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Tax-Day Blues? A Reason to Smile on April 15
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 15, 2014
Use this calculator to see how many lives your income taxes will save. It’s probably more than you think.
6/7 of a Good Read The Great Escape Is an Excellent Book With One Big Flaw
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 8, 2014
Angus Deaton’s book will teach you a lot about why human welfare overall has gone up so much over time. But the final chapter takes a strange and unfortunate turn.
Maintenir l’aide Les grandes nouvelles que j’ai entendues en Europe
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 7, 2014
Je suis allé en Europe cette semaine et ai entendu de grandes nouvelles à propos de l’aide publique au développement.
Maintaining Aid Why I High-Fived a Colleague in Paris
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 4, 2014
I went to Europe this week and heard some great news about foreign aid.
filling the gap Catalytic Philanthropy: Innovating Where Markets Won’t and Governments Can’t
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 27, 2014
When you come to the end of the innovations that business and government are willing to invest in, you still find a huge unexplored space of innovation where the returns can be fantastic. This space is a fertile area for what I’ve called “catalytic philanthropy.”
Toilet Talk The Next Great Market Opportunity: Sanitation for India’s Poor
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 26, 2014
If you‘re inclined to take your toilet for granted, consider this. Half of all patients in hospitals in developing countries are there because of problems with water and sanitation. Last week we saw an encouraging sign that the sanitation issue is starting to get the traction it deserves: Delhi...
What’s TED Reading? 10 Books Melinda and I Recommended to the TED Crowd
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 26, 2014
Melinda and I attended TED this year, and the organizers asked us to suggest a few books that attendees might enjoy. I thought I’d share the lists we put together.
prepared remarks Teaching & Learning Conference 2014
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 17, 2014
My speech to the Teaching and Learning Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 14, 2014.
give kids an equal chance Speaking Up for the Common Core
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 17, 2014
I went to D.C. to spotlight two issues: America’s commitment to improve outcomes for students in U.S. schools.
give kids an equal chance My Trip to D.C.: Speaking Up for Foreign Aid and the Common Core
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 17, 2014
I went to D.C. to spotlight two issues: America’s commitment to global health, and the need to improve outcomes for students in U.S. schools.
global health hero A Visit to Haiti, and the Biggest Hellraiser I Know
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 6, 2014
Last month, Melinda and I took the kids on a vacation during their mid-winter break—and managed to get in a quick visit to Haiti, where we caught up with one of the heroes of global health, Paul Farmer.
my bookshelf Women, Poverty and AIDS
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 5, 2014
This book is a painful look at the way gender inequality has put poor women’s lives at risk. In many countries where violence and sexual abuse is tolerated, women are at higher risk for infection, and those living with HIV often can’t get access to treatment.
my bookshelf To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 5, 2014
Of all the books Paul has written, this is the best for non-experts. It's a collection of a number speeches he's given – primarily at commencement ceremonies. He's quite eloquent and uses stories in a powerful way.
my bookshelf The Uses of Haiti
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 5, 2014
Paul Farmer has worked in Haiti for two decades. The country has struggled for years, and Farmer makes the case that U.S. policy has often been hurtful to Haiti’s poor. The book is somewhat controversial for that reason.
my bookshelf Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 5, 2014
Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, and Arthur Kleinman take an interdisciplinary approach to global health, considering history, geography, ethnography, and more. Based on a Harvard course, it's a great resource for anyone studying public health.
my bookshelf Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 5, 2014
Paul Farmer has seen the effects of poverty firsthand. He takes you into his experience in these stories, to make his argument that promoting social and economic justice is the most important challenge of our time.
my bookshelf Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 5, 2014
If you’re not familiar with Paul Farmer and his work, this collection of his writing will give you a lot of insight into his work as a doctor, anthropologist, and advocate for the poor. He’s traveled extensively and has visited and lived in some of the poorest places in the world.
my bookshelf Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 5, 2014
Today, the poor are disproportionately more likely to suffer and die from plagues—diseases such as AIDS, TB, malaria, and cholera. Farmer’s concern is that the global health community emphasizes strategies that blame the victims instead of seeking solutions.
my bookshelf In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 5, 2014
This book is a conversation between Paul Farmer and Gustavo Gutierrez, a leading voice in liberation theology. They inspired each other in their respective work and their dedication to helping the poor. I found it thoughtful and inspiring.
my bookshelf Global Health in Times of Violence
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 5, 2014
Paul Farmer contributed to this book, which looks at the public health costs of all types of violence, particularly in poor countries, through a series of case studies. It’s something of a contrasting perspective to one of my favorite books, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Dec...
my bookshelf AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 5, 2014
Here Farmer challenges the idea that HIV came to North America from Haiti, suggesting that the idea is rooted in racism and ethnocentrism. He asks similar questions about U.S. attitudes in one of his books, The Uses of Haiti.
common core 3 Myths That Confuse the Debate Over America’s Schools
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 18, 2014
I don’t know many business leaders who are satisfied with America’s schools. In fact, just about every CEO I know is worried that this country simply isn’t producing enough graduates with the skills they need to compete globally. Closing that gap is the goal of a set of academic standards calle...
Ask me anything The Best Questions I Was Asked This Week
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 12, 2014
I’ve done a lot of interviews over the years, but not many where I get to talk about the Gates Foundation’s mistakes, what the future of computing looks like, and the virtues of Samuel L. Jackson playing me in a movie, all in one sitting. And that’s only a few of the topics that people brought...
on the road Backstage With Fallon, and Other Scenes from My Annual Letter Tour
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 3, 2014
Recently I went to New York City, London, and Davos to talk about the Annual Letter that Melinda and I wrote. I thought I’d share a few highlights of my trip.
a very good year Good News You Might Have Missed in 2013
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 23, 2013
Unlike a lot of people's year-end lists, I thought I would share a different kind of list: some of the good news you might have missed. I've limited my list to global health and development, where Melinda and I spend a lot of time, but even so, there's a lot to report.
My Bookshelf The Bet: The “Wager of the Decade” and Its Unfortunate Legacy
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 12, 2013
In 1981, two rival professors with radically divergent perspectives were sealing a bet that the Chronicle of Higher Education called “the scholarly wager of the decade.” This bet is the subject of Yale history professor Paul Sabin’s new book. 'The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble...
Seven Reads I'll Remember The Best Books I Read in 2013
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 12, 2013
I read a lot, but I don’t always choose what’s on the bestseller list. Many of the books I read this year actually came out years ago. That’s why this post isn’t called the Best Books of 2013…
Farewell, Madiba Remembering Nelson Mandela
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 6, 2013
Melinda and I admired Nelson Mandela, as the world did, for his courageous stand against apartheid. But we came to know him personally for a different reason: the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The World's Loss Statement by Bill and Melinda Gates on the Death of President Nelson Mandela
BY ON DECEMBER 5, 2013
President Mandela was a remarkable example to us, to our foundation, and to the whole world thanks to a life imbued with courage, dedication and compassion. Our thoughts and prayers are with Graça Machel and President Mandela’s family.
On the Right Track What I Learned About Polio in Nigeria
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 3, 2013
I had a great visit to Nigeria last month and was able to learn firsthand about how work is going on polio eradication and immunizing kids against preventable diseases. There’s a tremendous opportunity now for Nigeria to eradicate polio and it was exciting to meet with many of the government an...
Philanthropy for Everyone How You Can Be a More Effective Donor
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 2, 2013
You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There’s another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday.
watch my recital “Four Score and Seven Years Ago…”
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 19, 2013
Today is the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln and rsquo;s Gettysburg Address. What is left to say about this speech? It and rsquo;s one of the greatest in American history. I and rsquo;ve had a real fondness for it ever since I had to memorize it in the third grade. So when Ken Burns aske...
Black Tie at Bambi A Packed 36 Hours in Berlin
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 14, 2013
I spent two days in Berlin this week. My visit brought me into contact with artists and activists, politicians, scientists, actors, and even rock stars. Not bad for 36 hours.
Publishing 101 How I Became the Editor of WIRED (for One Issue)
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 12, 2013
As someone who is usually reading magazines (or occasionally appearing in them), I hadn’t spent a lot of time thinking about what goes into producing a regular periodical. I got a crash course in Publishing 101 over the past few months thanks to a really interesting and fun collaboration with W...
Become a Big Historian Big History for Everyone
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 1, 2013
Today we’re launching a new version of Big History: one that’s open and free for everyone. Like the school course, this version covers the history of the universe and how everything ties together—the basic approach that makes Big History my favorite course of all time. But in this version, ther...
News Worth Celebrating A Big Milestone for Saving Children
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 9, 2013
You won’t see many headlines about the World Health Organization’s decision today to endorse a new Japanese encephalitis vaccine. That’s too bad, because there’s a powerful story here about the tremendous progress the world is making to save and improve the lives of the world’s poorest.
A model of ingenuity America’s Greatest Inventor
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 8, 2013
Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, the movie camera, and a lot more. But his inventions may not be his greatest legacy.
CTRL+ALT+Q&A A Fun Interview at Harvard
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
It's always fun to go back to Harvard University, which I attended for a few years. Earlier this month I was there to help kick off the Harvard Campaign with a wide-ranging conversation onstage with David Rubenstein.
Crazy good The End of a Crazy Week in NYC
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
It was a terrific final day at the U.N. for Melinda and me today. The highlight was our chance to address the members of the General Assembly at a special meeting to discuss the Millennium Development Goals.
Crosstown express A Day of Criss-Crossing Manhattan
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
Day two in New York just ended, and it was another terrific day. Melinda and I got to see a lot of people who share many of the goals we're working on.
UNGA 2013: Day One Farmers, MDGs, Bill Clinton, and More
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
My Monday afternoon during U.N. Week focused on development and innovation – in a couple of very different contexts. I started out with a chance to catch up with Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and now serving as Chairman of AGRA, an organization our foundation does a...
UNGA 2013 Kicking Off the Week with Nigeria's President
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
It's the kickoff to U.N. Week here in New York, and while locals like to complain about the traffic (I can see why), it is a great opportunity for me to meet with leaders from parts of the world where our foundation is working—to talk about global health and development projects.
A great honor Remarks on Accepting the Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award
BY ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
It's a great honor to receive this award for public service, and to be associated with courageous leaders like Mary Lasker and Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
The tough job of teaching What Teachers Mean to Me
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
Even today, I can remember the name of pretty much every teacher I've ever had. In high school I had a fantastic chemistry teacher named Daniel Morris. He gave me a hard time and told me that I was just getting by. I always did well in analytical chemistry, but I hated all those pipettes and te...
Great, and getting better An Update on Graphite’s New Features
It's been an exciting time for our team in the few weeks since and nbsp;Graphite debuted at the ISTE education technology conference in San Antonio. More than 100,000 educators are now in the network, and we are rapidly adding content. The feedback we're getting is inspiring as well: teachers a...
Exciting news A Big Update on Big History
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 15, 2013
I have written before about Big History, the project I undertook with Professor David Christian. After two years of pilot projects, we have come to an exciting moment: the launch of a new Big History course tailored for high school students and teachers. It is now free, open, and available to a...
My Bookshelf Innovation, Disruption, and Progress: What Do Vaccines, Software, and Shipping Containers Have in Common?
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 9, 2013
In the second half of the twentieth century, an innovation came along that would transform the way the world did business. It helped accelerate the globalization that had already been under way for centuries. I’m not talking about software. I’m talking about the shipping industry, and in partic...
My Bookshelf Read Jared Diamond With Me, Part 2
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 18, 2013
Last week I mentioned I'd be reviewing Jared Diamond's latest book and invited you to share your thoughts on the book. I wasn't sure what the response would be. It wasn't exactly light beach reading, and ten days isn't much time to find and finish a 460-page book. But I was pleased by how many...
I'm a Fan A Discussion with Jared Diamond
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 18, 2013
I'm a big fan of the author Jared Diamond. His book Guns, Germs, and Steel had a huge impact on how I understand world history. I also enjoyed his latest, The World Until Yesterday. Professor Diamond was kind enough to respond to a few of my comments about the book.
What's in the bag? My Summer Reading List
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 9, 2013
Last year I shared my summer reading list, and I thought I’d do it again this year. Here are a few of the books I’m planning to read, along with one recommendation of a book I’ve already finished.
Let's read this Read Jared Diamond Along With Me
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 9, 2013
One of the books I and rsquo;m most excited to read this summer is called 'The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?. 'It and rsquo;s partly because the subject sounds interesting, but it and rsquo;s mostly because I and rsquo;m a big fan of the author, Jared Diam...
Tour of Progress Video Highlights of My India Trip
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 26, 2013
On my trip to India a few weeks ago, I got an update on the country's progress with making more-affordable vaccines and more-productive varieties of crops. I also had a fun onstage Q and A with the very impressive Bollywood star Aamir Khan. Here's a short video with a few highlights from my tri...
Speed-dating sponsors A Smart New Way to Surface Great Ideas
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 24, 2013
SVP Fast Pitch is a clever way to connect early-stage non-profits and social entrepreneurs with potential funders.
Introducing Graphite A New Way to Connect Teachers With Technology
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 24, 2013
In collaboration with Common Sense Media, I’m excited to launch a new free product called Graphite, which will focus on ratings and reviews for educational web sites, apps, and services.
Longer lives, smaller families Don’t Miss the Best News in Those New Population Numbers
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 21, 2013
The United Nations released some new population projections last week that are worth taking a closer look at. The news coverage about the reports hit the high points: the UN projects that the world's population will reach 9.6 billion by 2050, and India could overtake China as the most populous...
A vacation, a plan, a canal… Taking the Family to the Panama Canal
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 17, 2013
Melinda and I took the kids to the Panama Canal. It’s not exactly a typical vacation destination, but we all had fun learning about how the canal was built.
For my dad On Father's Day
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 14, 2013
This week, my father got a lifetime achievement award from the University of Washington. With Father’s Day coming up, this seemed like a good chance to talk a bit about my dad.
Synergy in the UK 3 Great Numbers from My Trip to Europe
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 13, 2013
I learned about Europe's continued commitment to aid for the world's poorest during my recent trip, when I met with Prime Minister David Cameron and YouTube star Charlie McDonnell.
We2 Sharing the Stage with Bono
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 6, 2013
It was a pleasure to join Bono onstage at an event hosted by Forbes. Here’s the video of our discussion.
Peas and millet India Day 2: Making a Better Pigeonpea
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 4, 2013
I’d never given much thought to pigeonpea and pearl millet before last week. But on my second day in India I learned how work with those crops is helping the livelihoods of some of the world’s poorest farmers.
GEMS Some Exciting News About Saving Kids’ Lives
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 30, 2013
In 2007 the foundation supported a study called GEMS (for Global Enterics Multi-center Study) that evaluated more than 20,000 children in sites with high rates of deaths from diarrhea. The results just came out, and they’re very exciting.
Meeting problems with solutions India Day 1: Getting Better All The Time
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 30, 2013
Halfway through the first day of my India trip, TV personality Prannoy Roy told a story I think really highlights the progress of India’s long journey to better health.
A Good Trip Why I’m Going to India
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 29, 2013
India is in an interesting position: It has both a deep understanding of the challenges and great capacity to help solve them. India’s cities are flush with highly educated people working in well-funded labs, as well as extremely poor communities like the slum in Uttar Pradesh that I visited la...
#yourquestions Five Questions from the Twitterverse
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 24, 2013
Last week, I did an onstage Q and A with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey at the annual investors summit hosted by Vinod Khosla. Jack also solicited questions from the Twitterverse. Here are my thoughts on a few of the questions from his followers.
Two days for 60 minutes Talking to 60 Minutes
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 12, 2013
I just watched Charlie Rose’s story on 60 Minutes about the work Melinda and I are doing. I’ve spoken with Charlie several times over the years and am always impressed by how well-prepared and thoughtful he is.
