1. Addressing Inequities Realistically

    brian on 2007.07.06
    at 11:06 pm

    If we can find approaches that meet the needs of the poor in ways that generate profits for business and votes for politicians, we will have found a sustainable way to reduce inequity in the world. This task is open-ended. It can never be finished.

    - Bill Gates’ Harvard Commence Address

    I’ve always thought that Bill Gates was a better guy than his business tactics with Microsoft represented. His next career as a philanthropist will give him the opportunity to prove that. I hope he hits it out of the park.

    One thing that will help him is that he’s a realist. It’s sad that the “do the right thing” motivation hasn’t brought mankind to where it needs to be, but perhaps by realigning businesses to serve human needs as well as business goals, we can get over the hump.

    I don’t think human inequity can ever be solved. I believe that there will always be poverty and homelessness. As someone who strongly believes in the lessons of Darwin, I don’t see anyway around this. That said, I still believe that we should work toward equity as if it were an achievable goal, and that a large dent can be made in the problem. Good luck, Bill.

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