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Bill Gates has a utopian dream. Watch this guy grill him about it.

He's one of the smartest, wealthiest, and most philanthropic people on the planet. And he says it's getting better all the time.

Bill Gates has a utopian dream. Watch this guy grill him about it.
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Bill Gates is making a big bet.

The lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve more than anyone else's.

Things are already getting better, FAST. But what's coming is amazing.


Through improved immunization, preventive care, and hygiene, the world has cut the number of children who die before age 5 in half since 1990.

With eradication and reduction of major diseases, by 2030, deaths in early childhood will divide in half again.

Right now, Africa imports a lot of food. African farmers get one-fifth the crop yield from their acreage as American farmers do.

With improved farming technology and education, by 2030, Africa will feed itself.

Right now, 2.5 billion adults do not have access to banking. No credit to start or expand a business. No loan to help them over a rough patch. No way of investing and seeing their money grow steadily.

By 2030, mobile solutions will bring financial resources to the poorest people on earth.

Around the world, more and more girls and boys are in school. But sometimes there is no school, or families can't afford to send their kids.

Through gains in connectivity, by 2030, children's educations will be broader and more easily available.

Gate's big bet raises some big questions. In this video, he addresses a few of them.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.