It's still the economy My Conversation with Bill Clinton at the 2013 Fiscal Summit
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 9, 2013
I was lucky enough to join Bill Clinton on stage at the Peterson Foundation's Fiscal Summit for a Q and A session. We talked for nearly an hour on budget and policy questions.
Investing in some fun Pilgrimage to Omaha: The Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 6, 2013
I went to Omaha for the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, where Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger answered questions for more than five hours. There was also ping-pong.
Coaching teachers My TED Talk: Giving Teachers What They Deserve
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 6, 2013
What’s one thing we’re doing in education that harms teachers and students and threatens U.S. global leadership? I share my answer in my latest TED talk.
A generous turnout Behind the Scenes at the Vaccine Summit
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 3, 2013
In this video, I thank seven donors who came together at the Global Vaccine Summit to contribute $335 million to help eradicate polio.
South Korea What Happens When a Country Stops Needing Aid?
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 2, 2013
The story of South Korea is pretty amazing. They’ve gone from a recipient of aid to a donor. What’s next for them? Last week I visited Seoul to find out.
My Bookshelf Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics And What To Do About It
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 2, 2013
Even in the best financial times, budgets for development aid are hardly overflowing. Government leaders and donors have to make hard decisions about where to focus their limited resources. How do you decide which countries should get low-cost loans or cheaper vaccines, and which can afford to...
My Bookshelf Why Does College Cost So Much?
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 1, 2013
There's a lot of concern about the cost of college. This book looks at college costs in the context of the larger economy, and offers suggestions for policy to increase access.
My Bookshelf The Patriarch
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 1, 2013
A biography of Joseph Kennedy, head of one of the great political dynasties in the U.S. There was a lot I didn't know about him.
My Bookshelf The Path Between the Seas
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 1, 2013
I've read other McCullough books, and this topic made it a surefire thing. I finished it right as I got to the Panama Canal on my vacation.
My Bookshelf Engineers of Victory
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 1, 2013
Paul Kennedy, award-winning author of 'The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers' and one of today’s most renowned historians, now provides a new and unique look at how World War II was won.
Waste management Why We're Talking To Scientists About Toilets
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 28, 2013
Melinda and I spoke at the National Academy of Science, to encourage scientists to use their skills to find innovative ways to help the poor.
Inventing Solutions National Academy of Sciences: Using the Power of Science to Improve Lives
BY ON APRIL 28, 2013
Melinda and I spoke at the National Academy of Sciences, a non-profit group that has advised the nation on important scientific matters for 150 years, to urge scientists to use innovation to help the poor.
Light up your brain Great Books on Science and Innovation
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 28, 2013
I believe that science and innovation are the keys to solving many of the world's biggest problems. Here are thirteen books on science and innovation that have influenced my thinking.
Off to a great start Global Vaccine Summit: We Changed History
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 28, 2013
I wanted to share my excitement over the outcomes of the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi, celebrating the huge progress toward ending polio and protecting all children with life-saving vaccines.
Texting immunity Mozambique: Mobile Technology for Global Health
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 23, 2013
Learn how text messaging is being used in Ghana to improve routine immunization.
Midwife calling Ghana: Mobile Technology for Global Health
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 23, 2013
Learn how mobile applications are improving maternal health in Ghana.
Dogs, tweets, and Tokyo What Does 20 Million Look Like?
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 22, 2013
If I had to name one tool that saves more lives than any other in global health, it would be vaccines. Between 2011 and 2020, childhood vaccine programs will save 20 million lives. What does 20 million look like?
First, celebrate Not Your Typical Vaccine Conference
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 22, 2013
This week I'm going to Abu Dhabi to attend the Global Vaccine Summit to celebrate the tremendous progress the world has made in ending polio and immunizing children.
Davos for Asia A Productive Day at the Bo’ao Conference
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 10, 2013
I attended the Bo’ao Forum for Asia on Hainan Island in China, an annual conference attracting government and business leaders.
No "one size fits all" Putting HIV Patients at the Center
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 10, 2013
There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to HIV services. The features of the global HIV epidemic vary by country, community and patient, and we need to design programs to meet people’s needs and strengthen their access to treatment and prevention.
Tracking immunization Seeing Ghana’s Health Care System in Action
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 27, 2013
During my visit, I was very impressed by the information tracking in Ghana’s health care system. It’s enabling health care workers to closely measure their progress in delivering immunizations and other patient services. And it’s helping Ghana make progress toward the Millennium Development Goa...
Mortality, phones, & democracy Progress in Ghana
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 27, 2013
Here are three reasons I'm excited about Ghana's future.
What's working What I’m Learning about Ghana
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 25, 2013
I'm visiting Ghana to see firsthand why the country’s immunization system is working so well and meet the people involved.
Ask Me Anything Reddit AMA
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 20, 2013
View the questions and answers from Bill's first-ever Reddit Ask Me Anything.
Future of Food
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 18, 2013
Learn how food scientists are reinventing meat - and how it can benefit everyone.
Talking at SXSW SXSW: Innovation and Technology in Education
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 7, 2013
Finally, online learning and other educational technologies are taking off in a big way.
Going for GMOs Farmers Deserve Options
BY ON MARCH 7, 2013
Farmers have started hearing about GMO seeds, and they all want them. In the next six years, we expect 20 million farmers to plant these new varieties.
Teaming up Our Plan to Eradicate Polio
BY ON MARCH 4, 2013
First published in the Wall Street Journal, this opinion piece urges fast action by the global health community to eradicate polio in the three countries where it remains endemic: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
My Bookshelf Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013
Normally, I’m fairly positive about the books I review, but here’s one I really took issue with.
Robots, chairs, and water A Day at DEKA Research with Dean Kamen
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 25, 2013
Toward the end of last year, I got to travel to Manchester, New Hampshire, to visit one of America’s most prolific and successful inventors, Dean Kamen.
My Bookshelf The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 21, 2013
Nate Silver's known for accurately predicting the outcome of the 2012 U.S. presidential election. This book is about predictions in many domains besides politics. He knows a lot about baseball, and I especially liked his explanation of hold’em poker.
New and improved seeds Reflections on My Trip to Mexico City
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 20, 2013
I visited Mexico City to spend time with Carlos Slim and some of the best scientists in the world, learning about innovation in agricultural research.
Reaching across 5 continents The Giving Pledge Goes International
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 19, 2013
The Giving Pledge is growing with 105 billionaires in 9 different countries committing to giving away the majority of their wealth.
CIMMYT México será líder en innovación en el desarrollo agrícola para el mundo
BY ON FEBRUARY 12, 2013
Hace medio siglo México fue exitoso pionero en la generación de nuevas variedades de trigo y maíz que salvaron a mil millones de personas del hambre. Hoy encabeza nuevamente los avances en desarrollo agrícola que ayudarán a los países pobres a ser autosuficientes en materia alimentaria.
CIMMYT Mexico Will Lead Innovation in Agricultural Development for the World
BY ON FEBRUARY 12, 2013
Mexico is at the forefront of advances in agricultural development to help poor countries become food self-sufficient.
Gene banks for crops Mexico, Carlos Slim, and Me
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 11, 2013
Mexico and philanthropists like Carlos Slim are helping lead the global fight against hunger and poverty through agricultural development.
My Bookshelf The Most Powerful Idea in the World
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 4, 2013
'The Most Powerful Idea in the World' is an entertaining narrative weaving together the clever characters, incremental innovations and historical context behind the steam engines that gave birth to our modern world.
Delivering a letter Download My Annual Letter (including translated versions)
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 31, 2013
Please download my annual letter. This year, it concentrates on the power of clear goals and accurate measurement to improve the lives of the poorest people around the globe.
Al Gore, Colbert, & more Annual Letter Kick-Off in New York
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 30, 2013
Today was a long but terrific day, as I made the rounds talking about my annual letter, released this morning. I started the day with the 'TODAY' Show, where they showed a clip of me predicting email and ubiquitous computers from an interview I did with Tom Brokow in 1992. Seems ridiculously ob...
“Developing countries”? The River of Myths by Hans Rosling
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 30, 2013
Hans Rosling shows how measurement reveals incredible progress in saving the lives of children in what were once labeled "developing countries."
Three convictions The Richard Dimbleby Lecture
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 30, 2013
The Richard Dimbleby Lecture was founded in the 1970’s in memory of one of the UK’s most influential broadcasters and is hosted each year by the BBC. I was incredibly honored to deliver the keynote speech for this year’s Dimbleby Lecture at The Royal Institution of Great Britain.
What's the difference? Exactly. My Annual Letter: How We Measure Impact to Improve Lives
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 29, 2013
My 2013 Annual Letter concentrates on the power of clear goals and accurate measurement to improve the lives of the poorest people around the globe.
A man of letters My Annual Letter: Accelerating Impact through Measurement
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 23, 2013
On January 30, I’ll be sending out my annual letter. It’s the fifth one I’ve written and I look forward to sharing what we’ve learned in our work at the foundation and how that learning will be applied to our efforts moving forward. Most of all, I really enjoy hearing back from you and many of...
Winter's tales A Year-End Reading List
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 18, 2013
Some books on predictions, inequality, prosperity, steam and Warren Buffett.
My Bookshelf Value-Added Measures in Education: What Every Educator Needs to Know
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 17, 2013
Douglas N. Harris is an economist who studies education reform, and he's written an interesting book that has a lot of important things to say about a controversial subject: teacher accountability.
An optimistic spirit A Talk with Desmond Tutu
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 16, 2013
Talking with Desmond Tutu about optimism, opportunity and reconciliation.
My Bookshelf Interventions: A Life in War and Peace
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 2, 2013
I recently picked up Kofi Annan’s book, 'Interventions: A Life in War and Peace', about his years as Secretary-General of the UN. It was a reminder of his achievements in global health and development, and helpful to learn about the other side of his UN work on peacekeeping issues.
A set of complex problems A New Global Study to Help Us Understand Disease
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 20, 2012
A new health study shows we’re continuing to make progress reducing child deaths in poor countries. Yet, more people in wealthy countries are suffering from, and living longer with, chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.
My Bookshelf One Billion Hungry: Can we Feed the World?
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 17, 2012
Gordon Conway is one of the world’s foremost experts on the connection between hunger and agriculture. I found his new book, 'One Billion Hungry', an interesting read and a clear roadmap for what we need to do to increase agricultural productivity and eliminate hunger in the world.
Top 10 for 2012 My Top Reads of 2012
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 17, 2012
I read some amazing books this year. Every one of these books changed my worldview, and I highly recommend them if you're looking for inspiring reading. Read my book reviews to learn more.
My Bookshelf Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 13, 2012
If you’re going to read one book about modern China in the period after Mao, then this is the book you should read.
My Bookshelf The City that Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 12, 2012
This is an interesting look at how New York City reduced its crime rate exponentially, without increasing its prison population.
My Bookshelf This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 12, 2012
A history of financial crises, which skewers the idea that "this time is different."
Good ways to give Making the Most of Your Holiday Giving
BY ON DECEMBER 11, 2012
This holiday season, we decided to list several of the charity initiatives that have sparked our interest. Each of these projects takes a different approach, but they have three things in common: they’re innovative, committed to transparency and accountability, and they’re getting good results....
About Charity Navigator Charity Navigator’s Newest Rating Dimension: Helping Change the World for the Better
Charity Navigator provides ratings of nonprofit organizations to help donors determine which are most effective.
About Donorschoose DonorsChoose.org: Experience the Joy of Giving
DonorsChoose is a place where teachers create classroom project requests that donors can choose to fund.
About GreatNonprofits GreatNonprofits
BY ON DECEMBER 10, 2012
GreatNonprofits has collected more than 120,000 reviews of US-based nonprofits and increasingly, international nonprofits too. The reviews are written by beneficiaries, volunteers and donors. GreatNonprofits also provides tools for nonprofits, websites, and foundations to collect and analyze th...
Tweets from Georgia Tech Answers to your #askBillG Questions
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 7, 2012
My recent talk with students at Georgia Tech prompted a number of people to submit questions to #askbillg.
Rethinking "vehicle" Challenging Student Designers to Create New Kinds of Vehicles
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 5, 2012
EcoMotors Design Challenge asked students to design concept cars that take advantage of the EcoMotors engine. The jury for the challenge included former General Motors and Chrysler design chiefs, and auto collector Jay Leno.
My Bookshelf Tap Dancing to Work
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 5, 2012
I never pass up the chance to spend time with my friend, Warren Buffett, because time with him is the essence of time well spent. Every time we get together, I learn a lot. I laugh a lot. And I leave hungry for more.
Closing in on 1% Turning the Corner on Polio in 2012
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 30, 2012
The changes and progress in 2012 have made for the most convincing case yet that ending polio is possible – and is one of the most concrete accomplishments possible for global health.
Unite against AIDS On World AIDS Day, a Call to Action
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 29, 2012
Each year on December 1 we observe World AIDS Day as an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with the virus, and remember people who’ve died.
advancing the frontier Partners in Learning: Q&A with Anthony Salcito
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 29, 2012
My Q and A with Anthony Salcito, the Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft, and the author of the www.dailyedventures.com blog.
A day to give Giving Tuesday
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 26, 2012
Here in the U.S., we've had Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Now there’s a new “day” in this post-Thanksgiving period I’m excited about: Giving Tuesday.
Q&A with Students My Talk with Students at Georgia Tech
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 20, 2012
I spoke with students at Georgia Tech and answered their questions via videoconference. Watch the video.
My Bookshelf Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 15, 2012
What we eat and how farmers grow our food has a surprisingly big impact on our climate and the environment. 'Tomorrow’s Table' is a book I read a few years ago that offers a window into the lives of a geneticist and organic farmer trying to increase yields on their farm using new kinds of seeds...
debate shift Rx for Higher Ed: Access and Completion
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 13, 2012
Keeping higher education affordable and excellent should be a top priority, since it has been an engine of growth for more than a century. One way to get more out of the money the government and individuals spend on college is to focus not only on college access, but also on college completion....
"Last mile" to polio Digital Mapping Technology Helps Polio Vaccinators Zero In
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 5, 2012
One of the things I’ve learned working on the global effort to eradicate polio is that it’s a complex war fought with lots of people on the ground and very detailed plans by vaccination teams to ensure that no children are overlooked. Now, public health officials have another tool in their arse...
A targeted effort GIS Mapping & GPS Tracking for Polio in Nigeria
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 5, 2012
A digital mapping system is being used in Nigeria to help health workers target specific areas for immunization efforts in the fight or eradicate polio.
My Bookshelf A World-Class Education
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 30, 2012
A half-century ago, the U.S. was the undisputed leader in education—the first country to achieve universal secondary education and the first to make college broadly accessible. Today, other countries are leap-frogging the U.S. on global measures of student skills and knowledge. 'A World-Class E...
My Bookshelf Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 30, 2012
The quality of our colleges and universities – particularly for undergraduates – should be a topic we all care about as a country. College is crucial in educating and preparing young people to succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy.
data view Who's Beating the U.S. in Education?
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 30, 2012
A half-century ago, the U.S. was the undisputed leader in education. Today, other countries are leap-frogging the U.S. on global measures of student skills and knowledge. Here's a look at some of the data.
My Bookshelf Why Capitalism?
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 26, 2012
Has capitalism been a bad choice as an economic system, given the problems in recent years? Allan H. Meltzer says no.
My Bookshelf Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 26, 2012
This book offers energy solutions for four major industries by 2050 - with no fossil fuels or nuclear energy.
My Bookshelf The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 26, 2012
Eli Broad had huge success in business and is now an important philanthropist. He believes you may have to be “unreasonable” sometimes to accomplish your goals.
My Bookshelf Science Business: The Promise, the Reality, and the Future of Biotech
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 26, 2012
Biotech is a complex industry - like other science-based industries. This book takes a critical look at the challenges, and what needs to be done to make it work.
My Bookshelf A Nation of Wusses: How America's Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 26, 2012
A short, fun book. Ed Rendell is a colorful observer of political life in the U.S. No surprise, then, that this book is colorful too, with lots of great stories.
