What excites me
What excites me: the connection I have through a small machine that connects me to the entire world and through this, recognising myself and my story in the many varied faces and lives that engage with Web 2.0; touching via the internet, the remarkable women and their lives; reading with wonderment of their struggles to particiapte in the world community which I do with relative ease, and taking a moment to appreciate my situation. It is the development of the language and the development of skills that happen so quickly on the internet, no more long nights of studying, that feels so revolutionary because the internet has the potential to equip women with skills that can take place in a day or a few hours. With this comes the opportunity to be part of a global network, to hear stories from the world out there, from real people.
Networking, networking, networking. From powerful politicians to poor pauper, who you know helps to spread your cause. Make links so that members can use each other for inspiration; take and spread information in groups that are relevant; from the classroom, lecture room to leisure group, there is always space for information from other parts of the world.
It empowers me to participate in a wave of womanist movement and feel part of the global community. I also am aware that this is a defining moment of what it means to be a global citizen. It is profoundly satisfying to think that I can bring my own skills and help to share them with the world. I keep the flame of hope within that initiatives like Web 2.0 are significant steps towards breaking down the barriers of fear that exist as differences between people. In this way I feel empowered to think of us as women of the world, not just women in our own small communities.