In this speech from 2007's Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, Larry Brilliant, Executive Director of Google.org, uses his own experiences to argue that human ingenuity and equality, combined with the successes of the past, should give us all reason for optimism in the future.
In the Summer of Love, Larry Brilliant was a recently graduated doctor when he joined the Medicine Ball Caravan, dropping himself into the counterculture movement before moving to a monastery in India. Soon his Buddhist teacher sent him on a world changing mission - to eradicate smallpox, the most deadly disease in the world. In this inspirational speech, Brilliant talks about the universality of disasters like smallpox and climate change - dangers that effect the rich as well as the poor. He also talks about the great power of the human race for positive change, as evidenced in his own victory over smallpox, facilitated by hundreds of thousands of workers through the WHO and the UN.
About the 2007 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship
The 2007 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship attracted nearly 700 social entrepreneurs, thought leaders, policy makers, corporate representatives, financiers, philanthropists, and students from more than 40 countries. For three days, the World Forum convened a series of plenaries, panel discussions, workshops, and academic presentations designed for learning, problem solving, and community building on the topic of "Social Innovation and Diffusion."
In this web exclusive series of short videos, leading social entrepreneurs tell stories about events and people that had a significant impact on their lives. They also describe how they see the world in 2017. These interviews were shot at the 2007 Skoll World Forum at Oxford.