The Big Picture


Welcome Back 2017

Welcome back!


As 2017 begins, the United States and our global community are undergoing significant changes. And, while the new year is always a time for reflection, reset, goals, and new routines, this year is coupled with political transition as well.

The election season, regardless of how we voted, shocked many of us to our core and has brought to light a divisiveness that needs addressing.

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B.H.A.G: What does it mean?

What does it mean when we say that we are going to end extreme poverty by 2030?

It is a monumental undertaking. One that would surpass most of humanity’s greatest achievements. Can you imagine? Take a second and reflect on what that world might look like, the world that we built together, in 2030. One free of extreme poverty and hunger, with gender parity around the world, and humanity taking the next step in its evolutionary trajectory. A world in which humanity has collectively expressed its belief that all humans (and, indeed, all life) are equal and have a right to dignified lives.

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Gates’ Big Bet. By Peggy Snider.

As one of the leaders of the international development community, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Annual Letter has a lot of weight. With years of experience, amazingly smart and dedicated staff, incredible research-backed programs and technology, and more funding than any nonprofit can dream of, the Foundation is a major voice in the field. This year’s Annual Letter was released in late January, and unsurprisingly we’ve seen a lot of positive responses, and also some critiques. So we’re here to break it down for you.

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