Pretty sweet Candy Innovation That’s Really Unreal
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 26, 2012
Every year about this time, you hear the warnings from public health experts, pediatricians and dentists about how much (if any) Halloween candy to let your kids enjoy. There are high-level negotiations going on in a lot of U.S. households (including my own) about this topic. So I’m happy to sh...
Join Us World Polio Day: A Day to Learn, Act, Donate
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 24, 2012
Since 1988, 200 countries and 20 million volunteers have joined forces in the global effort to end polio. This year alone, nearly 400 million children have been vaccinated. I’m proud to be part of this effort. I hope you’ll join me in ending polio forever.
Big History course Bringing It All Together!
BY ON OCTOBER 22, 2012
David Christian, professor of Big History, talks about the origins of the program and how it differs from any other history course.
Discover Big History The Big History Project: Teachers – Come Take a Look at the Online Course
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 22, 2012
After Big History’s two-year pilot program, any educator can now request credentials to explore the Big History Project online courseware, as well as use and share any of the content they like.
Starting with a bang Big History Course Structure
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 22, 2012
The Big History course is broken down into two parts across ten teaching units. Each unit includes between 30-50 a la carte pieces of content that work together to achieve specific learning objectives and concepts.
What's in the course? Big History Content Samples
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 22, 2012
Big History content includes video lectures, infographics, animations, texts and even comic books. Here are some samples from the course.
Making connections Big Goals for Big History in American High Schools
BY ON OCTOBER 22, 2012
University of Michigan professor Bob Bain talks about the way Big History differs from other courses, and the impact it can have on American high schools.
Committed to aid Inspired Leadership in Europe
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 22, 2012
European governments provide more than 60 percent of foreign aid to developing countries, so last week it was fantastic talking with government leaders there, who said they remain committed, despite difficult economic times in the E.U.
Rating Africa’s development Video: Mo Ibrahim on Africa, Governance
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 19, 2012
Last week during my trip to Europe I met with Mo Ibrahim, an amazing guy who’s doing great things to help improve the lives of people in Africa.
Bono et moi Sur la route avec Bono
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 15, 2012
Cette semaine, je me suis rendu en Europe avec Bono. Nous rencontrons ensemble des chefs de gouvernement afin de les encourager à renouveler leurs engagements concernant le financement de programmes d’aide au développement qui soutiennent les plus démunis.
En Europe avec Bono Europe, 1er jour : Avec Bono, nous défendons l’aide
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 15, 2012
Me voilà cette semaine en Europe, avec des arrêts à Londres et à Paris. Je fais une partie du voyage avec Bono, pour rencontrer les chefs de gouvernement et les décideurs politiques de pays dont le rôle au niveau de la santé et du travail de développement dans le monde est primordial.
Giving in tough times France Committed to Foreign Aid
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 11, 2012
I was in Paris this week with Bono, talking about the importance and effectiveness of foreign aid with senior French officials, including France’s new President, Francois Hollande. I’m excited that France remains committed to development, even in these tough budgetary times.
A good team Partnering with Bono on Foreign Aid
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 11, 2012
This week, Bono and I met with European leaders to encourage them to renew their commitments to fund development assistance programs that help the world’s poorest. Bono is incredibly dedicated and it was great to partner with him on telling the aid story.
Tuning Up On the Road with Bono
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 10, 2012
I’ve been traveling in Europe this week with Bono. The two of us are meeting with government leaders to encourage them to renew their commitments to fund development assistance programs that help the world’s poorest.
In Europe with Bono Europe Day One: With Bono, Defending Aid
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 10, 2012
I’m in Europe this week for stops in London and Paris. I’m traveling part of the time with Bono - to meet with government leaders and policy makers of countries that are key contributors to global health and development work.
On the right track A Great Meeting on Polio with Afghanistan Officials
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 10, 2012
Afghanistan faces real challenges in stopping polio. But after meeting with Afghani political and health leaders in Abu Dhabi, I’m optimistic they’re on the right track and that we will see a polio-free Afghanistan.
Low cost, high yields The MenAfriVac Vaccine: an Amazing Success Story in Global Health
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 10, 2012
When I think about everything that went into developing the MenAfriVac vaccine, it’s a great example of what we have learned works well in global health.
Conversations in Abu Dhabi The Majlis Lectures
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 10, 2012
While in Abu Dhabi this week, I took part in a Majlis, a wide-ranging dialogue about global issues hosted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
partners in progress New Generation of Gulf Leaders in the Fight Against Global Poverty and Disease
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 9, 2012
Young leaders in the Gulf region are taking advantage of the region’s rising prosperity, its unique insights and technical savvy, and combining them with a long tradition of charity to make unique contributions to the global fight against poverty and disease. That was my message in a speech at...
Commitment to end polio A Conversation with Dr. Ahmad Mohammad Ali Al-Madani, President, Islamic Development Bank Group
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 8, 2012
Last month in New York City, President Ali and I joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the presidents of Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan, and other world leaders at a high-level event during the UN General Assembly, where President Ali announced the Islamic Development Bank’s (IDB) full commi...
Sing out Social Innovation Fast Pitch: American Idol for Social Impact
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 8, 2012
Social Venture Partners Seattle’s Social Innovation Fast Pitch offers non-profit and for-profit innovators a program to develop and sharpen plans and presentations of their work through workshops, coaching, and mentoring. After a series of competitive rounds, the program culminates in an Americ...
A dynamic region Impressed by Young Leaders in the Arabic Gulf
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 8, 2012
I’m excited to be traveling this week to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and to Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Our foundation has important projects in the region, and fantastic partners who are making huge contributions to health and development
Photos from my trip Snapshots of UN Week
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 1, 2012
View photos from my trip to New York for a special UN session on eradicating polio. I had a chance to meet with some of our partners in this fight - from Barcelona footballers to the President of Afghanistan.
My #1 Priority Day 2 at the UN: Uniting against Polio
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
Polio has almost been eradicated from the face of the Earth – but not quite, not yet. In New York on Thursday, heads of state and other world leaders came together to recommit to finally closing the door on this disease. It was very inspiring.
Catching up Day 1 at the UN: Good Friends from Around the World
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
For me, Wednesday afternoon at the UN General Assembly was a great chance to catch up with some of our allies from all over who are working on the frontlines of global health and development.
A busy day in NY Day 1 at the UN: Talking Health and Development
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
As the United Nations General Assembly convenes in New York this week, I’ve been asked to come and speak about the need for nations around the world to recommit to eradicating polio. Here are some notes from my first day at the UN.
Counting polio out Global Polio Eradication Initiative: A Partnership that is Getting Results
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
Thanks to the efforts of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, today there are the fewest number of new polio cases in the fewest districts in the fewest countries than at any time in history.
At the UN in NY 3,000 Miles for 3 Minutes: A Global Call to End Polio
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
I’m joining an amazing group of global leaders and donors at the UN in New York this week. We’re coming together to state our pledge to eradicate polio, a global health goal that’s never been so close.
What we hadn’t seen before The Turning Point: Our First Trip to Africa
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2012
During our trip to Africa in 1993, Melinda and I had our first encounter with deep poverty, and it had a profound impact on us.
Doing good = feeling good Forbes Roundtable: Why Give
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2012
Melinda and I sat down with Warren Buffett, Steve Case, David Rubenstein, Leon Black, and moderator Randall Lane at the Forbes 400 Summit on philanthropy to talk about the benefits and challenges of giving back.
Charting the decline of violence Better Angels of Our Nature in Graphs & Numbers
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
In his book, Better Angels of Our Nature, Steven Pinker shows how violence is declining, using data and charts. Here’s a look at some of the data from the book.
Giving it away Chuck Feeney: The Billionaire Who Is Trying To Go Broke
BY ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
This story appears in the October 8, 2012 issue of Forbes magazine.
Markets for change The Power of Catalytic Philanthropy
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
Last summer, I attended a summit on philanthropy. A talk I gave there was adapted this week in Forbes, who organized the conference. It talks about how philanthropy can make a real difference and its unique role versus government and business, and how all of us can contribute something to mak...
Step outside and say that A Conversation with Steven Pinker: When does Honor Become Dishonorable?
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
Does defending one's honor lead to more violence?
Gentler times? A Conversation with Steven Pinker: Has the World Become More or Less Violent over Time?
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
Steven Pinker looks at violence across societies and time.
Make love, not war? A Conversation with Steven Pinker: Did the Social Revolution of the 1960s Make People More Violent?
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
Steven Pinker talks about the social revolution of the 1960s in the context of violence.
The deadliest ever? A Conversation with Steven Pinker: Was World War II the Deadliest War?
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
How do you assess the devastation of world wars of the past?
Mean guys? A Conversation with Steven Pinker: Is Violence a Guy Thing?
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
Is violence gender-specific? How do men and women compare?
My Bookshelf Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
Even if you don’t read many inspirational books, try this is one. It’s about enjoying life. Melinda and I went to one of his seminars. He’s a very nice guy.
Grab your shades Books I Read this Summer
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
The vacation I took this summer gave me a chance to get to some of the books I’d been eager to read. Here are some recommendations of books I enjoyed.
My Bookshelf Book Review: Moonwalking with Einstein
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
Sometimes people have suggested that I’ve got a “photographic memory,” particularly when I’m talking about topics that interest me, like science and business.
One year polio-free Angola’s Re-Match Against Polio Underscores the Urgency of Global Eradication
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 31, 2012
Angola marks a full year without a new case of polio, evidence that with sustained focus we could end polio forever.
See what it's about Explore Big History Content
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2012
In Big History students embark on a 13.7 billion year journey, traveling from before the Big Bang, all the way to the modern day and beyond. Students will investigate the mysteries of how our Universe exists and where we come from, gaining a better understanding of our fellow humans, the world...
Open enrollment Big History Project is Getting Bigger
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2012
This back-to-school season marks a major milestone for the Big History Project. After a successful targeted pilot program, it is now poised to expand and serve more than 3,000 students in 5 countries. After next year the hope is that the program gets even bigger – with free, online access for e...
teachfest Why I’m Excited about the Arrival of Back-to-School Season
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 29, 2012
Young students may not agree, but I am excited with the arrival of back-to-school season. This is a particularly interesting year, especially now with all the innovation underway in education.
My Bookshelf Cost of Hope: A Memoir – The Story of a Marriage, a Family, and the Quest for Life
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 28, 2012
Over the last couple of years, I’ve been spending time trying to get smarter about the problems associated with rising health care costs in the U.S. I became interested in the topic mostly through my interest in funding for education in the U.S.
Less disease. No $#%@ Reflections on the Reinventing the Toilet Challenge
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 23, 2012
I’m excited about the new toilet prototypes, which could help reduce disease for the 40 percent of the world’s population that doesn't have access to toilets. It’s a terrific example of innovation’s ability to dramatically improve people’s lives.
Next-gen toilets Toilets: Capital Markets and Catalytic Philanthropy
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 16, 2012
In a light-hearted but serious exchange at the Khosla Summit, I encouraged friend and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla to invest in the toilet of the future. Watch the video.
Not flush with cash Simple, Affordable Sanitation Innovation in Durban
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 14, 2012
On a visit a few years ago to South Africa, I met with sanitation experts in Durban who have developed a safer and inexpensive alternative to the pit toilets used by many poorer families around the world.
Better toilets in Durban Field Visit: Sanitation Innovation
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 14, 2012
Watch this video from my trip to Durban, South Africa where I met with sanitation experts who had developed a safe and inexpensive alternative to the pit toilets used by many poorer families around the world.
Winning Toilet Designs Inventing a Toilet for the 21st Century
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 14, 2012
I announced the winners today of the foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge—a competition designed to encourage breakthroughs in clean, affordable sanitation.
WC: Winners' circle And the Winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge Awards are…?
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 14, 2012
Today I attended the Reinvent the Toilet Fair — a fascinating learning experience and an important step in providing safe sanitation for everyone in the world.
Put that $#%@ to work Why We Need a Toilet Revolution
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 13, 2012
Four out of 10 people worldwide don't have a safe way to poop. Find out why we need a toilet revolution. We need new ideas to help reduce disease and find new ways to turn crap into valuable stuff, like fuel, fertilizer, and fresh water.
Social topics Princess Khaliya Aga Khan: Recommended Reading
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 10, 2012
Here’s a list of books recommended by Princess Khaliya Aga Khan, who is a philanthropist, venture capitalist and advocate for social change.
Some light. some heavy Michael Kinsley: Recommended Reading
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 10, 2012
Here’s a list of books recommended by Michael Kinsley. Michael is a columnist for Bloomberg View and for many years was the Editor of 'The New Republic' and a columnist for the 'Washington Post'.
My Bookshelf The Hunger Games
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 8, 2012
This is one of the few fiction books I've read. It was pretty exciting and also kind of disturbing.
Your books and mine More Great Summer Reading
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 8, 2012
I’ve always been a big reader, and love spreading the word about great books that approach interesting topics in new ways.
remembrance and hope Microsoft Research: Interactive HIV/AIDS Exhibits
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2012
You can view the entire AIDS Memorial Quilt online, even though it’s now over 1.3 million square feet.
One woman's story Indian Sex Worker Speaks and Acts Against AIDS
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 26, 2012
Anu Swami shares her story of how she is fighting the battle against HIV and teaching others to fight it too.
A meeting in Zambia Chief Mumena: Leading by Example on HIV
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 25, 2012
The fight against AIDS in Africa is filled with true heroes. Chief Mumena is certainly one of them.
International AIDS Conference What We Must Do to Turn the Tide on AIDS
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 23, 2012
At the International AIDS Conference, I shared my optimism about the great progress we’ve made in the fight to end AIDS. I also expressed my concern that we stay focused on finding effective ways to deliver treatment to all those who need it, and continue to innovate to build on our progress.
Treatment is Working Why I’m Committed to Turning the Tide on AIDS
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 22, 2012
A decade ago, almost no one in Africa was receiving drugs to treat HIV. AIDS was a death sentence. Now more than 8 million people in developing countries, the majority of them in Africa, have access to life-saving treatment.
A test worth taking Florence Daka, an HIV-Infected Mother of Four
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 21, 2012
The high rates of HIV transmission from mother to child can be prevented with effective HIV drug treatment.
UNAIDS Profile: UNAIDS
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 19, 2012
UNAIDS: The resources of the UNAIDS Secretariat and 10 UN system organizations uniting the world against AIDS.
PEPFAR Profile: The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 19, 2012
PEPFAR was established by the United States government in 2003 in response to the global AIDS crisis.
ONE Profile: ONE
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 19, 2012
ONE: Playing an important role persuading governments to fight extreme poverty and disease.
the global fund Profile: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 19, 2012
The Global Fund: Its programs have saved lives by providing AIDS treatment for 3.3 million people.
amFAR Profile: amfAR
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 19, 2012
amfAR: dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research since 1985.
International AIDS Conference A Brief History of the International AIDS Conference
BY ON JULY 17, 2012
This post was originally published on the ONE blog.
A tough challenge In Pakistan, Victory Against Polio is in the Hands of Local Officials
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 17, 2012
Pakistan is one of three countries in which polio remains endemic. But I met recently with a group of national and provincial officials who seem to have a clear-eyed view of what it will take to finish the job.
Khosla interview: Technology Retrospective with Vinod Khosla: Technology Opportunities
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 16, 2012
Video excerpt from Q and A session with Vinod Khosla at the Khosla Ventures Summit in May 2012.
Khosla interview: Energy Retrospective with Vinod Khosla: Innovations in Energy
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 16, 2012
Video excerpt from Q and A session with Vinod Khosla at the Khosla Ventures Summit in May 2012.
Talking education Retrospective with Vinod Khosla: Innovations in Education
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 16, 2012
Video excerpt from Q and A session with Vinod Khosla at the Khosla Ventures Summit in May 2012.
