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Mark Zuckerberg’s World Vision to ‘Bring Us Together in a Global Community’

Monday, February 20, 2017 5:31
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Mark Zuckerberg, in a 5,500-word manifesto he posted to the pages of the company he founded, Facebook, revealed the vision he had for the world – and it’s all aligned with the hope to “bring us together in a global community,” he wrote.

To say it’s a utopian vision would be an understatement.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, offered up a global vision of utopia via a 5,500-word post.

It’s titled simply, “Building Global Community.”

Some excerpts:

“On our journey to connect the world, we often discuss products we’re building and updates on our business. Today I want to focus on the most important question of all: are we building the world we all want? …

“Today we are close to taking our next step. Our greatest opportunities are now global — like spreading prosperity and freedom, promoting peace and understanding, lifting people out of poverty, and accelerating science. Our greatest challenges also need global responses — like ending terrorism, fighting climate change, and preventing pandemics. Progress now requires humanity coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community. …

“This is a time when many of us around the world are reflecting on how we can have the most positive impact. I am reminded of my favorite saying about technology: ‘We always overestimate what we can do in two years, and we underestimate what we can do in ten years.’ We may not have the power to create the world we want immediately, but we can all start working on the long term today. In times like these, the most important thing we at Facebook can do is develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us.”

Zuckerberg then offers five different categories to address to shape the world in his view, touching on supportive communities, safe communities, informed communities, civically-engaged communities and inclusive communities.

More excerpts:

“My hope is that more of us will commit our energy to building the long term social infrastructure to bring humanity together. …

“Building a global community that works for everyone starts with the millions of smaller communities and intimate social structures we turn to for our personal, emotional and spiritual needs. …

“Going forward, we will measure Facebook’s progress with groups based on meaningful groups, not groups overall. This will require not only helping people connect with existing meaningful groups, but also enabling community leaders to create more meaningful groups for people to connect with.

“The most successful physical communities have engaged leaders, and we’ve seen the same with online groups as well. In Berlin, a man named Monis Bukhari runs a group where he personally helps refugees find homes and jobs. Today, Facebook’s tools for group admins are relatively simple. We plan to build more tools to empower community leaders like Monis to run and grow their groups the way they’d like, similar to what we’ve done with Pages. …

“Today’s threats are increasingly global, but the infrastructure to protect us is not. Problems like terrorism, natural disasters, disease, refugee crises, and climate change need coordinated responses from a worldwide vantage point. No nation can solve them alone. …

“The two most discussed concerns this past year were about diversity of viewpoints we see (filter bubbles) and accuracy of information (fake news). I worry about these and we have studied them extensively, but I also worry there are even more powerful effects we must mitigate around sensationalism and polarization leading to a loss of common understanding. …

“The first encourages engagement in existing political processes: voting, engaging with issues and representatives, speaking out, and sometimes organizing. Only through dramatically greater engagement can we ensure these political processes reflect our values.

“The second is establishing a new process for citizens worldwide to participate in collective decision-making. Our world is more connected than ever, and we face global problems that span national boundaries. As the largest global community, Facebook can explore examples of how community governance might work at scale. …

“Building an inclusive global community requires establishing a new process for citizens worldwide to participate in community governance. I hope that we can explore examples of how collective decision-making might work at scale. …

“This is an important time in the development of our global community, and it’s a time when many of us around the world are reflecting on how we can have the most positive impact. …

“There are many of us who stand for bringing people together and connecting the world. I hope we have the focus to take the long view and build the new social infrastructure to create the world we want for generations to come.”



Source: http://pamelageller.com/2017/02/mark-zuckerbergs-world-vision-bring-us-together-global-community.html/

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