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Anna Rosling, at Gapminder, has built a website I love called Dollar Street. She uses photos and big data to create an engaging portrait of how people around the world live.
The idea behind it is quite simple.
Your address is the amount of money your household makes in dollars per month.
Poor live at this end, richer live here.
At each address photographers have taken pictures of typical household items in a 135 different categories, from toys, to toothbrushes, to toilets.
Dollar Street lets you compare what their life is like.
We compare two houses with similar addresses, it’s amazing how you really can’t tell what country they’re in. One of these bedrooms belongs to the Tse family in China. The other one belongs to the Howard family in America.
At the other end of the street it’s also very similar.
Here we see beds in Thailand and India with the poor houses down at $90 Street and they both have bed nets, they sleep on mats, a very similar despite the differences in local, government an and culture.
Toothbrushes, most of us may think oh doesn’t everybody have that? Well no, toothbrushes at $40 street [Burnundi] are just sticks, or as we see here in Myanmar people just using their fingers.
Now up the street and then you get a toothbrush that’s shared. Then if the richer in a Dollar Street everybody has got their own toothbrush.
Doing things like using a pit latrine or brushing your teeth as a stick, that’s not a cultural choice, that’s a economic constraint.
Anna Rosling’s metaphor of a street reminds us people at the same income level, no matter where they live tend to live similar lives. There are seven billion people on the planet. When you ask people where do you fall on Dollar Street, almost everyone puts themselves here in the middle. But in reality, for almost everyone watching this video, and most of the people you know you actually live up here. [Rich]
Getting across this understanding of different income levels I’ve never seen it done well until Dollar Street. You can learn a lot by browsing around. I hope all of you will check it out.
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