Are you using technology to make a difference in the world?

Melinda Gates, a 1986 Duke graduate and co-founder of the Gates Foundation, delivered the commencement address to Duke University’s 2013 graduating class. Gates’ address focused  around the word “connected,” and how technology has revolutionized the way we communicate.

“Humanity in the abstract will never inspire you in the same way as human beings you meet… Over the course of your lives, I promise you, you will have many opportunities to use technology to make your world bigger, to meet more different kinds of people and to keep in touch with more of the people you meet,” she said in the annual commencement ceremony in Wallace Wade Stadium. “I want you to connect because I believe it will inspire you to do something, to make a difference in the world.”

Gates urged Duke University’s graduates to use new technology to connect with others, including people in the developing world whose lives Americans can now touch in a more personal way.

So what will you do?

“I hope you will use to the tool of technology to do what you already had it in your heart to do … To connect … To make of this world a brotherhood … and a sisterhood …” (Melinda Gates, 2013).

Melinda Gates: Creating a Brotherhood


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