Be the unstoppable force
Never an unstoppable force will find an immovable object. I carry this Law of Physics (yes, I am that geeky) very close to my heart. Many of today’s problems seem like they are insurmountable; but it takes our work for the change to happen.
I was lucky. My parents taught me to speak up and never to accept injustice (growing up in a dictatorship made them cherish human rights and civil liberties). Not only that I always had instilled that we have to work for the world we want. Change it’s not a delivered good, you have to work hard for it.
Mobilization is a big challenge in Latin America, especially in Central America because with have to create a culture of participation and reporting. Several of our huge problems steam for our inability/or impossibility of making our voices heard and denouncing those that try to muffled them.
We are using the web to spread the message, trying to instill a participation culture and set examples by exchanging experiences showing that Change is possible and active citizen participation is, in fact, the key.
Web 2.0 and international networks such as Pulsewire help us amplify our voices, spread denunciations and pressure governments to protect Human Rights. I think those mechanisms already proved themselves very effective in cases such as Serbia and Burma, where outside pressure could strengthen national movements and not letting injustice being unpunished. For me, mainly during campaigns, the help of this networks have been invaluable.
So, for me these networks are key for overcoming inertia. And between being an immovable object or an unstoppable force, I'm always going to choose to be the unstoppable force.