Quite unintentionally, deficiencies in the quality of my video camera and the lighting of the establishment where this was filmed have made this video more anonymous than I planned. It has a bit of a ‘witness protection program’ vibe. My apologies about the annoying feedback in the audio.

At the same time, it lays out my current views on climate change and how to deal with it in just five minutes:

Obviously, it requires many simplifications to put that amount of information into a five minute movie. Even so, I think it is a fair reflection of my current thoughts, at least insofar as I would format them for an event of this type.

It would be very interesting to know what I am wrong about.

It would also be interesting to know which (if any) messages seem to be well conveyed.

The slides and speaking notes are also available:

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Milan May 5, 2010 at 12:41 am

My timing got thrown off, because I thought they would give me a couple of seconds of banter before they started the 15 second timer for each slide.

In retrospect, I think the way I mention of the topic of the first few slides before they appear is a potentially effective presentation style.

Ryan Nassichuk May 5, 2010 at 2:04 pm

The manner in which you connected a wide range of disparate data in a logical, clear manner is very impressive, particularly considering the presentation format and time constraints. You make a very clear case, and manage to do so without sounding preachy – It was a fantastic presentation, and I hope it will be repeated and refined for as many audiences as possible. I will embed that video on my blog (with your blessing, of course). Very impressed.

Milan May 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Everyone is encouraged to distribute this video, if they like.

I may eventually produce a slicker version.

Alison May 5, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Thanks for sharing it was well done!

alena May 6, 2010 at 9:55 am

Great job! It was very easy to follow and understand. I will definitely show it at my school and to all my classes. Maybe you will be invited to speak again at different venues. It must have been tough to condense all that you know into such a short presentation. I am only sorry that we did not get to see you. This gave it the effect of a “higher power” speaking like they did in old bible movies.

. May 6, 2010 at 10:57 am

“First, make sure your topic is right for PowerPoint. Information design expert Edward Tufte is the dean of PowerPoint criticism; his 2003 essay ” The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Pitching Out Corrupts Within,” was one of the first serious attacks on the software, and many of his arguments remain apt.

Among many other things, Tufte argues that slide presentations offer much lower resolution than paper or computer screens—because everything on a slide must be visible to people at the back of a large room, each slide can’t fit a lot of information. This makes it a bad choice for topics that involve complex, number-heavy scientific or technical data. Tufte points out that when Boeing engineers investigated the damage caused by a piece of broken insulation foam after the space shuttle Columbia launched in 2003, they presented their findings in a PowerPoint document. This was a very bad idea—after looking at the confusing PowerPoint, NASA officials couldn’t see much evidence of a problem. They cleared the shuttle for re-entry; it burned up in the atmosphere.

The lesson: If you’re making a technical report, use a word processor and insert tables that you’ve created in a spreadsheet program—that’s what those tools were made for. If you need to present your data to colleagues—especially if it’s a small number of colleagues—you can hand them copies of your report while you talk to them about your findings.”

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