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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.
What's in the course? Big History Content Samples
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 22, 2012
Big History Project Content Samples
Big History content includes video lectures, infographics, animations, texts and even comic books. Here are some samples from the course.
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.
Become a Big Historian Big History for Everyone
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 1, 2013
Big History for Everyone
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...
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.
Open enrollment Big History Project is Getting Bigger
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2012
Big History is Getting Bigger
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...
Exciting news A Big Update on Big History
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 15, 2013
Big Update on Big History
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...
Sharing my favorite course A Big Commitment to Big History
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
Bill Gates - Big History
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.
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.
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 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.
See what it's about Explore Big History Content
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2012
Explore Big History Content
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...
My Bookshelf Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 25, 2011
Big History - Book Review
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.
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.
Off to a great start Global Vaccine Summit: We Changed History
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 28, 2013
Global Vaccine Summit
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.
6/7 of a Good Read The Great Escape Is an Excellent Book With One Big Flaw
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 8, 2014
The Great Escape: An Excellent Book with One Big Flaw | Book Review by Bill Gates
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.
on the road Backstage With Fallon, and Other Scenes from My Annual Letter Tour
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 3, 2014
Backstage with Jimmy Fallon, and Other Scenes from My Annual Letter Tour
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.
#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.
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.
A good time down under Australia Adventures
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 10, 2012
Australia Adventures
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.
Big booklist David Christian: Recommended Reading
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 6, 2012
David Christian Recommended Reading
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...
I'm a Fan A Discussion with Jared Diamond
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 18, 2013
A Discussion with Jared Diamond
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.
Let's read this Read Jared Diamond Along With Me
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 9, 2013
Read Jared Diamond with Me
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...
What's in the bag? My Summer Reading List
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 9, 2013
Summer Reading List 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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
UNGA 2013: Day One Farmers, MDGs, Bill Clinton, and More
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
Farmers, MDFs, Clinton and More
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...
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
In DC Teaming with Bill Clinton on Capitol Hill
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 6, 2010
On March 10, I was in Washington, DC, where Melinda received the Global Trailblazer Award from Vital Voices for her leadership in development. I also testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Making connections Big Goals for Big History in American High Schools
BY ON OCTOBER 22, 2012
Bob Bain Guest Blog
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
prepared remarks Improving Education in the U.S.
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 11, 2012
Improving Education in the US
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.
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.
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.
Little engine that can EcoMotors: Reinventing the Internal Combustion Engine
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 19, 2012
EcoMotors - Reinventing the Internal Combustion Engine
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.
Energetic start-ups Entrepreneurs Hold the Key to Solving Many Big Challenges
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 13, 2012
Entrepreneurs Hold the Key to Solving Many Big Chellenges
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...
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.
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.
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.
Closing in on 1% Turning the Corner on Polio in 2012
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 30, 2012
Turning the Corner on Polio
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.
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.
Low cost, high yields The MenAfriVac Vaccine: an Amazing Success Story in Global Health
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 10, 2012
The MenAfriVac Vaccine
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.
A difficult job worth doing A Commitment to Global Health
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 17, 2011
A Commitment to Global Health
I'm celebrating the progress made in global health and calling on the World Health Assembly to support vaccines for all children.
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.
Longer lives, smaller families Don’t Miss the Best News in Those New Population Numbers
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 21, 2013
New Population Numbers from the UN
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...
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.
My Bookshelf The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 29, 2011
The Big Short - Book Review
The author of Liar's Poker explains the factors that led to the crash of the U.S. economy.
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
The Man Who Fed the World - Book Review
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...
My Bookshelf Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 15, 2012
Tomorrow's Table - Book Review
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...
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
Hot, Flat and Crowded - Book Review
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 Transitions
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 6, 2010
Energy Transitions - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf The Grid: A Journey Through the Heart of Our Electrified World
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2011
The Grid - Book Review
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 Polio: An American Story
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 22, 2011
Polio: An American Story - Book Review
Here's my review of the Pulitzer-prize winning book Polio: An American Story by author David Oshinsky.
