Christian Long

Hans Rosling: New Insights on Poverty

In TED Talks on May 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Reflection by KATHERINE H.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Hans Rosling:  New Insights on Poverty

Hans Rosling uses his modern data tools to emphasize the causes, effects, and reparations to the economies of the world.

Hans makes it clear that so many people are ignorant in grouping African colonies into one economic entity. Each country possesses differences, not only including weaknesses but also strengths such as one may think. This began long ago with African enslavement, foreigners pillaging, and excretion of resources by foreigners. The Scramble for Africa by the European countries is just one extreme example, a majority of Africa’s land was colonized by Europeans. The African people’s land was just being shuffled around by foreign powers, it is just Africa to them; not Chile, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, etc. each with its own culture, and strengths. Hans informs us of our many misconceptions as well as solutions and hope to bring our global poverty to end.

Although he speaks of the misconceptions, he actually states that even the African countries can achieve this.

I’m not exactly sure what this means, but personally I’d perceive it as a degradation of the African countries. He speaks of industrial and development countries overpowering the mindset of society and government hindering the downfall of poverty. He does not say they are necessarily negative, though he specifies that everything must be in moderation in order to balance necessities for a successful government.

By using his data tools, he is able to arrange what numbers and statistics he wants to show on the chart. While the bubble chart was a bit confusing through the video, the ideas were still very understandable and the hope and confidence in economic reparation was remarkable. A topic that I believe would fit nicely with this video is food production versus population need:

This is a topic that plagues the world every second and has for as long as societies have existed. Hans Rosling’s ideas for economic reformation and success may be key to a successful global economy.


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