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The right spark We Must Invest in Energy Innovation
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 23, 2010
In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Chad Holliday, former chairman and CEO of DuPont, and I contend that the U.S. government must invest in new, clean energy technologies that tackle climate change and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
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.
My Bookshelf Energy Myths and Realities
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 13, 2010
Energy Myths & Realities - Book Review
Meeting the world’s energy needs while reducing our carbon footprint will require an honest assessment of the costs, capabilities and impacts of various energy sources.
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 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.
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.
Speaking at the UW Talking About the Future
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 28, 2011
With the convergence of major advances in computing hardware and software, technology is playing an increasingly important role in many aspects of society. In a speech at the University of Washington, I discussed important breakthroughs in computer science and engineering that have implications...
Keeping the pests out A Simple Advance in Crop Storage Aids Poor Farmers in Africa
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 27, 2012
Cowpeas are a protein-rich crop that thrives in the harsh, arid climate of West and Central Africa. But poor farmers lost up to 50 percent of their crops to pests until researchers came up with a cheap way to store this important food staple.
Power up, carbon down On the Road to Energy Solutions
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 23, 2012
On the Road to Energy Solutions
From ARPA-E to ECO:nomics, I go on the road in search of energy solutions.
Beyond fossil fuels Podcast Series Energy and Climate Change
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 20, 2010
In these podcasts, I share my thoughts on the challenges of developing alternatives to fossil fuels and finding zero-carbon energy sources.
Energy storage is critical We Need a Battery Miracle
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 6, 2011
We Need a Battery Miracle
I believe that creating large-scale batteries to store energy is a critical problem to solve if solar and wind energy are to become mainstream. In this video, MIT Professor Donald Sadoway and I discuss the importance of new battery storage technology and Sadoway’s focus on the development of a...
Emerging energy resources An Energy Briefing with Daniel Yergin: Market Dynamics & Natural Gas
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 13, 2012
An Energy Briefing from Daniel Yergin
I’m interested in energy innovation as a way to protect the environment while also supplying the growing energy needs of poor countries so they can continue to develop. To better understand the forces shaping energy markets, I met with Daniel Yergin, a pre-eminent expert on the subject.
Governments should do more An Energy Briefing with Daniel Yergin: Government Spending on Energy R&D
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 16, 2012
I think governments could be doing a lot more to help accelerate the development of cheaper, clean energy. I asked energy expert Daniel Yergin about how to get more innovation that produces results.
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.
Energy for the poorest An Energy Briefing with Daniel Yergin: Opportunities for Developing Countries
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 19, 2012
How to meet the growing energy needs of the world’s two billion poorest people? Bill talks with energy expert Daniel Yergin.
An expert's view An Energy Briefing with Daniel Yergin: Understanding Energy Solutions
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 19, 2012
Energy innovation is critically important for economic growth – especially in poor countries – as well as for the Earth’s climate and environment. I recently had a chance to talk with Daniel Yergin, one of the world’s most respected analysts on energy issues.
Jumpstart for energy research ARPA-E: A Good Beginning for U.S. Energy Innovation
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 28, 2012
ARPA-E
ARPA-E is a new government agency that’s fast-tracking development of new clean energy technologies. Although I believe the federal government should invest even more in energy innovation, I think ARPA-E is off to a good start.
Khosla interview: Energy Retrospective with Vinod Khosla: Innovations in Energy
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 16, 2012
Video excerpt from Q and A session with Vinod Khosla at the Khosla Ventures Summit in May 2012.
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...
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...
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.
Energy + funding programs MIT Professor Donald Sadoway’s Formula for Energy Innovation: Increase Federal Research Funding
BY ON APRIL 16, 2012
I've been a strong advocate for increased funding for energy R and D. MIT Professor Donald Sadoway makes the case that federal funding for university research is more important than ever—especially at a time when the private sector is cutting its research funding.
Making nuclear energy safe Nuclear Energy After Fukushima
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 4, 2011
In a video broadcast to the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation, I discuss what governments and the private sector can do to increase the role of nuclear power in delivering safe, affordable, and clean energy to the world – and especially to the poor.
Looking forward to it Talking About Energy at TED
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 18, 2010
At the 2010 annual TED Conference, some inspired thinkers are asked to give “the talk of their lives” – in 18 minutes. The good ones can change how we think about science, art, technology, and more. I was invited to give a talk about energy and climate change.
Going public on energy Talking About Energy Miracles at TED
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 8, 2010
TED: Energy Miracles
At this year’s TED Conference, I spoke about my belief that addressing climate change will require massive investments in innovation aimed at creating the “energy miracles” needed to develop zero-carbon energy sources.
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.
My Bookshelf Energy at the Crossroads: Global Perspectives and Uncertainties
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
Energy at the Crossroads - Book Review
Here Vaclav Smil considers the twenty-first century's crucial question: how to reconcile the modern world's increasing demand for energy with the need to preserve the biosphere.