Khosla interview: Innovation Retrospective with Vinod Khosla: Improving Lives with Innovation
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 16, 2012
Video excerpt from Q and A session with Vinod Khosla at the Khosla Ventures Summit in May 2012.
Khosla interview: United States Retrospective with Vinod Khosla: Perspectives on U.S. Innovations
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 13, 2012
Video excerpt from Q and A session with Vinod Khosla at the Khosla Ventures Summit in May 2012.
Energetic start-ups Entrepreneurs Hold the Key to Solving Many Big Challenges
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 13, 2012
I recently had a chance to meet with about two-dozen startup companies working on truly breakthrough technologies. Not all will succeed, but many will, and that’s exciting because they’re going to help us tackle some big problems—like producing sustainable clean energy and nutritious food to fe...
prepared remarks Improving Education in the U.S.
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 11, 2012
On July 11, 2012, I addressed the 2012 ECS National Forum on Education Policy in Atlanta, Georgia on the subject of improving outcomes for education in the U.S. Here's a transcript of my remarks.
#morequestions Answering More #askBillG Questions about India
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 10, 2012
India is a remarkable place. It touches all your senses and emotions. The videos and articles I posted from my latest trip prompted a number of questions.
Venture to read these Vinod Khosla: Recommended Reading
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 6, 2012
Here’s a list recommended by Vinod Khosla, one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems,and founder of the firm Khosla Ventures, which focuses on venture investments in various technology sectors, most notably clean technology.
What, no romance? Vaclav Smil: Recommended Reading
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 6, 2012
Here’s a list of books recommended by Vaclav Smil, who does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy. He is the author of several books I've read and reviewed.
Intellectual reading Nathan Myhrvold: Recommended Reading
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 6, 2012
Here’s a list of books recommended by Nathan Myhrvold, who was Microsoft's Chief Technology Officer, and now follows a wide variety of interests. He's one of the founders of Intellectual Ventures.
Thoughtful reading Steven Pinker: Recommended Reading
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 6, 2012
Here’s a list of books recommended by Steven Pinker, a Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition, and his most recent book is The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has De...
Book learning Arne Duncan: Recommended Reading
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 6, 2012
Here’s a list of books recommended by Arne Duncan, the United States Secretary of Education and former CEO of Chicago Public Schools.
Big booklist David Christian: Recommended Reading
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 6, 2012
Here’s a list of books recommended by David Christian. David is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities who originated the "Big History" online course, which surveys the past on the largest possible scales. David and Bill have been working together to make the course available to h...
Paperback reader Charles Kenny: Recommended Reading
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 6, 2012
Here’s a book recommended by Charles Kenny, a fellow at the Center for Global Development and the New America Foundation. He's also the author of 'Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding, and How We Can Improve the World Even More'.
Scrub up and read Atul Gawande: Recommended Reading
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 6, 2012
Here’s a list of books recommended by Atul Gawande, a surgeon and public health researcher who practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He's also the author of 'The Checklist Manifesto'.
#yourquestions Answers to your #askBillG Questions about India
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 6, 2012
India is a remarkable place. It touches all your senses and emotions. The videos and articles I posted from my latest trip prompted a number of questions.
My Bookshelf Steve Jobs
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 6, 2012
Walter Isaacson is a good writer, and I enjoyed reading this book to learn more about the life of a friend and colleague I admired.
Beach bag books Great Summer Reading
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 5, 2012
Summer is a great time for me to get in some additional time for reading. Here are a few books I’ve read recently, and a short list of some books I’m looking forward to reading this summer.
Chronicle interview A Conversation with Bill Gates about the Future of Higher Education
This article was originally published by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Chronicle interview A Conversation With Bill Gates: The Future of Online Courses in Higher Education
The following is an excerpt from an article that was originally published by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Chronicle interview A Conversation with Bill Gates: The Future of Higher Education
BY ON JUNE 29, 2012
The following is an excerpt from an article that was originally published by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Talking with the Chronicle A Conversation with Bill Gates: The Role of Technology in Higher Education
The following is an excerpt from an article that was originally published by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Author insights Daniel Yergin Replies to My Review of His Book, "The Quest"
BY ON JUNE 29, 2012
Daniel Yergin is one of my favorite writers and his book, The Quest, is a significant contribution to the conversation about the various forces shaping our energy future. I appreciate that he took the time to comment on my review of his book.
A microcosm of the world Progress in India
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 27, 2012
My recent trip to India left me quite optimistic. India has made great progress—especially in health—reminding me again why the people and the country are so special.
One Success story HIV/AIDS & Avahan
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 24, 2012
The Avahan HIV prevention project is one of the success stories in India’s effort to reduce the spread of HIV. The program is targeted at millions of the people most at-risk for contracting and spreading the virus.
Meeting the people The Urban Health Initiative in India
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 24, 2012
I always look forward to visiting India for the opportunity to meet people who are benefiting from projects we’re supporting in key health areas, like family planning, polio eradication, and HIV/AIDS.
Ujariaon slum in Lucknow Visions of Life among India’s Urban Poor
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 21, 2012
Memorable images of the lives of India’s urban poor.
My Bookshelf Finance and the Good Society
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 20, 2012
Robert Shiller won a Nobel Prize for economics in 2013. In this book, he talks about financial innovation and why we need to use it for the good of society.
20 years of growth India’s Progress
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 19, 2012
If you’re wondering whether development aid programs really do any good, or if you doubt that government spending on things like health can really make a difference, then you should go to India, as I did again just recently.
Exporting hope The Serum Institute Of India
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 19, 2012
On my recent trip to India I visited this impressive facility, which delivers high-quality, affordable vaccines around the world.
The people I met My Trip to India
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 18, 2012
I go to India at least once a year to see the progress of the work our foundation is doing there. I’ve posted several videos from my most recent visit.
My Bookshelf The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 18, 2012
How would you go about making the world a fundamentally better place? Eliminating violence, particularly violent deaths, would be a great start. Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows in his masterful new book just how violence is declining. It is a triumph of a book.
In the slums of Mumbai Q&A with Katherine Boo, Author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 15, 2012
With its detailed depiction of life in one of Mumbai’s urban slums, 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers' is one of those books that makes you wonder about the story behind the story. So I asked author Katherine Boo if she would answer a few questions.
Reasons to visit Why India?
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 11, 2012
Why I went to India – my reasons and a video preview of my reflections on the trip.
Wash your hands Can a Simple, Safe Childbirth Checklist Save Lives in Developing Countries?
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 8, 2012
I had the privilege recently of meeting Atul Gawande, a brilliant physician who’s using an amazingly simple concept—checklists for medical practitioners—to save lives and reduce health care costs. With support from our foundation, Gawande is investigating whether a safe childbirth checklist can...
Reaching high-risk groups Avahan: Winning Against HIV/AIDS in India
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 8, 2012
One reason I was very excited to be visiting India recently was to get a chance to check on our foundation’s efforts to support the work of the government of India to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS. India is making good progress and learning lessons that could be helpful in other countries.
My Bookshelf The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 7, 2012
In his latest bestseller, Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it.
In Bangalore India: Day Three
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 1, 2012
My third day in India started with a visit to a community center that’s doing great work helping reduce HIV and providing support to sex workers. The day concluded with a meeting with a number of business leaders and philanthropists to talk about giving.
My Bookshelf Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 31, 2012
I just finished Katherine Boo’s book, 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers'. It reads like a novel by Dickens, but is a real-life depiction of the challenges hundreds of millions of people face every day in urban slums. It’s also a reminder of the humanity that connects us all.
Vaccines and mangoes India: Day Two
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 31, 2012
My second full-day in India started with a meeting with a high-level delegation from Pakistan of people working on eradicating polio in their country. It was tremendously kind of them to come to Delhi to see me. We had a lot to discuss.
Life in Lucknow Day One in India, May 2012
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 30, 2012
I’m in India this week, and my first stop is in the state of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.). In U.P.’s capital, Lucknow, I’m meeting with people from just about the two most opposite ends of the social spectrum.
An incredible opportunity Creating a Polio-Free World Requires Action Now
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 25, 2012
Ending polio is one of my top personal priorities and a big focus of our foundation’s work in global health. We’re incredibly close to eradicating polio forever, but it’s crucial that global leaders continue to provide the leadership, political will, and financial resources needed to finish the...
My Bookshelf Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 21, 2012
I could not agree more that energy innovation is crucial to our future - and that we need to change the way we approach that innovation here in the U.S.
Talking about the Giving Pledge Warren Buffett and Elon Musk Speak to Matthew Bishop About Giving
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 21, 2012
Matthew Bishop of The Economist sat down with Warren Buffett and Elon Musk, to discuss their giving at the Giving Pledge annual gathering in Santa Barbara. Watch the video of their conversations.
Education talk Microsoft CEO Summit: Innovation in Education
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 18, 2012
In a session moderated by Walter Isaacson at Microsoft’s 16th annual CEO Summit, education innovator Sal Khan, Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer at Kaplan, Inc., and I discussed innovation ideas that are taking hold in the U.S. education system. Watch the video of our discussion.
My Bookshelf The Cat’s Table
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 17, 2012
The cats in this book are boys who work as the crew on ships that sail across the world. It's an unusual coming of age story.
My Bookshelf The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation about America
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 17, 2012
Tom Brokaw tells stories of Americans who are leading their communities to make changes that offer hope for America's future.
My Bookshelf Titan II: A History of a Cold War Missile Program
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 17, 2012
My son and I visited this missile silo on a vacation. The book gives a great behind-the-scenes look at the development of a complex weapons system.
My Bookshelf Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 17, 2012
Cheap credit didn't just change the U.S. economy. Lots of countries took advantage of it - often in ways they came to regret.
My Bookshelf The Manhattan Project: Making the Atomic Bomb
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 17, 2012
The creation of the atomic bomb changed world history and the way we view war and national security.
Water, sun, and whalesharks Relaxing in the Yucatan and Belize
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 17, 2012
My family and I visited Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula recently for a family vacation. We had a relaxing time together, enjoying the good weather and beautiful beaches. We also had a chance to visit some of the Mayan archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza and Lamani, explore Belize’s...
My Bookshelf The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 16, 2012
Recently I finished reading Daniel Yergin’s new book, 'The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World'. It’s a valuable guide to the complex factors shaping the world’s energy needs, supplies and prices – even if a workout at over 800 pages.
My Bookshelf Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 16, 2012
The authors take the view that we will become able to meet and exceed the needs of every person in the world, through technology, innovation, and philanthropy. Of course, I found this very interesting.
My Bookshelf The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 16, 2012
This book came out in 2012 but it continues to be topical as our political parties in the U.S. debate economic choices.
My Bookshelf Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 16, 2012
The 1972 findings of these three MIT scientists was a pretty unsettling look at the risk of 'overshoot' – overconsumption of the planet's available resources. This update offers some encouragement.
Real courage Zambia: On the Front Lines Waging War Against HIV and Malaria
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 14, 2012
If you were to just look at the health and economic statistics about Zambia, you might not have a lot of reason to be optimistic. But I recently returned from a visit there, not only encouraged but excited about what people there are doing to tackle two deadly diseases: HIV and malaria.
A model system Ethiopia’s New Health System
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 10, 2012
In this video clip, I show Ethiopia’s extraordinary new health infrastructure, which includes 15,000 Health Posts providing easy access to basic health services for mothers and children.
Science, soil, and seeds Photo Gallery: Agriculture in Ethiopia
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 9, 2012
Most of the world’s poorest people are farmers, and so helping them improve their lives involves expertise in soil science, seed hybridization, and agricultural marketing. All of which are being used to end hunger and raise living standards in Ethiopia, as I observed during my recent visit.
Growing prosperity Ethiopia’s Agricultural Revolution
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 9, 2012
Watch this video clip from my recent trip to Ethiopia to learn about the successes helping small farmers increase crop productivity and connect to world markets.
Modeling progress Ethiopia: Exciting Innovations in Agriculture and Health
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 8, 2012
I’ve made many trips to Africa, but my recent visit to Ethiopia was definitely one of the most exciting. With effective governance and coordinated support from our foundation and other donors, the advances I saw in health and agriculture may be the key to unleashing Ethiopia’s potential and tha...
Business unusual Woodstock for Capitalists: Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting Unlike Any Other
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 7, 2012
Ping-pong, a newspaper tossing contest, and a five-hour question-and-answer session with Warren Buffett were highlights at this year’s Berkshire Hathaway meeting in Omaha.
In the bowls of millions Photo Gallery: Ethiopia & Sorghum
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 2, 2012
During my recent visit to Ethiopia, I learned about the nation’s ambitious efforts to fight poverty by increasing farm productivity. Those efforts are focused in part on a cereal crop that is almost unknown in the developed world, but that is a major lifeline for much of Africa and Asia.
Back from my trip Africa Report: Progress in Ethiopia and Zambia
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 1, 2012
I came back from a recent visit to Africa re-energized and excited about the progress being made in two of the continent's most challenged countries: Ethiopia and Zambia.
Tweets from Stanford Answers about Africa
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 30, 2012
I spoke at Stanford University recently about our work on health and agriculture in Africa. The students asked a lot of great questions during my talk. Here are answers to a few additional questions that were tweeted to me at #askbillg.
Keeping the pests out A Simple Advance in Crop Storage Aids Poor Farmers in Africa
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 27, 2012
Cowpeas are a protein-rich crop that thrives in the harsh, arid climate of West and Central Africa. But poor farmers lost up to 50 percent of their crops to pests until researchers came up with a cheap way to store this important food staple.
Stopping infection, vaccinating World Malaria Day: Reasons to Celebrate
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 25, 2012
Today is World Malaria Day when the global health community recognizes ongoing efforts to control the disease. As I reflect on those efforts, I’m encouraged by the results.
An expert's view An Energy Briefing with Daniel Yergin: Understanding Energy Solutions
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 19, 2012
Energy innovation is critically important for economic growth – especially in poor countries – as well as for the Earth’s climate and environment. I recently had a chance to talk with Daniel Yergin, one of the world’s most respected analysts on energy issues.
Energy for the poorest An Energy Briefing with Daniel Yergin: Opportunities for Developing Countries
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 19, 2012
How to meet the growing energy needs of the world’s two billion poorest people? Bill talks with energy expert Daniel Yergin.
Little engine that can EcoMotors: Reinventing the Internal Combustion Engine
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 19, 2012
Over the last 100 years, the internal combustion engine has transformed almost every aspect of how people work and live. Now, a small company called EcoMotors is proposing a radical overhaul for this century-old workhorse.
Turning Education on its Head Time 100: Salman Khan
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 18, 2012
Salman Khan is a true education pioneer. He started by posting a math lesson, but his impact on education might truly be incalculable.
Nuclear power can help An Energy Briefing with Daniel Yergin: Nuclear Energy
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 17, 2012
Recently I talked with energy expert Daniel Yergin about the future of nuclear power which could be one of the ways to meet the big energy challenges facing the world.
Governments should do more An Energy Briefing with Daniel Yergin: Government Spending on Energy R&D
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 16, 2012
I think governments could be doing a lot more to help accelerate the development of cheaper, clean energy. I asked energy expert Daniel Yergin about how to get more innovation that produces results.
Energy + funding programs MIT Professor Donald Sadoway’s Formula for Energy Innovation: Increase Federal Research Funding
BY ON APRIL 16, 2012
I've been a strong advocate for increased funding for energy R and D. MIT Professor Donald Sadoway makes the case that federal funding for university research is more important than ever—especially at a time when the private sector is cutting its research funding.
Emerging energy resources An Energy Briefing with Daniel Yergin: Market Dynamics & Natural Gas
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 13, 2012
I’m interested in energy innovation as a way to protect the environment while also supplying the growing energy needs of poor countries so they can continue to develop. To better understand the forces shaping energy markets, I met with Daniel Yergin, a pre-eminent expert on the subject.
