Media Review – Factfulness

Is our team ready to embrace ‘factfulness’, as recommended in the book of the same name by the late, great, stats-man Hans Rosling? Are things getting better or worse, and how can we tell? What should we start to worry about first?

Listen to our team’s reactions to the book at around 6’33 minutes in to December’s podcast.

Find out more about Factfulness on the Gapminder website 

Watch Hans Rosling’s TED Talks

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.

When asked simple questions about global trends―what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school―we systematically get the answers wrong. Factfulness offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. It reveals the ten instincts that distort our perspective―from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse). Our problem is that we don’t know what we don’t know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases. It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think.That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.

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