Pressing Home the Benefits of Globalization
You may already have seen this. It’s a couple of years old. But if you haven’t I urge you to set aside 15 minutes to watch one of the most interesting, informative, and amazing things you may ever have seen. From Hans Rosling at TED:
Hat tip: QandO Blog
There are a number of observations worth making about this. First, the content. The presentation makes the argument convincingly, entertainingly, and, I think, incontrovertibly that globalization has made the world a healthier, wealthier, juster, and better place. Remember that as you hear the campaign speeches of political candidates. I know that you have to say a lot of stupid things to get elected but we need to remember that the anti-globalization pitches are simply untrue.
Second, the form of the presentation. This presentation is a wonderful illustration of some of the points I’ve been making about visualcy. I believe we’re becoming or have already become a post-literate society in which the printed word isn’t the primary modality for conveying or obtaining information. This development has cognitive, social, and political implications and I believe we’re already seeing them.
Finally, a business observation. The presentation was built using the Trendalyzer software acquired by Google in March, 2007. I think this is one component of the presentation software of the future, other components being the ability to introduce the elements of the developing world of visual communication as easily as PowerPoint allows the user to incorporate words, images, and sounds into presentations today. I doubt that PowerPoint is already that tool. I think it bears about the same relationship to the presentation tools of the future that VisiCalc does to the spreadsheet programs of today.