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On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) announced the birth of his daughter Max and also let the world know of his plans of giving away 99 percent of his personal Facebook shares  to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a new venture, with the goal of doing social good. In the open letter posted on Facebook Zuckerberg said he hoped “to join people across the world to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation. Our initial areas of focus will be personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities.”

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The letter said that the goals of advancing human potential and quality would require a new approach, specifically:

  • Long term investments over 25, 50 or even 100 years. T
  • Engage directly with the people we serve.
  • Build technology to make change.
  • Participate in policy and advocacy to shape debates. .
  • We must back the strongest and most independent leaders in each field.
  • We must take risks today to learn lessons for tomorrow.”

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The pledge drew a slew of praise and criticism with people questioning his motives saying it was just way to evade taxes. Come on people, there’s no need to be so skeptical or harsh when someone is making an effort use their resources to change the world, not everyone with millions and billions is interested in such endeavors. Anyone that missed Zuckerberg’s letter to Max can read it here

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