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Information and Information

The fact that there is information and information really struck me this week. I had the rare opportunity to chat with a woman politician who is in the opposition to the government in my country, Bolivia.

She had collected a lot of information about human rights violations in small towns. She described all her doings, and how she could not get any results from the government. People in Bolivia know about this impossibility of the opposition parties to reclaim anything to the government, or to get anything done by it.

So it occurred to me hat maybe she, and the whole opposition, had mistaken information, as in the recollection of data, with information, as in getting to know the personal stories of people around them. What is the difference between these two? In the first kind of information, you can tell how many women have suffered the loss of their homes in a big land slide, for instance. In the second kind of information, you can tell how their lives changed from the fact that they lost their homes, how much suffering it means to have to wake up from one day to another in a shelter instead of your home, and how much stress they had when their kids got sick in the shelter, or how many times a day they had to make a line to get drinking water, or how horrible their lives have become, from one day to another.

So I decided to tell her about that. I told her that she needed to gather the second kind of information, about the stories of people, how they feel, how their lives have changed in this six years of left wing government, how their salaries have become meager, how violence in the streets affect their everyday life.

I told her that this kind of information, about the real situation of people, about their lives and how they want to improve them, is the right kind of information to get. I told her that through my experience in the web 2.0, I have gathered a lot of information of this type, and I could write books about it, but I use it to improve my work first. Maybe this type of information could be used to improve her work, and the work of the whole opposition, to give them a vision, to connect with the people they have neglected, and recover from their nearsightedness.

Will I ever get an answer to that comment? I don´t know. But I know I am doing my part so that politicians in my country will start working to use money to care for people, instead of using people to care for the money. We pay their salaries. We need them to work accordingly. Both in the government and the opposition.

Comments

nilima's picture

True

You are very true about collecting the second type of the information that you have mentioned in your post above!! I can see there are lots of things that have changed after doing this web2.0 training! I am so happy that you are really doing very well And i am sure if there will be more citizen like you in any country then the politicians will really work properly and in a right way! I am happy to know about this, really and it made me believe that web 2.0 has changed women's lives all around the world:)

thank you for posting it here

jap21's picture

Hi Nilima

It is my pleasure dear. I am eager to see the women of the world working to have better governments, that will allow them to have more opportunities surrounding their lives.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Amei's picture

Thank you for sharing

This is a wonderful post. Generated some thinking. Being in WorldPulse and having the opportunity to be part of VOF 2010 has been a wonderful learning experience. I hope this to be a continuous journey.

The information you have mentioned I believe is the type that can impact on positive change to ourselves and others.

Let me share with you, at the moment in Maldives the parliament members are fighting to increase their income. They are taking care of themselves and not the people of the country. This is a concern.

All the best. I do hope you get some positive feedback to your comment.

With love
Amei

jap21's picture

Hi Amei

I also hope I do, but it seems like she will not come back hehe.

You see, many times it is because they don´t care about what people have to say that they loose elections, even if they have great ideas or even if they are honest and hard working, they do not get to people´s hearts.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Amei's picture

We do :-)

We just have to come up with ideas to impact. One of my friends working in Maldives is trying to increase awareness on Violence Against Woman. We hope and not give up. Every little action matters, Jackie.

We just don't give up.

With love
Amei

AchiengNas's picture

Jackie, You are pushing for

Jackie,
You are pushing for change. Doubt not, being a woman, and in the opposition force she (the woman politican) will not ignore your ideas I believe. Your voice is powerful remember, she will be glad you talked to her soon before you know.

Kind regards,

Beatrice

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

jap21's picture

Hi Achieng

Your words are encouraging! I willl keep working.

Thanks honey.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Celine's picture

Good job

HI Jackie,

Good job. Your voice is powerful, she may or may not come back but you have spoken to her conscience and I am sure she will live to remember your words.

In love,
Celine

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