My Bookshelf Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 21, 2012
Unlocking Energy Innovation - Book Review
I could not agree more that energy innovation is crucial to our future - and that we need to change the way we approach that innovation here in the U.S.
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.
Let's keep talking Annual Letter: Continuing the Conversation
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 7, 2012
In my annual letter and related events, I encouraged students, advocates for the poor, and global leaders to keep the dialogue alive about the value of development aid and the 1.4 billion people still living in extreme poverty.
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.
Two days for 60 minutes Talking to 60 Minutes
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 12, 2013
Talking to 60 Minutes
I just watched Charlie Rose’s story on 60 Minutes about the work Melinda and I are doing. I’ve spoken with Charlie several times over the years and am always impressed by how well-prepared and thoughtful he is.
Robots, chairs, and water A Day at DEKA Research with Dean Kamen
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 25, 2013
A Day at DEKA Research with Dean Kamen
Toward the end of last year, I got to travel to Manchester, New Hampshire, to visit one of America’s most prolific and successful inventors, Dean Kamen.
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.
Investing in some fun Pilgrimage to Omaha: The Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 6, 2013
At the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting
I went to Omaha for the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, where Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger answered questions for more than five hours. There was also ping-pong.
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.
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.
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.
A diamante poem Light Verse from Rory
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 29, 2010
On a family trip to Europe last year, Melinda and I spent time tutoring our children on a number of different subjects. Our son Rory recently combined some of his science learning with poetry.
Amazing photos Cuisine as You've Never Seen Before
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 21, 2011
Nathan Myhrvold’s 'Modernist Cuisine' is a visual feast that includes 3,200 photos, many of them cutaway shots that involved actually cutting cooking surfaces in half. Here’s a small sampling of the book’s fantastic visualizations of the cooking process.
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.
Intellectual reading Nathan Myhrvold: Recommended Reading
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 6, 2012
Nathan Myhrvold Recommended Reading
Here’s a list of books recommended by Nathan Myhrvold, who was Microsoft's Chief Technology Officer, and now follows a wide variety of interests. He's one of the founders of Intellectual Ventures.
For my dad On Father's Day
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 14, 2013
On Father's Day
This week, my father got a lifetime achievement award from the University of Washington. With Father’s Day coming up, this seemed like a good chance to talk a bit about my dad.
#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.
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.”
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...
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.
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.
Tweets from Stanford Answers about Africa
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 30, 2012
I spoke at Stanford University recently about our work on health and agriculture in Africa. The students asked a lot of great questions during my talk. Here are answers to a few additional questions that were tweeted to me at #askbillg.
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...
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 people I met Photos from My Trip to Ethiopia and Zambia
BY Bill Gates ON APRIL 6, 2012
On my recent trip to Ethiopia and Zambia, I met with health workers, families, and farmers, and learned about the progress they are making in meeting healthcare and agricultural challenges.
Uncertainty The Mood at Davos
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 10, 2010
I've been attending the World Economic Forum at Davos since the 1990s. This year, the focus was on climate change and on issues raised by the aftermath of the economic crisis, including questions about who should profit from investment and financial risk.
Less disease. No $#%@ Reflections on the Reinventing the Toilet Challenge
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 23, 2012
I’m excited about the new toilet prototypes, which could help reduce disease for the 40 percent of the world’s population that doesn't have access to toilets. It’s a terrific example of innovation’s ability to dramatically improve people’s lives.
WC: Winners' circle And the Winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge Awards are…?
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 14, 2012
Winners of the Toilet Challenge
Today I attended the Reinvent the Toilet Fair — a fascinating learning experience and an important step in providing safe sanitation for everyone in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unrivaled research Why MIT Matters
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 15, 2011
MIT has played a central role in stimulating many of the amazing advancements that science and technology have achieved since the university was founded 150 years ago. In an essay for the Boston Globe, I discuss MIT's great legacy and promise for the future.
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.
Chronicle interview A Conversation with Bill Gates about the Future of Higher Education
This article 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.
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.
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.
teachfest Why I’m Excited about the Arrival of Back-to-School Season
BY Bill Gates ON AUGUST 29, 2012
Why I'm Excited About Back to School
Young students may not agree, but I am excited with the arrival of back-to-school season. This is a particularly interesting year, especially now with all the innovation underway in education.
Rethinking "vehicle" Challenging Student Designers to Create New Kinds of Vehicles
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 5, 2012
EcoMotors - Challenging Student Designers
EcoMotors Design Challenge asked students to design concept cars that take advantage of the EcoMotors engine. The jury for the challenge included former General Motors and Chrysler design chiefs, and auto collector Jay Leno.
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.
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.
Khosla interview: Innovation Retrospective with Vinod Khosla: Improving Lives with Innovation
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 16, 2012
Video excerpt from Q and A session with Vinod Khosla at the Khosla Ventures Summit in May 2012.
