Bill Gates – philanthropist

These are Bill Gates’ good things.

What are some good things you’ve read?

“I recently read The Quest, a new book from Daniel Yergin. It’s a fantastic book I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in energy”.

Moonwalking with Einstein.  “When I first heard of someone memorizing a deck of cards, I thought, “I couldn’t do that.” Now I think, “Hey, I could do it,” although I haven’t started to try yet. Like most people, I’m fascinated by how the mind works, and memory is a big element of that. Part of the beauty of this book is that it makes clear how memory and understanding are not two different things. Building up the ability to reason and the ability to retain information go hand in hand.”

Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools.  I hope this book is widely read because it shows just how difficult it is going to be to improve education, including creating a personnel system that invests in improving teacher effectiveness.

What are some good things you’ve watched?

Khan Academy lessons are great. My children like them, and I’ve used them myself to review concepts.”

“With so many interesting people at TED, I expect to learn a lot and I want to share some of what I learn more broadly.”

What stops population growth. “The talk explains how population and health are related and addresses a question Melinda and I get often: If we solve health issues in the developing countries won’t we see a surge in population growth?”

What are some good things you use?

A good toilet

Mobile money services.

MIT OpenCourseWare, something Gates said should be a model for delivering online education.

These good things are Copyright 2010 The Gates Notes, LLC. Visit the site to find more of Bill Gates good things.

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