Children have a 3 in 10 chance of being born into abject poverty. PSI’s vice president for corporate marketing Kate Roberts writes in the Washington Post how it is important to ensure that the world does not miss out on game-changing innovators just because bad luck in the lottery of life. Kate uses the example of young entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, as an example of a young person’s innovative spirit unleashed on the world.
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Mark Zuckerberg, for example, is preparing to take Facebook public in an IPO that couldvalue the company at roughly $100 billion. The monetary value, however, is dwarfed when one considers how this social networking site has altered the course of humanity. (Disclosure: The Washington Post Co.’s chairman and chief executive, Donald E. Graham, is a member of Facebook’s board of directors.)
Facebook was an undeniable force in electing the United States’ first African-American president in 2008. Users of Facebook and Twitter, among other social networking platforms, helped fan the flames of a revolution that spread like wildfire across the Middle East and ultimately changed the futures of Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. Social media users have raised millions in donated funds for victims of natural disasters, and the platforms have exposed—through photos, video, and first person accounts— inequities around the world.