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February 06, 2009



It was a very important point made by Bill during the talk - it's great to see someone with so much energy and passion looking to improve education.

It's a problem in every country, not just America - but actually the overriding goal and what we owe to our kids - is to make sure that every child reaches their full potential.

Matt Hern has some interesting points to make on the subject too.


Quite different from the earlier presentations by Bill Gates yu have posted.

Jan Schultink

Bill (2.0) has found his mission. I am impressed.

Patrick Ng

I, too, was impressed by Bill Gates. I think he did a very good presentation. I also like the fact that he kept saying that he's an optimistist. When faced with difficult situations, most of the time, the optimists will succeed whereas the pessimists will fail. This is because the optimists will more likely try hard to find solutions to the problems.


What this talk reveals is the importance of passion with meaning. It is one thing to speak passionately about new software that will earn you billions of dollars, and that has its place. But, it does not compare to someone speaking from their heart about topics i.e. malaria and teachers, that don't really benefit the speaker directly. It just comes across more credible, and that helps Bill a lot.

Lisa Fields


The minute I saw this presentation I thought "I bet Garr has done some consulting work with Mr. Gates."

The simple graphics worked but what simply amazed me was his passion. I had to chuckle because several times he almost seemed a little like Steve Jobs.

If you have seen 2.0 on YouTube you know how much our education system must change so I'm thrilled he will continue his efforts. Thanks for this post.

Lisa Fields

Nick Morgan

Hi, Garr --

Thanks for the thoughtful post on the Bill Gates talk. I blogged on the speech for its qualities as a speech, and I took Mr. Gates to task for releasing mosquitoes into the audience because it shows a lack of respect for that audience. But I agree that the two topics he covered -- malaria and education -- are both incredibly important and I am glad he's doing something about them. His slides were not quite up to your standards, but not bad, either.:-)

Mike Heard

Ironic that Chris Anderson is holding his Apple laptop prominently as he discusses issues of the day with Bill

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