Dr. Priscilla Chan and her husband Mark Zuckerberg welcomed their first child last week. Since he is the founder and CEO of Facebook, it only made sense that they would take to Facebook to show off their daughter Max. But instead of a barrage of intimate photos that typically come with a birth announcement, theirs was something different — and very, very special.
Sure, there was a sweet photo of the new parents looking lovingly at their daughter but along with the welcome note came a lengthy open letter to their offspring — in which they pledge to save the world for Max and her generation (and, with any luck, generations long after) with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
The proud new parents revealed they will contribute 99 per cent of their Facebook shares — currently valued at about $45 billion — during their lives, all to make Max’s future a hopeful one.
According to their post, Mark and Priscilla hope to “advance human potential and promote equality — by curing disease, personalizing learning, harnessing clean energy, connecting people, building strong communities, reducing poverty, providing equal rights and spreading understanding across nations.”
What can be better than that? It’s a lengthy read but well worth your time. They also stress repeatedly that while theirs are lofty, long-term goals, they are still trying to figure it out, all while determining how best to make their journey successful as well as ensuring the goals they’ve set are what Max’s generation needs.
“For your generation to live in a better world, there is so much more our generation can do.”
And THIS is why they need a LOVE button.