If you thought the Swedish Chef was entertaining, you should check this guy out. This is what teaching is all about, folks.

The other day, I passed on a link for an Al Gore talk at a TEDtalks event, but in reality, the reason why I initially went to the site was to check out a talk by Hans Rosling. Briefly:

Hans Rosling is professor of international health at Sweden's world-renowned Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder, a non-profit that brings vital global data to life. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, he debunks a few myths about the "developing" world.

i-eba4c1b44329a5e8c3530f816e237dae-hansrosling.jpg

LINK TO TALK

You've got to check this out. His talk seriously kicks some ass, in that he does an amazing job of providing insight to a complicated issue in both an entertaining and informative manner. Really, this is the sort of stuff that inspires you as a teacher. Best of all, all of his visual aids are all available for free at gapminder.org.

(Thanks Celeste for the tip)

More like this

What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading.
First, take a quick peek at this Gapminder.org video for a general sense of the problem: Now, this video is from May 2009, after the first few weeks of the initial outbreak, and it also has a focus on media representation, but with the recent worry over potential variants of the H1N1 virus…
The Swedish Skeptic Society's annual awards for 2006 were announced yesterday. (See also the 2005 awards.) Professor of international healthcare Hans Rosling receives the Enlightener of the Year award, "... for his enlightening efforts to spread a fact-based picture of the state and development…
This clip is long -- about 20 minutes -- but fascinating. I was never bored. Not for a moment. It's a talk given at the 2006 TED Conference in Monterey by Professor Hans Rosling of Sweden's Karolinska Institute. It's about . . . well you decide what this is about. It starts out being about…

Absolutely great! It's amazing how important passion (for lack of a better word) is for anybody who wants to get a message across, or inspire others to action. Combine that with data, and your audience will leave the room fired up!

I have seen the gapminder interactive graphs before and have to admit that I was mesmorized playing with the data. Seeing it presented by Hans Rosling in such an incredible way - means I will most likely be playing with it again at lunch today.

It also shows how beautiful graphics combined with beautiful presentation can so clearly communicate a message.
You are right, this is exactly what we strive to be as teachers.