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December 24, 2015

By the numbers

I would say that one of the more challenging aspects of my job is not collecting or reviewing data.  Rather it is framing the data where it remains true and accurate to itself but is able to be consumed by anyone from Mid-Management up to Executive.  Often the best way to do this is to place the data in context and tell the story that the data is telling us.  I had seen the video posted below before but I’m just now taking the time to share it out.

WW2, for the most part, is a popular field of study in history.  At any given point you can find a biopic or special floating around the realms of HBO, A&E, or any number of streaming services.  While this awareness is great I think we sometimes lose site of the full scope of the conflict.  It was massive, impacting every corner of the globe.  Obviously most of the fighting took place in Europe and the Pacific; but we often forget about Africa & the Eastern front.

Check out the video to get a rather sobering picture of the cost of life this war took on our planet.  When I see the numbers I think that each one of those persons lost could have been a father or a mother.  How many lives are not here today because of the tens of millions of individuals that lost their lives during this conflict.

The author of the video does an outstanding job of putting the loss of life into perspective and makes it easy to consume.  Understand I’m saying it’s easy to understand … not that it’s easy to take.

The Fallen of World War II from Neil Halloran on Vimeo.

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