Harvard has awarded Bill Gates his degree – just a few decades since he dropped out – and he even got to deliver the commencement address this year. An address that was brilliant and timely.
Gates called on the historic challenge to Harvard students of General Marshall who inspired students to help rebuild Europe after WWII. Gates ambitions are even bigger – getting the best and brightest to take on the world’s most pressing challenges of poverty and health.
There is no more important message in the world today, especially as the deadly combination (literally deadly for millions of the world’s poor) of commercial media and human superficial interests have effectively made intelligent and provocative discussion of these broad global issues rare and difficult. Gates correctly points to the key challenge in solving global poverty – how to make fighting poverty and disease in the third world as interesting to people as innovations in technology or new provocative content in the entertainment industry.