How the World Works

Finally it encoded grrr!

Alright, this is a really, really informative video! It is a bit lengthy but trust me as soon as Hans Rosling starts speaking, you wouldn’t want to stop!

His ideas are just brilliant, and they way they’re presented. Of course, the ideas are as brilliant as the post by Hani Obaid (Unnatural Selection which you should read prior to watching this) which inspired me to post this video!

  • mab3oos

    Thanks for sharing. I have been looking for something like Gapminder.org to help in doing some research.

  • mab3oos

    Thanks for sharing. I have been looking for something like Gapminder.org to help in doing some research.

  • UmmAbdullah

    Wonderful video! Thanks for posting it!

  • UmmAbdullah

    Wonderful video! Thanks for posting it!

  • Maher

    Yel3an this post made me curious! o i wanna watch this video so bad! bas they blocked these videos at work! :S

  • Maher

    Yel3an this post made me curious! o i wanna watch this video so bad! bas they blocked these videos at work! :S

  • Ms Loala

    It’s either the video or my work’s network that says the video is not available :\

  • Ms Loala

    It’s either the video or my work’s network that says the video is not available :

  • KJ

    mab3oos -
    You’re welcome :)

    UmmAbdullah -
    Anytime :D welcome

    Maher -
    Just admit you don’t have the energy to watch it :P

    Loala -
    Probably your work network!

  • KJ

    mab3oos -You’re welcome :)UmmAbdullah -Anytime :D welcomeMaher -Just admit you don’t have the energy to watch it :PLoala -Probably your work network!

  • za3tar

    Interesting video. I think it just goes to show that generalization is never good.

    However, i do have some criticism. The presenter did not address inflation. The average income of people around the world has been increasing with time in part due to inflation, but that does not reflect an increase in the “power to consume”. For example, in my dad’s time, 2 JDs was ALOT of money, and could buy you meals for multiple days. Nowadays 2 JDs are not even enough for a taxi fare. So, it is not meaningful to discuss average income in absolute terms.

    Another thing that the presenter did not discuss is the “meaning” of money in different countries. Treating $50 in the USA the same as $50 in Palestine does not make sense because health care and food are more expensive in the USA than Palestine. So i am really amazed that he disregarded all of this and put everything on the same scale, because in reality, you can’t.

  • za3tar

    Interesting video. I think it just goes to show that generalization is never good.However, i do have some criticism. The presenter did not address inflation. The average income of people around the world has been increasing with time in part due to inflation, but that does not reflect an increase in the “power to consume”. For example, in my dad’s time, 2 JDs was ALOT of money, and could buy you meals for multiple days. Nowadays 2 JDs are not even enough for a taxi fare. So, it is not meaningful to discuss average income in absolute terms.Another thing that the presenter did not discuss is the “meaning” of money in different countries. Treating $50 in the USA the same as $50 in Palestine does not make sense because health care and food are more expensive in the USA than Palestine. So i am really amazed that he disregarded all of this and put everything on the same scale, because in reality, you can’t.

  • Maher

    “Stupid password & boring Statistics” LOOL!

    dude, i am sure i had seen this video before, maybe a blogger posted about it! :S

    nice one though! :D

  • Maher

    “Stupid password & boring Statistics” LOOL! dude, i am sure i had seen this video before, maybe a blogger posted about it! :Snice one though! :D

  • Hani Obaid

    Very informative. I had to chastise myself after seeing this video. It’s amazing how much we assume just based on our impression of a certain country or region, and how wrong our impressions are once we look at the hard data.

    I really enjoyed the way Hans Rosling presented this, and would love to hear more of him. I’m honored you would compare my ramblings to him.

  • Hani Obaid

    Very informative. I had to chastise myself after seeing this video. It’s amazing how much we assume just based on our impression of a certain country or region, and how wrong our impressions are once we look at the hard data.I really enjoyed the way Hans Rosling presented this, and would love to hear more of him. I’m honored you would compare my ramblings to him.

  • KJ

    Za3tar -You’ve got valid points my friend. Income has increased but it doesn’t always increase because of inflation. Specifically, the private sector doesn’t increase your wages based on inflation. My salary hasn’t and inflation has been up roughly 40%.Regarding the meaning of money, akeed, 50 bucks here is different than somewhere else. This is why people tend to move between countries because the destination country is relatively cheaper. It also just happens to be a less developed country – but Hans touched on the topic when he brought up the Gimps/Chimps issue that Hani Obaid discussed in his post.In any case, this is one of his many presentations; it is just a general thesis he is discussing. He has other numerous presentations which you can find on his website and blog

  • KJ

    Za3tar -
    You’ve got valid points my friend. Income has increased but it doesn’t always increase because of inflation. Specifically, the private sector doesn’t increase your wages based on inflation. My salary hasn’t and inflation has been up roughly 40%.

