About Liongraph

Until the lion has his historian, the hunter will always be a “hero” — African Proverb

 

I am 21 years old, a college senior, engaged to be married, and standing in the dungeon of a slave fort in Ghana. Its walls were built almost 300 years ago, and countless Africans passed through its doors on their way to a life of bondage in the Americas. My friend, a Ghanaian, guides me through its many rooms and narrates its appalling history. My friend is gracious and light-hearted despite the unspoken implications of this dark place. My skin is white; his is black. I am plagued with a single question: had we lived a few centuries ago, what would our interaction have looked like?

Scrawled on a wall, in a room without windows or ventilation, a place with rusted chains still shackled to the floor, are these words: “Until the lion has his historian, the hunter will always be a ‘hero'”.

This is my introduction to data analytics.

Our work is not as illuminating or important as the work of Frederick Douglass, Anne Frank, Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothea Dix, or others who sought to represent the Lion’s narrative. But we like to think it’s connected; that often our greatest ally when advocating for change is showing people the numbers, the pie charts, the bar graphs.

Information has, at times, inspired me to act, filled me with hope, made me laugh, and shifted my perspective. When expertly crafted and displayed, data is one of the most powerful tools movements and companies have at their disposal — yet it’s often overlooked.

That’s why we chose the name “Lion Graph.”

Because in a world of stories about the Hunter, we need more stories about the Lion.

And also, “Lion” sounds like “Line.” Like “Line Graph.” Get it?

Until the lion has his historian, the hunter will always be a “hero” — African Proverb

 

I am 21 years old, a college senior, engaged to be married, and standing in the dungeon of a slave fort in Ghana. Its walls were built almost 300 years ago, and countless Africans passed through its doors on their way to a life of bondage in the Americas. My friend, a Ghanaian, guides me through its many rooms and narrates its appalling history. My friend is gracious and light-hearted despite the unspoken implications of this dark place. My skin is white; his is black. I am plagued with a single question: had we lived a few centuries ago, what would our interaction have looked like?

Scrawled on a wall, in a room without windows or ventilation, a place with rusted chains still shackled to the floor, are these words: “Until the lion has his historian, the hunter will always be a ‘hero'”.

This is my introduction to data analytics.

Our work is not as illuminating or important as the work of Frederick Douglass, Anne Frank, Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothea Dix, or others who sought to represent the Lion’s narrative. But we like to think it’s connected; that often our greatest ally when advocating for change is showing people the numbers, the pie charts, the bar graphs.

Information has, at times, inspired me to act, filled me with hope, made me laugh, and shifted my perspective. When expertly crafted and displayed, data is one of the most powerful tools movements and companies have at their disposal — yet it’s often overlooked.

That’s why we chose the name “Lion Graph.”

Because in a world of stories about the Hunter, we need more stories about the Lion.

And also, “Lion” sounds like “Line.” Like “Line Graph.” Get it?