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Glasspockets Find: thisisbillgates, Ask Me Anything
April 3, 2013

Logo_gates_200Bill Gates recently hosted an Ask Me Anything (or AMA, for those in the know) over on reddit. During the session, he discussed a wide range of topics including, his favorite band (U2), Microsoft, and of course, his foundation and philanthropy. For those new to reddit, the site frequently hosts AMA sessions featuring notable people whereby reddit members can post questions to the interviewee and receive responses in (pretty much) real time.

The Gates Foundation has been using technology to increase transparency in some very innovative and proactive ways... This latest experiment is another window to the world’s largest private foundation, one that uses technology as a means to humanize the man behind the institution.

For those who know Bill Gates and the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation well, there aren’t too many surprises about the second wealthiest man in the World -- except that he tours power plants, garbage dumps, the Large Hadron Collider, Antarctica, and missile Silos (!) with his family during his free time. There are definitely more than a few nuggets of information that would be of interest to potential Gates grantees. Eradicating polio remains a primary concern for the foundation. Other causes discussed throughout the thread include climate change, education, global health, and terrorism.

The Gates Foundation has been using technology to increase transparency in some very innovative and proactive ways. We have featured many of these efforts here on Transparency Talk: The 2011 Grantee Community Call, the Gates Annual Letter, and the Inside the Gates podcast series. This latest experiment is another window to the world’s largest private foundation, one that uses technology as a means to humanize the man behind the institution. The formal conversation is over, but the thread will live forever on the front page of the Internet.

-- Natasha Isajlovic-Terry

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