary will explore various forms of data gathering and statistical analysis, such as a new application that mashes police department data with the city’s street map to show what crime is being reported street by street, house by house, in near real-time; and Google’s current efforts at the machine translation project.

It is exciting to see this new surge in data visualizations and the opportunity to explain the world that we all live in.

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Ken Robinson’s ‘Changing Education Paradigms’

Sir Ken Robinson’s Wikipedia Biography

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. He has worked with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government. ‘All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education’ (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999. He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture. He was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for its strategy to become the creative hub of South East Asia.

explore: Oasis of Peace

From website:

“Problems arise when people simply do not understand one another. At the community school in Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam—named in both Hebrew and Arabic—children learn both languages at a very young age, thus cultivating a spirit of communication and mutual understanding. The village is a true rarity, as Jews and Palestinian Arabs live together in cooperation and respect.”

Microsoft’s global initiative, Partners in Learning, Video

Partners in Learning is a global initiative designed to actively increase access to technology and improve its use in learning. Our goal is to help schools gain better access to technology, foster innovative approaches to pedagogy and teacher professional development and provide education leaders with the tools to envision, implement and manage change.

Together with our partners around the world, we are focusing on three key areas that have the greatest potential to empower students and teachers and transform education:

UN Secretary General Invites You To Participate In An Online Video Contest

I appreciate the UN’s effort to focus on digital media and the opportunities that exist to change attitudes and perspectives regarding the Millennium Development Goals. While the goals were formally adopted in 2001 by the general assembly, it helps to adapt the means and methods to reach a wider audience. Video has that potential to engage a wider audience.

Exciting New Platform for Social Change and Awareness

From the LinkTV | Website:

Link TV is launching — a digital media hub that highlights progress in reducing hunger, poverty, and disease in developing nations. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, combines powerful video stories with the latest Web technology to make videos, articles, blogs, and actions readily available to key audiences working in global development.  

At Link TV, we know that stories are powerful. They teach us lessons and shape our values. Unfortunately, when it comes to stories about foreign aid or global development, far too often the moral of the story is focused on bad news instead of hope and progress.

That is why Link TV is launching — using the latest in semantic Web technology to give you the power to change the debate. uses powerful search technology that dynamically refreshes information as the video plays, providing up-to-date links to related articles, videos, and blogs. Inspired by what you see? You can now take action — to donate to a cause or send stories directly to the media and policymakers.


Imagine the video-sharing power of YouTube, coupled with the open information of Wikipedia and the mission-driven focus of your favorite advocacy Web site: that’s Link TV’s

Objectified – The feature-length documentary

Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability. 

Through vérité footage and in-depth conversations, the film documents the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential product designers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives. What can we learn about who we are, and who we want to be, from the objects with which we surround ourselves?

Read director Gary Hustwit’s post about the filmObjectified is the second part of a three-film “design trilogy” by Gary Hustwit, details on the third film will be released soon.

Objectified had its world premiere at the SxSW Film Festival in March 2009, and is currently screening at film festivals, cinemas, and special events worldwide. The film will be available as a DVD and download soon. Join our mailing list or subscribe to our RSS feed to stay informed of new announcements.