No. 14 - Zuckerberg Unites Philanthropy

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla are joining ranks with many other philanthropists by looking at their goals globally, not just locally or nationally. People around the world were inspired by their gift of 45 billion to philanthropy over the years. This represents a positive progression of events, from Ted Turner's gift of one billion to the United Nations, the Gates Foundation's many billions, and now Mark and Priscilla.

One thing that is noteworthy about all these gifts is their global perspective. Mark and Priscilla emphasized this eloquently when they said that they were thinking of their daughter, but not just of their daughter's school nor her community, not even her nation, but "her generation".

This perspective is as powerful as the money being donated. It's the perspective that will deepen our global community. You can see it carried through in the recent speech Zuckerberg gave at the F8 conference for Facebook. These remarks clearly articulate a vision similar to Unite's vision, and without teleprompters or reading. It's quite impressive; please take 4 min. and watch from 1:30 - 5:30.

Zuckerberg Speech on a "Global Community"

The thinking in this speech and the work of Facebook run deep in the current of humanity flowing toward peace and prosperity within a global community. Unite for Rights, and the Global Bill of Rights upon which it rests, merely provide something into which this current can flow to reach its ultimate destination.

Think of some of the parallels between this speech and Unite.

“It’s about bringing people together, because that is what we do here.”

"We stand for connecting every person, for a global community, for bringing people together, for giving all people a voice, for a free flow of ideas and culture across nations."

"We have gone from a world of isolated communities to one global community and we are all better off for it."

"The idea is a connected world and a global community."

AND HERE IS MY FAVORITE! EVERY TIME SOMEONE IS WONDERING WHETHER TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO CONTEMPLATE UNITE, OR TO SIGN THE PLEDGE, I WISH THEY WOULD READ THIS:

It takes courage to choose hope over fear. To say that we can build something and make it better than it has ever been before. You have to be optimistic to think you can change the world. And people will always call you naïve, but it’s this hope, and this optimism that is behind every important step forward.

Let's find the courage Mark inspires. One of my primary reasons throughout my 10 years of working on Unite has been to improve the lives of my sons' generation, though I have never put it so eloquently as Mark and Priscilla.

All that Unite does - the pledging, blogging, drafting, and sharing - is to further this emergence to peace and prosperity within a global community through a plan to accomplish it. Not a new plan, but one that has been emerging for centuries and is quickening. When we run into the narrow-minded and the naysayers, let's follow this final piece of advice from Mark Zuckerberg:

"If the world starts to turn inwards, then our community will just have to work even harder to bring people together… We can actually give more people a voice, instead of building walls we can help people build bridges. Instead of dividing people, we can help bring people together."

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