Mark Zuckerberg addresses Harvard graduates in commencement speech
Mark Zuckerberg has called on young people to not only find their own purpose in life but also create a world where everyone can do the same.
The Facebook chief executive, who recently made headlines with an old video of him finding out he was accepted into Harvard, gave an address to the 366th graduating class at the renowned university, delivering several key pointers for aspiring graduates about to enter the corporate world.
“Today I want to talk about purpose,” Zuckerberg said in his speech. “But I’m not here to give you the standard commencement about finding your purpose. We’re millennials, we’ll try to do that instinctively. Instead, I’m here to tell you finding your purpose isn’t enough.
“The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose,” he said.
His first point towards this goal was the idea of young communities and circles rallying together to complete larger, more ambitious projects. In doing this, the daunting challenges we face in modern society can be overcome.
Zuckerberg said the main problems young people should focus on include “fixing climate change, improving health care and modernizing the voting process.”
He then went on to stress the importance of ending inequality so “everyone can chase their dreams.” This involved proposing a social safety net where the richest members of society, including himself, pay to benefit others.
The entrepreneur also said: “We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things. We’re going to change jobs many times, so we need affordable childcare to get to work and healthcare that aren’t tied to one company.”
The third and final idea Zuckerberg suggested related to building a global community, at a point where the U.K. is set to leave the European Union and President Donald Trump is pushing divisive policies. He argued that this pulling-together of communities should start on a local level to eventually expand to a global scale.