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In August, the recipients of this year’s Carnegie Medals were announced, and yesterday, Paul Allen accepted his Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy at a special ceremony in New York.

As you can see in the video, Allen gives a short speech upon accepting his award, saying that “we’re facing a host of challenges…but we’re also living in a world of great possibility,” and citing examples such as learning more about biology of the universe, entrepreneurs launching new business ideas, and artists creating new works as positive advancements.

“I choose optimism, I hope to be a catalyst not only by providing financial resources but also by fostering a sense of possibility,” Allen says in the video. “Encouraging top experts to collaborate across disciplines, challenge conventional thinking and figure out ways to overcome some of the world’s hardest problems.”

Allen was among eight other honorees who received a Carnegie Medal, which honors individuals who give private wealth to the greater public good.

Photo via Vulcan/Wildlife Conservation efforts
Photo via Vulcan/Wildlife Conservation efforts are a large part of Allen’s philanthropic focus

As we reported in August, Allen was selected for his work to protect the oceans, fight Ebola, save endangered species, help expand educational opportunities for girls, research the human brain and support the arts. He has already given more than $2 billion to causes worldwide, according to the Carnegie statement.

Congrats on the Carnegie, Paul.

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