My Bookshelf The Changing Body - Health, Nutrition, and Human Development in the Western World Since 1700
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 16, 2011
The Changing Body - Book Review
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 Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
Vaccine - Book Review
A really interesting history of the big medical and social challenges of making these life-saving treatments available to the public.
My Bookshelf A Champion's Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
A Champions Mind - Book Review
An autobiography of tennis star Pete Sampras - and a very personal look at what it's like to be an elite athlete.
My Bookshelf Book Review: Moonwalking with Einstein
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
Moonwalking with Einstein - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf The Bet: The “Wager of the Decade” and Its Unfortunate Legacy
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 12, 2013
The Bet - Book Review
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...
My Bookshelf The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 18, 2012
The Better Angels of Our Nature - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf Read Jared Diamond With Me, Part 2
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 18, 2013
The World Until Yesterday - Book Review
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...
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 - Book Review
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 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
Too Big to Fail - Book Review
A close-up, behind-the-scenes look at the events that led to the 2008 U.S. financial crisis.
My Bookshelf 13 Things that Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
12 Things that Don't Make Sense - Book Review
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 The Manhattan Project: Making the Atomic Bomb
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 17, 2012
The Manhattan Project - Book Review
The creation of the atomic bomb changed world history and the way we view war and national security.
My Bookshelf The New Science of Strong Materials
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
The New Science of Strong Materials - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf Titan II: A History of a Cold War Missile Program
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 17, 2012
Titan 2 - Book Review
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 Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
Where Good Ideas Come From - Book Review
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.
What’s TED Reading? 10 Books Melinda and I Recommended to the TED Crowd
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 26, 2014
10 Books Melinda and I Recommended to the TED Crowd
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.
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.
What's the difference? Exactly. My Annual Letter: How We Measure Impact to Improve Lives
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 29, 2013
Annual Letter 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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....
Speed-dating sponsors A Smart New Way to Surface Great Ideas
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 24, 2013
SVP Fast Pitch
SVP Fast Pitch is a clever way to connect early-stage non-profits and social entrepreneurs with potential funders.
Rewards offered The Most Gratifying Job on Earth
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 11, 2011
The Most Gratifying Job on Earth
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.
Markets for change The Power of Catalytic Philanthropy
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
The Power of Catalytic Philanthropy
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...
What we hadn’t seen before The Turning Point: Our First Trip to Africa
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2012
Our First Trip to Africa
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.
A model of ingenuity America’s Greatest Inventor
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 8, 2013
Edison: America's Greatest Inventor
Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, the movie camera, and a lot more. But his inventions may not be his greatest legacy.
A river runs through it An Amazing Amazon Adventure
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 25, 2011
An Amazing Amazon Adventure
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.
Winter's tales A Year-End Reading List
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 18, 2013
A Year End Reading List
Some books on predictions, inequality, prosperity, steam and Warren Buffett.
Business unusual Woodstock for Capitalists: Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting Unlike Any Other
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 7, 2012
Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting - Photo Gallery
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
Paperback reader Charles Kenny: Recommended Reading
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 6, 2012
Charles Kenny - Recommended Reading
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'.
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.
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...
watch my recital “Four Score and Seven Years Ago…”
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 19, 2013
Bill Recites the Gettysburg Address
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...
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.
Philanthropy for Everyone How You Can Be a More Effective Donor
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 2, 2013
Giving Tuesday and Philanthropy
You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There’s another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday.
Beach bag books Great Summer Reading
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 5, 2012
Great Summer Reading
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.
Publishing 101 How I Became the Editor of WIRED (for One Issue)
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 12, 2013
How I Became Editor of WIRED
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...
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.
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.
Your books and mine More Great Summer Reading
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 8, 2012
More Great Summer Reading
I’ve always been a big reader, and love spreading the word about great books that approach interesting topics in new ways.
A vacation, a plan, a canal… Taking the Family to the Panama Canal
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 17, 2013
Panama Canal Visit
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.
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.
#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.
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...
Water, sun, and whalesharks Relaxing in the Yucatan and Belize
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 17, 2012
Relaxing in the Yucatan and Belize
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...
