Oxford Saïd Google’s Brilliant for social entrepreneurs

March 30, 2007 at 3:16 am | Posted in Climate change, Medical, Oxford, Oxford University, Science | 2 Comments

Brilliant lecture on optimism at Saïd Business School, Oxford University

Medics, climate scientists, and others with social consciences may enjoy yesterday’s video lecture by Dr. Larry Brilliant, Executive Director, Google.org at the 2007 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship (that took place March 27-29, 2007 at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, England).

It’s worth trying to set aside 30 minutes to watch Dr. Brilliant’s reasons for pessimism in the world, and his arguments that pessimism is trumped by optimism, if we rise above our challenges, are persistent and work together. Tenacity and collaboration enable humans to conquer our worst fears. Wide-ranging lessons from the programme to eradicate smallpox can apply to concerted efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. As an eternal optimist, I always enjoy hearing from other optimists who are active in the world!

You can’t miss the chance to see a clip from a 1958 movie The Unchained Goddess by Frank Capra: a forerunner to An Inconvenient Truth.

03.29.07 – Reflections from a Pioneer in Social Innovation

I hope you get time to watch this lecture of hope, Darmok and tamino 🙂

More details and a couple of transcripts of key slides at Lunch overIP.



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  1. I will definitely try to find time to watch it…though I’m full of hope!

  2. So, optimism trumps pessimism. Sounds so American, so can do, so simplistic.
    So true.

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