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quarta-feira, 2 de dezembro de 2015

Zuckerberg anuncia doação de 99% das ações do Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, e sua esposa, Priscilla Chan, anunciaram nesta terça-feira o nascimento de seu primeiro filho, uma menina, e a doação de 99% de suas ações a sua fundação, a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
"Entregaremos 99% de nossas ações do Facebook, que valem atualmente US$ 45 bilhões, durante o curso de nossas vidas para nos unirmos aos outros na luta para melhorar este mundo para as próximas gerações", escreveu Zuckerberg em sua página do Facebook. Para os próximos três anos, ele dará até US$ 1 bilhão anualmente.
A Chan Zuckerberg Initiative busca "impulsionar o potencial e promover a igualdade em áreas como saúde, educação, pesquisa científica e energia", informa a página do Facebook da fundação.
Com o Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, um dos homens mais poderosos do mundo diz se preocupar com o planeta em que sua filha vai crescer. Segundo ele, o ideal é que seja "um mundo onde a nossa geração consiga ampliar o potencial humano e promover a igualdade - pela cura de doenças, personalizando a aprendizagem, aproveitando a energia limpa, conectando pessoas, construindo comunidades fortes, reduzindo a pobreza e proporcionando igualdade de direitos".
A carta:
"Dear Max,
Your mother and I don't yet have the words to describe the hope you give us for the future. Your new life is full of promise, and we hope you will be happy and healthy so you can explore it fully. You've already given us a reason to reflect on the world we hope you live in. Like all parents, we want you to grow up in a world better than ours today. While headlines often focus on what's wrong, in many ways the world is getting better. Health is improving. Poverty is shrinking. Knowledge is growing. People are connecting. Technological progress in every field means your life should be dramatically better than ours today. We will do our part to make this happen, not only because we love you, but also because we have a moral responsibility to all children in the next generation. We believe all lives have equal value, and that includes the many more people who will live in future generations than live today. Our society has an obligation to invest now to improve the lives of all those coming into this world, not just those already here. But right now, we don't always collectively direct our resources at the biggest opportunities and problems your generation will face. Consider disease. Today we spend about 50 times more as a society treating people who are sick than we invest in research so you won't get sick in the first place. Medicine has only been a real science for less than 100 years, and we've already seen complete cures for some diseases and good progress for others. As technology accelerates, we have a real shot at preventing, curing or managing all or most of the rest in the next 100 years. Today, most people die from five things -- heart disease, cancer, stroke, neurodegenerative and infectious diseases -- and we can make faster progress on these and other problems. Once we recognize that your generation and your children's generation may not have to suffer from disease, we collectively have a responsibility to tilt our investments a bit more towards the future to make this reality. Your mother and I want to do our part. Curing disease will take time. Over short periods of five or ten years, it may not seem like we're making much of a difference. But over the long term, seeds planted now will grow, and one day, you or your children will see what we can only imagine: a world without suffering from disease. There are so many opportunities just like this. If society focuses more of its energy on these great challenges, we will leave your generation a much better world.And we can only focus on serving this community and this mission because we are surrounded by loving family, supportive friends and amazing colleagues. We hope you will have such deep and inspiring relationships in your life too. Max, we love you and feel a great responsibility to leave the world a better place for you and all children. We wish you a life filled with the same love, hope and joy you give us. We can't wait to see what you bring to this world.
Love,
Mom and Dad

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