The people I met Photos from My Trip to Ethiopia and Zambia
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 6, 2012
On my recent trip to Ethiopia and Zambia, I met with health workers, families, and farmers, and learned about the progress they are making in meeting healthcare and agricultural challenges.
Grand Challenges Q&A with Students at Stanford University
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 4, 2012
I discuss how innovations are saving and improving lives in Africa - and how you could win a $100,000 grant from the Gates Foundation for your own world-changing idea.
Some pictures Photos from My Recent Trip to Ethiopia and Zambia
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 2, 2012
On my recent trip to Africa, I met with many people and heard their interesting, inspiring stories about how aid works. This gallery has stories and photos from the trip.
A good effort A Report Card on Helping the World’s Poor
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 30, 2012
I believe the global community deserves a solid B for progress meeting the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.
Beans On My Way to Africa
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 27, 2012
On my trip to Africa, I'm thinking about malaria, public health systems, farm productivity, and beans. Yes, beans.
NYT Op-Ed Shame is Not the Solution
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 26, 2012
In a New York Times op-ed, I respond to the New York State Court of Appeals ruling that teachers' individual performance assessments could be made public.
Power up, carbon down On the Road to Energy Solutions
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 23, 2012
From ARPA-E to ECO:nomics, I go on the road in search of energy solutions.
No clean water Water, Water - Hardly Everywhere
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 22, 2012
Excerpt from commentary by Abhijit Banerjee, co-author with Esther Duflo of 'Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty'.
My Bookshelf Why Don’t Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What it Means for the Classroom
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 13, 2012
This look at the way students learn and think is an interesting and helpful resource for teachers.
Helping teachers improve Every Student Deserves to Have Great Teachers
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 12, 2012
I discussed great teachers I've had and why teachers like them are the key to ensuring an excellent education for every child.
Watch this Khan Academy on 60 Minutes
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 12, 2012
Khan Academy lessons are great. My children like them, and I've used them myself to review concepts. It's worth watching this 60 Minutes segment on Khan Academy. Proof that technology can have a dramatic impact on education. Sal Khan's approach and the results in the classroom continue to impre...
Teaching in 10 years Technology's Promise to Education: Scaling Our Best Teachers
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 12, 2012
Here's an excerpt from my speech at the NAIS Annual Conference on how teaching and learning will be transformed in the decade ahead.
No more books? Technology's Promise to Education: Reimagining Textbooks
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 12, 2012
Here's an excerpt from my speech at the NAIS Annual Conference on how teaching and learning will be transformed in the decade ahead.
It's personal Technology's Promise to Education: Personalizing Learning
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 12, 2012
Here's an excerpt from my speech at the NAIS Annual Conference on how teaching and learning will be transformed in the decade ahead.
Like Technology's Promise to Education: Connecting Through Social Networks
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 12, 2012
Here's an excerpt from my speech at the NAIS Annual Conference on how teaching and learning will be transformed in the decade ahead.
startling numbers College Completion Rates: Chronicle of Higher Education Data
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 9, 2012
The Chronicle of Higher Education launched an interactive tool that makes it easy to dig into data around U.S. college graduation rates. What they found is startling, revealing a widespread problem that must be addressed.
Transforming learning Fulfilling Technology's Promise to Education
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 9, 2012
Watch my speech at the NAIS Annual Conference on how teaching and learning will be transformed in the decade ahead.
The next level Education 2.0
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 8, 2012
I believe a lot of good teachers could become truly great teachers if we can get better at identifying and measuring effective teaching, investing in helping teachers improve, and rewarding excellence. I also believe technology can help teachers be more effective and make learning more intere...
That Used to Be Us America's Future: Politics
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 6, 2012
I recently read and reviewed 'That Used to Be Us', a new book on how to strengthen America's economic competitiveness. I sat down with co-author Thomas Friedman for a probing conversation about the vitally important issues raised by the book.
That Used to Be US America's Future: Innovation
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 6, 2012
I recently read and reviewed 'That Used to Be Us', a new book on how to strengthen America's economic competitiveness. I sat down with co-author Thomas Friedman for a probing conversation about the vitally important issues raised by the book.
Talking with Thomas Friedman America's Future: Education
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 6, 2012
I recently read and reviewed 'That Used to Be Us', a new book on how to strengthen America's economic competitiveness. I sat down with co-author Thomas Friedman for a probing conversation about the vitally important issues raised by the book.
That Used to be Us America's Future: Competitiveness
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 6, 2012
I recently read and reviewed 'That Used to Be Us', a new book on how to strengthen America's economic competitiveness. I sat down with co-author Thomas Friedman for a probing conversation about the vitally important issues raised by the book.
My Bookshelf For the Love of Physics
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 6, 2012
Among the animating forces my life are my love of learning, fascination with science and technology, and admiration for great teachers. All three come together in 'For the Love of Physics', a book I highly recommend, by Walter Lewin of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
What the foundation's doing 2012 Annual Letter: U.S. Education
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 5, 2012
In this excerpt from my 2012 Annual Letter, I talk about the foundation's work in U.S. Education.
That used to be Us America's Future: A Conversation with Bill Gates & Thomas Friedman
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 2, 2012
I recently read and reviewed 'That Used to Be Us', a new book on how to strengthen America's economic competitiveness. I sat down with co-author Thomas Friedman for a probing conversation about the vitally important issues raised by the book.
That Used to Be Us That Used to Be Us: Recipe for Renewal
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 2, 2012
I recently reviewed the book "That Used to Be Us" and talked with co-author Tom Friedman about the competitive challenges facing the United States in a fast-changing, global economy. The book has a powerful prescription for restoring America’s vitality – summarized here in words and pictures.
That Used to Be Us My Conversation with Thomas Friedman: A Preview
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 29, 2012
Having read and reviewed That Used to Be Us, a new book on how to strengthen America's economic competitiveness, I talked recently with co-author Tom Friedman about the important issues raised by the book. Here’s a brief preview of our longer conversation.
Jumpstart for energy research ARPA-E: A Good Beginning for U.S. Energy Innovation
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 28, 2012
ARPA-E is a new government agency that’s fast-tracking development of new clean energy technologies. Although I believe the federal government should invest even more in energy innovation, I think ARPA-E is off to a good start.
Speaking at IFAD A Vision for Productivity and Prosperity
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 27, 2012
My prepared remarks to IFAD in Rome, Italy on February 21, 2012.
My Bookshelf That Used to be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World it Invented and How We Can Come Back
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 27, 2012
I'm an optimist who’s always looking for ways to make things better. So while I takes issue with the anxious tone of 'That Used to Be Us', by Tom Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum, I mostly agree with their message that the answers to America’s economic challenges are to be found in its past.
Innovation on small plots Working Together for Small Farmers
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 23, 2012
I urged leaders of the international agriculture community that they need to do better for small farmers.
Aid works Spain Has Saved Millions of Lives
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 22, 2012
This week I'm sharing a simple message with the Spanish people - aid works.
#askbillg questions Answers to More of Your Questions
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 21, 2012
Questions have continued coming in since my recent live video Q and A session, so I sat down recently to answer some of the latest. I'll continue answering questions in future posts, so send yours via Twitter. Make sure your tweet includes the hashtag #askbillg.
Questions on aid delivery A Conversation with Bill Gates: Aid Delivery & Effectiveness
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 18, 2012
Watch a webcast where I take questions from viewers around the world, to answer questions about aid delivery and effectiveness.
Questions on population growth A Conversation with Bill Gates: Population Growth
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 18, 2012
Watch a webcast where I take questions from viewers around the world, to answer questions on population growth.
Questions on polio A Conversation with Bill Gates: Progress Against Polio
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 18, 2012
Watch a webcast where I take questions from viewers around the world, to answer questions on progress against polio.
Questions on GMOs A Conversation with Bill Gates: GMOs
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 18, 2012
Watch a webcast where I take questions from viewers around the world, to answer questions about the GMOs.
Questions on the Global Fund A Conversation with Bill Gates: Global Fund
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 18, 2012
Watch a webcast where I take questions from viewers around the world, to answer questions about the Global Fund.
Questions on global aid A Conversation with Bill Gates: Why Focus on Global Aid?
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 18, 2012
Watch a webcast where I take questions from viewers around the world, to answer questions about the global aid.
Questions on how individuals can help A Conversation with Bill Gates: How Can I Help
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 18, 2012
Watch a webcast where I take questions from viewers around the world, to answer questions about how individuals can help.
Questions on how countries can help A Conversation with Bill Gates: How Can Countries Help
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 18, 2012
Watch a webcast where I take questions from viewers around the world, to answer questions about how countries can help.
Questions on Hans Rosling's work A Conversation with Bill Gates: Hans Rosling's Work
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 18, 2012
Watch a webcast where I take questions from viewers around the world, to answer questions about Hans Rosling's work.
Questions on global development A Conversation with Bill Gates: Global Development Scorecard
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 18, 2012
Watch a webcast where I take questions from viewers around the world, to answer questions about the global development scorecard.
Questions on my annual letter A Conversation with Bill Gates: Response to Annual Letter
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 18, 2012
Watch a webcast where I take questions from viewers around the world, in response to my Annual Letter.
Swatting mosquitoes Using Disease to Fight Disease
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 16, 2012
Mosquito-borne diseases kill hundreds of thousands of people a year and cause serious illness for millions more. A novel approach to controlling mosquito populations—funded through the foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative—may change that through the ingenious application of...
Idealab Bill Gross Talks About Idealab
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 14, 2012
Bill Gross and his team at Idealab have learned many lessons about starting companies over the years, and one might surprise you: It’s OK to fail.
#askbillg part 2 More Q&A
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 13, 2012
I answered questions from viewers during my recent live Q and A, but there wasn't enough time for all of them. Here are answers to a few more. I will continue answering questions in future posts, so keep sending yours via Twitter by using the hashtag #askbillg.
A good time down under Australia Adventures
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 10, 2012
My family and I traveled recently to Australia, where we saw some unique wildlife, climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and got better acquainted with a nation that is playing an increasingly important role in helping solve the world’s big problems.
A solid investment Why Our Foundation Invests in India
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 10, 2012
There is no better place to have an impact than India. That is why I believe India is a solid investment for anyone who cares about development.
A name to know A Hero in the Battle Against Polio
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 8, 2012
A Bangladeshi public health doctor, Asm Amjad Hossain, is the first recipient of the Gates Vaccine Innovation Award, which recognizes individuals who make significant contributions to advancing work in vaccine-preventable diseases.
Let's keep talking Annual Letter: Continuing the Conversation
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 7, 2012
In my annual letter and related events, I encouraged students, advocates for the poor, and global leaders to keep the dialogue alive about the value of development aid and the 1.4 billion people still living in extreme poverty.
Everyone's invited Join the Conversation
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 31, 2012
My 2012 annual letter drew a huge response from readers, many with important questions and comments on the challenges discussed in it. To continue and expand the conversation, I'll take questions from people around the world and answer them live, online.
A bunch of reasons Building Better Bananas
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 30, 2012
I'm sometimes asked why the foundation has made agricultural development a priority along with global health. Actually, the two are intertwined. One example comes from Australia and Uganda, where researchers are using advanced technology to try to improve the banana.
Fighting crop disease Cassava: Can Science Save a Diet Staple?
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 30, 2012
In Tanzania last year, I visited with farmers whose survival – like that of millions of other Africans – depends on the cassava, a diet staple threatened by disease. I also visited with African scientists on the forefront of efforts to protect the cassava and other vitally important crops.
Roundtable at Davos Young People Will Change the World
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 27, 2012
At the 2012 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, I participated in a roundtable discussion on Opportunity for Youth. It's a subject I'm passionate about, because solving the world's big problems will require energy and creativity of people of all ages, and from future generations.
A message of hope Annual Letter: Good News and a Challenge
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 26, 2012
Along with the publication of my 2012 annual letter, I offer a video message of hope. We’re making important progress in reducing extreme poverty and improving global health, but much more needs to be done.
Good news, some concerns My 2012 Annual Letter
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 24, 2012
At the start of each New Year, I take time to reflect and share my perspective on progress in global health and development and the work yet to be done. In this year’s letter, I have good news but also a concern that continued progress could be threatened by global economic turmoil.
My Bookshelf The Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 24, 2012
One of the things I’ve learned working in global health and development is that when people in poor countries get enough food to eat, their health improves and they are less susceptible to disease. 'The Man Who Fed the World' is a biography of Norman Borlaug, a brilliant agricultural scientist...
Food and agriculture 2012 Annual Letter
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 24, 2012
My annual letter for 2012 focuses on food and agriculture, and the urgency of investing to end extreme poverty despite economic turmoil. I have good news but also a concern that continued progress could be threatened by global economic turmoil.
My Bookshelf Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 22, 2012
The growth of for-profit colleges and universities has expanded educational opportunities for non-traditional students. It also has stimulated a debate about what's going on in higher education. Here I review the new book by Andrew Rosen, CEO of Kaplan, one of the largest for-profit educational...
Letters from students Hearing from Students on Pressing World Issues
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 19, 2012
I'm sharing some of my favorite letters from students and looking ahead to the release of my 4th annual letter.
Thinking about hunger Growing Enough Food to Feed the World
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 18, 2012
How can we feed a growing population in the midst of climate change and an appetite for more meat? These factors and more are straining the world’s agricultural capacity and pushing up the cost of food, which makes it difficult for the world’s poorest people to grow enough to feed their familie...
Calling all students Do You Have a World-Changing Idea?
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 11, 2012
I ask students around the world to write their own annual letter. What do you think are the most urgent choices the world faces?
One year polio-free India Marks a Milestone for Child Health
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 9, 2012
This Friday will mark a full year since the last case of wild poliovirus was detected in India. This is a huge milestone in the history of global health. But the fight against polio is not over.
My Bookshelf Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-Based Competition on Results
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 16, 2011
This book looks at the problems of the U.S. healthcare system and offers a framework for better results by shifting the focus to helping patients.
My Bookshelf The Emperor of all Maladies - A Biography of Cancer
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 16, 2011
This book really is a "biography" of cancer - a disease that everyone dreads. You learn about its history, from early diagnoses to the 20th century progress in treatments.
My Bookshelf The Hair of the Dog - and other Scientific Surprises
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 16, 2011
This is a fun book - it turns some quirky scientific inquiries into a way to understand some much deeper scientific theory.
My Bookshelf Post-Capitalist Society
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 16, 2011
Peter Drucker on the transformation from the Age of Capitalism to the Knowledge Society.
My Bookshelf 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 16, 2011
If you're interested in the basics of physics, I recommend this book. It gives a good overview of the core principles.
My Bookshelf The Changing Body - Health, Nutrition, and Human Development in the Western World Since 1700
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 16, 2011
Humans are bigger and taller, and live longer, than they did 300 years ago. This book looks at how this impacts health today and what it means for the future.
My Bookshelf The Computer and the Brain
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 15, 2011
How much is the brain like a computer? I was really interested to see what the authors presented.
My Bookshelf World on the Edge - How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 15, 2011
This book looks at some immense environmental issues and how we could address them.
My Bookshelf Giant Molecules: From Nylon to Nanotubes
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 15, 2011
This is a really fascinating look at molecules, and how we might use them in space and in our bodies if we use biomimetics to simulate the ways nature uses them.
My Bookshelf Taming the Beloved Beast: How Medical Technology Costs are Destroying Our Health Care System
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 15, 2011
The beast of the title is medical technology - which brings great cost, and ethical dilemmas, along with its great promise.
My Bookshelf Global Health: An Introductory Textbook
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 15, 2011
A great resource for public health students. It clearly shows the relationship between health and social, environmental, and economic factors.
My Bookshelf Unlocking the Gates: How and Why Leading Universities Are Opening Up Access to Their Courses
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 15, 2011
I'm a big believer in the benefits of online learning, so I was very interested to learn how some leading universities have been making their courses available online.
My Bookshelf On Intelligence
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 30, 2011
Can we create an artificial intelligence that truly mimics the brain's function? According to the author, no.
