the Long of it ........

unintended consequences and other musings


PowerPoint from IKEA?

I always like listening to the various TED speakers – while they seem to have a left tilt, I am always challenged by their topics/presentations.  Really enjoyed Hans Rosling talking about population growth – while I don’t fully agree with his views that raising living standards in poor countries directly lowers population, his presentation techniques are to be admired.
He built a graphical display out of some colored boxes courtesy of IKEA while adding some props of a model bicycle, car and airplane.  The props allowed him to quickly move the boxes to show the changes over time as groups gain in wealth.  It was easy to follow and kept the focus on him instead of switching back and forth between the screen and the speaker.  I think more of us ought to try and use Powerpoint less and instead focus on what works best…..

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