Vandana Shiva at Yes! confab says No to Gates Foundation’s support of GM foods Seattle, and the state of Washington in general, is shaping up to become ground zero in the increasingly heated global debate over the use of genetically modified (GM) foods. Here are five reasons why: Initiative 522,…
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the world’s biggest philanthropy, but big doesn’t by itself translate into best. Making the Gates Foundation better has been Jeff Raikes’ job for the last five years or so. He has presided over dramatic growth – from a few hundred employees to now more than 1200 – and a significant reorganization internally.
Raikes has presided over rapid growth and a major internal re-organization at the Gates Foundation, including efforts made to improve the philanthropy’s relationship with grantees, its reputed ‘sensitivity’ to criticism and transparency concerns.
One of the most popular missions lately for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been its effort to re-invent the toilet, an initiative it launched nearly two years ago to great media fanfare. Lack of access to proper sanitation is a huge global public health threat, and need.
Everyone knows Bill Gates loves vaccines. Yet few seem to appreciate just how revolutionary and accidental is this love affair. Promoting this powerful, fundamental tool for children’s health may look these days like the obvious humanitarian thing for a philanthropist to do. But it wasn’t either obvious or that celebrated when the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation started down this path in the 1990s.
Kentaro Toyama is a geek heretic, or at least, that’s what Tom Paulson dubbed him last year. Now it’s the working title for Toyama’s upcoming book. Toyama is a renowned computer scientist and expert in computer-human visual interactions. He helped launch Microsoft Research in India in 2005 and was dispatched…
Like most TED talks, it was fun with a lot of broad and encouraging statements without too many complicating details. The webcast itself was ‘negatively disrupted’ (lots of jokes on Twitter about this) when the TED live stream dropped just as Melinda was making her opening statements. It was restored minutes later.
Of all the featured speakers, there may be no better examples of positive disruptors than 14-year-old Sikha Patra and 15-year-old Salim Shekh, along with their revolutionary Bengali community activist and mentor Amlan Ganguly. Salim and Sikha spoke with Melinda at the event. I talked with them earlier.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation thinks safe sex isn’t as much fun as it should be. At least, that seems to be the gist of one request for a grant application from the world’s largest philanthropy as part of its Grand Challenges Explorations program. One of the goals for this round is to develop a better condom – and by better they basically mean a condom that doesn’t suck.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funds a lot of media. The world’s biggest philanthropy also has the stated goal of emphasizing success stories. We look at the benefit and the potential pitfalls of these media collaborations aimed at changing the aid narrative. An analysis.
The global health community was left bewildered when the Global Health Council suddenly announced last April that it was closing. Members of the prestigious, decades-old organization were not warned in advance, participants in the upcoming annual meeting had to abruptly cancel their plans and the GHC’s cryptic explanation (scroll…