Jim Balsillie wants to change the world

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BalsillieThis probably won’t be of much interest to all you CrackBerry addicts out there, but it’s something that should be posted anyways. The Globe and Mail has a great article on RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie’s efforts to use his wealth to improve political infrastructures designed to analyze and combat the problems of our day.

Stating that “more technology goes into building a car door than goes to reforming global institutions,” Balsillie has invested $20 million of his own money (along with help from Mike Lazaridis and the Ontario government) to found the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Not surprisingly, one of the tenets of the CIGI is that technology can be used to improve lives.

Jim Balsillie’s efforts are a perfect example of what more people should strive to achieve: using your success to help lift others. We’re proud of you, Jim!

  • John Q.

    The last thing we need is another global institution. I guess Balsillie is trying to sell the idea of spreading bureacracy faster with the BlackBerry. Scary.

  • John Q.

    The last thing we need is another global institution. I guess Balsillie is trying to sell the idea of spreading bureacracy faster with the BlackBerry. Scary.

  • Grant and Rebecca Wissler

    Jim,
    My wife is in real estate and is trying to get the latest training on her soon to be purchased Torch. The retailers are too cheap to train their people so she would gladly pay $100 to go to a How to use my Blackberry for my business. All the small busiess owners need this help. Like we just called our daughter in England who works for Three and her cell phone gives us a personal ring message not just the old movie ring ring England tone. But they don’t have an option for Ringtagz to record your own ad so each small business could promote themselves before you even answer the phone. The heck with the fun rings we want ad space. Can you do these things?
    Regards,
    Grant & Rebecca Wissler