What can “100” mean, besides just another post?

Being that this is my 100th post on this blog (with the hope of many more milestone numbers ahead!), I thought it would be appropriate to highlight a project called “100 People: A World Portrait.”

100 People: A World Portrait focuses on the idea of relating people around the world closer to each other. By teaching young children that people, no matter their backgrounds, are more similar than we are different – we can diminish negative stereotypes and encourage, instead, intercultural learning and exchanges.

Instead of Uzbekistan being a dot on a map where there is little knowledge – the story of 29-year old Muhayo Aliyeva working as a librarian makes the country and culture come alive. Learning about Abdulrahman Bawa, 57, who works as a leather artist in Niger will help students learn about how traditional and regional businesses run – while they also learn about the difficulties of food scarcity.

The idea is that by collecting stories of people around the world, a global panel will work towards shortening the list to 100 people representing the 7 billion that live on this world. While it may over-simplify the diversity of the world, it does remind us all that people face similar issues, moments of concern and celebration, and feelings all around the world.

By looking at the list of how the world would be accurately represented as 100 people, you can easily see that not one country or culture stands out as much as they may think….

The Search for 100 People

 If the World were 100 PEOPLE:

50 would be female

50 would be male

20 would be children

There would be 80 adults,

14 of whom would be 65 and older.

There would be:

61 Asians

12 Europeans

13 Africans

14 people from the Western Hemisphere.

There would be:

31 Christians

21 Muslims

14 Hindus

6 Buddhists

12 people who practice other religions

16 people who would not be aligned with a religion.

17 would speak a Chinese dialect

8 would speak Hindustani

8 would speak English

7 would speak Spanish

4 would speak Arabic

4 would speak Russian

52 would speak other languages.

82 would be able to read and write; 18 would not

1 would have a college education

1 would own a computer

75 people would have some supply of food and a place to

shelter them from the wind and the rain, but 25 would not

1 would be dying of starvation

17 would be undernourished

15 would be overweight

83 would have access to safe drinking water

17 people would have no clean, safe water to drink.