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Anna and the Gapminder foundation work to promote a fact-based worldview that everyone can understand. They want to help all of us move away from a dramatic worldview that is stressful, wrong and contributes to poor decision-making.

“We realised people thought they knew what the world was like around them, but they were usually wrong.”

Anna Rosling Rönnlund is a Swedish designer who rose to fame with her work on Trendalyzer, interactive software for visualising statistical information, which was later sold to Google. As a co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation she has continued to work alongside her husband Ola and her late father-in-law Hans Rosling to further explain complex facts about the world in a more accessible way.

We talk to Anna about her background as a UX designer and creating visual explanations of both simple and complex things, helping more people understand. We talk about the concept of factfulness and being a possibilist, as well as the power of visualisations to present falsehoods as well as facts.

Anna also talks to us about her project Dollar Street, and shares with us Gapminder’s design principles.

(Listening time: 45 minutes, transcript)

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