My Bookshelf Retiree Health Plans in the Public Sector: Is There a Funding Crisis?
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 30, 2011
Today, retirees are more likely to get health coverage from the public than the private sector. This books takes a look at the type of coverage available through state governments.
My Bookshelf How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 30, 2011
Whether you have 50 dollars or 50 billion dollars to contribute, this book looks at the world's biggest problems and how spending can impact solutions.
My Bookshelf How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 29, 2011
This book explores the concept of "mega-diplomacy" where leaders in business, technology and philanthropy, along with activists and church groups, work together to solve world problems.
My Bookshelf Global Warming: The Complete Briefing
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 29, 2011
This is a good overview of global warming - the science behind it, and how we might address the problems caused by it.
My Bookshelf Giving it all Away: The Doris Buffett Story
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 29, 2011
A book about Doris Buffett, Warren's older sister, a great philanthropist and a truly kind-hearted person.
My Bookshelf Frank Stewart's Bridge Club
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 29, 2011
I learned to play bridge from my parents, but I really started to enjoy it after I started playing with Warren Buffett. I'm lucky that I get to play with bridge players who are dramatically better than I am, and who are nice enough to make comments that will help me do it right next time. And t...
My Bookshelf The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 29, 2011
The author of Liar's Poker explains the factors that led to the crash of the U.S. economy.
My Bookshelf The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 29, 2011
There's a lot of information available on China's impact on the global economy - but this book looks at China's role in foreign aid, through its history with Africa.
My Bookshelf What Does China Think?
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 29, 2011
What do we really know about China? This book challenges readers to get past assumptions and take a real look at the country and its thinkers.
Keep the switch on The Energy Research Imperative
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 17, 2011
Over the past three decades, U.S. government funding for energy innovation has dropped significantly while other countries such as China, Germany, and Japan have dramatically stepped up their investments in clean energy technologies. The U.S. is uniquely positioned to lead in energy innovation,...
Read it Innovation with Impact: Financing 21st Century Development
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 3, 2011
In a report presented to world leaders at the G20 summit in Cannes, France, I outlined recommendations to encourage innovation and new partnerships that increase the value and delivery of development aid. Read the report and download a copy.
Advancing the MDGs Foreign Aid Advances Millennium Development Goals
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 3, 2011
In this photo gallery, meet some of the people who are helping their countries move closer to meeting the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.
Report to G20 Development with Impact: Innovation and Partnerships
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 3, 2011
Drawing on my experience at the foundation and in the private sector, and on examples of innovative development projects and partnerships, I've outlined opportunities to create a better life for people in the world's poorest countries.
Minding the gaps What Does the Data Say?
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 2, 2011
Among the many experts and data sources that I drew on as I worked on my G20 Summit report, few are as entertaining as Hans Rosling and his extraordinary, interactive graphics, which reveal global trends and the great benefits of development aid in astonishing new ways.
Keep giving A Plan to Assist the World’s Poor
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 2, 2011
Advances in agriculture, education, health, and sanitation have led to a dramatic decline in child deaths over the last 50 years. But the global economic crisis is putting at risk the development aid so critical to continuing this progress. As Congress considers foreign aid in the coming weeks,...
It's important What Is the G20? (And Why Am I Going?)
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 1, 2011
Over the next several days on The Gates Notes, you’ll find updates relevant to my participation in the G20 Summit. I will urge delegates to re-commit to helping the world’s poorest people in this time of economic crisis. But who or what is the G20, and why is it so important?
A small investment Why We Must Stay Committed to Alleviating Poverty
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 1, 2011
I believe that development aid is a small investment that generates huge returns -- not only for poorer countries that receive it but for rapidly growing and wealthier nations as well. In the last 50 years, development aid has saved a billion people from starvation, fostered strong economic gro...
My Bookshelf Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 31, 2011
In my report to the G20 Summit, my recommendations on development aid will be based on solid data about what is and isn’t effective in helping the 2.5 billion people who barely get by each day. A great source of data-driven wisdom about development is the book Poor Economics.
global poverty The World of Poor Economics
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 31, 2011
MIT economists Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo ask questions no one else does to radically rethink the fight against global poverty.
Lives of the poor The People of Poor Economics
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 31, 2011
Understanding poverty through a detailed look at daily life on $10 or less, as studied by MIT economists Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo.
Kinect / Connect The Power of the Natural User Interface
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 28, 2011
There’s a reason why the Kinect for Xbox 360 holds the record as the fastest-selling consumer electronics device ever. The innovative software underneath the hood is enabling millions of users worldwide, including me and my family, to interact with and immerse ourselves in games in ways never b...
Speaking at the UW Talking About the Future
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 28, 2011
With the convergence of major advances in computing hardware and software, technology is playing an increasingly important role in many aspects of society. In a speech at the University of Washington, I discussed important breakthroughs in computer science and engineering that have implications...
At the UW Early Days as a Computer Programmer
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 27, 2011
The story of how Paul Allen and I honed our early programming skills on a PDP-10 mainframe at Computer Center Corporation (CCC) while in high school is well known. In an email exchange with Ed Lazowska, former chair of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, I discus...
My Bookshelf Prime Movers of Globalization: The History and Impact of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 26, 2011
Few innovations in the last 100 years have had as much impact on the way we live as the diesel engine and the gas turbine. In "Prime Movers of Globalization" Vaclav Smil tells the story of their incremental innovation and sweeping influence on society.
My Bookshelf The Plundered Planet
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 26, 2011
Paul Collier's first book, 'The Bottom Billion' looked at poverty in 50 small nations. Here, he looks at the need to provide resources to developing countries while protecting the environment.
A river runs through it An Amazing Amazon Adventure
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 25, 2011
On a vacation earlier this year, my family and I explored the magical Amazon Basin, where we climbed trees in the rainforest and swam with freshwater dolphins.
Showing commitment A Call to Action on World Polio Day
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 21, 2011
In advance of World Polio Day, let's look at the historic opportunity to end polio.
Cook book Can Science Improve Cooking?
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 21, 2011
The scientific and technological frontiers of cooking are comprehensively explored in 'Modernist Cuisine', a new, six-volume guidebook by my long-time friend and colleague, Nathan Myhrvold. For me, the book is fascinating for its in-depth explanations and its potential for making good food even...
Amazing photos Cuisine as You've Never Seen Before
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 21, 2011
Nathan Myhrvold’s 'Modernist Cuisine' is a visual feast that includes 3,200 photos, many of them cutaway shots that involved actually cutting cooking surfaces in half. Here’s a small sampling of the book’s fantastic visualizations of the cooking process.
In Africa Visiting Tanzania: A Battleground in the Fight Against Malaria
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 19, 2011
I get to Africa at least once a year to see first-hand how the foundation’s work in global health is progressing. It is a multi-faceted effort that includes eradicating polio and treating and preventing other diseases, including AIDS and tuberculosis. On my most recent trip – to Tanzania – Meli...
More work to do Speech Urges Sustained Effort to Eradicate Malaria
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 19, 2011
On October 18, at the foundation’s second annual Malaria Forum, I spoke about the progress being made in the war against the dreaded parasitic disease. But more needs to be done to control and eradicate it, including a higher level of preventive drug treatment for pregnant women, additional res...
Malaria Forum Charting a Course to End Malaria
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 19, 2011
Today is the last day of the Malaria Forum, hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to rally the malaria community around the goal of malaria elimination and eventual eradication.
Energy storage is critical We Need a Battery Miracle
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 6, 2011
I believe that creating large-scale batteries to store energy is a critical problem to solve if solar and wind energy are to become mainstream. In this video, MIT Professor Donald Sadoway and I discuss the importance of new battery storage technology and Sadoway’s focus on the development of a...
Rewarding good work Introducing the Gates Vaccine Innovation Award
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 6, 2011
We want to reward those who have achieved significant improvements in the prevention, control, or elimination of vaccine preventable disease through imaginative and pioneering approaches.
Steve Jobs Remembering Steve Jobs
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 5, 2011
Steve Jobs was a colleague, competitor, and friend.
Making nuclear energy safe Nuclear Energy After Fukushima
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 4, 2011
In a video broadcast to the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation, I discuss what governments and the private sector can do to increase the role of nuclear power in delivering safe, affordable, and clean energy to the world – and especially to the poor.
My Bookshelf Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
I recently read Steven Johnson’s book, 'Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation', and found it useful as a way to think about the kinds of environments that foster creative collaboration and innovation.
education nation summit The U.S. Economy and Public Education
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
Here's why Melinda and I are so passionate about improving the U.S. education system.
The future depends on it Innovation, Development, and the Economic Crisis
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
As the World Bank and International Monetary Fund convene, the tough global economy is making innovation even more important for the future of development.
My Bookshelf The New Science of Strong Materials
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
Our ability to understand how materials behave has been central to the story of human progress over the years. One of the best ways to begin to understand this important subject is to read a book written more than 40 years ago.
Harvard at 375 A Yardstick of Service
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
Although I left Harvard after my freshman year to co-found Microsoft, I've been back to the Cambridge campus many times since to talk with students and faculty. On the 375th anniversary of Harvard’s founding, I was invited to share my thoughts on the university’s past and future.
My Bookshelf The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
Two scientists visited the Galapagos archipelago to take a modern-day look at a bird population that illustrates Darwin's theory of evolution.
My Bookshelf A Champion's Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
An autobiography of tennis star Pete Sampras - and a very personal look at what it's like to be an elite athlete.
My Bookshelf The Tobacco Atlas
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
It's amazing that a substance that is so clearly a public health risk continues to be so widely available. Smoking is pretty much a pandemic.
My Bookshelf Memoirs: A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
Edward Teller was a member of the Manhattan Project, and this is his own story of his role in the creation of the hydrogen bomb.
My Bookshelf Outliers: The Story of Success
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
This is an interesting look at how some people become high-achievers. Disclaimer: I'm mentioned in the book.
My Bookshelf Weather for Dummies
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
The weather is always a popular subject. After reading this book, you'll have an understanding - and appreciation - of weather systems and trends.
My Bookshelf The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
Black swan events have huge impact, but can only be recognized after the fact, which makes them seem random. If we accept what we don't know, can we redefine 'possible'?
My Bookshelf One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
This is a very detailed and engaging book about the Cuban Missile crisis, which happened during the height of tension between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
Steps the U.S. must take Catalyzing American Ingenuity
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
Everyone should have access to clean, affordable energy but without investments in research and development it will be impossible to achieve that goal.
My Bookshelf Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2011
I'm a passionate believer in education reform. Here's my review of Steven Brill’s book, 'Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools', a well-written account of the people, politics, and policies involved in the effort to improve teaching and learning.
My Bookshelf Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
I'm mentioned in this book, on a subject I'm personally invested in - how business-modeled philanthropy can change the world.
My Bookshelf Health Care Will Not Reform Itself: A User's Guide to Refocusing and Reforming American Health Care
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
The U.S. spends a lot of money on health care with inconsistent results. This book looks at the potential of "Obamacare" to improve the system.
My Bookshelf Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
An easy-to-read book that explores the issue of climate change from several perspectives.
My Bookshelf 13 Things that Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
This book looks at the science that comes out of things that can't be explained, and it's pretty cool stuff - like the discovery of oxygen, for example.
My Bookshelf Epidemics and Pandemics: Their Impacts on Human History
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
If you want to understand disease, this collection of essays explores the most significant worldwide epidemics in history - how they occurred, what was done, what remains unresolved.
My Bookshelf Molecules at an Exhibition: Portraits of Intriguing Materials in Everyday Life
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
A fun book about chemistry and the composition of many familiar, everyday materials.
My Bookshelf A Guide to the Elements
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
A great book for middle and high school students, or anyone who is interested in learning about the basic concepts of chemistry.
My Bookshelf The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
You've heard of Pavlov's dog? If so, you'll enjoy this book about ten experiments that had a huge impact on the science of their time.
My Bookshelf Dirt and Disease: Polio Before FDR
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
In early 20th century America, the poor were often blamed for the spread of polio. The disease wasn’t fully understood, and it took a lot to overcome this.
The Teaching Company Awed by the Science of Great Structures
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 31, 2011
As an enthusiastic student of instructional videos offered online or on DVD, I especially enjoyed because it answers questions I've been asking since the 4th grade.
My Bookshelf The Grid: A Journey Through the Heart of Our Electrified World
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2011
The electrical grid may not be something you think about on a regular basis, but after reading this book, I guarantee you’ll think about it a lot more.
My Bookshelf Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalization
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2011
The former British prime minister on how the global financial crisis could have been avoided - and how to avoid similar crises in the future.
My Bookshelf The Foundation: A Great American Secret; How Private Wealth is Changing the World
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2011
As the co-chair of a foundation, I was very interested to read this history of American foundations, and to think about the impact - and responsibility - foundations have.
My Bookshelf Who's Teaching Your Children?: Why the Teacher Crisis is Worse Than You Think and What Can Be Done About It
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2011
We need more qualified teachers in the United States. This book offers some ideas on how to address this serious issue.
My Bookshelf The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2011
How did malaria become a disease of the tropics? Climate change and other factors created a home for it.
My Bookshelf Priorities in Health
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2011
As a companion guide to the larger book, Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries, this book gives a an overview of the scope of diseases and the work needed to fight them.
My Bookshelf Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2011
A look at the economic collapse of the 1920s and the four bankers who played a major role in the economics of that time.
My Bookshelf Wheels, Clocks and Rockets: A History of Technology
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2011
This book looks at the developments in the 18th century that allowed technology and innovation create platforms for even more invention.
My Bookshelf The Post-American World
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 12, 2011
What will the world be like when the U.S. is no longer the dominant global force? Fareed Zakaria explores that possibility in this follow-up to his book 'The Future of Freedom'.
My Bookshelf A Life Decoded: My Genome - My Life
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 11, 2011
This is not only an interesting story of a huge scientific achievement, it's the very interesting story of the guy who decoded the human genome.
Rewards offered The Most Gratifying Job on Earth
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 11, 2011
Anyone who wants to seriously engage in giving faces two important questions: where can you make the biggest impact, and how do you structure your giving so it’s effective.
Committing to Philanthropy Giving Pledge Progress
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 1, 2011
Announced in June 2010, the Giving Pledge has made great progress with 69 of America’s wealthiest families already committed to taking a public pledge that supports philanthropy. Here are my thoughts on the progress of the past year and my hopes for the long term.
a dream deferred? A Discussion on Education at the National Urban League
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 29, 2011
My prepared remarks from the 2011 National Urban League Conference in Boston.
My Bookshelf Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 28, 2011
Charlie is the vice president of Berkshire Hathaway (and Warren Buffet's business partner). This is a great and enjoyable insight into his thinking.
My Bookshelf The Catcher in the Rye
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 28, 2011
I read this when I was 13. It’s my favorite book. It acknowledges that young people are a little confused, but can be smart, and see things that adults don't.
My Bookshelf Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System -- and Themselves
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 28, 2011
A close-up, behind-the-scenes look at the events that led to the 2008 U.S. financial crisis.
My Bookshelf The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 28, 2011
The World is Flat is the best articulation of the paradigm shift that's occurred over the past couple of decades as the world economy has become more globalized and competitive.
My Bookshelf The Feynman Lectures On Physics, The Definitive Edition Volume 3
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 28, 2011
Feynman referred to these lectures as "an experiment." I would say that it was a very successful one.
My Bookshelf The Feynman Lectures On Physics, The Definitive Edition Volume 2
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 28, 2011
The lectures are geared towards college freshmen, but my son watched them when he was 10 and he could follow and enjoy them.
Teaming up with FC Barcelona More Than a Goal: End Polio
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 28, 2011
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is teaming up with FC Barcelona to draw attention to vaccines and polio. This exciting partnership brings together two organizations with a history and commitment to improving children’s lives. It creates an opportunity for millions of fans worldwide to...
