World as 100 People

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We recently came across the enlightening, incredible set of statistics known as the “World as 100 People,” which has been interpreted infographically a number of times. The concept, based on this 1990 article by Donella Meadows, provides a clear picture of our global state of affairs by simplifying the world into a village of 100 people. Graphically presented, the information can be incredibly powerful – whether shown simply divided in one image, or cut-paper style into geometric pie charts. One of the best visual interpretations is this bold, clean set of postcards – one for each category, showing clearly that of 100, 83 villagers have clean water, 20 consume 80% of the energy, and 7 have computers.

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