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Bill Gates  Sharing things I'm learning through my foundation work and other interests.

#TBT to the time that my dad wore a baseball hat made from hundreds of condoms to our foundation’s annual meeting. The hat was a gift from a social activist from Thailand named Méchai Viravaidya. His efforts to destigmatize contraceptives have been so successful that he is affectionately known as “Mr. Condom,” or the “Condom King,” in his home country.

Happy Halloween from King Arthur and Merlin! I can always count on Warren to put together a good costume. What are you dressing up as tonight?

In a country where most people were uneasy discussing sex, Mechai Viravaidya pushed the conversation out into the open. He made contraceptives readily available throughout the country, and even launched a chain of restaurants named Condoms and Cabbages. Mechai has helped improve the lives of millions of people in Thailand. And the Thai people have thanked him with an honor that is perhaps the greatest measure of his impact. When people in Thailand want a condom, they don’t call it a condom. Instead, they refer to it by the name of the man who taught them the importance of using one – they ask for a “Mechai.”

Tomorrow is #WorldPolioDay. The incredible progress that we’ve made is thanks to the heroic efforts of health workers, governments, partners, and donors who are working to reach every child. These efforts have paved the way for not only polio vaccines but other critical health services to reach children in some of the most remote areas of the world. photo: @mobeenansariphoto

This image of a farmer’s dried-up cropland in Assam, India is seared into my memory. It reminds me that the people who will be hit the hardest by climate change are the people who are least equipped to adapt to it: the world’s poorest farmers. There are still reasons to be optimistic about our ability to fight climate change, though. I’m inspired by the ingenious inventors who are tackling the problem and all the partners who are supporting their work.

I’m heartbroken by the loss of my dear friend Paul Allen. From our early days in school and at Microsoft to joint philanthropic projects, Paul was a true partner. He put his intellect and compassion to work improving people’s lives. He’d say, “If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it.” That’s the kind of person he was. Paul deserved more time in life. He would have made the most of it. I will miss him tremendously.

The balloon that helped me take this selfie could help us win the fight against poverty. It’s part of an amazing project called FarmBeats. Here’s how it works: The whole system is powered by solar panels. You place a small number of sensors in the ground. You then attach your smart phone with the camera facing down to either a balloon (like I did) or a drone. You walk around the fields with the camera, creating an aerial map of the farm. Data from both the sensors and the phone are transmitted via TV white space to your computer, where an edge device stitches everything together into a data map.

In his great book “Born A Crime,” @trevornoah talks a lot about the influence his mother had on his life. She instilled in him a sense that his “ideas and thoughts and decisions mattered.” On @thedailyshow, we talked about how we can ensure that all young people believe in their power and potential.

Young people like #Goalkeepers18 winners Amika George and Dysmus Kisilu aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow, they’re the leaders of today. I’m optimistic that global progress will continue—as long as we invest in the health and education of young people.

“African youth, if educated and healthy, can provide the energy and ingenuity needed to solve many global challenges.” Ghanaian entrepreneur Fred Swaniker is empowering a new generation of African leaders, innovators, and problem-solvers.

What keeps @melindafrenchgates and me optimistic about the world? Our belief in the power of innovation to redefine what’s possible and in the ability of young people to drive economic growth and social progress.

I’ve been traveling to Africa regularly for more than two decades. Whenever I go, I’m struck by the unbridled optimism of the young people I see. Even in the face of some tough health and development challenges, they have a positive outlook about the future.
They are ambitious. They think in innovative ways and are eager to learn the newest technologies. They are also willing to take risks. To see Africa through their eyes is to see a continent brimming with potential and opportunity.

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