Hans Rosling is professor of international health at Sweden's world-renowned Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder, a non-profit that brings vital global data to life. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, he debunks a few myths about the "developing" world. (Recorded February, 2006 in Monterey, CA.)Google has started hosting this tool for visualizing development data developed by that Swedish NGO: http://tools.google.com/gapminder/
via Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog:
There are only a few variables at the moment, but wouldn’t it be great if one day the data in FAOSTAT were to be added? Anyone want to volunteer to do the mash-up?
UPDATE 16.03.2007: Google bought Gapminder's software today.