“Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think,” the book co-authored by the Rosling trio sets out new frameworks to readjust those world views.
Already it has made it onto Gates’ 2018 reading list.
Earlier this year he said the world would be a better place if “literally millions of people read the book.” Shortly afterward, he set those wheels in motion by gifting e-copies of the book to anyone earning an associate’s, bachelor’s or post-graduate degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S.
Rosling Rönnlund added that young people hold an especially important role in implementing that framework and shifting the global agenda.
“In this new society where everything’s moving so fast, traditional hierarchies and job titles are slipping away and the young actually have a lot to teach their elders,” she said.
That can be as much within the education system as in the workplace, Rosling Rönnlund added. She recommended starting with the quiz to see where people’s knowledge gaps lie before drawing on recent data from the United Nations and the World Bank to update it.
“It can be a moment for reflection, for saying ‘woah, we thought we knew but we don’t’ and ‘look, we as a collective had it wrong,’” she said.
“If you make that work, which I’ve heard of people achieving, then people don’t need to feel embarrassed and it can actually be pretty fun.”