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The Webs of Connections

I found World Pulse through a series of connected events and relationships. I first joined Facebook to view the page of a friend who had been killed in a car accident about two years ago. I had pointedly avoided it until then but I wanted to see the pictures Alex’s friends in grad school had posted of him and his life in the months before he died. It was a sobering reason to join Facebook but I will never regret having a slice of his life presented to me during that difficult goodbye. Next I joined a Facebook group of an organization called Mother’s Acting Up. This group advertised for World Pulse and instantly I became drawn into the work of World Pulse and its role in the empowerment of women globally.

I am interested and excited by Web 2.0 for a variety of reasons. One of the most dynamic reasons I feel like it is a powerful tool is because it has the potential for people to share their personal experiences and stories to an audience far beyond their own doorstep or group of friends and acquaintances. For example, I can connect to a story of a bead maker organization in Uganda, Africa while I am sitting at my outdoor patio in Santa Fe, NM. From a local vantage point I can take those contacts and begin to make connections: find local places to sell the beads made by women, recommend travel for friends interested in social justice trips, raise awareness for the group by posting photos, and potentially raise funds for the group by contacting a small group of friends that I have that may have further connections into a funding community through their own networks. Truly, the possibilities are endless.

Web 2.0 is the solution to many years of isolation in the women’s movement. It gives everyday people and grassroots groups (as opposed to government officials, NGO leaders or people in power positions) a voice to share with the world. For example: the past few weeks since I joined this group I have been astounded by the connections I have made to women’s lives from Yemen to Kenya.

I believe that the stories are the vehicle for change. This has been an integral part of my non-profit work (see for the past three years and I truly think that stories and the sharing of experiences have the potential to change people’s destiny.

I truly believe that this platform of sharing these stories on an international basis provides a web of connection that no other medium at this time offers. For me personally, I have found both my passion and my voice in this three-year odyssey into the power of story, yet I feel that my trajectory has been limited to the confines of the static web rather that the open space and possibility of social media. The possibilities for connection beyond my local community give me a sense of the profound potential of this platform.


William62's picture

The Webs of Connections

Keep up the good work! It was really pleasing to read your story.

Clearly the power and potential of Web 2.0 to make the world a better place is incredible. You have identified several great examples of how it is possible to reach out to persons in need, facilitate economic development, and help arrange travel for citizen diplomats to trouble spots all over the world.

It is amazing to ponder that while we are sitting in our living rooms, in libraries or community organizations, we can be assisting others in places around the world to help themselves. From the global UN Summit in New York this week, we have learned that making connections for the private sector as well as partnerships and networking are very, very important as we move towards 2015.

A Love of Learning sounds like a great organization to be associated with. Have they set any goals for helping to achieve successful MDGs over the next 5 years (both domestically and abroad)?

Once again, keep up the good work.

msbriceno's picture

Web 2.0

Thanks for connecting. I am unsure what an MDG is? CAn you fill me in? Thanks!

Melissa Stevens-Briceño- Santa Fe, New Mexico USA

There are 8 Millennium Development Goals which were set in 2001 at the annual UN summit in New York.

- MDG 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger

- MDG 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education

- MDG 3: Promoting Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women

- MDG 4: Reduce Child Mortality

- MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health

- MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases

- MDG 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability

- MDG 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development

Check out President Obama just addressed the UN - you can download his statement from this page, along with those of other global leaders.

msbriceno's picture

Thank you

I appreciate your response. I work on the local level right now but would love to look into working on the international level at some time in the future. thank you for the link.


Melissa Stevens-Briceño- Santa Fe, New Mexico USA

sallysmithr's picture

I really enjoyed reading what

I really enjoyed reading what you wrote. What I picked up the most on was how heartfelt and genuine everything sounded and that was truly enjoyable. I really like how you spoke of all the connections we are able to make and also reminding me that we don't always take advantage of such a great tool. You obviously have taken full advantage and it is so great to hear and read about. I think what you are doing is fantastic...keep it up!



efe's picture

silver lining

glad to know that something beautiful came out of so much tragedy

Carri Pence's picture

I love how social networking

I love how social networking not only becomes a source of who you are but who you want to become. It creates a more positive future, through as you stated, sharing a common voice. With your stories being shared throughout the world an attitude of hope and sincerity arises. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on web 2.0, they echo my feelings exactly.

From a fellow New Mexican,

Carri Pence

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