Larry Brilliant to Judge New MacArthur Foundation Competition for $100 Million

Our Chairman, Dr. Larry Brilliant, will serve as an evaluating judge for a new $100 million award to a single proposal designed to help solve a critical problem affecting people, places, or the planet.

Started by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 100&Change is open to organizations working in any field of endeavor anywhere around the world. Applicants must identify both the problem they are trying to solve, as well as their proposed solution. Competitive proposals must be meaningful, verifiable, durable, and feasible.

More information on the competition can be found at

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Skoll Global Threats Fund President Discusses Imagination & Wicked Problems

Skoll Global Threats Fund’s President, Annie Maxwell, returned to her alma mater to speak at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Hosted by the Josh Rosenthal Education Fund, this lecture is part of series created in memory of Josh Rosenthal, a U-M graduate who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The fund supports lectures, research, and student internships that encourage public discussion and greater understanding of changes in the world since September 11.

Annie’s talk explores the role of the imagination and diversity when it comes to addressing wicked problems. Often viewed as complex challenges that intersect with one another, wicked problems generally can’t be solved, only improved, and tend to be difficult to even define. In her lecture, Annie provides specific examples on how the Skoll Global Threats Fund uses the imagination to tackle climate change, pandemics, and regional conflict.

You can watch the full lecture here: