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Some concepts don’t become clear unless you see them in action.

Watch this astonishing presentation by Hans Rosling from TED 2006: "Debunking third-world myths with the best stats
you’ve ever seen"


Now you can even do it yourself with Google Motion Charts. Here’s one from Gapminder:


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  1. Patrick April 2, 2008 at 9:51 am #

    I love TED a whole lot. I am really interested in inspiring speakers. Have you ever seen Randy Pausches, “The Last Lecture” Probably my most favorite thing of all time, and the most inspiring thing.

  2. Michael E. Rubin, GasPedal April 2, 2008 at 12:10 pm #

    Completely agree. I’ve seen so many charts in PowerPoint over the years that seem needlessly complicated. The lesson is clear — for a bigger implact, use a visual chart or graph to represent a complex idea *simply*. It doesn’t have to be cute, cool, or complex. A simple two-bar graph can speak volumes.
    By the way, I completely echo and second Patrick’s comment about Randy Pausch. If anyone is interested, ABC is running a special about him on April 9 at 9pm CT. For more info, go here:
    I am a GasPedal employee and this is my personal opinion.

  3. Alanna Shaikh April 4, 2008 at 11:01 am #

    I’ve loved that presentation for a long time; it’s a great example of the power of well-presented information.

  4. Jeff Larche April 9, 2008 at 12:55 pm #

    This is a terrific example of explaining by involving! I remember when was first launch. One of the visions was to show world maps in such a way that users could interact with them. This was way back in the mid-90’s! It’s exciting to see this technology becoming more common!

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