    Regarding the meaning of money, akeed, 50 bucks here is different than somewhere else. This is why people tend to move between countries because the destination country is relatively cheaper. It also just happens to be a less developed country – but Hans touched on the topic when he brought up the Gimps/Chimps issue that Hani Obaid discussed in his post.

    In any case, this is one of his many presentations; it is just a general thesis he is discussing. He has other numerous presentations which you can find on his website and blog

  • KJ

    Maher -
    LMAO! He’s a funny dude haha

    Hani -
    You actually did an excellent job summarizing his points on your blog as well as touch on other topics if people allowed themselves to read between the lines!

    He touches on other topics in other presentations – he’s quite an intelligent man (and you should check out the rest of TED Talks too for great stuff). You can find the links for his site and blog in my reply to Za3tar

  • KJ

    Maher -LMAO! He’s a funny dude hahaHani -You actually did an excellent job summarizing his points on your blog as well as touch on other topics if people allowed themselves to read between the lines!He touches on other topics in other presentations – he’s quite an intelligent man (and you should check out the rest of TED Talks too for great stuff). You can find the links for his site and blog in my reply to Za3tar

  • za3tar

    Thanks for your follow-up Kinan … i don’t know .. I have checked out the Gap Cast on his blog, and i don’t know .. i am still uneasy about how he treats money as an absolute measure … i still believe that he needs a normalizing factor or another indicator for the purchasing power .. not to mention .. when he goes back hundreds of years (as he did in his Gap Cast) .. money does not become the sole factor in the well being of people .. as human societies wouldn’t have been purely capitalistic yet .. for example, slavery and such had major roles ..

    eh anyawy … he seems like a great researcher with alot of nice interesting stuff to talk .. thank you again for sharing this with us … i guess i will be watching more of his videos online.

    (… ahhh .. still … i am very uneasy about simplifying money to be an absolute international indicator)

  • za3tar

    Thanks for your follow-up Kinan … i don’t know .. I have checked out the Gap Cast on his blog, and i don’t know .. i am still uneasy about how he treats money as an absolute measure … i still believe that he needs a normalizing factor or another indicator for the purchasing power .. not to mention .. when he goes back hundreds of years (as he did in his Gap Cast) .. money does not become the sole factor in the well being of people .. as human societies wouldn’t have been purely capitalistic yet .. for example, slavery and such had major roles ..eh anyawy … he seems like a great researcher with alot of nice interesting stuff to talk .. thank you again for sharing this with us … i guess i will be watching more of his videos online.(… ahhh .. still … i am very uneasy about simplifying money to be an absolute international indicator)

  • KJ

    Za3tar -
    The money issue has to be simplified because, let’s face it, it is quite complex and it is heavily political. I think for a 20 minute presentation he summed up the issue well, with acceptable sacrifices!

    I do hope though that he eventually talks about inflation (I am not sure if he talked about it in his other presentations, I didn’t see them all).

    I think that money back then is as important as it is now but on a different scale. You need to measure the importance of money relative to time and location. Yes we need lots of money now because we have tonnes of things we want to buy. But there’s a difference between needs and wants. In today’s world, we spend lots of money on wants rather than needs. Back then I believe that the luxuries were not as abundant but money is still critical for the needs.

    Regarding your issue of purchasing power and money, I am not really well informed in the worlds of economics, business and marketing and how all this as well as politics come into play, so I can’t give you any meaningful comment in this respect. I’m gonna search for something on TED Talks on this and post it, maybe we can all benefit!

  • KJ

    Za3tar -The money issue has to be simplified because, let’s face it, it is quite complex and it is heavily political. I think for a 20 minute presentation he summed up the issue well, with acceptable sacrifices!I do hope though that he eventually talks about inflation (I am not sure if he talked about it in his other presentations, I didn’t see them all).I think that money back then is as important as it is now but on a different scale. You need to measure the importance of money relative to time and location. Yes we need lots of money now because we have tonnes of things we want to buy. But there’s a difference between needs and wants. In today’s world, we spend lots of money on wants rather than needs. Back then I believe that the luxuries were not as abundant but money is still critical for the needs.Regarding your issue of purchasing power and money, I am not really well informed in the worlds of economics, business and marketing and how all this as well as politics come into play, so I can’t give you any meaningful comment in this respect. I’m gonna search for something on TED Talks on this and post it, maybe we can all benefit!

  • sweetlikearose

    so true .. so interesting …
    i really enjoyed the presentaion … w 6le3et benateje bet2aked ma3lomate wele heya .. Asia ras elbala :)

  • sweetlikearose

    so true .. so interesting …i really enjoyed the presentaion … w 6le3et benateje bet2aked ma3lomate wele heya .. Asia ras elbala :)

  • Batoul A.

    I love the way he presented. This was an eye opener for me in a way.. Thanks for sharing.

  • Batoul A.

    I love the way he presented. This was an eye opener for me in a way.. Thanks for sharing.