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Connected

What if a woman in Kenya could reach out, be in the same room and talk to a woman in Moscow, would it make a difference? Prior to Web 2.0 this would have been either a futile or expensive venture. But now it’s possible. I read a journal post by one of the women in World Pulse and she talked of other women “being her passport.” Through other women she has travelled the globe and learnt more than she would ever have without the internet. And so, what excites me the most about the Web is the power of connection, and the dialogues that create, especially those dialogues that lead to diverse collaborations. Through the connections, the Web solves the problem of isolation and strengthens the voice of the women’s movement. Together we can share the problems we solve, share creative ideas on how to solve those problems, share resources. We can share in a way that engages our critical thinking and does not see us as people with problems to be solved, but with potential to inspire. I look forward to learning from other women, all over the globe, in places that I may never physically go. And who knows, what power that connection will bring?!

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Rebecca Lerner's picture

Web 2.0 assignment

Beth,

Thanks for your entry. I like that you titled this, "Connected" -- a great theme. Your essay is well-written and well thought out, and you communicate your ideas clearly. It's great that you gave an example from PulseWire to illustrate your point, too.

I would have liked to see you go beyond the concept of the internet in general and address specifically the web 2.0 tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and tell us how you have used or would use these kinds of tools to further your goals or to help others further theirs.

Keep up the good work!

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SharonK's picture

What next?

Hi Beth,

The way you write is very moving and inspiring. I loved that phrase you used about women sharing in a way that makes us "more than just people with problems to be solved". I think you need to go even beyond this idea of Connected-ness and show how such connections can have a real impact on women's issues. Have any web 2.0 tools actually made a concrete difference in your life, or the lives of people you know? These are the stories that will really drive home your message.

Can't wait to read more!

Sharon

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