After attending the recent gathering of power players in the philanthropic world, known as the Global Philanthropy Forum my head was spinning with facts and figures documenting the magnitude of the seemingly intractable problems the world faces today.
I've just returned from the Global Philanthropy Forum, an annual gathering of up to 500 philanthropists and social activists from all over the world. A very good place to remember how many things ARE working around the globe.
Risk is philanthropy's calling card -- it's what our philanthropic dollars, at least in the United States, are now tax-advantaged to do. If we're not taking enough risk, we're clearly not doing everything in our power to maximize impact for the poor or vulnerable.
The problems we face in health, environment, education and poverty are ubiquitous and persistent. These problems require profound patience coupled with ingenuity in the way that we marshal our resources to solve them.
This year's Global Philanthropy Forum, "Towards a New Social Contract," focuses on the changing nature of the global social contract -- how globalization is changing the way our societies choose to divide up responsibility and allocate resources to improve the public good.
Hats off to Jean Case, who, like Bill Gates, has come forward to share mistakes made and lessons learned in her recent blog. As two of the biggest names in philanthropy, the challenges they are trying to solve should be public ones.