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Time Magazine: The Optimists, Edited by Bill Gates

By Atul Tandon

It’s easy to think the world is falling apart.

Our regular news cycles show us a constant barrage of tragedies, each one worse than the one before. Yet in this important issue of Time Magazine, Bill Gates draws our attention to something we often ignore: the world, as a whole, is getting better.

Through a collection of articles written by thought leaders, activists, investors, and global change agents, Gates highlights an important truth: we can and should be optimistic because we are making significant, measureable, and life-changing progress.

As Gates notes, “Look at the number of children who die before their fifth birthday. Since 1990, that figure has been cut in half. That means 122 million children have been saved in a quarter-century, and countless families have been spared the heartbreak of losing a child.

“And that’s just one measure. In 1990, more than a third of the global population lived in extreme poverty; today only about a tenth do.”

As an organization centered around ending extreme poverty in our lifetimes, this magazine issue comes as both a welcome reminder that our goal is within reach and a voice of encouragement as we continue to move the needle on global poverty.

We are thrilled to join Gates and his cohort of optimists in celebration of the progress we have made, and eager to continue our work in the year ahead.

Read Gates’ introduction to the issue here: http://time.com/5086870/bill-gates-guest-editor-time/, view a selection of articles here: http://time.com/tag/optimist/, or pick up the latest issue of Time Magazine on newsstands now to read the full collection of submissions. 

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