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The Change I wish to be and See: Knowledge, Resources, Social Change

The Change I wish to be and See

Change seems like an intimidating word, since it sounds big and revolutionary…C-H-A-N-G-E! But when I think of sayings like, “Be the change you want to see in the world...” I’m consoled that we can each effect change by starting from within ourselves and spreading out to our communities and the world.

The challenges I face in creating change in my world are mainly two-fold: acquiring the specialized knowledge and getting the resources needed to actually realize projects or take action.

I’m on the right track with all the resources modern technology has to offer. Besides formal education in school and efforts to tap from the wit of those who’ve trailed the path before me, I don’t hesitate to use ‘my last dime’ to benefit from online resources which are almost free as compared to if the knowledge offered were to be gotten by means of traditional education.

In addition to free online university courses are online communities, with some offering training sessions such as Pulse wire! With training from World Pulse, I’d be able to overcome challenges of technical skills needed to effect change, especially in the field of women’s development.

With regards to resources, human resources are not quite an issue for me since I’ve encountered a lot of inspiring and competent people in the course of my career, and continue to meet them as the days go by! As for material resources, I’ve got some handicap there, but I believe things would fall into place with time.

When I think of what I’d be able to do, if I could turn around and work on a personal computer without any distractions; if I had multimedia equipment to produce quality audio, video and print publication, it amazes me…I dread moments when I have to go a distance to have computer access, and especially when the internet connection is down to zero…yet I have an inspiring story within me dying to be let out! For the moment though, I keep doing what I enjoy doing best in spite of the challenges, because I know where there is a will, there’s a way, and someday I’ll surely overcome.

Benefiting from existing resources to share ideas, updates and network, I do these on social community sites like Facebook, Tweeter, LinkedIn and of course, Pulsewire! These sites have different built-in technical resources to enable one do different things and tasks. What’s peculiar about Pulsewire though is access to portals for Resource Exchange, Action Alerts and Global Events, which create an edge in information and opportunity sharing. I intend to use these in the best possible way.

With the process of acquiring knowledge, meeting with the possibility of accessing needed resources, I’m positive that I’m geared for a peaceful revolution…that of empowering lives through the sharing and accessing of much-needed information, as well as enabling others to tell their stories in a manner that would impact those who hear it.

Comments

Leina's picture

Keep it up dear sis!the sky`s

Keep it up dear sis!the sky`s your limit.Where there`s a will there`s a way.I`m proud of you

fonirenezih's picture

Thanks Sis!

I'm equally inspired by you. Thanks for encouraging.

FIZ

Olivia Fischer's picture

Great post!

Your story is inspiring, and I can hear your passion for change and improvement in every word you wrote! It sounds like you are already doing an amazing job using social media and making the most of the tools you have available to you. Keep up the good work!!

fonirenezih's picture

More to Learn!

Thanks Olivia,
I am doing my possible best with available resources at my disposal at moment, and i hope to learn more to have a greater impact.
Cheers,
Irene

FIZ

Manvitha's picture

Utilizing Web 2.0

Hi there!

Its nice to see your post and your ideas about the potential that the internet holds for all of us to CHANGE, as you put it! :) With that teeming enthusiasm, I look forward to reading more about how you have undertaken projects and seen them through. I wish you all the very best in all your efforts and hope to read more of your work soon!

Cheers
Manvitha.

fonirenezih's picture

Thanks Manvitha,Aware of the

Thanks Manvitha,
Aware of the internet as a powerful tool for change, especially regarding information and resources, i have shared relevant news updates about timely happenings in my community on some social media sites, which have provoked comments from those who were either glad to become aware of them, or had something to add to the story.

I have also shared posts on self-improvement tips, which have tended to be very inspirational to most.

In addition, as secretary of a branch of an association of journalists in my country,i moderate a yahoogroup meant for information, updates and resource sharing among members, to improve on skills and exchange of experiences to enrich each other.

However, many other initiatives have been carried out off-line, which i'm sure can be extended online with the right skills.

We have organized a training workshop on ICTS for the journalists, based on the reality that such tools are indispensable for communicators to carry out their work effectively; the irony is, few of them are quite versed with technical skills. So i'm positive that acquiring such skills would be beneficial to many.

As member of another association for journalists, this time female, i was active with core members on projects aimed at assisting the less-priviledged, such as those in orphanages; and organizing conferences for the women on issues affecting their kind in the media, which aroused "rising voices" on happenings in the newsrooms!

Cheers

FIZ

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