Gapminder is a Swedish foundation created by Hans Rosling, his son Ola Rosling, and Anna Roslin Rönnlund. It was founded on February 25th, 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden and often collaborates with universities, the United Nations, and both public and non-governmental organizations. Gapminder strives to educate the world’s population on the ignorance of global facts, reduce misconceptions of people’s worldview, and promote global data and research that is easy to understand. Most of the time, people tend to overdramatize global issues and easily become persuaded with an incorrect worldview by the stories of the media.
Gapminder has measured the global ignorance of citizens in both public and private sectors, who will often be the leading decision makers. The results of their study show that the global ignorance of these people, including journalists, activists, and teachers, is high. The goal of Gapminder is to educate the general public on world facts, which is something that must be learned and does not come naturally.
In addition, Gapminder provides several free courses and certificates to educate the public. The certificates are used to create a global network of Gapminder teachers who will know the correct facts and are able to share their facts with the world.
Gapminder has several great tools that one can look into on their website. The founders have created an animated bubble graph, called Trendalyzer to make global public data understandable. The website contains graphs of life expectancy versus income in any country in the world over time. An animation of the population by age in the future is also available.
There is also a program called Dollar Street that shows how people in all different parts of the world live by which income. The Gapminder team has visited 50 countries in total and 264 families, collecting 30,000 photos. Gapminder also has videos with Hans Rosling about overpopulation, income, life expectancy, and population change.
In conclusion, Gapminder is a wonderful, easy to navigate resource that I definitely think anyone interested in public health and worldwide health statistics should have a look at. Gapminder does a great job in providing the world with global facts in a very simple, easy to understand, and entertaining way.
Here is the link: https://www.gapminder.org
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