I just love watching speakers at the TED website. In case you’re not familiar with TED, it stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.
The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).
A friend of mine, Dan Poynter, author of the Self-Publishing Manual directed me toward Hans Rosling‘s presentation in 2006. Hans is a bit of a nerd, but debunks your thinking about population growth with some amazing visuals. Could he have done it with PowerPoint animation? Not sure if he did (maybe used a Mac?), but it certainly gives me lots of ideas about how to make statistics come alive!
Check out Hans Rosling’s Presentation here.