Working with numbers 
and people 
@adamlofting
Working with numbers 
and human beings 
@adamlofting
6,311,400 
minutes ago
105,190 
hours ago
4,321 
days ago
144 
months ago
12 
years ago
1.2 
decades ago
About twelve 
years ago
And so he built the Total Perspective Vortex — just to show 
her. 
And into one end he plugged the whole of reality as 
ex...
And so he built the Total Perspective Vortex — just to show 
her. 
And into one end he plugged the whole of reality as 
ex...
>> 2014
Photo by John Cummings (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0]
Photo by John Cummings (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0]
8 ways to 
Work with numbers
8 ways to 
Work with numbers 
Make numbers work 
for human beings
1. Teach zoom
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mozillaeu/10511749383/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mozillaeu/10511749383/in/photostream/
2. Gamblification works
place your bets
3. Create a sense of proportion
3,200 
wild tigers
4. Leave a trail to the source
5. Wax on, wax off
“A 1,024% increase in new accounts” 
6. “percent” is an 
off-switch for the brain
7. Say what you see
8. Be the change...
>> Next Week 
BSc (Open)
If you want to help someone to do 
something scary, the size of the 
universe is a useful thing 
If you want them to do th...
Working with numbers and people
Working with numbers and people
Working with numbers and people
Working with numbers and people
Working with numbers and people
Working with numbers and people
Working with numbers and people
Working with numbers and people
Working with numbers and people
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  1. 1. Working with numbers and people @adamlofting
  2. 2. Working with numbers and human beings @adamlofting
  3. 3. 6,311,400 minutes ago
  4. 4. 105,190 hours ago
  5. 5. 4,321 days ago
  6. 6. 144 months ago
  7. 7. 12 years ago
  8. 8. 1.2 decades ago
  9. 9. About twelve years ago
  10. 10. And so he built the Total Perspective Vortex — just to show her. And into one end he plugged the whole of reality as extrapolated from a piece of fairy cake, and into the other end he plugged his wife: so that when he turned it on she saw in one instant the whole infinity of creation and herself in relation to it. To Trin Tragula’s horror, the shock completely annihilated her brain; but to his satisfaction he realized that he had proved conclusively that if life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion. Douglas Adams, The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe
  11. 11. And so he built the Total Perspective Vortex — just to show her. And into one end he plugged the whole of reality as extrapolated from a piece of fairy cake, and into the other end he plugged his wife: so that when he turned it on she saw in one instant the whole infinity of creation and herself in relation to it. To Trin Tragula’s horror, the shock completely annihilated her brain; but to his satisfaction he realized that he had proved conclusively that if life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion. Douglas Adams, The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe
  12. 12. >> 2014
  13. 13. Photo by John Cummings (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0]
  14. 14. Photo by John Cummings (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0]
  15. 15. 8 ways to Work with numbers
  16. 16. 8 ways to Work with numbers Make numbers work for human beings
  17. 17. 1. Teach zoom
  18. 18. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mozillaeu/10511749383/in/photostream/
  19. 19. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mozillaeu/10511749383/in/photostream/
  20. 20. 2. Gamblification works
  21. 21. place your bets
  22. 22. 3. Create a sense of proportion
  23. 23. 3,200 wild tigers
  24. 24. 4. Leave a trail to the source
  25. 25. 5. Wax on, wax off
  26. 26. “A 1,024% increase in new accounts” 6. “percent” is an off-switch for the brain
  27. 27. 7. Say what you see
  28. 28. 8. Be the change...
  29. 29. >> Next Week BSc (Open)
  30. 30. If you want to help someone to do something scary, the size of the universe is a useful thing If you want them to do their homework, it might have the wrong effect bit.ly/mozillametrics @adamlofting

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