From Melbourne to Manchester, Cardiff to Calabasas, and Aberdeen to Auckland, I've delivered 1.4 Billion Reasons in a lot of different places to a lot of different audiences. Add in all of our wonderful other presenters, and we've spoken to just under 125,000 people face to face in the last few years, sharing our perspective on how to end extreme poverty, and answering questions from the public.
Along the way, I've noticed some common and strongly held - but false - assumptions about extreme poverty and about our world. So, when I was asked recently to speak at the TEDxWarwick conference to 1200 people, I was thrilled to be able to put together some new content that sought to dispel these myths.
Entitled Africa is Poor and 5 Other Myths, in the talk I laid out 6 of the most common misconceptions about extreme poverty, and offered some facts, figures and stories that we should use to replace them. In order, I tackled, "Africa is poor," “Poverty is getting worse / Nothing ever changes," “They’re poor because they have too many children,” “There’s not enough food to feed everyone ... so what does it matter if some poor people die," “I’ll help by volunteering overseas,” and “Charity overheads are too high”.
Let us know what you think - and if there are any other misconceptions that you think we should be busting.