I watched the latest Hans Rosling talk on Ted Talks and it was as enlightening as it was entertaining. Professor Rosling has a wonderful way of captivating the audience and using visual data to tell a story.

This time, he highlights the ultimate scorecard – the United Nations (UN) scorecard of eight high level goals. Just in this initial view of eight images, you learn a lot about each goal. He continues the talk moving into a discussion of various metrics and the mistakes that can happen when you select the wrong metrics to compare, especially when you do so just to make the data say what you want it to say.

Enjoy the talk. I’m positive you’ll be smiling as you learn a few things. The ending left me saying, “Wow. Wow.” It’s powerful.

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