If you know what we’re talking about, then you’re already a fan of our founder and chair Atul Gawande.  And if you don’t, you should definitely click the links above!  As a New York Times bestseller and The New Yorker staff writer, his work has challenged and changed the way people think about surgery, about checklists, about mortality, (even about itching…).

Atul Gawande

Atul helped found Lifebox to take some of the most important lessons to low and middle income countries globally – and now it’s your turn to talk back.

He turned 50 last month, so we’re celebrating with the Gawande Birthday Goal: a chance to share your thoughts, respond to Atul’s work – and in doing so, help us to change lives worldwide!

We’re marking 50 years by raising $50,000 for Lifebox. If we succeed, a generous challenge grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation doubles this to $100,000.

Current tally to the left – and here’s how you can get involved:

Halfway thermomenter GBdG1) take a picture of yourself with your favourite book or New Yorker piece by Atul and tell us what it means to you

2) post to social media using the hashtag #GawandeBdayGoal, or email it to [email protected]

3) make a donation here (in US $) or here (in UK £)

All messages will be collected and printed into a little birthday book for Atul to keep by his desk, so be sure to drop him a line!  It’ll be a reminder of the extraordinary community we’re privileged to be a part of – and of all the work there is to get on with for the next 50 years.