We were deeply saddened to receive news yesterday that Bill Campbell had passed away. Bill was key in the creation of the Brown Institute, forging a unique partnership between Stanford and Columbia Universities. As a close advisor to some of the most influential Silicon Valley companies, he had a profound understanding of technology and its power in the world. But he also held a deep commitment to journalism — not just “storytelling” in the abstract, but robust, world-changing journalism. He saw the Brown collaboration creating something new. While he set the bar for us incredibly high, he was always willing to help us over. It is hard to imagine Brown without Bill, but now, somehow, we have to. His ingenuity and intuition live in the tools we’ve built, the stories we’ve told and the projects on our horizon.