Written by Umang Saini
If you've been following TED, I may count you among the legion of fans of Professor Hans Rosling. He has presented several compelling lectures on global health and related topics. I recommend watching his set of 9 presentations given at different TED conferences.
I've mentioned him earlier in Bold and Panacea. So this is the third post on one of his recent talks - "The Magic Washing Machine".
In this particular talk he presents the global socio-energy-econimic situation using a remarkably simple yet incredibly powerful 'Line' graphic.
The graph divides the world into four segments divided by following lines.
- $02 - Poverty Line
- $40 - Wash Line
- $80 - Air Line
Having crossed the Wash line recently (post marriage on 9/11), the slide presents an elegant representation of the kind of disparities currently existing, especially on energy and resource consumption front.
It's just 9 minutes. Go watch, and then watch all 9.
p.s. - I bought Whirlpool Whitemagic 700h in September 2011, which neatly coincided with me crossing the $40 line.