First Look: Mark Zuckerberg and Mayor Cory Booker Visit Newark’s KIPP School

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Facebook founder turned philanthropist donated a staggering 100 million dollars to help invigorate Newark’s buckling education system. A good friend working closely with Mayor Cory Booker and Zuckerberg sent along these brand new images of a visit the pair made to Newark’s KIPP school.

While some viewed Zuckerberg’s generous and unselfish donation as a public relations move, Mayor Booker showed the world otherwise, “We had to convince Mark not to be anonymous.”

In his post on Facebook, Mark went public with his reasons for donating such a substantial amount in his attempts to make a difference to the Newark public school district…

I feel very fortunate for the opportunities I’ve been given because of my education, including the chance to work with talented people and build a great company at such a young age. Rather than waiting until later in life to focus on giving back, I’ve spent a lot of the last year researching and looking for the most impactful ways to improve education starting in America.

On supporting Mayor Booker, Zuckerberg explained his inspiration…

Mayor Booker has committed to make education his single highest priority for his current term in office.  I believe in the Mayor and his vision, and that’s why I want to help them succeed. Using my own Facebook stock, I’m creating the Startup: Education foundation with over $100 million to invest in educating and improving the lives of young people.

Zuckerberg also challenged other entrepreneurs and leaders to also ebrace educational philanthropy…

I’m also challenging others who want to improve education in America to match my contributions.

Source: Mayor Cory Booker’s Flickr Stream

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Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research firm focused on disruptive technology. A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. Solis is also globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. His new book, What's the Future of Business (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold and flourish in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. Prior to End of Business, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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