Bill Gates

A Quote by Bill Gates on capitalism and creative capitalism

Capitalism has improved the lives of billions of people — something that's easy to forget at a time of great economic uncertainty. But it has left out billions more. They have great needs, but they can't express those needs in ways that matter to markets. So they are stuck in poverty, suffer from preventable diseases and never have a chance to make the most of their lives. Governments and nonprofit groups have an irreplaceable role in helping them, but it will take too long if they try to do it alone. It is mainly corporations that have the skills to make technological innovations work for the poor. To make the most of those skills, we need a more creative capitalism: an attempt to stretch the reach of market forces so that more companies can benefit from doing work that makes more people better off. We need new ways to bring far more people into the system — capitalism — that has done so much good in the world.

Bill Gates

Source: TIME: Making Capitalism More Creative: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1828069,00.html

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A Quote by Bill Gates on workforce, education, students, science, technology, career, and business

Like many others, I have deep misgivings about the state of education in the United States. Too many of our students fail to graduate from high school with the basic skills they will need to succeed in the 21st Century economy, much less prepared for the rigors of college and career. Although our top universities continue to rank among the best in the world, too few American students are pursuing degrees in science and technology. Compounding this problem is our failure to provide sufficient training for those already in the workforce.

Bill Gates

Source: Written testimony of Bill Gates before Committee on Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives: http://www.sciencedebate2008.com/www/index.php?id=27

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A Quote by Bill Gates on innovation, education, science, and technology

I believe this country stands at a crossroads. For decades, innovation has been the engine of prosperity in this country. Now, economic progress depends more than ever on innovation. And the potential for technology innovation to improve lives has never been greater.... If we make the right choices, the United States can remain the global innovation leader that it is today.

These four policy prescriptions – strengthening educational opportunities, revamping immigration rules for highly skilled workers, increasing federal funding for basic scientific research, and providing incentives for private-sector R&D – should in my view be top priorities as Congress and the Administration consider how to maintain the nation's leadership in science, technology, and innovation.

Bill Gates

Source: Written testimony of Bill Gates before Committee on Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives: http://www.sciencedebate2008.com/www/index.php?id=27

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A Quote by Bill Gates on business, capitalism, conscious capitalism, conscious business, creative capitalism, corporations, and innovation

I hope corporations will dedicate a percentage of their top innovators' time to issues that could help people left out of the global economy. This kind of contribution is even more powerful than giving cash or offering employees' time off to volunteer. It is a focused use of what your company does best. It is a great form of creative capitalism, because it takes the brainpower and makes life better for the richest, and dedicates some of it to improving the lives of everyone else.

Bill Gates

Source: Bill Gates: World Economic Forum 2008: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/exec/billg/speeches/2008/01-24WEFDavos.mspx

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A Quote by Bill Gates on business, capitalism, conscious capitalism, conscious business, creative capitalism, corporations, poverty, and social enterprise

We are living in a phenomenal age. If we can spend the early decades of the 21st century finding approaches that meet the needs of the poor in ways that generate profits and recognition for business, we will have found a sustainable way to reduce poverty in the world.

Bill Gates

Source: Bill Gates: World Economic Forum 2008: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/exec/billg/speeches/2008/01-24WEFDavos.mspx

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A Quote by Bill Gates on business, capitalism, conscious capitalism, conscious business, and creative capitalism

The challenge here is to design a system where market incentives, including profits and recognition, drive those principles to do more for the poor.

I like to call this idea creative capitalism, an approach where governments, businesses, and nonprofits work together to stretch the reach of market forces so that more people can make a profit, or gain recognition, doing work that eases the world's inequities.

Bill Gates

Source: Bill Gates: World Economic Forum 2008: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/exec/billg/speeches/2008/01-24WEFDavos.mspx

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A Quote by Bill Gates on business, capitalism, conscious capitalism, conscious business, creative capitalism, red campaign, and bono

...one of the most inventive forms of creative capitalism involves someone we all know very well. A few years ago, I was sitting in a bar here in Davos with Bono. Late at night, after a few drinks, he was on fire, talking about how we could get a percentage of each purchase from civic-minded companies to help change the world. He kept calling people, waking them up, and handing me the phone to show me the interest.

Well, it's taken time to get this going, but he was right. If you give people a chance to associate themselves with a cause they care about, while buying a great product, they will. That was how the RED Campaign was born, here in Davos.

RED products are available from companies like Gap, Motorola, and Armani. Just this week, Dell and Microsoft joined the cause. Over the last year and a half, RED has generated $50 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and Malaria. As a result, nearly 2 million people in Africa are receiving life-saving drugs today.

Bill Gates

Source: Bill Gates: World Economic Forum 2008: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/exec/billg/speeches/2008/01-24WEFDavos.mspx

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A Quote by Bill Gates on business, capitalism, conscious capitalism, conscious business, and creative capitalism

Why do people benefit in inverse proportion to their need? Well, market incentives make that happen.

In a system of capitalism, as people's wealth rises, the financial incentive to serve them rises. As their wealth falls, the financial incentive to serve them falls, until it becomes zero. We have to find a way to make the aspects of capitalism that serve wealthier people serve poorer people as well.

The genius of capitalism lies in its ability to make self-interest serve the wider interest. The potential of a big financial return for innovation unleashes a broad set of talented people in pursuit of many different discoveries. This system, driven by self-interest, is responsible for the incredible innovations that have improved so many lives.

But to harness this power so it benefits everyone, we need to refine the system.

Bill Gates

Source: Bill Gates: World Economic Forum 2008: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/exec/billg/speeches/2008/01-24WEFDavos.mspx

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A Quote by Bill Gates on business, capitalism, conscious capitalism, conscious business, and creative capitalism

As I see it, there are two great forces of human nature: self-interest, and caring for others. Capitalism harnesses self-interest in a helpful and sustainable way, but only on behalf of those who can pay. Government aid and philanthropy channel our caring for those who can't pay. But to provide rapid improvement for the poor we need a system that draws in innovators and businesses in a far better way than we do today.

Such a system would have a twin mission: making profits and also improving lives of those who don't fully benefit from today's market forces. For sustainability we need to use profit incentives wherever we can. At the same time, profits are not always possible when business tries to serve the very poor. In such cases there needs to be another incentive, and that incentive is recognition. Recognition enhances a company's reputation and appeals to customers; above all, it attracts good people to an organization. As such, recognition triggers a market-based reward for good behavior. In markets where profits are not possible, recognition is a proxy; where profits are possible, recognition is an added incentive.

Bill Gates

Source: Bill Gates: World Economic Forum 2008: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/exec/billg/speeches/2008/01-24WEFDavos.mspx

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A Quote by Bill Gates on activism, complexity, and inequity

Don’t let complexity stop you. Be activists. Take on the big inequities. It will be one of the great experiences of your lives.

Bill Gates

Source: Gates Harvard Commencement Speech: http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2007/06.14/99-gates.html

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