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A Thin Line Between Excitement & Overwhelming

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Just the first few weeks in this platform and having to familiarise myself with the space, the terminology, trying to read everything and become familiar with everyone (which of course is impossible!) has been a bit overwhelming and that is my fear with Web 2.0, that while it creates great opportunities for those who know, it could be a bit of a disenchantment for those who do not grasp technological concepts easily.

Web 2.0 means nothing to the female who has limited or no internet access - which surprisingly still includes a large number of women across the globe! How can their voices be heard?

So now I don't have to wait for CNN, FOX, BBC or Reuters
Web 2.0 has made us all writers
Change agents in a global community
But sometimes this reeks of exclusivity

How can I apply what I have learnt here?
Does this mean I need to lay my soul bare?
I will listen to the stories of my Caribbean people
And share the grass roots, on the ground experience that we grapple

It's not perfect, but it's a start
A lot more opportunity than existed in most parts
I just hope we don't become a community hidden behind our screens
But we go out, interact, meet people - there is so much to gleen

So when I get excited, I tend to break out into a song, dance or crazy poem :) So you can say I am excited about Web 2.0.

The solutions that this platform can bring to the global women empowerment movement is one of ease and accessibility of information. With one status update I am informing my colleagues, friends and women across the world - about opportunities and events. My Facebook friends list started off as an intimate list of close friends. Now after every conference and leadership training, my friends lists spikes by 50 persons! But I am keeping connected with young female leaders and having easy access to their resources and stories through this media. I think being more open with our information and sharing is also one of the solutions to be derived. For too long, NGOs and other groups are very territorial and all fighting for the same space - I think with the availability of information these walls can be torn down as we realise we are all fighting for the same cause...

I think if you want to SEE how Web 2.0 is already empowering me and can empower other women in the future then just check out www.MDGFive.com and create a video with the resources and tools available on the site. I was introduced to this site at Women Deliver 2010 where in our group sessions we were the guinea pigs for the site and worked on creating our videos address MDG 5 ...

Link to my first video: http://mdgfive.realitydigital.net/Media.aspx?key=3DEF09691C66FECA

So much information out there ... but now I'm going to stop because I am starting to be overwhelmed :)

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William62's picture

A THIN LINE

Very, VERY impressive writing. Speak out sister! The MDG5 video was quite impressive as well.

'Don't stop now' as you clearly have places to go. This platform can only help you to succeed.

You raised a great point about how many people do not have access to the internet, and what can be done to improve those statistics. It is certainly a timely question to pose as the UN Summit begin next week in New York. Many positive developments have improved the lives for millions of people over the last 10 years, but there is so much further to go that we have to speed up the pace of successful outcomes between now and 2015.

I am sure we will see more of your work over the next 5 years. Focus on networking and helping to encourage new leaders who are growing up around us.

Leelee's picture

Awww shucks! Thanks William

Awww shucks! Thanks William :) I do believe everyone has a story to tell and whether we choose to use words, photos, film etc. to get our story out there ... that is what is so great about this platform! I enjoy logging on and reading what people are experiencing - without having to wonder if it is censored or filtered!

'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?

Daydri's picture

crazy poem : )

i like
what you said
about ex/clusivity and (access)
& i love
that you
BREAK OUT
into singing dancing poetry
i like
to do that
too*

Aida Dervishi's picture

Hello there, I really like

Hello there,
I really like your post it is spreading positive energy!

Best,
Aida.

Leelee's picture

Thanks Aida and Daydri ... I

Thanks Aida and Daydri ... I have a cousin named Aida - such a beautiful name! I am so glad you enjoyed reading my work - I am loving this community!

'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?

Joanna Krotz's picture

thanks for your submission

Leelee, your voice and thoughts are refreshing and original and bring hope and spirit to the community of women who are striving for prosperity and safety. Thanks for your story,
Joanna

Leelee's picture

Thanks for your comment

Thanks for your comment Joanna! Looking forward to seeing you on here.

'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?

busayo's picture

I am Inspired

Leelee, your voice is so inspired. Ride on Sister.

Love
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Leelee's picture

Thanks for your comments

Thanks for your comments Busayo!

'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?

viochan's picture

Stay strong, Leelee

Your voice is so authentic and beautiful, the energy of the post is contagious! I loved your post, Leelee - it was positive and strong and I think you gave us a glimpse of what the new global leaders will strive to accomplish, which is - I hope - helping others find their voice and using the Web 2.0 platform as an instrument to foster peace!

Loved your poem, too!

Peace,

Violeta

Leelee's picture

Thanks Violeta for your kind

Thanks Violeta for your kind words - I have enjoyed finding my creativity on this platform and I will encourage others to do the same!

'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?

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