Mark Zuckerberg is known for setting a personal challenge for himself at the beginning of each year with the intent to accomplish it before the year ends and set a new personal challenge for the following year.
His personal challenge for 2017 in his own words was “to have visited and met people in every state in the US by the end of the year,” a statement which has given rise to speculations about his political ambitions.
“My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice. I want to personally hear more of those voices this year.”
Well, his personal challenge for this year began with a trip to Dallas on Monday, January 16, 2017 – the starting point of his intended visit to 30 states, he hasn’t been to before, by the end of 2017.
His Dallas agenda was a combination of work and philanthropy. In his, Facebook post-Zuckerberg wrote, “The first state I’m visiting this year is Texas. I’m here in Dallas for work, but I’m also taking time to meet members of our Texas community over the next few days as part of my Year of Travel challenge.”
According to his post, he spent Monday with members of the Oak Cliff community “planting a garden.” It was to mark the community’s “Day of Service” in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
Zuckerberg referred to Oak Cliff as a “food desert” and the garden he and the community members worked on was “going to be a source of fresh fruits and vegetables for the community.”
Another agendum on his “service project” was interacting with some students from the TAG Magnet School in Oak Cliff, “one of the best public high schools in the country,” feels Mark Zuckerberg.
He seemed to be happy and impressed with the fact that computer science was a mandatory subject for every freshman at the TAG Magnet School.
“Every freshman at TAG is required to take computer science, and some of the students I talked to have already gotten into schools like MIT.”
He expressed his gratitude in his FB post to all the members of the community for sharing their experiences and to Taylor Toynes, especially, who has been a teacher at the W W Bushman Elementary School since August 2014 and is also a Community Impact Associate at Commit team, for inviting him.
“Service events like this are a great reflection of Dr. King’s spirit and his life’s work. And thanks to all of you who participated in a Day of Service in your community,” he added in his post honoring the work of Martin Luther King Jr.
Zuckerberg made it a point to include a visit to the Dallas Police Department in his “service project” agenda where he met with officers and exchanged views on how social media was impacting law enforcement.
“The officers had good ideas for how we can help them connect with their communities to keep people safe, and I’ll be taking a lot of them back to our teams.” Zuckerberg wrote in an earlier post.
Taylor Toynes, who was host to Zuckerberg, wrote on his Facebook post “Today one of the richest men in the world walked one of the most poverty-stricken neighbourhoods in the city of Dallas.” He took the opportunity to thank Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook team for taking time out to be there; however, he did not hesitate to add that “there is still much work to do.”
By choosing Dallas as the starting point of his 2017 “personal challenge,” Zuckerberg has killed two birds with a single stone, as, Tuesday, he has to testify in Dallas on a $2 billion lawsuit against him accusing him of obtaining the Oculus VR Company in 2014 on stolen technology.