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Letters to a Billionaire
david sasaki
@oso
david@davidsasaki.name
bill gates and thomas picketty have a skype call
1. Humanitarian assistance for the world's war-
ravaged people (+Ebola response
2. Food for the year for 3.1 million Ameri...
85 people have as much
wealth as the poorest half of
the earth
http://bit.ly/1FHOelk
1. How I got here
2. Four questions I’d like to answer
3. Here’s how
journalism > gv > rv > t4t > osf > on > gates
1. Open Society Foundations — George Soros,
Hedge Fund, rooted in Karl Popper’s “Open Society”
2. Omidyar Network — Pierre...
1. Is philanthropy or government the more efficient investor
of wealth in society?
2. How will innovation affect philanthro...
letters to a billionaire
Letter 1:What is the purpose of philanthropy?
Letter 2:What are the tools of philanthropy?
Letter...
i’d like to learn new things
Conservation
Climate Change /
Renewables
Advocacy, Purchase land,
educate public
Invest in in...
letters to a billionaire
Letter 1:What is the purpose of philanthropy?
Letter 2:What are the tools of philanthropy?
Letter...
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The future of philanthropy

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Talk on the future of philanthropy at Institute for the Future

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The future of philanthropy

  1. 1. Letters to a Billionaire david sasaki @oso david@davidsasaki.name
  2. 2. bill gates and thomas picketty have a skype call
  3. 3. 1. Humanitarian assistance for the world's war- ravaged people (+Ebola response 2. Food for the year for 3.1 million American families 3. College educations for 278,000 students 4. Amazon conservation 5. Five record-setting midterm elections 6. Two aircraft carriers things you can buy for $21B: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/12/warren-buffett-bill-gates-2014-billions
  4. 4. 85 people have as much wealth as the poorest half of the earth http://bit.ly/1FHOelk
  5. 5. 1. How I got here 2. Four questions I’d like to answer 3. Here’s how
  6. 6. journalism > gv > rv > t4t > osf > on > gates
  7. 7. 1. Open Society Foundations — George Soros, Hedge Fund, rooted in Karl Popper’s “Open Society” 2. Omidyar Network — Pierre Omidyar, eBay, “people are good, but unable to cooperate” 3. Gates Foundation — Bill Gates, Microsoft, utilitarian rational calculations. End the birth lottery of productive living hours. experience > ideology > strategy
  8. 8. 1. Is philanthropy or government the more efficient investor of wealth in society? 2. How will innovation affect philanthropy over next 20 years? How will philanthropy affect innovation? 3. What is philanthropy’s sweet spot? What falls in the gap between government and business? 4. What are philanthropy’s most effective tactics? Information? Institutions? Imagination? Innovation? Individuals? questions i have:
  9. 9. letters to a billionaire Letter 1:What is the purpose of philanthropy? Letter 2:What are the tools of philanthropy? Letter 3:What isn’t philanthropy? Letter 4:The tradeoffs of scale: breadth versus depth Letter 5:The future of philanthropy in health Letter 6:The future of philanthropy in education Letter 7:The future of philanthropy in economic empowerment Letter 8:The future of philanthropy in conservation Letter 9:The future of philanthropy in food security Letter 10:The future of philanthropy in human rights Letter 11:The future of philanthropy in democracy Letter 12: Conclusion
  10. 10. i’d like to learn new things Conservation Climate Change / Renewables Advocacy, Purchase land, educate public Invest in innovations, advocate for incentives, change behaviors Clear public good. (Everyone benefits, no one wants to pay) No role for private sector Blurry roles between private investors, government incentives, philanthropy
  11. 11. letters to a billionaire Letter 1:What is the purpose of philanthropy? Letter 2:What are the tools of philanthropy? Letter 3:What isn’t philanthropy? Letter 4:The tradeoffs of scale: breadth versus depth Letter 5:The future of philanthropy in health Letter 6:The future of philanthropy in education Letter 7:The future of philanthropy in economic empowerment Letter 8:The future of philanthropy in conservation Letter 9:The future of philanthropy in food security Letter 10:The future of philanthropy in human rights Letter 11:The future of philanthropy in democracy Letter 12: Conclusion

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