Six months ago, I posted something on a TED talk by Hans Rosling, and I’m happy to be subscribed to The TED Blog, because Hans Rosling came up again. Remember last time he had some fabulous software for plotting four variables on a single graph? I just stare at the screen and do my best Jack Nicholson, “Where does he get those wonderful toys?” This time he’s got more still.

Subsaharan Africa has done well in the past 50 years, Rosling says, moving from medieval standards to now be equivalent to Europe of 100 years ago. The theme of his presentation as he confirms that we can end poverty: “The seemingly impossible is possible.”

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