Gordon Brown talks about a “unique global company” and sets the scene for BillG to talk about a his philanthropic work and technology. 90 minutes long though Gordon and Bill use approximately 50 of those minutes to talk and then switch to Q&A following that is the real juice so stick with it.
Bill quotes Andrew Carnegie who said “to die rich is to die in disgrace” and then goes on to talk about how technology can have a positive impact on the world, life, education and more. He was on great form and I only wish more people saw Bill talk like this. Take away his PowerPoint and you get the real Bill. Ask him questions you and get the real Bill. Part of the reason I think I work here is simply to be in the distant presence of greatness. Some people will think that’s sycophantic but it’s not. The guy is incredibly smart, articulate and humble and it’s a pleasure to work for the company he created from his dream. A friend of mine at uni used to have a business card that said “turning dreams in to reality“. It captures the essence of Microsoft for me but then so does the Blue Monster
Anyway, there really is some fascinating stuff in here and I loved the question from the guy of the Youth Forum. Good on ya! Check it out on Holyrood TV. Brown cracks a few good gags and talks a lot about the role of technology in lifelong learning – I was quite shocked when he talked about blogs!
Fine work by my colleague Mr O’Hare and others to help bring this thing together!