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.”
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...
Thoughtful reading Steven Pinker: Recommended Reading
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 6, 2012
Steven Pinker Recommended Reading
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...
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.
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.
Reaching across 5 continents The Giving Pledge Goes International
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 19, 2013
The Giving Pledge Goes International
The Giving Pledge is growing with 105 billionaires in 9 different countries committing to giving away the majority of their wealth.
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.
What, no romance? Vaclav Smil: Recommended Reading
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 6, 2012
Vaclav Smil - Recommended Reading
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.
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.
a very good year Good News You Might Have Missed in 2013
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 23, 2013
Year in Review 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gene banks for crops Mexico, Carlos Slim, and Me
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 11, 2013
Mexico, Carlos Slim and Me
Mexico and philanthropists like Carlos Slim are helping lead the global fight against hunger and poverty through agricultural development.
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.
Peas and millet India Day 2: Making a Better Pigeonpea
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 4, 2013
Visiting ICRISAT Agricultural Research Center
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.
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.
A good effort A Report Card on Helping the World’s Poor
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 30, 2012
A Report Card on Helping the World's Poor
I believe the global community deserves a solid B for progress meeting the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.
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,...
Crosstown express A Day of Criss-Crossing Manhattan
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
Cross crossing Manhattan
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.
Report to G20 Development with Impact: Innovation and Partnerships
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 3, 2011
Development with Impact
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good business Should Companies Help the Poor?
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 14, 2010
Investing a portion of R and D in products to help the poor can help companies think about lower-cost business models and new markets.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Waste management Why We're Talking To Scientists About Toilets
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 28, 2013
Talking to Scientists About Toilets
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.
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.
Light up your brain Great Books on Science and Innovation
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 28, 2013
Great Books on Science and Innovation
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.
UNGA 2013 Kicking Off the Week with Nigeria's President
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
Kick Off with Nigerian President
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.
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.
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.
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.
South Korea What Happens When a Country Stops Needing Aid?
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 2, 2013
The Future of South Korea
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The tough job of teaching What Teachers Mean to Me
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
What Teachers Mean to Me | Bill Gates
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...
Coaching teachers My TED Talk: Giving Teachers What They Deserve
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 6, 2013
TED Talk: Giving Teachers What They Deserve
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
give kids an equal chance Speaking Up for the Common Core
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 17, 2014
Speaking Up for Common Core
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
Speaking Up for Common Core
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Definitely worth a look Important Books About Energy by Vaclav Smil
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 9, 2010
Important Books About Energy - Vaclav Smil
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.
Keep the switch on The Energy Research Imperative
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 17, 2011
The Energy Research Imperative
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,...
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.
A market for energy Why Not Focus on Global Warming?
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 10, 2009
Here are my thoughts on climate change, both as an issue for the world’s poor and an innovation challenge for the marketplace.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
"Last mile" to polio Digital Mapping Technology Helps Polio Vaccinators Zero In
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 5, 2012
Digital Mapping Technology Help Polio Vaccinators Zero In
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...
Counting polio out Global Polio Eradication Initiative: A Partnership that is Getting Results
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the Right Track What I Learned About Polio in Nigeria
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 3, 2013
What I Learned About Polio in Nigeria
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...
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.
Dogs, tweets, and Tokyo What Does 20 Million Look Like?
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 22, 2013
What Does 20 Million Look Like?
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?
Let's get ready A Better Response to the Next Pandemic
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 18, 2010
The H1N1 flu wasn’t nearly as bad as predicted, but not because of the effectiveness of the steps taken to contain it. The inadequate global response shows that we are still unprepared for a major pandemic. New methods for manufacturing vaccines quickly and other investments are clearly require...
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.
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...
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...
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.
#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.
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.
Wash your hands Can a Simple, Safe Childbirth Checklist Save Lives in Developing Countries?
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 8, 2012
Childbirth Checklist
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...
