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Hans Rosling on How to end poverty in 15 years

Don't Panic - How to End Poverty in 15 Years

Shown again as a tribute to the late Hans Rosling, his exploration of how statistics offers hope in an overcrowded world

About the programme

In the week the United Nations presents its new goals for global development, Don't Panic - How to End Poverty in 15 Years looks at the number one goal for the world: eradicating, for the first time in human history, what is called extreme poverty - the condition of almost a billion people, currently measured as those living on less than $1.25 a day.

Rosling uses holographic projection technology to wield his iconic bubble graphs and income mountains to present an upbeat assessment of our ability to achieve that goal by 2030. Eye-opening, funny and data-packed performances make Rosling one of the world's most sought-after and influential speakers. He brings to life the global challenge, interweaving powerful statistics with dramatic human stories from Africa and Asia. In Malawi, the rains have failed as Dunstar and Jenet harvest their maize. How many hunger months will they face when it runs out? In Cambodia, Srey Mao is about to give birth to twins but one is upside-down. She's had to borrow money to pay the medical bills. Might this happy event throw her family back into extreme poverty?

Hans Rosling - Global Inequality Graph

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Meet the OU experts

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Tony HirstSenior Lecturer in Telematics, Department of ComputingVIEW FULL PROFILE
A photograph of Tony Hirst
Tony HirstSenior Lecturer in Telematics, Department of Computing

Tony has a background in electronics and artificial intelligence and maintains a current interest in societal (legal and ethical) impacts of robotics and intelligent systems. 

Tony is a the original author of the OU introductory short course Robotics and the Meaning of Life that included a history of robotics, an overview of how robotic systems (physical and computational) are designed; social, ethical, legal and political considerations associated with robots in society; contrasts with popular culture depictions of robots. He recently took over responsibility for the robotics section based on that course.

Tony also led the Creative Robotics Research Network that brought together academics, educators and members of the creative industries in exploring creative uses of robotics. He is also the convenor of the RoboFesta-UK educational robotics network from approx. 2001 to 2005, and organiser of the OU Robotics Outreach Group, delivering dozens of hands-on events to hundreds of participants in schools and at family events.

Professor Helen Yanacopulos, The Open University
Professor Helen YanacopulosVisiting Professor, School of Social Sciences & Global StudiesVIEW FULL PROFILE
Professor Helen Yanacopulos, The Open University
Professor Helen YanacopulosVisiting Professor, School of Social Sciences & Global Studies

Helen has worked on a wide range of modules at The Open University, including topics such as Third World Development, Environment and Society, International Development, Development Context and Practice and Conflict and Development. Helen’s research interests bridge the fields of International Politics and International Development and are focused on explanations of how non-state actors influence poverty and inequality.  Specifically, she examines social justice focused and digitally enabled networks of NGOs, social movements and civil society involved in:  political mobilisation and political action; global justice networks; transnational governance; and the construction and representation of International Development.

Professor Paul Anand, Professor of Economics
Professor Paul AnandProfessor of EconomicsVIEW FULL PROFILE
Professor Paul Anand, Professor of Economics
Professor Paul AnandProfessor of Economics

I have held fellowships in Oxford and Cambridge Universities and am currently a Professor at the Open University and Research Associate at HERC in Oxford University. My work stems from long standing interests in the foundations of decision sciences, used to be primarily normative, and have argued for the expansion of decision theory beyond older conceptions of rational choice, something that has, broadly speaking, taken place both in economics and philosophy. In recent years, I have been interested in the operationalisation of Sen’s capabilities approach to welfare economics and its use in debates about the measurement of progress.

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