I started a post about Bill Gates earlier this summer after I linked to their blog through one of my own summer blog-linking-reading-mornings in early August. I never finished the post because it was about a somewhat unusual topic and I was not quite sure how to make it fit my own education-centered blog's framework.
Like most Americans, I was aware of some of the philanthropic works of the Gates Foundation; however, the extent of their research was beyond my limited awareness. When this Tweet came through, I "saw" the connection to my own writing, reading and thinking about living in the 21st Century blog-world.
So as the summer winds down, I want to share just a little bit about what the Gates family did this summer. After all, students, since the beginning of time, have heard this familiar refrain:
Write about you did you do this summer
Bill attended a very unusual summer fair in Seattle that grew out of an initiative "to tackle the problem of sanitation in the developing world." The challenge was to Reinvent the Toilet!
Personally, I read a lot of books, walked a lot of miles, swam a lot of laps, rode some waves, taught a lot of students, and ate a lot of fresh vegetables. I really feel like a loser next to Bill Gates! My response would have been BORING! Bill, on the other hand, has a "small moment" to write about that will really get people talking!
PS. Check out the other innovative work they are doing with their money through their blog.