My Bookshelf The Feynman Lectures On Physics, Vol. 1: Mainly Mechanics, Radiation, And Heat
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 28, 2011
If these lectures had been available to me when I was growing up, I might have become a physicist. I really love them.
My Bookshelf Showing Up for Life
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 28, 2011
This book was written by my dad, so I may be partial, but I definitely recommend it as a how-to book for getting ahead in life.
My Bookshelf Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 28, 2011
The message here is, don't rely on the news - develop your own ability to assess the science behind reports of biochemical, nuclear, or global warming threats.
My Bookshelf Physics for Dummies
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
Here's another book you can read to get a good, basic understanding of physics. No prior knowledge needed!
My Bookshelf Open: An Autobiography
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
I enjoyed this autobiography and really appreciated Agassi's candor in sharing his life story.
My Bookshelf Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
Everyone wants their giving to count, and this is a great resource if you want to be sure you are making good choices when you give.
My Bookshelf Einstein: His Life and Universe
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
How did Einstein's mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.
My Bookshelf Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
This myth shattering book reveals the methods Nouriel Roubini used to foretell the current crisis before other economists saw it coming and shows how those methods can help us make sense of the present and prepare for the future.
My Bookshelf Creating the Twentieth Century: Technical Innovations of 1867-1914 and Their Lasting Impact
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
Vaclav Smil writes about an amazing, transformational time in world history, when technology exploded the possibilities for future societies.
My Bookshelf Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
William Shockley is considered to be the founder of Silicon Valley, but his offensive personal beliefs about race, genetics, and intelligence overshadowed his whole career.
My Bookshelf Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
These 'brain rules' explain how the brain works, and you can actually use them in daily life, to improve the way you perform in school or at work.
My Bookshelf A Separate Peace
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
This is my second favorite book. I've read it to my son. It really talks a lot about what is our bargain with the world. How do we grow up?
My Bookshelf Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
A really interesting history of the big medical and social challenges of making these life-saving treatments available to the public.
My Bookshelf Tropical Infectious Diseases: Principles, Pathogens and Practice (2nd edition)
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
This book looks at the challenges of diagnosing and treating a broad range of tropical diseases, with a lot of clinical information.
My Bookshelf Smallpox the Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
This book tells how Dr. D. A. Henderson led the fight by the WHO to eradicate smallpox. It's an exciting story, and it doesn't stop there - it goes on to look at the safety risks of retaining laboratory samples of the virus, and how other diseases can be eradicated.
My Bookshelf Mountains Beyond Mountains
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
In this book, author Tracy Kidder tells the story of Paul Farmer, who spent his life fighting infectious disease across several countries.
My Bookshelf House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
The amazing story of the eradication of smallpox. The author, Bill Foege, has been an inspiring advisor to us from the beginning. I still read his speeches to remind myself who public health is for.
My Bookshelf Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
This book provides a lot of data on disease. Drawn from more than 8,500 data sources and 10,00 datasets, it really gives a comprehensive picture of global health through its publication date.
My Bookshelf Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
An update to a 1993 publication by the World Bank, and a part of the Disease Control Priorities Project.
My Bookshelf The Earth's Biosphere: Evolution, Dynamics and Change
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
I loved Smil's Harvesting the Biosphere. This book is a prelude to that one - an overview of the biosphere from its beginnings, and some concerns for its future.
My Bookshelf Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
I've read several of Thomas Friedman’s books. This one is about the need for the U.S. to lead a green revolution, to help the planet and to build the nation.
My Bookshelf Energy at the Crossroads: Global Perspectives and Uncertainties
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
Here Vaclav Smil considers the twenty-first century's crucial question: how to reconcile the modern world's increasing demand for energy with the need to preserve the biosphere.
My Bookshelf Energies: An Illustrated Guide to the Biosphere and Civilization
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
Another good book by Vaclav Smil: A collection of essays about all the forms of energy - ALL the forms - in our world.
My Bookshelf Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 25, 2011
If you want to learn more about big history, read this book. The author, Cynthia Stokes Brown, has also written a lot of the material for our Big History online course.
My Bookshelf The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 25, 2011
Jeffrey Sachs looks at a range of countries and provides a diagnosis for each, mapping a path out of poverty. It's a very thoughtful book.
My Bookshelf Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 25, 2011
Like a lot of people, I was blown away by Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel. I had never read anything that explained so much about human history.
My Bookshelf Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next Fifty Years
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 25, 2011
Smil uses his understanding of a phenomenal range of subjects to consider what catastrophes the next 50 years might bring – and how we need to be prepared.
My Bookshelf Enriching the Earth: Fritz Habery, Carol Bosch and the Transformation of World Food Production
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 25, 2011
Enriching the Earth is the history of fertilizer, which used to be a finite resource (sh*t), until they invented a synthesizing process.
My Bookshelf Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 25, 2011
This follow-up to the excellent 'Guns, Germs, and Steel' examines the downfall of some of history's greatest civilizations.
Wired up about energy Q&A on the World Energy Crisis
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 19, 2011
I was interviewed by Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson and some members of the audience at the Wired Business Conference in May 2011. The Q and A focused on the world energy crisis including technology, policy, and economics.
A childhood terror The History of Polio in the U.S.
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 23, 2011
David Oshinsky, the author of 'Polio: An American Story' reflects on the history of polio and the final push needed for eradication.
My Bookshelf Polio: An American Story
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 22, 2011
Here's my review of the Pulitzer-prize winning book Polio: An American Story by author David Oshinsky.
First pledges GAVI Raises $4.3 Billion at First Pledging Conference
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 13, 2011
Today we get to celebrate a significant milestone for global health equity.
Speaking at the Rotary Club Rotarians Urged to Create Noise on Polio
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 26, 2011
Over 25 years, Rotary has contributed more than $1B to eradicate polio, and has teamed with the foundation to raise $555 million to help stamp out "the final 1 percent." At Rotary's annual convention, I urged members to keep the issue alive globally and with local government leaders.
Global Polio Eradication Initiative Bruce Aylward's TED2011 Talk
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 25, 2011
Public health experts and millions of volunteers have worked intensively over the last 20 years to rid the world of polio. With a sustained final push, eradication is possible, says Dr. Bruce Aylward, director of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
My Bookshelf Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 21, 2011
Aid programs really do help improve life for people in poor countries. That’s the myth-busting conclusion of a new book that I hope will be widely read and discussed. I review 'Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding – and How We Can Improve the World Even More'.
Why life is getting better Good News about Global Development & Aid
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 20, 2011
I wrote a review of the book 'Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding – and How We Can Improve the World Even More'. The author, economist Charles Kenny, discusses the book in an interview.
A difficult job worth doing A Commitment to Global Health
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 17, 2011
I'm celebrating the progress made in global health and calling on the World Health Assembly to support vaccines for all children.
Unrivaled research Why MIT Matters
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 15, 2011
MIT has played a central role in stimulating many of the amazing advancements that science and technology have achieved since the university was founded 150 years ago. In an essay for the Boston Globe, I discuss MIT's great legacy and promise for the future.
World energy crisis At the WIRED Conference
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 2, 2011
Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief of WIRED moderated a Q and A with me as part of the opening session of the third annual WIRED Business Conference.
Increasing complexity David Christian's TED2011 Talk
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 11, 2011
David Christian weaves together a story that helps explain how the universe gradually built greater and greater complexity and reveals what makes humans special. Learn more at the Big History Project.
More funding Staying Committed to Development
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 11, 2011
Building on the incredible progress made to-date on health and development requires more funding and new sources of funding.
How we fight epidemics Tackling TB Through Innovation
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 24, 2011
I explored innovation in testing and treating tuberculosis, as I spent World TB Day in India.
Q&A with Students My Talk with College Students
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 10, 2011
From time to time I visit college campuses to talk with students and faculty about using their education and research to tackle some of the world's biggest challenges. Watch my talk and Q and A session with students and faculty at Harvey Mudd College and Pomona College.
It started with his cousin Sal Khan's Talk from TED2011
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 9, 2011
Sal Khan continues to make progress in his efforts to help everyone get access to great online educational resources through Khan Academy. In his TED2011 talk, he shows just how far Khan Academy has come, and how it holds the potential to improve teaching and learning in schools.
Raise your hands My TED2011 Talk
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 4, 2011
People need to investigate their state's budget and get involved in helping to make the right choices. My TED talk is sort of a call to action for citizens, taxpayers, parents, everyone.
Have a sip Wake Up: The Big History of Coffee
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
How did the coffee in my cup get there? For students of big history, answering this simple question involves the industrial revolution, sugar plantations and even the climatic evolution of the earth. Bob Bain of the University of Michigan guides pedagogical development of the Big History Projec...
A view of Nigeria Vibrant, Hardworking: Amina's Nigeria
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
Amina Az-Zubair shares her unique insights on the path to progress in Nigeria.
budget crunch The Wicked Problem of School Funding
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
With money for schools increasingly tight, ensuring that it’s well-spent is all-important. But that’s easier said than done, according to Marguerite Roza, author of Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go?
What stars create The Lifecycle of Massive Stars
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
Even the creation and destruction of stars is part of our human story - after all, the raw material that makes up everything on earth was created as a byproduct of stellar explosions. Understanding this process, plus the math and science behind it, helps students more fully understand our plane...
Getting close The End Game against Polio
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
Fighting an infectious disease seems most necessary when it is of epidemic proportions. But with polio, intensified vaccination efforts could bring total eradication for all time. I believe that stamping out polio will have enormous benefits.
My Bookshelf Stretching the School Dollar
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
My profound belief in education has led me to become a student of the intricacies of state budgets and school finance in the United States. Here's my review of a provocative book, which argues that schools can and must improve dramatically without additional resources – even, despite budget cut...
Get interested State Budgets & Education Funding
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
My passionate belief in education has led me to learn more about the intricacies of school budgets and the state budgets that provide most of the money for public education. I believe our children’s future may depend on more people taking more of an interest in both school and state finance.
Common Core Setting High Standards for Students
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
As we develop our curriculum and assessment plan, we are paying careful attention to standards and the Common Core. Our content will ensure that students can not only think critically and connect ideas across disciplines, but develop skills and knowledge needed for career and college readiness.
From a small start Sal Khan on the Future of Learning
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
Hear how a young cousin in New Orleans led Sal Khan to found his Academy, a treasure trove of online learning opportunities. As the Academy begins to find its way into classrooms as well as living rooms, Sal describes his vision for a free, virtual school for the world.
In spite of tough conditions Progress & Promise in Nigeria
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
In 2000, all 192 member states of the United Nations agreed to work together to achieve eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. I believe we all can learn from the MDG progress being made in Nigeria, which faces some of the greatest challenges.
Once and for all Polio Primer: History, Progress and Hope
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
See how the global community is moving to stamp out polio once and for all.
A Broad-based commitment Nigeria’s Progress against Polio
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
A broad-based commitment to vaccination programs is bringing Nigeria close to putting an end to the disease.
"tremendous impact" New Tools Help Teachers Guide Learning
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
To teach mathematics, schools in Los Altos, California, are piloting use of Khan Academy videos and online tools, which have replaced traditional textbooks and homework in two fifth-grade and two seventh-grade classrooms. Teachers say the change has brought huge benefits.
Huge Opportunity My Take on Technology & Teaching
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
Interactive online technologies have transformed entertainment. Could they also improve education? Universities and individual innovators are beginning to demonstrate how online learning can stimulate students, aid teachers and involve parents. I believe the opportunity is huge.
Let's finish the job My Annual Letter: End Polio Now
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
Polio, once a worldwide scourge, threatens to make a comeback unless all countries do their part to eliminate it. Eradication is tantalizingly close but funding to fight the disease still falls short.
A unique approach Learning to Teach Big History
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
Bob Bain discusses what it's like to teach big history, and how the unique content, courseware and approach to training is being developed to ultimately better prepare and support teachers in the classroom.
TED 2011 Introducing My TED 2011 Line Up
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
The TED conferences feature talks by some of the world’s most innovative thinkers and creative, influential change makers. I returned to TED both as a speaker and as the curator of a session with four speakers devoted to revolutionary change through knowledge and innovation.
Not Letting Up Going the Last Mile in India
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
Recognizing a precious opportunity, India is not letting up in its drive to stamp out polio in the few regions where it still hides out.
Targeting students' needs Fresh Insights into Students’ Progress
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
With thousands of online instructional videos and new interactive tools, Khan Academy is helping teachers as well as learners by freeing up classroom time, tracking students’ progress and pinpointing their needs. Academy founder Sal Khan and Shantanu Sinha, president, explain.
My Bookshelf Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go?
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
By most objective measures, education in the United States has improved little during the past 30 years. To better understand our education system, Bill has been reading widely about the complexities of school finance. Here’s his review of one of the books he’s found useful.
Bake sale Cupcake Economics
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
Brush up on Econ101 by breaking down a cupcake business with the world’s most popular tutor. One of over 2,000 free video lessons available at KhanAcademy.org.
zoning in A Student View: Math for Daydreamers Too
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
5th graders in Los Altos now use Khan Academy for math. It’s been quite a change. Instead of the one size fits all approach, math whizzes can challenge themselves while teachers intervene discretely as needed to keep everyone moving forward. One thing is clear – it’s math, and they all like it.
pilot project A Smooth Move to More Engaged Students
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
For administrators in Los Altos School District, piloting Khan Academy videos and online tools for the math curriculum has been an easy transition to more engaged students, better feedback on their progress and greater parental involvement.
An animated guy A Pop-Up Guide to Big History
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
David Christian developed big history to ask big questions and tie together big concepts. Now we're working on the Big History Project to bring the course to life for high school students and invigorate interest in the big fields of science, math and history.
Sharing my favorite course A Big Commitment to Big History
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
Big history brings it all together - from the cosmic forces of the Big Bang to our complex modern society - and challenges students to understand the deep connections that exist between people, societies, the earth and the universe. It's a critical foundation for a lifetime of learning.
Making dollars count What Do School Programs Really Cost?
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
Usual measures of school program costs can hide spending that’s out of line with educational priorities. Online learning pioneer Sal Khan explains how using the teaching techniques he has honed in more than 2,000 instructional videos at his wildly popular website, KhanAcademy.org.
Making good teachers great Annual Letter: Excellence in Teaching
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 19, 2011
How to improve education? In this excerpt from my 2011 letter as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, I advocate for innovation, online tools, rewarding great teachers and helping good ones become great.
Growing out of Poverty Annual Letter: Agriculture’s Promise
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 18, 2011
As most of the world’s poorest people are farmers, helping them grow and earn more from their crops is the best way to fight poverty and associated ills. In my 2011 letter as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, I report progress and some new strategies for agricultural developm...
Be prepared Annual Letter: A Health Emergency
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 17, 2011
The world’s making progress against malaria, neonatal deaths and HIV/AIDS, but not enough. In my 2011 letter as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, I explain why I'm willing to be viewed as a troublemaker by people who are happy with the status quo.
A Kind of Magic My Annual Letter: Vaccine Miracles
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 16, 2011
Global vaccination programs and vaccine research fight disease and save millions of lives. In my 2011 letter as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, I explain how vaccines can ultimately help eradicate poverty and overpopulation, boost education and protect the environment.
My Bookshelf Jim Grant - UNICEF Visionary
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 16, 2011
If ever anyone ever deserved the title “Miracle Worker” it would be Jim Grant, who as head of UNICEF for 15 years mobilized the global community to immunize millions of children. The story of Grant’s remarkable achievements is chronicled in an out-of-print book that I read.
3rd Annual Letter 2011 Annual Letter
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 31, 2011
My third annual letter on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s work talks about foreign aid, vaccines, polio, and the importance of leadership.
Thoughts and drawings Vaccines Save Lives
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 29, 2011
My thoughts about vaccines and polio, drawn on sketch paper.
once and for all New Health Partnership in Middle East
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 25, 2011
I’m pleased to share news of an important collaboration with United Arab Emirates’ deputy supreme commander, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. We’re joining together to immunize a generation of children through the purchase and delivery of vital va...
building dreams In China, Speeding Toward the Future
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 12, 2011
In September 2010, I traveled through China to visit with vaccine makers, computer scientists, energy technology companies and car manufacturers.
