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Hans Rosling shatters the myth of “developed” versus “developing” nationsHans Rosling shatters the myth of “developed” versus “developing” nations

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Hans Rosling has given nine TED Talks, each sharing a carefully measured dataset to change misconceptions about global issues. Now, the Gates Foundation shares a new demonstration from Rosling. Here, using powerful moving charts, Rosling shatters the fallacy of the “developed” world versus the “developing” world. By looking at the facts, we are able to […]


Video: A chat with Hans Rosling at TEDxSummitVideo: A chat with Hans Rosling at TEDxSummit

Posted By Emily McManus

“The strive for a washing machine is stronger than the strive for democracy,” says TEDTalks star Hans Rosling at the beginning of this casual video, shot at TEDxSummit last week. On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, Rosling sat down with a group of fans to chat about presenting data with clarity and passion — using Legos, […]


Watching Hans playWatching Hans play

Posted By TED Guest Author

What’s happening in this picture above? Ask Mohammed Abu Zeinab, a TEDx speaker and member of the onsite documentary crew WTYSL: As I walked in, I saw a crowd had gathered, with Lara, our own TEDx Director, even standing on a coffee table to see the center of everyone’s attention, the real show. I knew […]

Global Issues

Global population growth: Hans Rosling on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

The world’s population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years — and only by raising the living standards of the world’s poorest people can we check population growth. This is the paradoxical answer that Hans Rosling unveils at TED@Cannes using colorful new data display technology (you’ll see). (Recorded at TED@Cannes, June 2010 […]


World Bank opens their data to the world: Hans Rosling reports!

Posted By Tedstaff

Hans Rosling writes: So it did happen! Just hours ago World Bank president did completely change the World Bank data policy. This story shows the power of Ideas worth spreading. The story runs in 5 acts: 1. My TED2006 talk yielded Google’s acquisition of software from Gapminder. 2. Tim Berners-Lee add pressure for free data […]


Raise your awareness on World AIDS Day

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

Every year, on December 1, the globe comes together on World AIDS Day to learn more about the virus and to show support for those have been infected. Currently, there are approximately 33 million people living with HIV, while stigma and prejudice continue to cripple educational efforts in many countries. To increase our awareness of […]


Google makes World Bank data visible

Posted By Tedstaff

Stats guru Hans Rosling writes to say the popular search engine, Google, is making 17 of the World Bank’s World Development Indicators available to search queries: Subject: TED helps liberate data!Here is very good news! As of today, the first hole to freedom exists in the data vault of the World Bank — and the […]


The Buzz: Hans Rosling on the rise of Asia

Posted By Jenny Zurawell

Hans Rosling kicked off the first session of TEDIndia speaking about Asia’s past and future life expectancy and per capita income. Using his trademark GapMinder bubble graph, he projects India and China will catch up to the US in 2048 … on July 27th, to be exact. The Twitter and Facebook audiences were impressed: Hans […]


Reddit and TED to interview Hans Rosling. Submit your questions!

Posted By Matthew Trost

Such a success was the first ever Reddit-and-TED joint interview — featuring Sir Ken Robinson — that we and our partner Reddit have decided to expand it into a semi-regular feature. This week, enduring TED favorite Hans Rosling (watch all his talks) will answer your questions. Submit your questions in the Reddit thread now >> […]


The week in comments

Posted By TED Guest Author

Maybe it was because of our 500th TEDTalk, but this weeks comments seemed especially meaningful. From people being amazed at Eric Giler’s WiTricity to people rethinking their life strategy thanks to Dan Pink’s talk on motivation. Here’s just a sampling of the reaction: On Natasha Tsakos’ talk: A multimedia theatrical adventure: This lady is amazing […]


Celebrating the 500th TEDTalk!

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

Today, TED.com releases its 500th TEDTalk: perennial favorite Hans Rosling’s latest data-bubble presentation from TED@State. Since April 2007, the TED.com site has selected the best talks and performances from TED and partner conferences around the world and made them available to everyone online, for free. In keeping with TED’s mission to spread ideas, these talks […]


Let my dataset change your mindset: Hans Rosling is our 500th TEDTalk

Posted By Emily McManus

Talking at the US State Department this summer, Hans Rosling uses his fascinating data-bubble software to burst myths about the developing world. Look for new analysis on China and the post-bailout world, mixed with classic data shows.(Recorded at the US State Department, June 2009 in Washington, DC. Duration: 19:57) Watch Hans Rosling’s talk on TED.com, […]


Go behind the scenes of a TEDTalk

Posted By Emily McManus

It’s our third anniversary of posting TEDTalks free to the world! We started in June 2006 with our first six talks — including Sir Ken Robinson, Al Gore, Majora Carter … Three years and 486 talks later, we hope you’ll enjoy this mini-documentary, “Behind the TEDTalk.” It stars TED Curator Chris Anderson and the TED […]