loren Eric Swanson: The Power of Philanthropy

Monday, September 25, 2006

The Power of Philanthropy

This months Fortune Magazine includes a great article called "The Power of Philanthropy" by Behany McLean. It's a great story of how former President Bill Clinton is using his convening power to bring together the likes of Rupert Murdoch, Laura Bush, Bill Gates, Jacques Chirac, Warren Buffet to take on the major problems of the world. President Clinton has reinvented himself for the best third of his life with a new candor. "The Rwandan genocide didn't happen under my administration. It happened under me.""For the people of Malawi there was but one choice: to work to live. That's the way 99% of people in human history have lived. If you're in that narrow class who can live to work, you are privileged not just now, but in any single moment that every existed. If you can do something that makes a difference, you have a moral obligation. But it's not a burden, its a joy. I think those are my motives...but who can really know." Bill Clinton, Fortune, September 18, 2006, p. 98


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