Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think.
Byron Writers Festival invites you to an insightful evening with Anna Rosling Rönnlund, lifelong collaborator of Ola Rosling and the late Hans Rosling, whose hopeful book Factfulness is changing the way we view the world.
Asking big questions about the world is easy. How many people live below the poverty line? How many girls go to school? Why is the global population increasing? How much money do you need to live a happy life?
But answering them ‘factfully’ is hard. So hard in fact, that because of our internal biases we get them wrong more often than not. (Take the 3min Gapminder test to see how well you do!)
In their new book Factfulness, the late, great Professor Hans Rosling, together with his son and daughter-in-law Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund offer a radical new explanation of why we so often make these mistakes.
Anna Rosling Rönnlund’s talk will reveal 10 instincts that distort our perspective and outline why when we think about the world, we need to stop considering our feelings and start considering the facts.
When: Thursday 23 May, 6.00pm – 7.15pm
Where: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay. Google Map
Tickets: $20 Members / $25 General
This event is presented in partnership with Auckland Writers Festival, UNSW Centre for Ideas and State Library of Queensland.
Anna Rosling Rönnlund holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography.
She founded the Gapminder Foundation in 2005 with Hans Rosling and Ola Rosling to fight devastating ignorance with a fact-based worldview everyone can understand. She designed the user-interface of the famous animating bubble-chart tool called Trendalyzer, used by millions of students across the world, to understand global development trends. The tool was acquired by Google where she worked as a Senior Usability Designer from 2007 to 2010.
At Google, Anna improved search results for public data, developed data exploration tools for public data and made a bubble tool gadget (Motion Chart) in Google Spreadsheets.
Anna founded Dollar Street, the biggest systematic image bank with representative home documentations based on data. At the moment it has almost 30,000 photos and 10,000 video clips.
Hans Rosling was a medical doctor, professor of international health and renowned public educator. He was an adviser to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and co-founded Médecins sans Frontières in Sweden and the Gapminder Foundation. His TED talks have been viewed more than 35 million times, and he was listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. Hans died in 2017, having devoted the last years of his life to writing this book.
Praise for Factfulness
‘A hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases.’ – Barack Obama
‘A timely, short and essential book about the power of facts in a post-truth world.’ – Bill Gates