Mission: To fight ignorance with fact-based worldviews everyone can understand.
Background: Gapminder was established in 2005 by Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, and the late Hans Rosling as an independent Swedish foundation with no political, religious, or economic affiliation. In the years since, the organization, which bills itself as a "fact" tank, has worked to combat misconceptions about global development trends by comparing and contrasting what people think they know with official statistics and producing enjoyable, interactive graphics informed by hard data.
Outstanding Web Features: Visitors to the Gapminder site can start by exploring Dollar Street, a fascinating matrix diagnostic tool that uses 30,000 photographs collected from 240 families in 46 countries to illustrate what everyday life for an average family in those countries looks and feels like. Gapminder World, the "bubble chart" tool that Hans Rosling popularized through a series of TedTalks, enables visitors to run statistical time series illustrating a range of topics, including child mortality, CO2 emissions since 1820, the number of people killed in earthquakes, the wealth and health of nations, and which country has the best teeth. Visitors to the site also can watch videos of Rosling's many TEDTalks and other Web presentations; browse resources for teachers; download various tools, slides, guides; and charts; and learn more about the organization's Ignorance Project, which investigates what the public knows and doesn't know about basic global patterns and macro-trends.