Friday, July 21, 2006

Google to tackle climate change

Wired has an interview with Larry Brilliant, the new head of the Google Foundation. He’s the man in charge of spending $1,000,000,000 plus one percent of the equity, 1 percent of the profits, and 1 percent of the people of Google.

For now, the foundation has a triple mandate: In no particular order, global public heath, global poverty and the climate crisis. Mr. Brilliant says: “I’m going to approach this the way a venture capitalist would – map out the industry to see what the gaps are. You fund an initiative, learn what works, and ask, ‘Will it scale?’ [...] Many of the issues we face in dealing with rapid climate change are well suited to an engineering mind.”

Read the Wired article


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