A Letter From Bill

Posted on February 5, 2013

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The 2013 annual letter from Bill Gates came out a few days ago. Like many, I knew about Bill and Melinda Gates’ philanthropic work through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, but I didn’t know about the annual letter until this year. The letter summarizes the foundation’s work during the previous year, and it also looks at goals for the future and areas for improvement.

This year, the letter focuses on the importance of setting clear goals and using valid and reliable measurement tools in efforts to improve the world. Students periodically receive grade reports to determine what their strengths are, what areas need improvement, and which ones they did improve on. People who want to lose/gain weight often set clear, numerical values as goals and use valid and reliable measuring tools, such as weighing scales, to measure progress. In terms of social awareness, “ending poverty” or “eliminating world hunger” can be very overwhelming goals even for the most dedicated people. So Bill Gates’ focus on setting clear goals and using valid and reliable measurement tools does make sense because doing so will help identify what methods are effective, provide a clearer picture of progress, and point out what specific areas need more work.

See the post Mind Mapping for Good for a great tool to help specify and organize goals and ideas.

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