If you need to reach me privately please USE EMAIL

If you need to reach me privately please USE EMAIL. DO NOT USE FB’s PRIVATE MESSAGES – I WILL NOT RECEIVE IT.
They have turned off the ability to read and reply to messages in the FB app long ago, and have now apparently turned off access to them from the web app.
No, I’m not going to install yet another messaging app. There are hundreds out there and I’m done installing yet another messaging app that’s incompatible with all the others.
Email is great. Works with all other email. Please use email to reach me privately.

Last week, seven White Helmets were killed in their sleep in Syria

Last week, seven White Helmets were killed in their sleep in Syria. More than 4,100 other aid workers have been attacked over the past 20 years while volunteering to help others.
Today on World Humanitarian Day, Facebook is partnering with the United Nations OCHA to raise awareness about innocent people all over the world who are suffering in wars and conflicts they had nothing to do with. The #NotATarget campaign is asking world leaders to take action — because every child deserves to live without fear that they’ll be forced to join an army. Every woman deserves to walk down the street without worrying that she’ll be assaulted. Every health worker deserves to go to work without thinking their hospital might be a target. And every civilian deserves the comfort that comes with knowing they are protected.
Learn more about how you can help at worldhumanitarianday.org.

After Dave died, my work became more meaningful to me

After Dave died, my work became more meaningful to me. I didn’t truly understand how important Facebook could be to those suffering from loss until I experienced it myself. Looking at his Facebook profile brought me a lot of comfort in the days and weeks following his death. Person after person, some with names I’d never heard, shared how Dave took time to help them get a job, start a business, support a cause. It meant so much to read about the lives he touched and have them preserved so my kids and I could go back to those posts whenever we wanted.
Monika Bickert, Facebook’s director of global policy management, wrote this post about what happens to Facebook accounts when someone dies. Monika recently lost her husband to cancer. I deeply admire Monika on a personal and professional level and she writes with incredible honesty about her loss and how it informs the way she thinks about her work.
As Monika says, when people come to Facebook after they lose a loved one, we want them to feel comfort, not pain. This isn’t always easy. Sometimes being online can make loss even more painful. But there are things we can do to respect people’s privacy and make it easy for surviving family members to reach us. I’m so grateful to Monika for sharing her story – and to everyone who helps make Facebook a place where the memory and spirit of our loved ones can live on.

At Facebook and Instagram, we’re committed to sustainability – not only because we believe in protecting the environment but also because it…

At Facebook and Instagram, we’re committed to sustainability – not only because we believe in protecting the environment but also because it makes business sense. That’s why we’re proud to be partnering with the Harvard Business Review for its Future Economy Project. The project will focus on how companies can be more sustainable and share what they’ve learned with other companies to reduce energy usage and greenhouse-gas emissions. I’m excited that Instagram COO Marne Levine will represent us in the discussion with leading thinkers and executives.
This is something we strongly believe in. In 2010, we designed and constructed our first data center that was 38% more energy efficient and cost 24% less to build and run than a traditional data center. A year later, we started sharing our designs through our Open Compute Project. That means that the information that used to be tightly held within our industry is open to other companies of all sizes so they can use energy more efficiently. Most of the data centers we’ve built since then run on 100% renewable energy.
I’m grateful to our global team for their leadership on this issue and to the Harvard Business review for their all efforts to create a more sustainable world.

Earlier this year I traveled to Ohio to visit Cleveland and learned about an inspiring Facebook Group – Women’s Networking Group-Cleveland –…

Earlier this year I traveled to Ohio to visit Cleveland and learned about an inspiring Facebook Group – Women’s Networking Group-Cleveland – whose mission is to “learn from the women who came before us, help the women who will come after us, and empower women in the economy.” Groups like this run smoothly thanks to the data centers we’ve built around the world, and today we announced that New Albany, Ohio (America’s #1 suburb according to Business Insider) will be the home for Facebook’s next data center. It will be our 10th such facility and one of the most energy-efficient in the world, powered 100% by renewable energy.
We want to do all we can to help the men and women of New Albany and Ohio thrive and benefit from the economic opportunities created by the digital economy. Construction alone will support thousands of jobs in the region and, once it opens in 2019, the data center will support approximately 100 permanent jobs. I’m grateful to the people of New Albany and to our federal and state partners, including Governor John Kasich, for their support. We look forward to joining this vibrant community and helping to bring the world closer together.

This Thursday, For the Love of Writing

This Thursday, For the Love of Writing. 1 hour of creative expression, free for women. We’re meeting at Virgin Silo from 5.30 – 6.30 (so come a little early to get signed in – if you’re not a member – bring your ID).
These are small intimate groups so please RSVP. Bring your pens and paper or laptop.
This week I have a surprise writing activity (like everything in life: it’s optional so the choice is yours) but I’ve tried it and it’s really fun.
Looking forward to seeing / meeting you on Thursday!
Love Lauren xx

“Real Americans understand that our nation is built around values, not the ‘blood and soil’ of the marchers’ chants; what makes you an American is…

“Real Americans understand that our nation is built around values, not the ‘blood and soil’ of the marchers’ chants; what makes you an American is your attempt to live up to those values, not the place or race your ancestors came from. And when we fall short in our effort to live up to our ideals, as we all too often do, at least we realize and acknowledge our failure.”
Exactly.

So excited to be partnering with NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration for today’s solar eclipse

So excited to be partnering with NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration for today’s solar eclipse. (Fun fact: NASA’s main Facebook page has the largest following for any government organization in the world!)
Check out this live video from NASA of the eclipse as it makes its way across the country for first time since 1918. You won’t need special glasses for this viewing party

When Mark took paternity leave a couple years ago, I loved seeing him and Priscilla take care of Max and get to experience her first book, her first…

When Mark took paternity leave a couple years ago, I loved seeing him and Priscilla take care of Max and get to experience her first book, her first swim, and even her first time dressing up as a Jedi.
Long before I came to Facebook, Mark made sure our parental leave policy covered both moms and dads; the four months of paid parental leave for all forms of childbirth and adoption we offer at Facebook make it possible for all families to get the support they need. In 2015, we made sure that all of our contractors in the US were able to take paid parental leave as well.
The United States is the only – yes, you are reading correctly – the ONLY developed country in the world that does not guarantee paid maternity leave. Paternity leave is equally important. Fathers who take paternity leave are more likely to share the load at home and help level the playing field for their female colleagues at work. We need public policy reform to give American parents the time they deserve to care for their children. And we need companies to step up and do the right thing for all of their employees.
Even for parents who are lucky enough to work at companies that offer leave, there is sometimes quiet pressure not to take it. This is why I am so grateful to Mark for setting an example of what great parental leave policies look like – and what being a great dad looks like. And I can’t wait to see Max’s sister’s first costume.

When I turned 38, more people reached out to say happy birthday than ever had before

When I turned 38, more people reached out to say happy birthday than ever had before. At first, I didn’t understand why and then Dave pointed out that it was my first birthday on Facebook. This was one of the first times I truly understood the magic of Facebook – and birthdays have never been the same since.
Today we’re announcing something that makes birthdays on Facebook even more meaningful: a fundraiser feature that helps people in the US raise money for non-profits on their special day. Jonathan Fenelon recently used it to bring awareness to autism on his birthday. His 5-year-old nephew Patrick has autism so instead of gifts, he asked friends to donate to Autism Speaks, an organization that supports families affected by the disorder. He initially set his goal at $1,000 and ended up raising more than $2,800.
I have learned through tragedy to celebrate every day and every birthday – and will never again take a birthday for granted. Hoping that this helps others celebrate their birthdays in meaningful ways.