Friends, check out this video:
It’s a great example of what Edward Tufte has been writing about for decades, and a marvelous demonstration of the power of simplicity to tell an important story.
Check out the site that posted this, Information is beautiful, to see more of the same kind of transformation thinking.
I have written elsewhere about the need for a transformation society (not an information society), where the accumulation of information becomes less important, information gets de-commodified, and is transformed into knowledge, know-how and understanding.
This seems a daunting task, and yet these people have done a part of it so simply, clearly, and (seemingly) effortlessly.
The video embedded above (and you can find a version for the U.K. in pounds sterling, too) shows clearly how we have developed an economy of debt, where we prefer to overspend and play financial games, than to put a relatively small amount of money into really solving some of the world’s problems.
Our information accumulation society has had something to do with this phenomenon, so it is wonderful to see the same technology applied to demonstrate clearly that this is a road we do not want to continue following.
Next step: Let’s find ways to demonstrate how we can use the technology to implement these solutions.