Khosla interview: United States Retrospective with Vinod Khosla: Perspectives on U.S. Innovations
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 13, 2012
Video excerpt from Q and A session with Vinod Khosla at the Khosla Ventures Summit in May 2012.
Steps the U.S. must take Catalyzing American Ingenuity
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
Everyone should have access to clean, affordable energy but without investments in research and development it will be impossible to achieve that goal.
Author insights Daniel Yergin Replies to My Review of His Book, "The Quest"
BY ON JUNE 29, 2012
Daniel Yergin Replies to Review
Daniel Yergin is one of my favorite writers and his book, The Quest, is a significant contribution to the conversation about the various forces shaping our energy future. I appreciate that he took the time to comment on my review of his book.
A 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.
World energy crisis At the WIRED Conference
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 2, 2011
Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief of WIRED moderated a Q and A with me as part of the opening session of the third annual WIRED Business Conference.
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.
On the right track A Great Meeting on Polio with Afghanistan Officials
BY Bill Gates ON OCTOBER 10, 2012
Afghanistan faces real challenges in stopping polio. But after meeting with Afghani political and health leaders in Abu Dhabi, I’m optimistic they’re on the right track and that we will see a polio-free Afghanistan.
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.
My #1 Priority Day 2 at the UN: Uniting against Polio
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
Polio has almost been eradicated from the face of the Earth – but not quite, not yet. In New York on Thursday, heads of state and other world leaders came together to recommit to finally closing the door on this disease. It was very inspiring.
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.
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.
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.
An optimistic spirit A Talk with Desmond Tutu
BY Bill Gates ON JANUARY 16, 2013
A Talk with Desmond Tutu
Talking with Desmond Tutu about optimism, opportunity and reconciliation.
Life in Lucknow Day One in India, May 2012
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 30, 2012
Day One in India, May 2012
I’m in India this week, and my first stop is in the state of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.). In U.P.’s capital, Lucknow, I’m meeting with people from just about the two most opposite ends of the social spectrum.
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...
Tracking immunization Seeing Ghana’s Health Care System in Action
BY Bill Gates ON MARCH 27, 2013
During my visit, I was very impressed by the information tracking in Ghana’s health care system. It’s enabling health care workers to closely measure their progress in delivering immunizations and other patient services. And it’s helping Ghana make progress toward the Millennium Development Goa...
Travels in India Seeing Self-Help in Action in India
BY Bill Gates ON JUNE 28, 2010
I was on the road again in May 2010 on a visit to northern India. I came back excited by the progress I saw in villages that have suffered from dire poverty and the persistence of polio.
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 SuperFreakonomics
BY Bill Gates ON FEBRUARY 1, 2010
Superfreakonomics - Book Review
Entertaining, well-written, and full of surprises and insights, 'SuperFreakonomics' is Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s follow up to 'Freakonomics'.
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 Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next Fifty Years
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 25, 2011
Global Catastrophes and Trends - Book Review
Smil uses his understanding of a phenomenal range of subjects to consider what catastrophes the next 50 years might bring – and how we need to be prepared.
My Bookshelf Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century
BY Bill Gates ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
Beyond Smoke and Mirrors - Book Review
An easy-to-read book that explores the issue of climate change from several perspectives.
My Bookshelf Energies: An Illustrated Guide to the Biosphere and Civilization
BY Bill Gates ON JULY 27, 2011
Energies - Book Review
Another good book by Vaclav Smil: A collection of essays about all the forms of energy - ALL the forms - in our world.
My Bookshelf Global Warming: The Complete Briefing
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 29, 2011
Global Warming - Book Review
This is a good overview of global warming - the science behind it, and how we might address the problems caused by it.
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 Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update
BY Bill Gates ON MAY 16, 2012
Limits to Growth - Book Review
The 1972 findings of these three MIT scientists was a pretty unsettling look at the risk of 'overshoot' – overconsumption of the planet's available resources. This update offers some encouragement.
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 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 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 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 How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 29, 2011
How to Run the World - Book Review
This book explores the concept of "mega-diplomacy" where leaders in business, technology and philanthropy, along with activists and church groups, work together to solve world problems.
My Bookshelf 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 Giant Molecules: From Nylon to Nanotubes
BY Bill Gates ON DECEMBER 15, 2011
Giant Molecules - Book Review
This is a really fascinating look at molecules, and how we might use them in space and in our bodies if we use biomimetics to simulate the ways nature uses them.
My Bookshelf 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Black Tie at Bambi A Packed 36 Hours in Berlin
BY Bill Gates ON NOVEMBER 14, 2013
36 Hours in Berlin
I spent two days in Berlin this week. My visit brought me into contact with artists and activists, politicians, scientists, actors, and even rock stars. Not bad for 36 hours.
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