Malaria Forum Charting a Course to End Malaria
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 19, 2011
Charting a Course to End Malaria
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Developing countries”? The River of Myths by Hans Rosling
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 30, 2013
Hans Rosling: The River of Myths
Hans Rosling shows how measurement reveals incredible progress in saving the lives of children in what were once labeled "developing countries."
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.
20 years of growth India’s Progress
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 19, 2012
India's Progress
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
My Bookshelf Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2011
Lords of Finance - Book Review
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 Innovation, Disruption, and Progress: What Do Vaccines, Software, and Shipping Containers Have in Common?
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 9, 2013
The Box - Book Review
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 This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 12, 2012
This Time is Different - Book Review
A history of financial crises, which skewers the idea that "this time is different."
My Bookshelf The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 30, 2010
The Rational Optimist - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 31, 2012
Behind the Beautiful Forevers - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 25, 2011
Collapse - Book Review
This follow-up to the excellent 'Guns, Germs, and Steel' examines the downfall of some of history's greatest civilizations.
My Bookshelf Why America is Not a New Rome
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 21, 2010
Why America is Not a New Rome - Book Review
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.
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 - Book Review
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 Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 25, 2011
Guns, Germs and Steel - Book Review
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 How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 30, 2011
How to Spend 50 Billion - Book Review
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 Interventions: A Life in War and Peace
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 2, 2013
Interventions - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 29, 2011
The Dragon's Gift - Book Review
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 Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 30, 2012
Academically Adrift - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf A World-Class Education
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 30, 2012
A World Class Education - Book Review
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 Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 22, 2012
Change.edu - Book Review
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...
My Bookshelf Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2011
Class Warfare - Book Review
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 Work Hard. Be Nice.
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 21, 2010
Work Hard, Be Nice - Book Review
Founded in 1994 by Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) is one of the most promising examples of innovative thinking in American education.
My Bookshelf Liberating Learning
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 16, 2010
Liberating Learning - Book Review
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...
My Bookshelf Stretching the School Dollar
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
Stretching the School Dollar - Book Review
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...
My Bookshelf Unlocking the Gates: How and Why Leading Universities Are Opening Up Access to Their Courses
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 15, 2011
Unlocking the Gates - Book Review
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 Value-Added Measures in Education: What Every Educator Needs to Know
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 17, 2013
Value Added Measures in Education - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go?
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 1, 2011
Where Do School Funds Go? - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf Why Does College Cost So Much?
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 1, 2013
Why Does College Cost So Much- Book Review
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 Sustainable Energy
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 15, 2010
Sustainable Energy - Book Review
For all that has been written lately about energy conservation, where energy comes from, how we use it, and how much CO2 gas it generates, it’s hard to gain a clear picture of the situation. A new book by David MacKay provides the framework people need to really understand this critical subject...
My Bookshelf Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 26, 2012
Reinventing Fire - Book Review
This book offers energy solutions for four major industries by 2050 - with no fossil fuels or nuclear energy.
My Bookshelf The Earth's Biosphere: Evolution, Dynamics and Change
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
The Earth's Biosphere - Book Review
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 The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 16, 2012
The Quest - Book Review
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 The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 7, 2012
The Checklist Manifesto - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf Dirt and Disease: Polio Before FDR
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
Dirt and Disease - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf Epidemics and Pandemics: Their Impacts on Human History
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
Epidemics and Pandemics - Book Review
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 House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
House of Fire - Book Review
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 Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 5, 2014
Infections and Inequalities - Book Review
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 Jim Grant - UNICEF Visionary
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 16, 2011
Jim Grants Child Survival Revolution - Book Review
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.
my bookshelf Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 5, 2014
Reimagining Global Health - Book Review
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 Smallpox the Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
Smallpox: The Death of a Disease - Book Review
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 Cost of Hope: A Memoir – The Story of a Marriage, a Family, and the Quest for Life
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 28, 2012
The Cost of Hope - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf The Emperor of all Maladies - A Biography of Cancer
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 16, 2011
The Emperor of All Maladies - Book Review
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 Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2011
The Making of a Tropical Disease - Book Review
How did malaria become a disease of the tropics? Climate change and other factors created a home for it.
