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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Needs Your Ideas For a New Philanthropic Endeavor

Time to tweet, guys.

Dom GaleonJune 16th 2017

Serial entrepreneur Jeff Bezos needs your help. He recently took to Twitter to post a message about a predicament he’s currently facing; he is crowdsourcing for a new philanthropic idea.

“I’m thinking I want much of my philanthropic activity to be helping people in the here and now — short term — at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact,” Bezos wrote in the tweet. It seems like the Amazon CEO was inspired by the philanthropic work done at Mary’s Place in Seattle.

— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) June 15, 2017

Bezos admitted that much of his time is currently occupied by long-term innovation, as can be seen in his work with Blue Origin. His private space company is currently working on improving its rocket technology as it builds the New Glenn, it’s biggest one yet. The plan, Bezos revealed previously, is to colonize the Solar System, which is obviously a long-term endeavor.

Bezos also has projects that bring long-term ambition into the here and now. One example of this is how Amazon is redefining the retail experience with its unmanned stores. It’s a product of how Amazon has been using artificial intelligence (AI), an advanced and quickly developing technology, to influence business in the present.

As for Bezos’ new philanthropic idea, one can say that whatever positive changes it could make in the here and now could give people a shot at a better future. And hey, you can even get involved and pitch in an idea or two.

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