This week I came across this TED video about Bill and Melinda Gates. Their conversation is about how they decided that the wealth that had come from Microsoft would be given back to society. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation revolves around two main causes; one focuses on a global issue and the other on an issue in the United States. Bill and Melinda decided that the biggest inequality globally were children dying, from nutrition, disease and not being able to develop because of illness or malnutrition. In the United States they decided to focus on education. The narrator  asked both Melinda and Bill to choose a photograph that illustrated their work. The discussion  got interesting because Melinda was talking about access to contraceptives, and the controversy around this issue. Although Melinda is Catholic she believes in contraceptives and she decided to be the one to bring this issue back on the global stage.  She knew that women all over the world were wanting access to contraceptives, and she wasn’t going to let the controversy around this topic hold her back. I found this video to be very interesting especially after writing my ethical dilemma paper because I am fascinated to see how other people make decisions even if they may conflict with their moral or ethical beliefs. The entire video is interesting they go on and talk about their failures, and their children and how they do not plan on making their children billionaires because they want them to realize and have a sense that their own work is meaningful and important. Lastly, they discuss how Bill and Melinda and Warren Buffett have been, “going around trying to persuade other billionaires and successful people to pledge to give, what, more than half of their assets for philanthropy”. That is pretty generous. If you were a billionaire would you give more than half of your assets for philanthropy?


4 responses to “Philanthropy

  1. First thought is to quote Biggie, “more money, more problems”. I’m not sure if this applies because I have never had a surplus on a major scale. I’m not sure how I would respond. I really like the video. I really like the comment about one teacher being the catalyst for successful education. They have an interesting business dynamic to their relationship. Perfect example of morality influenced by passion. The work they do with birth control raises issues because they influence life and death. Great Video!


  2. Hello, you used to write great, but the last several posts have been kinda boring… I miss your super writings. Past few posts are just a bit out of track! come on!”To be content with what one has is the greatest and truest of ri.e&sch#8221; by Cicero.


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