The Land (?) of possibilities: 2.0 version
Let me start by saying that I'm a huge Web 2.0 buff and if you read my first two blog posts you probably already knew that. Whether talking to my family and friends back home, meeting some great people, doing collaborative work, finding resources or taking action, Web 2.0, gave me endless possibilities.
I know the web itself has many problems that have to be addressed such as online predators, cyberbullying, lack of privacy to name a few. But I rather focus on its potential for positive change and the fact that it is an amazing platform for those who want to want to be heard. If you know what your interests are, you can gain instant access to countless tools. And even if you are not familiar with everything this is being developed out there (which is almost impossible, unless you are Mashable), you have these great networks that help you figure out what is the best approach/online tool for you.
So, basically, before Web 2.0 you had all these grassroots movements that were geographically restricted, unless they had money to fund an international movement. Why is that important? Unfortunately, that alone determined a lot of political agendas. Money meant exposure. So, if a cause didn’t have a lot of money, chances were, it was not going to be heard. Now, one person can start a global wave of change without having to spend rivers of money on it. (It helps to have a catchy #hashtag) And women's movements have been historically good at grassroots level, so that was a great advancement.
Through the web, we could say “Enough!” to many Human Rights violations, together, or just be supportive to our struggling friends everywhere. We were able to join these networks, hear each other, get educated about the issues. We got stronger because our voices were one. The plea of one single woman became the plea of all of us. Finally, we were able to fulfill our roles as our sister’s keepers. And it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t say that men, though this process, have also begun to be more aware of the everyday burden of women around the world (human trafficking, Female genital mutilation, the girl child stigma, epidemic rape and so many others). That helped us, in many cases, to act as a society, instead of a group.
On a more personal level, I feel really fortunate to be able to share my thoughts, projects and much of my life with you because I do believe in the impact that we had, have and can have. I don’t want to be part of the generation that let injustice towards women go by. Through these platforms we can collectively create a better future to all. If one honest voice can be louder than a crowd, can you imagine how powerful thousands of honest voices can be?