Community Update

World Pulse Toolkits Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits are all available here.

We are especially excited to share our signature Citizen Journalism and Digital Empowerment Curriculum. Start learning today!

World Changing Through Web 2.0

Just today I updated my Facebook status with this question: ‘Can we change the world for real?’ I asked this to my 700 or so friends. About 3 of them responded affirmatively almost instantly. Their responses echoed a resounding yes. But then one friend’s response begged to differ. This was what she said: Changing the world...ideally possible, realistically impossible. Follow –up questions and retaliations ran through my mind and I was tempted to answer in a lengthy comment. But I decided on writing this blog post instead.

I’d say Web 2.0 is magic. What’s more magical than having 700 people at your fingertips? And that’s just me and my Facebook account, my personal blog and twitter. Countless others have proven the power of New Media. Penelope Trunk, a very influential career blogger has 40,000 people subscribed to her trademark “my life disguised as career advice” posts. In my country, celebrities are hounded by hundreds of thousands of followers. The key is connecting people. By connecting users from different areas in the world, each is given a voice. This voice can share her favorite music or her opinion on politics but just the same, someone will always listen with their eyes. Isn’t that empowering and comforting at the same time? No matter what time it is, anywhere in the world. Someone will always listen with their eyes.

Within the past two years, Social Media has experienced an explosion in users and usage. More people are occupying the global village we call the Internet. Barriers are torn down, lines are blurred and suddenly there are no more walls to separate us from our fellow people. All it takes now is a flurry of typing on the keyboards and one click to publish. Here, we unite in our similarities and unite in our differences. We, as women are no longer bound to traditional roles or double standards. Through New Media, we can make our voice as big as we want it to be. Through the words, videos, music that we share online, women are given a platform in which they can fully express their opinions and interests with their trademark sincerity. Every time we share a bit of ourselves through blog entries, video logs and the like, we open ourselves up to friendship, to networks, to connections. A blog entry on reproductive health issues published in the Philippines might be read by a girl sharing the same sentiments in Sweden. Through comments, they connect and form a collaboration in which they can help the women in their respective areas about proper education on reproductive health. It’s about building a community and nourishing these relationships formed.

Now that makes Web 2.0 and Social Media instrumental in changing the world. Can we change the world for real? I pondered again on my question. I conclude with a yes. As we have seen, little by little through our combined efforts, the world is changing right before our eyes.

Comments

Olivia Fischer's picture

Excellent post!

I agree with everything you said! I, too, am often frustrated by friends who think that changing the world is "impossible" or that one person can't really make a difference. As you said, through the power of social media, the world IS changing every day! There is a little story that I like to tell the people who say it's impossible for one person to make a difference, and I think it goes hand in hand with the power of web 2.0:

"A traveler was walking along a beach when he saw a woman scooping up starfish off the sand and tossing them into the waves. Curious, he asked her what she was doing. The woman replied 'When the tide goes out it leaves these starfish stranded on the beach. They will dry up and die before the tide comes back in, so I am throwing them back into the sea where they can live.' The traveller laughed and asked her, 'But this beach is miles long and there are hundreds of stranded starfish, how can you expect to make a difference?"

The woman picked up a starfish and looked at it, then she threw it into the waves. 'Well, I made a difference to that one,' she said."

Every little bit we do makes a difference, and web 2.0 is just making it easier and easier for us to do so!

Jocelynbrazil's picture

Inspired

Wow. I was so inspired by the succinct way you expressed the power of new media. Your optimism as well as your concrete and lovely way of articulating yourself made me feel excited and enlivened once again by all the possibilities of web 2.0.
I love the idea as well, that someone is always, 'listening with their eyes'. The power of the written word is vast.
Thank you!
Jocelyn

marissabrodney's picture

So eloquent!

You certainly made me want to get up and do something to better the world! Wonderful thoughts, and a much needed contribution to the efforts of women worldwide aiming to harness the power of Web 2.0!
Best,
Marissa

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Letters to a Better World

Letters to a Better World

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

shazia @ shiree's picture

BANGLADESH: Finding Fatima

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Blog »

Read the latest from World Pulse headquarters

The Women of World Pulse LIVE: Meet Olanike

The Women of World Pulse LIVE: Meet Olanike

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative