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Hans Rosling Talks Facts

11th February 2013

Innovative statistician Hans Rosling spoke to a captive audience at Oslo University about facts - and their necessary place at the top of the priority list for anyone who wants to see positive changes in the world.
He believes that one of the root causes of most social issues is the fact that those trying to make changes are still working on facts that are over 20 years old.

He believes that out-dated perceptions of what the world looks like are slowing social sector improvements.

“The problem is, we’re rightly concerned about the world, we rightly have ideological views and emotional feelings about the world, but we need to upgrade the facts,” said Rosling.

“We have a view of the world how it was 25 years ago, and that we keep discussing,” he added. “We have to accept what we have in the world and what we are planning for and the challenge we have.”

A follower of Rosling’s beliefs is Bill Gates, who recently unveiled a plan to fix health and education problems in Africa. The philanthropist and entrepreneur said that his plan involves “good measurement and a commitment to follow the data,” because educated guesses are not good enough.

He insists that data must be accessible and accurate, that it should inform policy and investment decisions.

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