Talks at Winton

“Actually, I’m not interested in numbers at all. I’m interested in people and their lives. But you can’t understand the world if you don’t grasp numbers: orders of magnitude; speed of change.”

Hans Rosling

The late Hans Rosling was Professor of International Health at Karolinnska Institute and in 2005 with his son and daughter-in-law he co-founded the Gapminder Foundation, whose mission he describes as “fighting devastating ignorance about the world with a fact-based world view that everyone can understand”.

Rosling credits the innovation of animating time, and of visualising change, as behind Gapminder’s success in making data understandable. But he believes that there is still a long way to go to convince people that the division between emerging markets and developed economies is unhelpful. It is vital, he says, to understand the middle income countries.