Here is the full transcript of Anna Rosling Rönnlund’s Talk: See How the Rest of the World Lives, Organized by Income at TED conference.
What images do we see from the rest of the world? We see natural disasters, war, terror. We see refugees, and we see horrible diseases. Right?
We see beautiful beaches, cute animals, beautiful nature, cultural rites and stuff. And then we’re supposed to make the connection in our head and create a worldview out of this. And how is that possible? I mean, the world seems so strange. And I don’t think it is. I don’t think the world is that strange, actually.
I’ve got an idea. So, imagine the world as a street, where the poorest live on one end and the richest on the other, and everyone in the world lives on this street. You live there, I live there, and the neighbors we have are the ones with the same income. People that live in the same block as me, they are from other countries, other cultures, other religions. The street might look something like this.
And I was curious. In Sweden where I live, I’ve been meeting quite a lot of students. And I wanted to know, where would they think they belong on a street like this? So we changed these houses into people. This is the seven billion people that live in the world. And just by living in Sweden, most likely you belong there, which is the richest group.