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November 15, 2010 
Bill Gates and Ted Turner

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Two of the world's top philanthropists spoke last week at the Foundation for the National Institute of Health's mHealth Summit. We captured their thoughts on overpopulation, robots taking over the world, and sleeping habits.
Bill Gates
Bill talked about his mega-foundation's work in global health. No matter what problems you care about—environment, schools, nutrition, social unrest—Bill says they're insoluble at 3% per year population growth rate. "There will be no trees, animals, jobs, schools," Bill says. "Nobody can handle that type of situation." He says the most important thing that people need to know is that by improving health and saving the lives of children under five, you can actually help reduce population growth. That sounds paradoxical, Bill says, but within a decade of improving health outcomes, research has shown that parents decide to have fewer children.
Bill Gates and Dr. Kristin Tolle
The Gates Foundation plans to announce another call for its Grand Challenge in Global Health. Bill says the initiative started with grants of $10 million or more for ideas on solving some of the big issues in global health, like vaccine delivery or drug resistance. Now, the foundation is doing more smaller "exploration" grants. Applicants submit a two page proposal, and if a reviewer (who gets about 30 proposals) thinks it's the best, the project gets funded—no matter what the other reviewers say. The goal is to get people to apply who otherwise wouldn't, Bill says. "It's all going to be crazy ideas because that's where the answer is going to come from." Microsoft Research director Dr. Kristin Tolle, who interviewed Bill Gates on stage, also asked what technology will have the biggest impact on global health in the future. "If you just want to pick one thing, it's got to be robots," Bill says.
Ted Turner
"Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise," advises United Nations Foundation founder and chairman Ted Turner to fellow innovators. He says he doesn't watch more than half an hour of TV per day (Cartoon Network, we wonder? He does own it...) and no longer reads novels for pleasure. Instead he tries to keep up with industries and areas that he's personally working on and reads The Economist cover to cover every week. "I'd rather read Time because it's where my company resides, but a little too much movie stars in there for me."

Meet our Sponsor:
NavigationArts CEO Leo Mullen in white with COO Ted Smith
As the holidays approach, NavigationArts is giving back in a unique way: offering pro bono Web and mobile app services to non-profits. NA is a full-service Web consultancy specializing in designing and developing online user experiences. It wants to put those resources to use for those don’t have them. “It’s just a way for NavigationArts to give back to our community. There are all these non-profits and small companies with ideas but not the means to put them into action,” marketing specialist Caroline Mullen tells us (though we were able to snag a pic of CEO Leo Mullen in white with COO Ted Smith). The application deadline is Nov. 30, with finalists selected by Jan. 31 and winners by Feb. 28. “We’ve got skills and expertise to donate to a company that we feel is doing something worthwhile,” Caroline says. More info here, and send applications to cmullen@navigationarts.com.

New Committee of 100 Members
New Association Committee of 100 members

The next round of leaders have been welcomed into the association community's most prestigious group of power players. Check out the newbies to the US Chamber of Commerce's Association Committee of 100:

Stephen Caldeira, CEO, International Franchise Association
Richard Hunt, president, Consumer Bankers Association
Karen Ignagni, CEO, America's Health Insurance Plans
Chris Jahn, president, National Association of Chemical Distributors
Steve Larkin, president, Aluminum Association
Dave McCurdy, CEO, Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers
Woody Sutton, president, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
Christie Tarantino, CEO, Association Forum of Chicagoland

Saturday Night
former Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association President Alan Holmer with wife Joan and kids Joy and Scott
On Saturday night at the annual Breath of Life Gala, benefiting Cystic Fibrosis, we found former Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA) President Alan Holmer with wife Joan and kids Joy and Scott among the 800 supporters. A former Deputy USTR under President Reagan and Special Envoy to China under George W. Bush, Alan has remained active in fundraising for CF. He proudly points to his own healthy kids, born with CF, as evidence of the dramatic progress research and funding have achieved.
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