Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Thus spake Gates

Regular leaders of the blog know that this blogger is an unabashed admirer of Bill & Melinda Gates. He is of the opinion that they must be sainted - for they have have done more good in the world than many, if not most, religious leaders.

They publish an annual letter which is like a "State of the Union address" in their field. This time they have answered in their letter, the ten toughest questions they get. And yes, Donald Trump is one of them, but if you expect an incendiary answer, well, you don't know the Gates.

I consider their Annual Letter as required reading for any human being with a heart. Here is this year's letter.

Its a bit different as it addresses questions, some of which are not developmental in nature - like Trump, or what do they do when they disagree. But it is , as always, an interesting and often motivating read.

May I exhort you to read this one, and then every one of their previous 10 letters. It is a far more productive use of your time, than reading you know what !


Sriram Khé said...

"than reading you know what !"
hmmm ... than reading my blog? ;)

Yes, your admiration for the Gates couple is perhaps a close second to how much you kneel for the crown ;)

Yes, they have been doing some awesome work. But, they are doing that in a world that is different from when the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations did their work in the developing world back in the 1950s through the 70s. Those years, governments--especially in the US and UK--were important pieces of human development. Both in their respective countries and abroad. Therefore, the foundation monies went a long way.
Now, these governments have effectively pulled back the safety nets for their own people, and consider foreign assistance to be a waste, especially with the "America First" nutcase and his minions now. And then ideologically, these maniacs have the gall to tell us that nonprofits (secular and religious) are the ones who should be in the human development aspects, and not the government. But, as the Gates letter point out, even the largest foundation is no match for the government machinery ...

btw, where is bozos, er, Bezos in this giving back to society?

Anne in Salem said...

I want to be Melinda Gates when I grow up. How absolutely rewarding and fulfilling to contemplate - and then execute - plans that can and do transform lives all over the world. Of course, I'd need their billions, but we can each work in our own corner of the world within our own individual means, whether time, talent or treasure.

Their viewpoints are interesting - humble, clear, rational, thoughtful. Challenging without confrontation, inspiring without melodrama. Many leaders could learn from their empathy and respect for each other and other people. Many people could learn from their care for their fellow human beings.

gils said...

Considering the cut throat way in which he earned them, he is proving to be a good winner in his spendings as well. Peria manasu venum

Ramesh said...

@Sriram - Much to disagree with in your comment. The Ford and Rockefeller foundations , very laudable ones, are not in the same league as the Gates Foundation. Nobody is hands on in this work as Bill and Melinda Gates are. That puts them on an altogether different league. This is what they have been doing full time for more than a decade.

There is much to disagree with the left's position that only the government must provide safety nets. I would disagree with that approach -charities have a very important role to play in this and their role must increase. Why is it that a forcible act (taxation) is better than a voluntary act (giving). There is a role for the government and there is a role for NGOs.

That shot at Bezos is really more Trumpian than Sriramian !! You are showing symptoms of a variation of the Stockholm syndrome !!!

Ramesh said...

@Anne - Well said. That's why I think they should be sainted !!

@Gilsu - Romba periya manasu.

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