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Uniting the ‘Unconnected’ ..

“I am only one - but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”(Hellen Keller) –

What can one individual do to change the world for better? - Change themselves? educate others ? join politics ? become a preacher? -- How about take a flip camera,create a Youtube/Twitter/Flicker/FB account and report and create awareness about stories/ issues from an angle you consider warrants world’s attention? - Ordinary citizens shaped discussions in media, culture, education and politics using Web 2.0. But can Web 2.0 tools do more about global issues and foster real, lasting change?
The prospect of using Web 2.0 to explore and create solutions is fascinating! This is exactly what electrifies me about Web 2.0 and this is exactly what the Uncultured Project does effectively – Finding solutions using Web2.0 !
The “UP “ is not a charity, NGO or any other formal institution – it was initiated by a simple, 29 yr old Canadian,Shawn Ahmed,who withdrew from grad school, packed his bags, grabbed a laptop & camcorder, and flew to Bangladesh (where his parents were born) to see how he could make a difference!!
His personal, connected approach and refreshing outlook on extreme global poverty has made UP more popular on Youtube than UNDP, WFP,Oxfam, Save the children’s channel (in terms of subscribers). The success of the project clearly exhibits that you don’t need to join the UN or a charity, be a part of formal organization or work in traditional media to make your point.
Shawn’s work not only aspires to reduce poverty, but also inspire many to do so. It’s more inspiring for me as a women since we face various organizational, social, economical bottlenecks in our society when we attempt to do something we’re passionate about.
Web2.0 platform provides a golden opportunity for us, 'the unconnected' , in bypassing these bottlenecks that seemed impossible few years ago

It’s interesting that many still assume women are just 'users' of Web 2.0 tools and do not participate in its development.

Well, think again! Rashmi Sinha of Slideshare; Marissa Mayer of Google; Caterina Fake of Flickr; Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post are visible examples of women shaping Web 2.0 technology itself. Women are building/collaborating with tech tools in helping women,too! HarassMap http://harassmap.wordpress.com seems like a good example of one such initiative to be launched soon in Egypt - Rebecca Chiao & others are using mapping system to enable women, anonymously report sexual harassment via sms as they happen!

My experience with Web2.0 is ever-evolving - my work with traditional media originated from a job posting on social media! working with old media really allowed me to comprehend addiction and excitement provided by new media. Using Web 2.0 tools, I am passionate about encouraging constructive dialogue and turning various views into tangible action.

I think the power of Web 2.0 is still largely untapped – it’s usage is in its infant stage and I dream to see women at the forefront tapping this power for social good !

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Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Dear Farona, Great job

Dear Farona,

Great job trying to integrating html into your assignment! I changed your links, however, because they weren't written quite right.

Remember, if you would like to link to a website like The Uncultured Project, but have the words The Uncultured Project appear rather than a long link, then type:
<a href="http://uncultured.com/">Uncultured Project</a>

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Kind regards,

Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

Farona's picture

Thank you so much for fixing

Thank you so much for fixing it Rachel - that was really clumsy of me :(
I have successfully linked up other sites on my new post - thank youuuu

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

You're welcome Farona! We

You're welcome Farona! We are all learning, so don't worry at all!

Kind regards,

Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

Eleush's picture

great points

Dear Farona,

Thank you for bringing up important questions that need to be asked. How can people go about changing oppressive siutations? You come up with some very useful answers. Also thank you for posting about shawn Ahmed and his work, and also thank you for highlighting how women are co-creating the change that they seek. I agree that the power of web 2.0 is still untapped. "Women at the forefront," yes to that. But -- the right kind of women, women with courage...

Eleush

Farona's picture

Women & Web2.0

Thank you Elush! Appreciate your response.

Yes,I agree ‘women with courage’ I would add ‘consistent’ too – many women are increasingly courageous but for some reason or another, lack the right mindset to remain consistent.

Social media users are increasing at an exponential rate, more and users are trying to get their voices heard.

To get one’s vision ‘out there’ - one must have a distinct social media strategy, good video editing/writing skills , an honest, engaging voice and seek community - based solutions that are non-conventional yet addresses the core issue.

I really like the idea of women creating tools to aid women - it's high time !

Have a good day !

Christine.Dahl's picture

Farona, I enjoyed reading

Farona, I enjoyed reading your essay. You provided a lot of information to educate and inspire your readers. Your ideas come through very clearly. I liked how you used quotes to anchor your topics and organise your essay. I would like to hear more of your ideas about how to unite the unconnected.
Christine

Farona's picture

Thank you :-)

Thank you for reading my post and providing your valuable feedback, much appreciated :-) Feedback helps me improve!
If you feel the piece could have been improved - feel free to let me know (-:

With kindness & love

Carri Pence's picture

You have defined the

You have defined the importance of the internet. It is to be inspired, to read and explore others through loving and hopeful eyes. To see the courage of others helps me structure the courage inside myself. Giving me a new sense of hope and freedom. I can't wait to read more from you.

Best,
Carri Pence

Farona's picture

Dear Carl !!!!!

I am feeling happy that you comprehend what I was trying to convey - you just summarized it all ! Yes, it is to be read and inspired and learn from anyone, anywhere with a hopeful eye and a open mind . It makes learning and inspiring so accessible !

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