Every year the CEO of Facebook takes on a personal challenge. Last year it was building artificial intelligence for his home; in years prior, it was run 365 miles, read 25 books, and learn Mandarin.
For 2017, Mark Zuckerberg says is his personal challenge is “to have visited and met people in every state in the US by the end of the year.”
“After a tumultuous last year, my hope for this challenge is to get out and talk to more people about how they’re living, working and thinking about the future,” Zuckerberg said online. “My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice. I want to personally hear more of those voices this year.”
Zuckerberg says there are about 30 states he has not visited or met people in yet, so he’ll have to average more than two states per month in order to complete his challenge.
“Going into this challenge, it seems we are at a turning point in history,” he says. “For decades, technology and globalization have made us more productive and connected. This has created many benefits, but for a lot of people it has also made life more challenging. This has contributed to a greater sense of division than I have felt in my lifetime. We need to find a way to change the game so it works for everyone.”