Using Data to Tell a Story – RIP Hans Rosling

I caught this on the BBC News Website as part of a tribute to Hans Rosling, the Swedish statistician who died today. I hadn’t come across his work before.

I love the way Rosling visualises data to tell a compelling story – it’s a perfect example of where statistics and story can meet and it’s particularly relevant to today’s post fact, alternative truth, world.

In this case, he’s talking about the remarkable progress we’ve made in both wealth and life expectancy across the globe during the last 200 years. I’ve talked before about this, but Hans tells the story far better than I ever could.

The next time anyone – either from the left or the right – tells you that 2016 was the worst year ever and that we are all going to hell in a handcart, show them the video below.



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