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The Wonderful World of Web 2.0

Alice in Wonderland

"So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?" ~ Dr Martin Luther King.

Web 2.0 for me brings democracy to the individual in a world and time where participatory democracy is dying fast. Where professionals failed, amateurs rise. Where leaders failed, servants rise to achieve equal status. Web 2.0 for me is a wellspring of hope, love, equality, peace and goodwill. It bridges the boundaries, erases the labels and brings the divided together as one.

We live in a world where religion, ethnicity, nationality or gender has become far more important than being simply human, which is to be colourful, flawed and celebratory of our differences. This is what most excites me about Web 2.0 – its power to harness diverse peoples from across the globe to channel their thoughts, emotions, feelings and ideas for greater good. It fires the flames of hope into breathing action and pro-action. Web 2.0 has the incredible power to energise a sleeping people. It allows a platform, where there has never been one before, for voicing shared concerns, troubles, and joys and prompts collective action. It is amazing how a simple thought transformed into words or pictures or music or moving images can elicit so much change in the world. Thank you Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and World Pulse! The list does not stop here. The power of the web knows no bounds.

What the global women’s empowerment movement has been striving to achieve for decades is really, social equality. In that respect, web 2.0 does really help us come closer to that goal. Although the internet is yet to reach some difficult corners of the world, and it is a challenge to meet the bandwidth challenge, it is more than a few who agree that the internet has the power to bring more good than harm. I believe that when more women have access to this wondrous tool, the world is on its way. If more women could get online and voice their plights, their situations and their will to change the world for the better, the women’s movement will cease to exist. And it’s great that Web 2.0 provides a platform for not only women, but men as well. With the increased production of women’s voices, a few, good men will notice. And hopefully that will expand so much so that men universally will not be able to ignore any longer. Men will start embracing women more! Men ♥ women and vice versa. Now isn’t that social media to the core?

Web 2.0 empowers me to be more confident as a woman. It gives me access to boundless knowledge. It allows me to discover new things and to share them with others. It helps me realise that I am not alone in this world and that so many others out there are just like me, waiting to exhale. I am grateful for being able to connect with the wonderful world of web 2.0 and to be in a position where I am able to pass on the knowledge that I acquire using web 2.0. It’s almost as if web 2.0 has ‘rebirthed’ me. It has helped enable a label-less, border-less and more harmonious and peace-ful me.

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Khushbu's picture

Welcome

Dear Meghana

You are in the right place...to experience first hand that you are not alone and that there are thousands of women who want to be liberated and exale just like you?

Enjoyed reading you!

Best of luck
Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

Meghana Bahar's picture

Hey Khushbu, Many thanks for

Hey Khushbu,

Many thanks for your kind thoughts and wishes. I'm looking forward to connecting and reconnecting with you and many others like you.

Peace,
Meghana

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kiss the ground.
—Rumi

Linda M. Ando's picture

Inspired!

Dear Meghana,

What a "joy" it was to read your first assignment, " The Wonderful World of Web 2.0"! Loved the graphic's of Alice in Wonderland and MLK's words of consciousness, challenging humanity to rise up for justice.

I so much appreciate your amazing spirit as a passionate and dedicated advocate for social justice and equality for women and all people marginalized in our world. You are a gifted writer who draws in the reader to examine the real human and inhumane situations our fellow citizens face or live with daily. You present a compelling argument of how technology - web. 2.0 can equalize women and other marginalized people by giving them access to information and also to give voice to their cause, so the world can support their endeavors.

I appreciate deeply how your stream of consciousness and passionate cry for humanity is so well articulated in words and it stirs the core of my soul. Your words inspires others to reach out to one another thru the wonderful world of web 2.0 and together we can change the world! Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more of your entries!

With Gratitude and Love,

Linda Ando

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Meghana Bahar's picture

Dear Linda, Thank you so much

Dear Linda,

Thank you so much for your heartfelt thoughts. Now I'm twice inspired!

Glad you liked the Alice in Wonderland idea... yes, MLK is/was a true hero of the masses. I think you, me, we all have so much to give. And through our giving we shall bring so much to this world. And so much to ourselves. No wonder the universe goes round and round :-)

Looking forward to connecting with you more.

Take care,
Meghana

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kiss the ground.
—Rumi

I love reading your quotes from Rumi, always inspiring and filled with such beauty and humanity.

Imagine, our acts of compassion and kindness helps turns the world around, what a powerful thought! Once again, your words and thoughts are inspirational and powerful.

Rise and shine to a full day of work! Take good care and let's keep the world turning with infinite acts of goodness.

linda :)

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Meghana Bahar's picture

Rumi World...

Rumi is just amazing... I find myself in Rumi, over and over again.

Yes, no wonder the world is round. It helps the eternal flow... there's no left, no right. No right or wrong. Everything is seamless. We are all one.

So glad for your friendship... thank you.

Meghana

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kiss the ground.
—Rumi

rozjean's picture

Web 2.0

Dear Meghana,
Your voice comes through clearly and strongly! I read with interest your idea that if we awaken the world to our female voices and are heard, one day there will not be a need for a woman's movement. If more of the world could adopt, as you have, being "label-less, border-less and more harmonious and peace-ful", the world would undoubtedly be a better place.
Keep your ideas flowing!
rozjean

Meghana Bahar's picture

Hey Rozjean, Thank you for

Hey Rozjean,

Thank you for your inspiring thoughts... I'm glad we are on the same page ;-)

Looking forward to more connections with you.

Meghana

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kiss the ground.
—Rumi

lauralf's picture

poetic!

Your writing is so beautiful and inspiring, Meghana!
I share your belief in the power of women to create a more harmonious and peaceful world. And we need compassionate and passionate writers like yourself to learn about the struggle and the strength of women around the world.
I look forward to reading more from you!

all the best, Laura

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