Bill Clinton and Bill Gates are having a conversation about their philanthropy.  Clinton is asking an interesting question.  In finding ways to fight AIDS we are met with failure after failure.  SO this shows the need to be willing to fund failure.  It is hard to find the answers to this problem, and you have to try and try, and always fail until you find the keys – which we have not yet found after all this time.

Gates thinks telling success stories helps keep the energy going.  Telling a balanced story, sharing successes, talking about the failures, it has always been tough.  Congress just a few months ago made a commitment to keep increasing the funds – we’ll see if that hapens with the new financial problem…  It is tricky, but the trajectory is good.

What do you think?  So many problems are very hard to solve.  How do you keep the effort going?