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Hans Rosling

Director, Gapminder Foundation


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What are your thoughts and questions on "the magic washing machine"?

I will be answering questions on my new TED talk today at 11.30 -1.30 pm EST.
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    Mar 25 2011: I love your work, research, and what you have done for presenting land. Thank you so much!

    As for the washing machine – you would not have needed it. You are a master story teller. You have the words, the energy, the belief.

    I am getting a little afraid that you might feel pushed to invent ever more dramatic acts on stage.
    Please don’t.

    You *are* the story.

    As for the content, it was such an important talk.

    Even though, at the end, I felt: Yes. Electricity makes time for reading. Electricity frees us.

    But how many household machines, toys and gadgets do we really need?
    Where does freedom start, luxury begin, and environmental responsibility end?

    Do we really need washer-dryer combos, waffle irons and electric curlers?
    Who needs to step up? Who needs to cut down? Those were my questions.

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