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Excitement, Solutions and Empowerment

I can speak to my father in the Czech Republic, my mother in California, my cousins in India and my friends in Germany from almost anywhere. The distances that once made me nervous to receive a call in the middle of the night, for fear of the bad news that came along with it, in many cases, do not seem as vast as they used to be. Web 2.0 is exciting because it connects people so rapidly. As evidenced by the Arab Spring, as well as the Iran protests of 2009, social media and Web 2.0 play a role, even if these roles may be exaggerated or overstated.

The increased ease in communication should lead to action, just as education if carried out correctly, should be applicable to life in general. Web 2.0 brings a myriad of solutions to the global women’s empowerment movement, so many ideas, that in some cases, it may be hard to cut though the many solutions that are being proposed. One of the greatest tools is the ability to learn from and support one another. Through sites such as WorldPulse as well as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn women around the world are able to network, and interact with one another. One thing we must keep in mind, as we think positively about the future and the change we have the power to bring, is who is left out? And why? What of the women who do not have access to the internet, computers and mobile phones, those who live off the land, and those caught in exile, in borderlands or oppressed by governments or husbands – how do we reach them? How do we make room for their voices who do not speak in the same language?

These tools can be empowering for me as a teacher and as a journalist. I plan to incorporate the tools of Web 2.0 into the classroom, so students will be able to see how and why they can use the internet and mass communications to improve their understanding of the outside world and interact with people in various locations. How can they/we look outside for solutions and collaborate with others to learn and support people beyond the local and into the global arena. I have already begun to use Web 2.0 tools to write articles and contact interviewees who I would not be able to contact otherwise.

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MaDube's picture

True

You are right. My own article emphasised how we have been empowered by this tool to share our experiences and you raised the other side which is very important about how we can help those who do not have access to the same privileges we do to also come on board. Nice article.

usha kc's picture

Yess,, agree with both sis.

Yess,, agree with both sis. it's powerful means of communication . Helpful to support each other. Good to read.

zoneziwoh's picture

The Power of Mentorship

wao--absolutely true. who is left out and why? there comes the power of mentorship. This is why we emphasize on mentoring, and peer-to-peer mentoring.
I am just from reading on of our peers article. In her story, she describes how she founded a new foundation WRITE aimed at recycling used-and-re-used computers, electronic gadgets and redesign it and then package and offer it to communities that lack these gadgets. her enthusiam is motivating.

This is an interesting artile. Keep up

Stay Blessed

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Nezed's picture

And you can speak to me in

And you can speak to me in Nigeria-Africa! Nice work

I do not aim for Perfection; Just excellence!

YAOtieno's picture

Good questions

Hi Lakitalki,

You have raised some good questions which we should all reflect about, I keep hearing about solar powered computers, Does someone have information about how these computers can be provided to rural women... ?

A candle looses nothing my lighting another

Stella Paul's picture

One day

The best thing I admire about you is that you see teaching as an integral part of your future. I can tell you that one day soon a woman student of yours,having learnt 2.0 from you, will thank you for pulling her out of a world of silence and giving her a voice.
Best!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

One of Many's picture

Your vision

Dear Lakitalki:

I just love complex sentences and excellent writing, and you wove your words beautifully, Lakitalki. Thank you for that pleasure.

It is exciting to know that a woman like you with your enthusiasm and vision has the opportunity to share it with students and to bring the leading edge of connection and community and technology.

I love your unique question about who is left out ?? May I offer some response? Isn't it children and youth in poor communities... since schools are funded according to the level of property taxes ? And persons with special needs -- hearing needs, blindness, physical disabilities, cognitive challenges.

Great to hear from you, Lakitalki. I look forward to reading more.

Anna

Speaking my Peace

Jessica_Dargiel's picture

Future Generations

Thank you so much for your insights. It is tremendously important that students today learn about the importance of Web 2.0. As you say, these tools are transforming the way that the world communicates and we need to make sure the leaders of tomorrow learn to fully utilize them.

You've raised many interesting questions- particularly, what can we do to identify those voices that are still not being heard and how we can connect with those who are separated by infrastructure, but certainly not by vision.

susa's picture

including those who are left out

Dear Lakitalki,
Thank you for a really nicely written and compelling essay. I appreciate the clarity with which you put yourself in the essay and showed us how Web 2.0 shapes your world. I was especially interested in your concern with "who is left out?" and your ideas about how you address this problem. More power to you as you seek solutions.
All the best,
Susa

susa's picture

including those who are left out

Dear Lakitalki,
Thank you for a really nicely written and compelling essay. I appreciate the clarity with which you put yourself in the essay and showed us how Web 2.0 shapes your world. I was especially interested in your concern with "who is left out?" and your ideas about how you address this problem. More power to you as you seek solutions.
All the best,
Susa

susa's picture

apologies for duplication

My apologies for duplication of my comment....Internet problems here.
Susa

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