Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Bill Gates Takes On Climate Change With Nudges and a Powerful Rolodex - The New York Times

What Bill Gates has been up to lately, while not "closing up" the Internet

"The June tête-à-tête helped accelerate a sequence of events that led to one of the biggest public-private partnerships to tackle climate change, unveiled at the conference. Mr. Gates, who made billions from Microsoft before remaking himself as a philanthropist, was a linchpin of the effort, acting as an envoy between the worlds of business and policy.

His role in sealing the deal offers a peek into how the inner circles of governments and industry intersect. It also underscores how a handful of the world’s wealthiest people can stand with heads of state to spotlight a social, economic and policy issue on the global stage. For Mr. Gates, the world’s richest person and co-chairman of the biggest private foundation, it is another sign of how his vast foreign aid operation and status as a technology icon have turned him into a uniquely influential global diplomat."
Bill Gates Takes On Climate Change With Nudges and a Powerful Rolodex - The New York Times
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