Mark Zuckerberg is the name that is synonyms to Facebook. He is the young nerd who transformed social media into a revolution, a high end business, a hub for entertainment.
A college dropout from Harvard University went on to create the social networking site facebook along with his friends Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Chris Hughes in the year 2004, which has turned to be a cult today.
Zuckerberg was ranked No.1 on the list of the Top 100 ‘Most Influential People of the Information Age’ by Vanity Fair 2010 and was voted among the world’s ’50 Most Influential Figures by New Statesman’s’ annual survey 2010.
Let’s get a sneak peek into some of the interesting facts about Mark Zuckerberg.
1.Born on May 14th 1984
Mark was born on the very day and year when Domain Name System- DNS an internet service that translates domain names into IP addresses took place.
2. Private School
Mark never attended any public school, he attended only private school. However that did not stop him to make philanthropy towards public schools. Mark donated $100 million to the Newark public school system, New Jersey in October 2010.
Mark can read and write at least five languages with ease. Zuckerberg listed four non-English languages he could read and write:
French, Hebrew, Latin, and ancient Greek.
He is Jewish by descent and atheist by choice. But most people of Jewish descent consider themselves to be Jews even if they don’t practice it.
5. Valuable player
He was named as the most valuable player in his high school fencing team. At Ardsley High School, Zuckerberg had excelled in the classics before transferring to Phillips Exeter Academy in his junior year, where he won prizes in science (math, astronomy and physics) and Classical studies (on his college application.)
He is the youngest billionaire in the world. In Forbes list for the 100 Richest people in the world for the year 2011, Zuckerberg holds the 4th position with property worth $17.5 billion.
7. Color blind
Facebook is blue because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind. Blue is the color he see best; therefore, blue is the dominant color on all Facebook pages.
8. Born in White Plains, New York
Mark Zuckerberg was born and brought up in White Plains, New York, he graduated from Philips Exeter Academy high school.
Mark Zuckerberg is a really different personality from his league. Unlike all his counterparts he is hardly seen in formal attire or dressed up for an occasion. It is quite unusual that he wears rubber sandals to board meetings.
As a 23 year old global citizen, I consider Trusteeship as a responsibility that has been passed on to my peers & myself by the previous generations. Trusteeship is all about being considerate towards the world’s heritage & culture, playing an active role in the preservation & sustenance of the resources, fuelling further development of businesses, technology & sciences through innovation, ethical, responsible & profitable practices. And most importantly- grooming and nurturing the society through education, awareness & good governance.
Trusteeship- the need of the hour
In the past few years, the call for Trusteeship has become louder and considered by many as the ultimate solution to peace and prosperity of the society. Mahatma Gandhi had voiced a strong support for Trusteeship as did Karl Marx. The United Nations had setup a Trusteeship Council in 1945 to ensure the growth and development of ‘trust’ territories. Trusteeship has been heralded as the ideal approach to tackle problems of social injustice and disorder, environment, empowerment of weaker sections of the society, unethical and immoral practices. In the trusteeship model, a trustee is made responsible for the well-being of other individuals who are incapable of acting for themselves. Trusteeship allows for the society to come close and co-create solutions to address the need of the hour.
Role of a Trustee
The decision to take up Trusteeship is a matter of choice and varies from person to person. Nevertheless, it is a great opportunity to be conferred Trusteeship. It expects the ‘trustee’ to ‘be’ the owner and not ‘be like the owner’. He needs to be unselfish and unwavering. At the same time, he needs to realize that his appointment is impermanent. I believe the aspect of Trusteeship can be applied to all realms including nation-building, faith, community & organizational management and advancement.
Hurdles on the ‘Road to Trusteeship’
Playing the role of a trustee in any environment is an arduous task, given the kind of resistance he/she would have to face at every step. To tread on this path, every trustee has to develop a conscientious approach, have a strong conviction and come across as a service-before-self individual at all times. The trustee has to keep in mind the slip-ups of his predecessors and set realistic goals where he’d like to get to before he hands over the reins of the ‘trust’ to his successors. Also, trusteeship doesn’t come to everyone naturally. It really has to be triggered in most people. The idea of Trusteeship has to be infused into the enthusiasts and explained how they could contribute towards the cause in order to achieve sustainable development goals.
Other perspectives to Trusteeship
Trusteeship is an excellent motivation as it is more entrepreneurial than just ownership. Intrapreneurship, an essential wing of Entrepreneurship is derived from similar principles. Trusteeship is also a key aspect of philanthropy.
Through Trusteeship, we can strive to build a better society and make our world a better place to live in.