Friday, December 30, 2011

Gapminder, a great website

One of my very first posts was about Hans Rosling's "200 Countries in 200 Years" video, which shows the growth in income around the world across two centuries. Now here's a link to Rosling's own site, Gapminder.com. It contains links to many of his famous TED conference videos, including the "Magic Washing Machine," embedded below.


But Gapminder has a lot more than that. One of the best pages is the "Health and Wealth of Nations" chart that lets the viewer compare all sorts of metrics around the world. Interested in seeing carbon emissions per person by country? It's there, and also available by region and world wide. Health, education, population, energy, environment work - it's all there, and it's all accessible. There's even a guide for teachers. It's creative and useful. And fascinating.

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