Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Call for Global Citizens with Bill and Melinda Gates

Image Credit: Gates Foundation
Today on Twitter, I noticed two posts from Bill Gates' account posting a call for Global Citizens.  On one post, Gates noted that he was on a trip that was truly "...enriching his life".

What is a Global Citizen?
First of all, let me say that anyone who cares about the eradication of poverty can become a Global Citizen. It is not a full-time commitment where you'll have to change your job, etc.  As a Global Citizen you will be the first to hear about exciting events and how you can take action in the fight to end extreme poverty.

Also, according to the Gates' site, they are enlisting the world as Global Citizens to support their Big Bet:

---Our Big Bet---

The lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve more than anyone else's.

We see an opportunity and we want to make the most of it.

"We're putting our credibility, time, and money behind this bet — and asking others to join us — because we think there has never been a better time to accelerate progress and have a big impact around the world.

Some will say we're irrational to make this bet too. A skeptic would look at the world's problems and conclude that things are only getting worse. And we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that a handful of the worst-off countries will continue to struggle.
A Call for Global Citizens
But we think the next 15 years will see major breakthroughs for most people in poor countries. They will be living longer and in better health. They will have unprecedented opportunities to get an education, eat nutritious food, and benefit from mobile banking. These breakthroughs will be driven by innovation in technology — ranging from new vaccines and hardier crops to much cheaper smartphones and tablets — and by innovations that help deliver those things to more people.
Bill and Melinda Gates in Tanzania
Image Credit: Gates Foundation

The rich world will keep getting exciting new advances too, but the improvements in the lives of the poor will be far more fundamental — the basics of a healthy, productive life. It's great that more people in rich countries will be able to watch movies on super hi-resolution screens. It's even better that more parents in poor countries will know their children aren't going to die." Read More

I can't think of a better way to live a life of purpose than to join the Gates as a Global Citizen.  I have already signed up...join us!


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