Six months ago I blogged about Gapminder – a non-profit site funded by Google that shows some of the most interesting statistical analysis on the planet. Well, I just discovered that Hans Rosling, founder of Gapminder, gave an awesome demonstration of its use at the TED conference last year.
This discovery was followed by the discovery that all of the speakers from the most recent TED conference were video taped and each of their speeches is now available to be seen by everyone.
Folks, this is a remarkable opportunity to listen to some of the world’s greatest thinkers. It would be like having access to Socrates, Plato, Einstein, Newton, Pasteur, and other historical geniuses all in one place, and at one time. No kidding.
Here is Hans’ discussion of the Gapminder tool as an example of what you can expect from watching the other speakers:
Now please, make the time to go and watch as many of the other videos as you possibly can. Speakers include:
- Bono – U2 leadman and TED award recipient.
- Economist Bjorn Lomborg makes a persuasive case for prioritizing the world’s biggest problems.
- Dr. Dean Ornish tracks the dramatic rise of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease across the globe.
- Richard St. John compacts seven years of research into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.
- Musician and activist Peter Gabriel is co-founder of the international human-rights organization Witness.
- Aubrey de Grey believes we can live for centuries, if we approach the aging process as “an engineering problem.”
- Dan Gilbert is a psychology professor at Harvard, and author of “Stumbling on Happiness”.
- Jimmy Wales is founder of Wikipedia, the self-organizing, self-correcting, ever-expanding encyclopedia of the future.
- Sirena Huang is an 11-year-old concert violinist.
- Nicholas Negroponte is former Director of the MIT Media Lab, and founder of the non-profit, One Laptop Per Child.
- Larry Brilliant is an epidemiologist who led the successful WHO campaign to eradicate Smallpox.
- Al Gore, in his own words, “used to be the next President of the United States of America” but has since changed professions.
- Tony Robbins is father of the life-coaching industry.
- Plus almost 50 more!