The number of people in extreme poverty fell by 137,000 since yesterday!

This could have been the leading news headline today. In fact: it could have been the news headline every single day for the last 25 years. It’s just that these kind of positive long term developments are not covered by the news.

Source: Max Roser – Our world in data

In this dizzying digital age we receive more news than ever before. Populism, climate change, conflicts, crime, societal changes and social relations, increasing competition, technological developments, having to achieve more with less….. it often feels as if the world is changing much more rapidly than we are equipped to deal with. Can this end well?

Peter ten Wolde is an inspirational speaker who shows his audience how to look at the world from a different perspective, implementing a high-energy approach, humour and candid observations. Peter’s ‘Factfulness’ lecture looks deep into our worldview and explains how it is shaped according to our background, level and type of education, and the specific news sources we absorb. Peter also shows how, in many respects, the world is in much better shape than we are often inclined to, or led to, believe.

Factfulness is a term coined by Ola Rosling of the Swedish Gapminder Foundation which describes “the stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts”. The factfulness concept provides guidelines to obtain a clear and accurate fact-based worldview that everyone can understand. This leads to better decision making through informed changes to an outdated worldview.

We need to learn to look differently

Value proposition

Naturally your event (inspiration session, network event, conference, customer day, strategy session, team meeting, annual meeting or away day) must be successful. In order to increase the appreciation of your participants / visitors you gladly offer them something extra.

During your event the presentation about factfulness is the perfect entertaining and informative keynote with a serious message. After the presentation your audience has a more open and nuanced view on their direct environment and the world at large.

Your audience is presented with a method to navigate clearly in this age of framing, fake news and alternative facts allowing to put matters in the correct context in an un-biased way.

In this video Peter explains in 2 minutes what his Factfulness presentation is about and the value it delivers to your audience.

Powerful visualisations of global developments


Peter had the privilege to work with these people and is proud of what they said about him:

“It is very encouraging to see how Peter actually took us seriously when we called on everyone and said: “We’re sharing all our slideshows & tools, please help us spread the factfulness knowledge.” Peter is exactly doing what we hope many people will do. He actually read the book very carefully and he can teach others about factfulness just like we are doing at Gapminder. My father would have been proud.”

Ola Rosling
President – Gapminder

“I have come to know Peter as an inspired and active person within the Permanent Beta community. Within the community he has taken the stage multiple times to tell the Factfulness story. The content of his story is unbelievably relevant and important, on top of this Peter is also a fine person to work with. He is very flexible and always brings along a very sizeable portion of positivity!”

Kim van den Berg
Event & Project Organisation – Kim van den Berg Productions

“Peter lectured at the quarterly meeting of Business Plaza of Haarlem and Haarlemmermeer. Peter was funny, factual, and surprised us: we were presented multiple questions…. and we were way off! If you want to inspire your audience to look at current world developments with a different and positive approach, then the presentation of Peter is very much recommended”

Jennifer Delano
PR Goeroe – DelanoPR

“With a lot of passion Peter told the very relevant and inspirational Factfulness story during a Seats2Meet Business Event. The idea for this event arose quite impromptu and last-minute, the helpful and flexible attitude of Peter and the other speakers made it very easy to organise this event.”

Helma Schellen
Marketing Manager – Seats2meet Eindhoven, Den Bosch & Tilburg Spoorzone

A selection of feedback from the audience:

Among others, Peter has lectured at:

Insight in the predicted population growth


Introduction to factfulness and Peter ten Wolde in 2 minutes.

The factfulness presentation as delivered during the 13th edition of the Pecha Kucha series in Amersfoort. 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide (in Dutch).

The factfulness message in 7 minutes and 20 slides.

Short interview during Parksessies after a lecture for the Creative University Haarlem. (in Dutch, English subtitles available)

Factfulness: the stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts

About Peter ten Wolde

Peter (1967) lectures about Factfulness.

As an expert on management information Peter has over 20 years international experience in technically commercial advisory roles for several software companies in the area of performance management. Since 2006 Peter works as independent advisor, researcher, sparring partner and speaker..

Think differently, observe, experiment, trial & error, act based on facts and apply a holistic view are central to his way of working. Jack of all trades. He improves results by connecting people.

By applying an objective view it often turns out the world is in much better shape than we’re inclined to think


Peter is keen to speak about factfulness (in English or Dutch) during your next inspiration session, network event, conference, customer day, strategy session, team meeting, annual meeting or away day.

I welcome your request for more information via

The Speakers Academy manages the booking of Peter’s lectures.

Please contact René Warmerdam via or +31 10 – 533 33 22.