Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Remarkable Hans Rosling talk at TED

This is a link to Hans Rosling speaking at Ted, the social entrepreneurship conference.

Definitely worth checking out if you haven't seen it. Gapminder is way cooler when you see Rosling toying with it. It was showed in my MIT IAP class on Global Health Delivery taught by Anjali Sastry today. Pretty interesting class where we're looking different models for delivering medical solutions in the global world. I had ruled myself out of being much help in this area, but Sastry's class is helping me gain a greater understanding of where someone like me with business, IT and operations skills might fit in. I didn't feel out of place in this class, which had a lot MDs, MPPs and PhDs. Ah, the joys of MIT IAP. It's definitely cool to get to just take something random you wouldn't normally even consider.

The only thing I really don't agree with in the Rosling video is when he says that culture isn't a driver for solution. If you watch far enough, you'll see what I mean. I happen to think instilling culture in developing countries is extremely important. The music, art, media and other discourse can be a key part of transforming people and their behavior.

It's been a wild few weeks for me, hence the lack of updates. I was in Silicon Valley looking at companies, then Jamaica, then Florida consulting for a client, a very cool artist who I'm working on a branding initiative for.

Meanwhile, I've signed six consulting clients to my new company, DBL Partners, that I launch in December. I'm very happy with the roster. I can't disclose any of them, except my parents' restaurant right now. We'll launch that site and my own company's soon.

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