Innovating to Zero

Bill Gates, that often-maligned founder of Micro$oft, speaks at TED2010 on innovations for tackling climate change.  Whilst I dislike the corporate politics of Microsoft, I do have some admiration for the Gates foundation, and for his attempts to make this world a better place – may be the richest man in the world, but he is attempting to use that wealth for more than simply generating even more of it!    From TED’s biographical splash of Gates: In summer of 2008, Gates left his day-to-day role with Microsoft to focus on philanthropy. Holding that all lives have equal value (no matter where they’re being lived), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has now donated staggering sums to HIV/AIDS programs, libraries, agriculture research and disaster relief — and offered vital guidance and creative funding to programs in global health and education. Gates believes his tech-centric strategy for giving will prove the killer app of planet Earth’s next big upgrade.

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year’s TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.  Its well worth a look at their site

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