Thursday, February 5, 2009

From TED 2009: Bill Gates on Rebooting the World

This week, I've been fortunate to be able to attend the TED Conference 2009. There have been many inspiring talks already, but this has to rank as one of the more newsworthy. It's Bill Gates, talking not about Windows or software, but about the experiences he is having running one of the largest foundations ever (over $3 billion given away last year), and dealing with the need to "reboot" things like public health care in the third world (mainly malaria), and public education in this country. He brings the same approach to these problems as he did to writing software code, and it's a very refreshing take on the two situations, made possible with all that money. 

It's a chance to see Bill Gates as you might not have seen him before: as serious and motivated as ever, but having fun and being funny along the way. (After you've watched it, check out the Q&A session here, particularly when he starts talking about the need for diversity.) As the host suggests, I could just as easily have titled this post: "Bill Gates lets loose new bugs into the world . . ." 

Enjoy---I hope you get as much out of it as I did.

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