A young man in his twenties, wishing to serve, gets a mandate from his teacher in a remote area of the Himalayas: "Remove smallpox from the planet." Dr. Larry Brilliant then embarks on repeated 17-hour bus rides to the United Nations. After a dozen fruitless trips, he finally gets his chance. And sure enough, he manages to lead a team of 150,000 health care workers to actually eradicate smallpox! In this video, Larry Brilliant talks about his journey and showcases a solution to prevent future pandemics.


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  • jo

    God Bless poeple as this. Thank you for the knowledge.

  • choclet peye

    What a cool dude. There's hope for humanity with people like him around.

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  • Read an interview about Larry Brilliant's rather incredible life journey.

  • After eradicating smallpox, Brilliant started the Seva Foundation.  Consider Seva's Gift of Service next time you're sending a gift.

  • Reflect on your life purpose, and how you can be of service to the world.

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