Focusing on the solution, not the problem

Bill and Melinda Gates have always approached the fight against hunger, poverty and disease a little differently — instead of focusing on the problem, they focus on the solution and narrow in on what’s working to get things done. This positive spirit is embodied in their foundation’s new and aptly named blog, Impatient Optimists.

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The goal is to get readers engaged in a dialogue about solutions to worldwide and domestic problems, reflect the values of inspiration and urgency, and create an entire community of impatient optimists around the world.

The blog — or digital media hub, if you will — offers the tools to get people started on the right track. There videos, infographics and photos to help bring the issues to life. There are success stories and case studies. There are positive stories from the ground. And there will be lots of opportunities for brainstorming and open dialogue.

As Melinda Gates says, “I am convinced that through the telling of these stories, we discover what connects us. We can work together to create new ways of addressing the world’s most pressing problems. Social media is a tool for dialogue, community-sharing, and action.”

Join this community of impatient optimists who believe that the first step in changing the world is through educating oneself and stimulating dialogue. Luckily, in today’s digital world, being in-the-know is only a click away.