Big Bets: A Practical Guide to Changing the World

The Next Big Idea | 1 February 2024 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rajiv Shah about his book Big Bets: How Large-Scale Change Really Happens. Discusses his life and work: working for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation running a global vaccination program that immunized 900 million children and saved 16 million lives; administering the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), managing a $20 billion budget, overseeing a staff of 10,000, and leading the U.S. response to global humanitarian crises; as president of the Rockefeller Foundation finding innovative solutions to mitigate climate change and end energy poverty. Shares his methodology for creating large-scale change and making the world a better place with a big bet mentality: setting profound, seemingly unachievable goals and believing they are achievable.

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John Arnold – Natural Gas Trading & Philanthropy

The Meb Faber Show | 26 January 2022 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with John Arnold discussing, firstly, the mindset that made him a successful natural gas trader: his rapid rise at Enron and launching his own fund, Centaurus, whose returns made him the youngest billionaire in the US in 2007. Secondly discusses his switch to philanthropy and the problems he’s tackling around public finance, election reform, taxation, and health care – and what has surprised and frustrated him along the way.

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My Chat with Patrick Radden Keefe, Author of Empire of Pain

The Saad Truth with Dr. Saad | 3 November 2021 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Patrick Radden Keefe about his book Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty. Discusses the Sackler dynasty, Purdue Pharma, the opioid crisis (oxycontin), addiction, pharmaceutical companies, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, company malfeasance, plausible deniability, the business of medicine, philanthropy as a costly signal versus assuaging existential guilt, and more.

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Peter Singer on The Life You Can Save

EconTalk | 17 February 2020 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Singer about his book The Life You Can Save. Singer argues that those of us in the developed world with a high standard of living can and should give/forgo some luxuries and donate instead to reduce poverty and suffering in poor countries. This is a wide-ranging conversation on the potential we have to make the world a better place and the practical challenges of having an impact.

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The Gospel of Wealth

The Documentary | 16 October 2019 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
The world’s greatest philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, said billionaires should give all their wealth away. In his guidebook to philanthropy, The Gospel of Wealth, he challenged people who acquired great wealth to give it back to the community. He believed the most important cause to support was education. Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown asks why today’s billionaire philanthropists aren’t giving away more money and why education is no longer the top priority.

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