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Permission to Dream Again

The beauty of Web 2.0 and what excites me most about it is that it transcends barriers that had previously held hope at bay. Web 2.0 breaks or limits the power of the twin enemies—fear and ignorance—that have long held back the oppressed from striving for liberation. With relatively limited censorship in most countries, oppressed peoples may now find “safe spaces” in online forums to share their stories. We can also look forward increased intercultural awareness and understanding as through our stories, women and men, young and old around the world dispel false stereotypes and break down barriers to expose the truth that we share a common humanity.

Web 2.0 has leveled the playing field for women all over the world. From Ostrava in the Czech Republic to Ibadan in Nigeria, women can more easily obtain information and contribute their voices to the global discourse on justice, poverty eradication, the HIV AIDS pandemic, and myriad issues that plague our world. The advent of Web 2.0 makes possible collaboration across the globe, so that not only may women now exchange stories, but we can experience mutual empowerment as we share ideas for transforming our dreams into action.

Web 2.0 has been empowering for me because it brought me to a realization that “I am only one, but not alone.” There are hundreds…thousands more people out there like myself who are concerned about injustice, poverty, and suffering, and who are doing something about it. Several months ago, I was distressed as the story unfolded of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, but I felt powerless to do anything significant on my own to help the victims of the earthquake. I hadn’t the means to go to Haiti, nor the clout to make others go. Web 2.0 provided a means for reaching out to other people concerned about the plight of the Haitians. Through a combination of social media tools and word of mouth, I was able to reach out to hundreds of people and mobilize three hundred volunteers to collect, package, and send 1,000 hygiene kits to displaced people in Haiti. In the future, I intend to harness Web 2.0 as a tool for collaborating with like-minded individuals to accomplish community goals that once seemed insurmountable.

Web 2.0 permits us to dream again.

Perhaps, when we come away from our PCs and laptops, we will remember we are not alone.

Perhaps we will seek to recreate in our immediate worlds the openness, the willingness to forgive, the color-blindness of our virtual worlds.

Perhaps, Ada will remember the exhilaration of sharing a story and she will take her daughter by the hand and break the silence: "Child, my dreams died when I was given in marriage at the age of 13. You must always fight for your dreams."

Change is riding on the wave of Web 2.0. The world is coming together; dreams are being revived; hope is rising!

Comments

Lotty's picture

that is an interesting piece

that is an interesting piece

P.O.Box 451, Ofankor
Accra, Ghana

SLaw's picture

Thanks Lotty!

Thanks Lotty!

NatashaLeite's picture

Inspired!

I found your piece really inspiring! Web 2.0 for me, is just that, possibilities and the freedom it provides. From the vlogglers of Birmania to the twitter revolution in Iran, time and again this new types of technologies have echo the voices of the oppressed and those who can reach the mainstream. That´s why I loved, loved, loved the hope in your piece! Keep it comming!

All the best,

Natasha Leite

LilyBrook's picture

beautiful!

You have beautifully expressed your hope and enthusiasm. Thank you for your words - and for your dedication.

SLaw's picture

Thanks for the encouraging

Thanks for the encouraging words, LilyBrook :)

"Perhaps we will seek to recreate in our immediate worlds the openness, the willingness to forgive, the color-blindness of our virtual worlds".
Your eloquent words form a vivid image of our possibilities! May I join you on this cyper-path?

Kathleen Abood

SLaw's picture

Thank you, Kathleen! You are

Thank you, Kathleen!

You are more than welcome participate in this journey of Hope!

nynaadaoma's picture

interesting

keep flowing girl.

Nnenna Urom

lolatsai's picture

Beautiful piece

This is a beautiful piece! :)

Lola

Love & blessings,
Lola

www.oneglowinglife.com

Leelee's picture

Web 2.0 allows us to read

Web 2.0 allows us to read wonderful pieces like this one .. I love your writing style, and I look forward to your posts!

'Harlem: A Dream Deferred' - Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
Like a syrupy sweet?

CoachMarcie's picture

Let's make the dream come true!

I get such a warm and amazing feeling reading your words. This is my second time as a mentor for the program and it has truly been life changing. Thanks for your post. Love, Marcie

Best,
Marcie

rhianr's picture

“I am only one, but not alone.”

So true! Your compassion and optimism is beautiful and strong. I loved reading your impactful actions to help those in Haiti. You have a proven passion to maximize the goodness of Web 2.0 to help others - I hope you'll continue to find more ways, while you continue to dream.

Peace and best wishes, Rhian

SLaw's picture

Thank you

I appreciate your encouraging comments, Rhian :) Thank you for being another ONE of the many voices making a difference!

MelissaMack's picture

Power of Twin Enemies

I enjoyed reading your piece. I especially liked the line in reference to fear and ignorance as the factors which inhibit change or liberation. I believe, like you stated, that intercultural communication and interaction would deepen so many levels of understanding and respect for one and other.

SLaw's picture

Thank you very much, Melissa.

Thank you very much, Melissa. I wish you strength, grace, and true fulfillment as you do your part to bring out the best in our world. Much love!

Beverly Rose's picture

I have just had the honor and

I have just had the honor and pleasure of reading your assignment for week 1. How inspiring you are! You have shown the power of web 2.0 in transforming our world and empowering the disempowered. I was so amazed about your online recruiting!

Thank you for sharing your dream!

Aloha,
Beverly

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