Bill Gates will be back in the news on Jan. 26, when he’s scheduled to present his “first Annual Letter” in his new role as co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The letter’s going to explain his new role at the foundation and prioirities for 2009 and beyond, a foundation announcement said:
“In his Annual Letter, he will talk about his expanded role at the foundation and its efforts and priorities for the future. In the face of the global financial crisis, Gates will also explain why he remains optimistic about the ability of government, business, nonprofit organizations, and individuals to help reduce child mortality, address hunger and poverty, and improve education in the U.S.”
It sounds a little bit like the periodic call-to-arms/priority-setting memos that Gates used to send periodically at Microsoft, although this one doesn’t make any pretense of being an internal communication: He’s presenting the letter during a press conference on the 26th.
The letter is also available to the public. Anyone can sign up to receive it electronically on the 26th – the foundation has created a special sign up page here.