Thursday, December 09, 2010

You Don't Need Billions To Take Care Of Your Family

Image representing Mark Zuckerberg as depicted...Image via CrunchBaseThis news is heart warming to me. Now I wish a 200 billion dollar valuation upon Facebook. Zuck just warmed up my heart. If you think how minuscule the UN's budget is, this effort by the two mega billionaires Gates and Buffett stands out. And, believe me, money is the smaller part of the message, big as it is. The bigger part of the message is the gesture itself. This sends a loud message to the people in dire need, the people who are working to help them, and people who need to help them but are not. Poverty is truly an artificial thing. It can be made to go away. It doesn't take much. And it all starts with caring. Once you decide you care, things start to happen.

Mark Zuckerberg did not set out to be a billionaire. He set out seeking an outlet for his enormous mental energies. He set out to create. He set out to create something that would add value. He set out to change the world perhaps. The billions were an afterthought. The billions were a byproduct of the process. I don't think he is complaining, but he is not exactly someone flashing his fancy watch.

The web is powerful. Social media is powerful. It is for real. Ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Extraordinary people can do monumental things.
Wall Street Journal: 16 Tycoons Agree to Give Away Fortunes: Mark Zuckerberg has signed onto the "Giving Pledge" .... The 26-year-old is one of 16 billionaires new to the pledge, which now totals more than 50 donors. New names include AOL co-founder Steve Case, investor Carl Icahn and former junk-bond king Michael Milken...... Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison, film director George Lucas and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg...... The Giving Pledge is an effort organized by software mogul Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett

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