The video is a bit old, but it still is contagious, if you doubt me, try watching it without smiling a little. It’s hilarious to see Hans, an older Swedish man, getting so excited about numbers, well not so much numbers as what they tell us especially when they are portrayed in a visual manner. It simply is great.
I find gapminder to be a fabulous tool to help communicate with others as it helps us see the change over time. It helps us remember that we are making improvements in poverty reduction and many of the millennium development goals and yet there is still more to do. In fact, it is such a great tool that Google decided to buy it, which often means you are on to something…
And at the end of the day, I’d much rather watch coloured circles move while they expand and contract than stare at a spreadsheet of numbers any day of the week!
Watch the video and enjoy!