Betting On The Future

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imageBill and Melinda Gates just released their annual letter for 2015. It is framed around looking at the likelihood of massive progress across the next 15 years. The preamble to the letter begins:

“Fifteen years ago, Bill and Melinda made a similar bet. They started their foundation in 2000 with the idea that by backing innovative work in health and education, they could help dramatically reduce inequity. Progress so far has been very exciting—so exciting that they are doubling down on the bet made 15 years ago, and picking ambitious goals for what’s possible 15 years from now.”

I have yet to read through the full document, and here is a link so you can review it yourself.

While I was in Glasgow, I made a short video for Bill and Melinda Gates asking for their advice of five books that might be instructive to framing the issue about child survival. I have yet to hear back from them, and it remains a possibility that I won’t hear from them. They must get a zillion requests from everyone who wants something, and consequently have a fierce protection through some pretty robust gatekeepers.

Remember though that this pursuit of a series of Design Forum is neither hanging on whether we hear back from the Gates’. Of course, it would be great if that were the case to hear from them, and it remains my intent to keep pursuing their engagement on some level.

But just for a moment, let’s assume that for whatever reason we don’t get any response from Bill and Melinda. What should we do then? Well, we will have to find the answers we want through our own networks which is the point of this conversation.

Remaining hopeful of their advice about a handful of books to read, but being pragmatic of the likelihood of this, here is what I suggest: we take the framing of the Annual Letter for 2015 as guidance to help frame the Design Forum. What might be possible to achieve in the next 15 years. It is a 2030 vision.

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2 thoughts on “Betting On The Future

    Emerge: Hold a Beautiful Space | pengenie said:
    January 24, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    […] difference to child survival. Climb into the space for a while and read Matt’s latest blog entry Betting on the Future for an update on the Building Bridges Design Forums and for a link to the Gate’s annual […]

    The Muse With A Poker Face | pengenie said:
    January 25, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    […] Building Bridges citizen lead initiative has featured in each of my blog entries over the past week. Because it […]

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