Monday, June 30, 2008

Bill Gates and Creative Capitalism - Nicholas D. Kristof - Opinion - New York Times Blog

See the second paragraph of this excerpt for a blog focused on "creative capitalism"

Bill and Melinda Gates are among the best things that have happened to Africa, and not just because of the sums of money that they have donated. Just as important, they have brought a serious business mindset to philanthropy and development, and an expectation that “do-gooders” should be cost-effective and rely on metrics to prove their performance. Gates also changed what is cool in philanthropy; it used to be considered appropriate to donate to art museums and the opera, in effect benefiting other disproportionately privileged people, while now there is an increasing focus on fighting global poverty.

Early this year in Davos, Gates gave a speech calling for “creative capitalism” to address the needs of the very poor, who often slip through the cracks as it is. Now Michael Kinsley and Conor Clarke have set up a website to discuss the idea, with the aim of producing a book based in part on the blog comments.

Bill Gates and Creative Capitalism - Nicholas D. Kristof - Opinion - New York Times Blog

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