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A tribute to Mr. Hans Rosling – Thanks for enabling the war on poverty better

Posted by evolvingwheel on December 16, 2007

I spent sometime learning what Mr. Hans Rosling is up-to, and that’s too for last 30 years. This incredible human being has collected the numbers of different indexes of poverty, education, income, export, import, healthcare, mortality, and what not. And he has come up with a dynamic representation of a perplexing view of changing time-line of economic/wealth growth of different countries in an application called Trend-alyzer, recently bought by Google. Discover Magazine recently covered him. Find the link [here] with an interview with Rosling. hans_rosling.jpg

Rosling created an animation of all the eco-social data points translating decades of development of individual countries into a time series. But it is more than that. As I watched his video, what struck me is the detail of the message embedded in an evolving path. All the data will now be available for free and social enterprises, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and other parties can use them to develop economic policies, social instruments, and technological devices to appropriately address different pressing issues across the world. I believe that this will greatly benefit the understanding of the intricacies of an emerging world. In fact, one other aspect of this development is the possibility of crafting efficient flow of capital and resources through FDI (foreign direct investment) or philanthropy.

I visited Rosling’s blog and I would highly recommend you to visit too. A good collection of different discussions, literature, and Rosling’s innovative ideas to address global poverty and healthcare. The first thing that came across my mind is how we could use his data points and develop efficient and innovative ideas to bring sophisticated services and technologies where they are most needed. How could this data help us to device cost effectiveness of any proposed solution in those parts of the world where help is critically needed. Whatever way we proceed, his numbers will give us a live gauge of the pulse of these regions in a more vivid manner. THANK YOU Mr. Rosling.

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What a game – Brazil 0 Portugal 2 (off-track)

Posted by evolvingwheel on February 7, 2007

Watched the international friendly on Fox Sports – Brazil versus Portugal. What a game. The speed of the entire 90 minutes duration was enthralling. It was a night game. The lush green field with yellow-green (BRA) and red (POR) jerseys appeared like a paradise. Well.. that what matters to me 🙂

The game was right on the spot from minute 1. However, it seemed that Scolari did a great job in bringing strategic planning into tactical moves. The Portugal team showed both talent (Ronaldo, Deco) and team game in the midfield and above the half line. I loved watching them all through the game.

My favorite has always been Brazil. However, the team lacked the Samba touch yesterday. This is Dunga’s first international exposure as the national team coach. Ronaldindo and Robinho were not present. Kaka seemed a little off though. This team didn’t show the individual talent that I am habituated seeing. I guess they need a bit more work. However, some of the touch plays in both the halves showed what we mean by Brazilian soccer.

Hey, by the way, Diego is a newbie! And he looked great in the field. His ball control was amazing too.. that’s a talented individual. I will keep on watching him more closely.

(ADRIAN DENNIS/Getty Images)

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