THE SANTA FE WORLD AFFAIRS FORUM
invites you to a luncheon, video program and discussion
LET MY DATASET CHANGE YOUR MINDSET:
THIS IS THE REAL WORLD
by Hans Rosling MD, Swedish Professor of Global Health, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
via TED TALK and Other Videos
Arvid Lundy will act as Forum moderator
at the Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) Gallery Building
Friday February 21st, 12 noon to 2pm
Last September the Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Arts approached the SF World Affairs Forum about possible collaborations between our organizations. This is one format we came up with. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A CHANGE OF VENUE, but it does not alter our valued relationship with St. Johns College which will continue to be our usual meeting place.
Why You Should Attend
Even the most worldly and well-traveled among us will have their perspectives shifted by Hans Rosling. A professor of global health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, his current work focuses on dispelling common myths about the so-called developing world, which (he points out) is no longer worlds away from the West. In fact, most of the Third World is on the same trajectory toward health and prosperity, and many countries are moving twice as fast as the West did.
Still, what sets Rosling apart isn’t just his apt observations of broad social and economic trends, but the stunning way he presents them. Guaranteed: You’ve never seen absolutely reliable data presented like this. We’ve all yawned our way through presentations that track heart-rending issues like global health and devastating poverty. But in Rosling’s hands, data sings, trends come to life and the big picture snaps into sharp focus. Animations transform statistics into moving bubbles and flowing curves that make global trends clear, intuitive, even playful. As if this weren’t wonderful enough, Rosling imbues his legendary presentations with the zest of a sportscaster covering his favorite sport.
Rosling developed hisbreakthrough visualization software through his nonprofit Gapminder, which he founded with his son and daughter-in-law. The free software, which can be loaded with any data, was purchased by Google in March 2007. (Rosling met the Google founders at TED.)
Rosling began his career as a physician. He spent many years in rural Africa seeking and discovering the cause of a rare paralytic disease (which he named konzo): hunger and badly processed cassava. He co-founded Médecins sans Frontièrs Sweden, has written a textbook on global health, and as a professor at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute initiated key international research collaborations. In 2009 Foreign Policy Magazine listed Rosling as one of 100 Leading Global Thinkers. In 2011 Fast Company Magazine included him as one of 100 Most Creative People in Business Time put him on its list of The World’s 100 Most Influential People for 2012.
The amazing Rosling is also an accomplished sword-swallower, a skill he demonstrated at TED2007.
Lunch will be at 12:00 noon followed by the videos in the Living Room, within the Gallery Building at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA). Cost for lunch and program is $22 per member or $27 per non-member. Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 18, 2014. To reserve a place please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forum fees may be paid by check or with your credit card using our Paypal account. You may access Paypal directly by clicking on this link or you may send your check (made out to the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum) to The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, PO Box 31965, Santa Fe. NM, 87594, with your name and contact information. Please indicate on your check (or via email if using Paypal) that payment is for the February 21st program. Payment guarantees you a place, but it is non-refundable after Tuesday, February 18th. We appreciate pre-payment because it avoids the nuisance of handling money during the program.
A few handicapped parking spaces are located near the CCA building, but all spaces require the same modest amount of walking. There are no stairs to navigate. Drivers should be aware that the property at 1050 Old Pecos Trail has two driveways clearly marked with signs for the Childrens’ Museum and Bataan Military Museum/Armory as well as CCA. Driving north (toward the Plaza) on Old Pecos Trail, traverse the Cordova Rd intersection (has traffic light) and keep an eye out for Barcelona Rd. on the left just beyond the church. A few yards beyond Barcelona, turn left into the CCA campus. Driving south (from the Paseo) on Old Pecos Trail the entrance(s) will be on the right just after Coronado Road. Warning: both entries feature ferocious speed bumps. The CCA Gallery Building is the structure at the farthest distance from the street.