Hans Rosling is a Swedish doctor and statistician, and in his many talks and videos, he clearly and eloquently presents big-picture data about the world, human progress, and economic development.
Here are three essential Hans Rosling videos that make me grateful and excited to be alive today.
1) The Magic Washing Machine
2) 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes
3) Most of the World Is Better Off than You Think
What caused this explosion in living standards, in wealth, in life itself? Why did this happen where and when it did?
Well, as a bonus, here's science writer Matt Ridley and economist Deidre McCloskey:
Everybody Is Working for Everybody Else
Why Does 1% of History Have 99% of the Wealth?