The year 2016 wasn't the best year for Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as the tech giant faced severe allegations and criticism for censorship, fake news and bias. However, 2017 marks the beginning of the CEO's personal journey towards self-development, professional growth and political involvement.
The Facebook CEO, who challenged himself at various levels in recent years, said that he intends to visit all the 50 states in the United States of America by the end of 2017. The announcement sparked rumors that the CEO is foraying into the US politics. He hopes to venture out and talk to people about their lives, a move to get insights on the tech firm's user base across the nation.
Zuckerberg considers the impact of globalization and technological advancements on the employment of low-skilled workers in the United States. He wants Facebook to become a town square, and not just any tech or media company. Zuckerberg aims to travel around the US and learn about how people are living in different parts of the country and what they are thinking about the future. The announcement was akin to a political candidate's speech, which strengthened the belief that the philanthropist and entrepreneur harbors aspirations to venture into politics.
According to Bloomberg's court filings last month, Mr Zuckerberg seeks to serve two years in the US government, while retaining the management and control of Facebook. On Christmas Day, the Facebook founder further announced that he was no longer an atheist, a telltale sign to some that he aspires to get politically involved in the affairs of the country. Zuckerberg leads a digital nation of approximately 1.8 billion and also gets the reverence of a head of state. Rumors have it that he might like to actually become one in the times to come.
Much like a political candidate priming himself for office, Mr Zuckerberg fraternized with world leaders such as David Cameroon in 2010 and China's President, Xi Jinping in September 2015. He met the Pope at the Vatican in August, where he discussed the role of communication technologies in alleviating poverty and encouraging a healthier culture. After establishing Fwd.us, Mr Zuckerberg associates himself with politics as the group intends to shape significant public policy on immigration.
By challenging himself to grow his empathetic self, Mr Zuckerberg hopefully takes the American people to a level where they can better adapt to the future.