Friday, June 27, 2008

Creative Capitalism: A Conversation

Michael Kinsley: Help Me Write a Book
Tags: Bill Gates, Capitalism, Charity Organizations, Gates Foundation, Michael Kinsley, Philanthropy, Business News

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Creative Capitalism: A Conversation:
"A Conversation is a web experiment designed to produce a book -- a collection of essays and commentary on capitalism, philanthropy and global development -- to be edited by us and published by Simon and Schuster in the fall of 2008. The book takes as its starting point a speech Bill Gates delivered this January at the World Economic Forum in Davos. In it, he said that many of the world's problems are too big for philanthropy--even on the scale of the Gates Foundation. And he said that the free-market capitalist system itself would have to solve them.

This is the public blog of a private website where a group of invited economists have spent the past couple of weeks criticizing and debating those claims. Over the next couple of months we'll be posting much of that material here, in the hopes of eliciting public commentary