How the growing global economy will impact the future

Dr. Hans Rosling is a master at converting data into interactive graphics to visualize world development stats. In his video, 200 years, 200 countries, 4 minutes he explains the economic history of the world over the last 200 years. Excerpt from his video lecture Asia Rising..How and When forecasts when the standard of living in India and China will approach that of the United States. Mr. John Klipfell explains the meaning for students. (15 min)

Gapminder is a non-profit venture – a modern "museum" on the Internet – promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. It was founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 2002 by Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Hans Rosling.

Gapminder's initial activity was to pursue the development of the Trendalyzer software. Trendalyzer sought to unveil the beauty of statistical time series by converting boring numbers into enjoyable, animated and interactive graphics. The current version of Trendalyzer is available since March 2006 as Gapminder World, a web-service displaying time series of development statistics for all countries.

In March 2007, Google acquired Trendalyzer from the Gapminder Foundation and the team of developers who formerly worked for Gapminder joined Google in California in April 2007.

Gapminder's work currently includes: Keeping its tools' statistical content up-to-date and making time series freely available in Gapminder World and Gapminder Countries, and, producing videos, Flash presentations and PDF charts showing major global development trends with animated statistics in colorful graphics. All with the intention of being a "fact tank" that promotes a fact based world view.

Link to Gapminder website:

Link to the YouTube video "200 years, 200 countries, 4 minutes – The Joy of Stats" which is included in this segment: View The Video (Over 6 million people have already listened to this video.)

Link to the video "Asia's rise – how and when." While because of its length, we could only include excerpts from this video in this segment, we encourage you to listen to the complete video at: View The Video (Over 1.4 million people have listened to this video.)

About The Presenter:
Dr. Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health, Karolinska Institute

Dr. Rosling is a Swedish medical doctor, academic, statistician and public speaker. He is Professor of International Health at the Karolinska Institute in Solna, Sweden and co-founder and chairman of the Gapminder Foundation, which developed the Trendalyzer software system.

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