I have never been able to wrap my mind around the world's population.
I couldn't see myself in the sea of people, let alone see how I could make an impact on such a vast number of individuals.
But I can if I change my perspective.
Visualize with an analogy. It's a way to change the perspective of a concept that's hard to grasp to something more tangible. Here's the world's population, but scaled to 100 people.
Can you see yourself?
The World as 100 People
Where people would live: 60 Asia / 15 Africa / 9 South America / 5 North America / 11 Europe
Gender: 50 female / 50 male
Age: 26 aged 0-14 / 66 aged 15-64 / 8 aged 65+
Religion: 33 Christians / 22 Muslims / 14 Hindus / 7 Buddhists/ 12 Other / 12 No religion
Literacy: 83 able to read & write / 17 unable
College: 7 have a college degree / 93 do not
Internet: 30 can access the internet / 70 cannot
Phones: 75 have cell phones / 25 do not
Water: 87 have safe water 13 do not
Poverty: 48 live on less than 2 US dollars per day
Nutrition: 21 overweight / 63 adequate / 15 undernourished / 1 starving
Housing: 23 have no shelter / 77 have a place to shelter
Language (first): 12 Chinese / 5 Spanish / 5 English / 3 Arabic / 3 Hindi / 3 Bengali / 3 Portuguese / 2 Russian / 2 Japanese / 62 Other
Area: 49 live in rural areas / 51 live in urban areas
Looking for other ways to change perspective? Use imagery. Here's a link to Picture This: Audience Engagement that Works