Bill Gates’ Gift to All US College Graduates This Spring (Seriously)

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Ann-Marie Cahill


Ann-Marie Cahill will read anything and everything. From novels to trading cards to the inside of CD covers (they’re still a thing, right?). A good day is when her kids bring notes home from school. A bad day is when she has to pry a book from her kids’ hands. And then realizes where they get it from. The only thing Ann-Marie loves more than reading is travelling. She has expensive hobbies.

TL;dr – It’s a book.

Not just any book. It is a pretty damn right amazing book, specifically written to question our way of thinking about the social structure of the world.

It’s a timely book. Filled with some very accessible concepts. Imagine in 2016, being told to question how your instincts affect how you read and accept facts. Crazy right? Yeah, well this is 2018. Fact-checking is a thing (or at least it should be). College graduates this spring need to step up and bring their critical thinking caps to the party. The United States of America is depending on you. This book, this gift, is a directional pointer for looking at the world with a balanced and open view.

It’s a poignant book. For example: “Educating girls has proven to be one of the world’s best ideas ever.” And that’s just the beginning. The authors look at poverty, media, life expectancy. Stuff that is usually way too ‘gloom-and-doom’ for most people to want to address; this book shows us the way to change our thinking to address possibilities. This is not about telling you what to think; it is about showing you to question how you think. College graduates should have learned this already but it’s nice to have a graduation gift to remind them.

Factfulness by Hans Rosling as college graduation gift from Bill GatesIt’s Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling (and Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund.

And it’s really easy to collect your gift from Bill. Head over to the Gates Notes website and either sign-up or log-in as a Gates Notes Insider. Then select your university or college from the drop-down menu and download your free copy of Factfulness. The only downside is the gift is only available to US college graduates. It’s an international publishing rights thing.

So, to all the US college students graduating this spring, sign-up for your free book and start your next journey with some new insights, all thanks to a guy who has probably seen his fair share of it all.