Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Early detection, early response

Several months ago, Larry Brilliant was named Executive Director of the Google Foundation. I had never heard of Larry Brilliant. Google watchers headlined: “Grateful Dead doctor to head the Google Foundation”. So, they hired a hippie. It wasn’t until I watched the presentation of Larry Brilliant at TED, that I understood why he was an excellent choice to preside over some of the Google monies.

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TEDPrize winner Larry Brilliant is an epidemiologist who presided over the last case of Smallpox on the planet. He also founded the Seva Foundation, which works to reverse cases of blindness, and co-founded several technology start-ups, including the legendary online community, The Well. He was recently named Executive Director of the Google Foundation. In this talk, he explains in fascinating detail the key behind the successful WHO campaign to eradicate Smallpox, and then unveils his TEDPrize wish: to build a global system that detects each new disease or disaster as it emerges or occurs. (Recorded February 2006 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 26:34)

Another great series of well-doing is the three part interview of Charlie Rose with Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, following Buffet's $31Billion gift to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.
Charlie Rose - Warren Buffett: The Man - Part One in a Three Part Series (Part 2 and 3 can also be found at


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