My Bookshelf A Life Decoded: My Genome - My Life
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 11, 2011
A Life Decoded - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
Broken Genius - Book Review
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 Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 13, 2012
Deng Xiaoping - Book Review
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 Einstein: His Life and Universe
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
Einstein - Book Review
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 Memoirs: A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
Memoirs - Book Review
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 Open: An Autobiography
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
Open - Book Review
I enjoyed this autobiography and really appreciated Agassi's candor in sharing his life story.
My Bookshelf Tap Dancing to Work
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 5, 2012
Tap Dancing to Work - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 16, 2012
Abundance - Book Review
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 Time of Our Lives: A Conversation about America
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 17, 2012
The Time of Our Lives - Book Review
Tom Brokaw tells stories of Americans who are leading their communities to make changes that offer hope for America's future.
My Bookshelf Giving it all Away: The Doris Buffett Story
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 29, 2011
Giving it All Away - Book Review
A book about Doris Buffett, Warren's older sister, a great philanthropist and a truly kind-hearted person.
My Bookshelf Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
Philanthrocapitalism - Book Review
I'm mentioned in this book, on a subject I'm personally invested in - how business-modeled philanthropy can change the world.
My Bookshelf The Foundation: A Great American Secret; How Private Wealth is Changing the World
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2011
The Foundation - Book Review
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 In Fed We Trust
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 22, 2010
In Fed We Trust - Book Review
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...
My Bookshelf Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalization
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2011
Beyond the Crash - Book Review
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 Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
Crisis Economics - Book Review
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 Engineers of Victory
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 1, 2013
Engineers of Victory - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
One Minute to Midnight - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf The City that Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 12, 2012
The City That Became Safe - Book Review
This is an interesting look at how New York City reduced its crime rate exponentially, without increasing its prison population.
My Bookshelf The Post-American World
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 12, 2011
The Post-American World - Book Review
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 Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013
Why Nations Fail - Book Review
Normally, I’m fairly positive about the books I review, but here’s one I really took issue with.
My Bookshelf A Guide to the Elements
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
A Guide to the Elements - Book Review
A great book for middle and high school students, or anyone who is interested in learning about the basic concepts of chemistry.
My Bookshelf Creating the Twentieth Century: Technical Innovations of 1867-1914 and Their Lasting Impact
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
Creating the 20th Century - Book Review
Vaclav Smil writes about an amazing, transformational time in world history, when technology exploded the possibilities for future societies.
My Bookshelf For the Love of Physics
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 6, 2012
For the Love of Physics - Book Review
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.
My Bookshelf Molecules at an Exhibition: Portraits of Intriguing Materials in Everyday Life
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
Molecules at an Exhibition - Book Review
A fun book about chemistry and the composition of many familiar, everyday materials.
My Bookshelf Physics for Dummies
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
Physics for Dummies - Book Review
Here's another book you can read to get a good, basic understanding of physics. No prior knowledge needed!
My Bookshelf Prime Movers of Globalization: The History and Impact of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 26, 2011
Prime Movers of Globalization - Book Review
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 Most Powerful Idea in the World
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 4, 2013
The Most Powerful Idea in the World - Book Review
'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.
My Bookshelf The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments - Book Review
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 Wheels, Clocks and Rockets: A History of Technology
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 30, 2011
Wheels, Clocks and Rockets - Book Review
This book looks at the developments in the 18th century that allowed technology and innovation create platforms for even more invention.
filling the gap Catalytic Philanthropy: Innovating Where Markets Won’t and Governments Can’t
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 27, 2014
Catalytic Philanthropy - Innovating Where Markets Won't and Governments Can't
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
The Next Great Market Opportunity: Sanitation for India's Poor
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...
My Bookshelf Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 21, 2011
Getting Better - Book Review
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'.
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
Poor Numbers - Book Review
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...
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.
global health hero A Visit to Haiti, and the Biggest Hellraiser I Know
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 6, 2014
Student orchestra performing a song from Pirates of the Caribbean
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.
common core 3 Myths That Confuse the Debate Over America’s Schools
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 18, 2014
3 Myths That Confuse the Debate Over America’s Schools
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...
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