An Economist Muses on Big Numbers: Jon Schwabish at Tapestry 2014

It's been a few months, time to look back at Tapestry 2014. One of my favorite sessions was Jon's Short Story.

In this video from last year's event, Jon Schwabish of the Congressional Budget Office asks how to get people to relate to big numbers. For example, his office tried get people to understand what $786 billion in Social Security spend means.

The obvious answer-- use per capita or percent of GDP figures-- isn't the right answer. Jon breaks it down for us, in an entertaining way.

We'll be blogging these as we look forward to announcing Tapestry 2015! It's going to happen, watch this space for news.