ROUND UP Talking Polio, Education at TED
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 11, 2011
The TED Conference is known for highly stimulating talks by trailblazing thinkers (and doers) from around the world. They asked me to plan a session for this year’s conference, so I'm calling on speakers who will shed light on two of my favorite topics: eradicating polio and transforming educat...
Phoning it in Mobile Phones + Savings: A Powerful Pair
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 6, 2011
I first wrote about digital money 15 years ago in my book 'The Road Ahead'. These days, I'm excited about financial services being offered in Africa over mobile phones. They provide an easy, safe and affordable way for millions of poor people to send, receive and store money.
Imagine Cup Real-World Solutions from World's Youth
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 14, 2010
Students from around the world are invited to register now for the Imagine Cup 2011, which this year offers a way for organizations working on the world’s big problems to get help from brilliant, passionate young people.
My Bookshelf The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 30, 2010
Science writer Matt Ridley recently wrote 'The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves'. The book focuses on some of the critical issues facing the world today including aid to Africa and climate change.
Hello, biosensor? Cell Phone Science
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 9, 2010
Most of us think of cell phones primarily as a convenient tool to stay in touch with people and store information. But increasingly, scientists are exploring ways to use cell phones to deliver critical health care to people in developing countries.
Young thinkers Sharing Ideas with Future Scientists
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 5, 2010
To help with a project of the 100 People Foundation, I met with 10 young thinkers, finalists in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, whose science fair projects focused on critical global issues. I talked with Matt McIntyre, 17, about global health issues.
Funding bold ideas Great Ideas from Unexpected Places
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 28, 2010
Grand Challenges Explorations—part of the foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative—funds bold research ideas that have the potential to create breakthroughs in global health solutions. This week, nine previous grant recipients were awarded next-stage grants of up to $1 million.
Showing promise Discovery Science – Taking the Challenge
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 26, 2010
Five years ago, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $458 million to research projects aimed at creating breakthrough treatments for diseases that cause millions of deaths each year in developing countries. The results are showing promise and leading to new approaches in discovery sc...
we can't stop now It’s Time to Vanquish Polio
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 25, 2010
Polio could be the first disease of the 21st century to be eradicated. World Polio Day helps to raise funds and bring increased awareness to how close we are in the fight to end this crippling disease.
My Bookshelf Why America is Not a New Rome
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 21, 2010
Although the U.S. has faced significant challenges in recent decades, Vaclav Smil points out in a new book why comparisons with the decline of the Roman Empire fall short.
We have proof Real Lives. Real Progress.
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 15, 2010
Optimism is always in short supply, but it’s needed to sustain efforts to improve global health and support development. Fortunately, thanks to development aid, reasons for optimism abound. To help highlight them, and Melinda and I are actively involved in the Living Proof campaign.
My Bookshelf Energy Myths and Realities
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 13, 2010
Meeting the world’s energy needs while reducing our carbon footprint will require an honest assessment of the costs, capabilities and impacts of various energy sources.
Technology can help Improving College Completion in the U.S.
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 11, 2010
Although more young people than ever are attending college, most never graduate. Many are unprepared for college and others drop out because of work commitments, family obligations or financial constraints.
KIPP Academy Knowledge is Power in the South Bronx
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 9, 2010
The KIPP Academy Middle School in New York City’s South Bronx has 268 students in grades five through eight. I answered videotaped questions from students in Ms. Maria Soto’s eighth grade Writing class.
Met Sal Khan Sal's Amazing Global Academy
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 7, 2010
I'm passionate about making quality education available to everyone, so I got pretty excited when I came across Khan Academy, a website with more than 2,000 free mini-lectures on everything from basic arithmetic to venture capital. I met the site's inspiring creator, Sal Khan.
My Bookshelf Energy Transitions
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 6, 2010
In a new book, Vaclav Smil explains the energy transitions that have driven social, economic and technological change worldwide over time. He also discusses the evolving shift from fossil fuels to renewables.
Telling Oprah and everyone A Powerful Film About Education in America
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2010
The new film, “Waiting for Superman,” is an important contribution to the national conversation about America’s education system. “Waiting for Superman” deals with a complex and politically-charged topic in a clear and compelling way.
Health affects minds A Disturbing Link: Disease and Intelligence
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 24, 2010
For me personally and for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, improving global health is a way to fight poverty as well as to save lives. The role of health in social and economic development is highlighted by new research on infectious disease and IQ.
My Bookshelf Liberating Learning
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 16, 2010
Technology can transform education by simplifying access to great material, providing new approaches to learning, and offering a framework for assessing student progress and teacher effectiveness. A recent book looks at how technology is being used today and the barriers to change in the future...
More and better crops Better Farms – Improved Lives
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 9, 2010
With support from the foundation, six nonprofit agricultural development organizations are helping hundreds of thousands of poor farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia grow more productive, profitable, and sustainable crops.
Can't trump bridge What Makes for a Good Bridge Partner?
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 6, 2010
I learned to play bridge from my parents, but it became one of my favorite pastimes after I began playing with Warren Buffett.
Investing in professional education Raising the Grade on Teacher, Student Performance
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 6, 2010
At the annual convention of the American Federation of Teachers, I talked about the importance of developing more effective ways to measure teaching excellence and share best practices to improve education in the classroom.
An Encouraging Visit Nigeria Advances the Fight against Polio
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 23, 2010
In a visit to Africa’s most populous nation, I witnessed remarkable progress against polio, with lessons for the fight against infectious diseases worldwide.
Microbicide trial Exciting News for HIV Prevention
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 21, 2010
I believe that one important way to stop the spread of AIDS is by empowering women to protect themselves from infection. I'm encouraged that new research shows positive results from women using antiretrovirals for HIV/AIDS prevention.
A Hopeful Message A Roadmap for HIV Prevention
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 19, 2010
I traveled to Vienna to speak at the 2010 International AIDS Conference, the premier gathering for those working to prevent and treat HIV infection, which is a priority of the Gates Foundation. My message was hopeful, but advocated for changes to make anti-AIDS efforts more effective.
Geeks are cool Science & Leadership in Philly
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 12, 2010
Science Leadership Academy is an innovative public high school in Philadelphia with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. When I met with students at the school on April 29, principal Chris Lehmann thanked me “for making being a geek cool.”
Travels in India Seeing Self-Help in Action in India
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 28, 2010
I was on the road again in May 2010 on a visit to northern India. I came back excited by the progress I saw in villages that have suffered from dire poverty and the persistence of polio.
Making medicines available Eliminating Killer Diseases with New Medicines
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 25, 2010
For people suffering from serious but treatable diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis, access to drugs can mean the difference between life and death. A new report and two recent announcements are signs of progress in efforts to expand access.
My Bookshelf Life Is What You Make It
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 18, 2010
In his recently published book, 'Life is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment', Peter Buffett writes about the values he absorbed growing up as one of three children of Warren Buffett and the late Susan Buffett, and the independent path he has pursued as a musician and producer.
How the U.S. can lead Calling for Energy Technology Innovation
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 15, 2010
I'm passionate about the importance of developing new, clean energy sources that are inexpensive and that avoid the negative effects of climate change. On June 10, I'll join other U.S. business leaders in recommending specific steps toward a new national commitment to innovation in energy techn...
Health education helps For Mothers and Babies, a Brighter Future
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 25, 2010
Each year in developing countries, millions of mothers and babies die during childbirth or in the first days and weeks of life. Reducing this tragic toll takes not only better access to health care but also health education, as Melinda witnessed during recent trips to Malawi and India.
Intellectual Ventures Inventing the Myhrvold Way
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 21, 2010
Nathan Myhrvold worked with me at Microsoft and went on to start Intellectual Ventures, which is inventing and investing in diverse fields including software, semiconductors, lasers, biotechnology, and medical devices.
Casa Familiar Rural Questions for Bill from Bahia
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 5, 2010
Casa Familiar Rural makes high school possible for young people on remote farms scattered across a rural region of Bahia, Brazil. Students live at the school one week, then return to their families for two weeks, where they’re visited by school monitors and expected to share what they’ve learne...
A diamante poem Light Verse from Rory
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 29, 2010
On a family trip to Europe last year, Melinda and I spent time tutoring our children on a number of different subjects. Our son Rory recently combined some of his science learning with poetry.
A Challenge for Good Imagine Cup: the Olympics of Great Ideas
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 26, 2010
More than 14,000 students registered for this year’s Imagine Cup competition across the United States. Over the weekend, 80 of those students participated in the U.S. finals, showing how technology can make a difference in solving some of the world’s most difficult challenges.
The right spark We Must Invest in Energy Innovation
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 23, 2010
In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Chad Holliday, former chairman and CEO of DuPont, and I contend that the U.S. government must invest in new, clean energy technologies that tackle climate change and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
Exchange of ideas Discussing Big Challenges with Students
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 21, 2010
Watch webcasts of my meetings with students at Harvard and Berkeley, where we had lively discussions about how to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.
College tours Going Back to College(s)
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 13, 2010
At Microsoft, I periodically visited college campuses to talk with students about applying science and technology to drive new waves of innovation.
What scientists know Recommended Reading on Climate Change
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 8, 2010
I recommend this report on climate change science and policy from The Economist, which reinforces my belief in the need for new, zero-carbon technologies.
A computing pioneer Remembering Ed Roberts
BY ON APRIL 1, 2010
Ed Roberts, a very special man and personal computing pioneer, passed away on April 1. The following joint statement was issued by me and Paul G. Allen as Microsoft founders.
Encouraging innovation A Grand Challenge: Unorthodox Research Ideas
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 31, 2010
To spur innovative thinking about health solutions for developing countries, Grand Challenges Explorations is making $100,000 grants to fund non-traditional early-stage research projects. Applications for the latest round of grants will be accepted through May 19.
Visiting Antarctica A Global Community at the Bottom of the World
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 24, 2010
I travel a lot, but until recently there was one continent I’d never visited: Antarctica. I finally got there in February on a family trip with my father and son.
A Gates Foundation Trip Simple Advances, Amazing Benefits in Africa
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 18, 2010
On a recent trip to Africa, I explored innovative and cost-effective initiatives supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that are reducing child mortality and the risk of infection from AIDS, and increasing basic financial services and economic well-being for underserved people.
Some favorite movies Heading to Sundance
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 12, 2010
This year, I'm attending the Sundance Film Festival for the first time. While I'm there I’ll see an important new movie about the U.S. education system and meet with Robert Redford, one of my favorite actors and directors.
A missing statistic The Failure to Measure Innovation
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 9, 2010
Quantifying the economic impact of innovation has turned out to be surprisingly difficult. Astrophysicist Lowell Wood, and Nathan Myhrvold, former chief technology officer at Microsoft and founder of Intellectual Ventures, and I talk about how innovation is overlooked in economic statistics.
A revolutionary leader PC Pioneer Chuck Thacker Wins Turing Award
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 9, 2010
For his lifetime contributions to computer science, the Association for Computing Machinery has honored Chuck Thacker with its prestigious Turing Award. Over four decades, Thacker’s work at Xerox PARC and Microsoft have helped pave the way for the modern personal computer.
What to Read Where Can I Get Unbiased News?
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 8, 2010
Here are some of my favorite publications and online courses and seminars.
Going public on energy Talking About Energy Miracles at TED
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 8, 2010
At this year’s TED Conference, I spoke about my belief that addressing climate change will require massive investments in innovation aimed at creating the “energy miracles” needed to develop zero-carbon energy sources.
Rebuilding lives Urgent Need for Help in Haiti
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 4, 2010
Victims of the unfolding catastrophe in Haiti require immediate help as living conditions worsen. Ongoing aid will be needed to help people rebuild their lives. Find out how you can help.
My Bookshelf In Fed We Trust
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 22, 2010
Knowing what caused the current economic crisis is critical if we are going to prevent the next one. A new book provides interesting background about the way the Federal Reserve managed the crisis, but important questions remain about the steps that are needed to measure and mitigate future ris...
Looking forward to it Talking About Energy at TED
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 18, 2010
At the 2010 annual TED Conference, some inspired thinkers are asked to give “the talk of their lives” – in 18 minutes. The good ones can change how we think about science, art, technology, and more. I was invited to give a talk about energy and climate change.
Uncertainty The Mood at Davos
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 10, 2010
I've been attending the World Economic Forum at Davos since the 1990s. This year, the focus was on climate change and on issues raised by the aftermath of the economic crisis, including questions about who should profit from investment and financial risk.
Long-term commitment Why Vaccines Matter
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 9, 2010
Providing greater access to existing vaccines and making new vaccines available quickly could save 8 million lives by 2020. With a 10-year, $10 billion commitment, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting immunization programs designed to reach children in the world’s poorest count...
Definitely worth a look Important Books About Energy by Vaclav Smil
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 9, 2010
Vaclav Smil, a distinguished professor at the University of Manitoba, takes a broad interdisciplinary approach that combines a deep understanding of the environment, energy, food, population, economic and public policy studies, and more. He is the author of more than 25 books.
Faster than I can watch More Recommended Teaching Company Lectures
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 5, 2010
With more than 250 lectures from some of the world’s leading professors, The Teaching Company provides the opportunity to learn from great teachers who are true experts in their fields. Here are my recommendations for some of the courses that I've enjoyed the most.
My Bookshelf SuperFreakonomics
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 1, 2010
Entertaining, well-written, and full of surprises and insights, 'SuperFreakonomics' is Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s follow up to 'Freakonomics'.
Work in progress 2010 Annual Letter
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 1, 2010
Every January, I write an Annual Letter, which includes my thoughts on the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and progress it is making toward achieving its goals. Interest in the 2009 Annual Letter was one reason I decided to create the Gates Notes website.
Goals for 2050 Why We Need Innovation, Not Just Insulation
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 24, 2010
Conservation and behavior change alone will not get us to the dramatically lower levels of CO2 emissions needed to make a real difference. We also need to focus on developing innovative technologies that produce energy without generating any CO2 emissions at all.
Blown off What About Wind?
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 23, 2010
Energy sources that provide power without producing CO2 are critical to addressing the challenge of global warming. The book Sustainable Energy – without the hot air prompted me to ask climate researcher Ken Caldeira what the prospects are for generating power from wind in the upper atmosphere.
challenges ahead Strengths and Weaknesses in U.S. Education
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 23, 2010
In my October appearance on GPS, Fareed Zakaria’s show on CNN, I talked about the importance of a strong education system and the challenges we face in efforts to improve education in the U.S.
Great online courses Great Lectures from The Teaching Company
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 23, 2010
One of the real challenges in education is finding ways to give more people access to brilliant teachers who inspire and excite with their ability to bring material to life. Today there are some great examples of how technology can enable almost anyone to learn from the world’s greatest minds.
About those mosquitos A Maniacal Focus on Global Health
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 22, 2010
Appearing on The Charlie Rose Show with my father, Bill Gates Sr., I spoke about my commitment to tackling malaria, TB, and HIV.
Questions from Sonora students Meet Secundaria Tecnica #12
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 21, 2010
Secundaria Técnica #12 Hermosillo, Sonora, is a junior high school that offers a rigorous program with a focus on collaborative projects, academic standards review, and integration of special needs students into regular classes. Here are the questions they asked me.
Visiting health clinics Delivering Health Care in India
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 21, 2010
In July, I traveled to India to see how new investments by the Indian government are improving medical care in poor communities. During the trip, I visited health clinics in the state of Uttar Pradesh and saw how vaccines and other basic health care is being delivered to mothers and children.
Questions from Students A Class in Bangalore
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 21, 2010
Parikrma is an innovative school serving elementary and high school students from some of the poorest communities in Bangalore. Parikrma’s goal is to transform lives by providing children with world-class educational opportunities. Here are their questions.