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Shrunken World




Information of shrunken world, Facilitator’s questions


Opening students’ eyes to the differences of the world.


Take the notes provided below and use in facilitating a class discussion.


  • Did any of this surprise you?
  • How did these numbers make you feel?
  • What would these numbers mean to you?
  • How would this information affect your life?


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These notes can be organized in a fun PowerPoint. For an example PowerPoint, click here.

If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like this:

There would be:

61 Asians
11 Europeans
  5 North Americans

  9 Latin or South Americans
14 Africans

50 would be female
50 would be male

  1 would have HIV

26 would smoke

14 would be obese

24 would have no electricity

76 would have electricity, and most would use it only at night

82 would be non-white
18 would be white

33 would be Christian

20 would be Muslim

13 would be Hindus

  6 would be Buddhists

  2 would be Atheists

12 would be non-religious

14 would be from other religions

33 would not have access to a safe water supply

63 would have inadequate sanitation

89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual

6 people would possess 59 % of the entire world’s wealth
and all 6 would be from the United States

80 would live in substandard housing

50 would suffer from malnutrition

12 would have a disability

18 would have cars

1 would be near death
2 would be near birth

12 would own a computer

  7 would have access to the internet

53 would live on less than $2/day

18 would be unable to read or write

33 would have a cell phone

1 would have a college education

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.

The following is also something to ponder:

  • If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more fortunate than the million who will not survive this week.

  • If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
  • If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death, you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

  • If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.

  • If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthiest.

  • If your parents are still alive and married, you are very rare, even in the United States and Canada

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