Video: How not to be ignorant

B1, B2, C1, C2

Hans Rosling, who died in 2017, was the founder of the Gapminder Foundation. This is a Swedish organisation that wants to improve our knowledge of the world in areas where we are the most ignorant, so that we can make more informed decisions in the future. His son Ola is the Director of the Foundation. In this talk from the TED website, Hans gives the audience a quiz to demonstrate the gaps in our knowledge. Ola then explains the reasons for this ignorance and suggests what we can do about it. NB there are subtitles available for this talk - just click on the bottom right of the video screen below.  Video time:  19 minutes  Activity time: 20 to 30 minutes (Task 1) , 30 minutes to 1 hour (Task 2)

Task 1:  (Video 0.00 - 8.40)

1 Choose what you think is the correct information to complete these sentences - (a), (b) or (c)

- In the 20th century, deaths from natural disasters - earthquakes, floods etc - 
  (a) more than doubled  (b) remained about the same (c) decreased to less than half

- Women in the world who are aged 30 today spent on average
  (a) 7  (b) 5  (c) 3 years in school

- In the last 20 years, the percentage of people living in poverty has
  (a) almost doubled  (b) remained about the same  (c) almost halved

- The proportion of the world's 1-year old children who are vaccinated against measles is
  (a) 20%  (b) 50%  (c) 80%

2  Now watch the first part of the video (until 8.40, when Ola arrives) and check your answers. What reasons does Hans suggest for our ignorance?

Task 2:  (Video 8.40 - end)

Now open this document  and watch the rest of the video. Can you answer the questions and explain the illustrations in your own words?

To check your answers, go to the transcript of the talk on this page.
(You can change the transcript to your own language if you prefer).

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