September 25, 2012
Famous Thinkers Paper
Looking back throughout history many famous thinkers have made an impact on society; however, not as much as Dr. Martin Luther King; a people’s man or Mr. Bill Gates a business hero. After researching these two famous thinkers and their contributions to society I will identify the problems each wanted to solve, the solutions to the problems and the implementation of those solutions. The exploration of each thinker’s social, political, and personal environments will show how those factors contributed to their respective creativity, a full comparison of their creative processes, a critique of their thoughts and ideas and the different approaches on their creative thinking. Dr. Martin Luther King and Mr. Bill Gates were both very different but are the two best examples of creative thinking in history. Social Contribution
A self made multi-billionaire, business hero as well as philanthropist, Bill Gates was born in Seattle, Washington in 1955. The contribution he has made to the world is vast and includes his most significant contribution; Microsoft, the world’s biggest computer software manufacturing organization. Bill Gates connected the world through his software which as allowed people in every demographic to communicate affordably. From a small, no name organization established during 1975, Bill Gates worked hours and hours and in virtually no time was capable to grow his organization to a multi-billion dollar firm. Ultimately, Bill Gates mother inspired him to use his money and influence to help others. The year 2000, Bill and his wife Melinda established The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation’s main objective was to further the help of education and health in low-income areas all over the country. Bill Gates is known for giving computers to third world countries where he generously donates computers to children for learning and communication. During 2006, he stepped down as CEO at Microsoft to devote additional time to the foundation. The foundation has raised $28 billion dollars to charitable organizations. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929. He was raised to become a Baptist minister and a public activist, even though a public activist during his time was an extremely risky course of action in a racial charged world of the times. Dr. King and his guidance during the civil rights movements in the 1950s made a significant effect to achieve the same legal rights for all Americans, despite the color of their skin. Dr. Kings main goal for civil rights was desegregation, starting with the bus lines in Selma, Alabama. On December 20, 1956, the Supreme Court order arrived to desegregate the public transportation in Alabama. The next morning, King rode on the first integrated bus. Later, he said, "The skies did not fall when integrated buses finally traveled the streets of Montgomery." in 1956 ("The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change," 2012). Dr. King gained national recognition in 1957 when he was elected President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization formed to provide new leadership for the now civil rights movement. The ideals for this organization he took from Christianity; its operational techniques from Gandhi. In the eleven-year period between 1957 and 1968, King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action; and meanwhile he wrote five books as well as numerous articles (King, 2012). His most famous appearance is the march on Washington in 1963 where he gave his infamous” I have a Dream Speech”. This was just one of several marches Dr. King would head in his pursuit of civil rights. Dr. King's work as a non-violent civil rights activist led him to a Nobel Peace prize in 1964. “During the last 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King,...