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The Power of the Number 2.0

I grew up in a time when to get help and support involved meeting someone face to face or at the very least by making a phone call. Not a problem if the help you were wanting was in relation to a chest cough that had lasted several weeks. A little less so if you were wanting support for domestic violence whilst living in a small community. Web 2.0 changes this.

What excites me most about web 2.0 is its ability to make the world a smaller place; to bring concepts, topics and situations to life via human, real-life interactions and examples; and to put the power of information into the hands of those that would otherwise not have that opportunity.

Web 2.0 provides solutions to the global women’s empowerment movement by providing support and advice, allowing women from all walks of life to share, building self esteem and allowing women to remain anonymous whilst still having access to support. For example, here in the Netherlands there is an “Expat Ladies” group on Facebook. The group provides a central, safe place for women to share experiences (both positive and negative), receive support and ask for advice. This in turn helps to raise their self esteem by knowing that they are not alone, by having new strategies to try and by being able to share from experiences they have successfully negotiated.

The tools of web 2.0 are not just empowering to others but also for me. I no longer have to wait for my articles to be “chosen” by a publication or change my story angle to create a more lucrative pitch. I don’t have to worry about articles getting killed as publication and promotion are well within my hands. I can learn from others, connect with new people, receive and provide support and help to share experiences that are outside of the box.

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JudyR's picture

Succinct and clear

Hi Heather,

My nieces were Rotary ambassadors from Spokane, Washington. It's so wonderful that you've taken your Rotary experience and are continuing to travel, write and learn.

I look forward to reading more of your stories - your writing style is clear and to the point.

Warmly

Judy R
Portland, OR USA

Heather Tucker's picture

How Exciting!

Hi Judy,

How exciting to "meet" someone else who know's about the programme. I haven't found too many people who are aware of it now that I live outside of the states. Which countries did they go to? I am so grateful for that experience. It has really influenced who I am today and the skills that I feel I have.

Thank you for the positive feedback about my writing style. I really appreciate it.

Best wishes,

Heather

www.cloggiecentral.com
Twitter: @traineecloggie

Tawjna's picture

Short & Spicy

Hi Heather,

You engaged me right from the beginning. I like your use of wit and humour in your opening paragraph - that was clever. A very informative piece on technology and the human experience that rings with authenticity.

I came across this song on Youtube. I think you will enjoy it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZHWgU0AFsk. It is called "Authentic Girl."

Regards,

dbunton's picture

Hello Heather, I'm going to

Hello Heather,

I'm going to look up the "Expat Ladies” group on Facebook, and tell my friends about how women in the Netherlands are able to express themselves. Perhaps we all can discover ways and ideas to address "negative" and "positive" aspects within our communities. Often, we receive most of our ideas by considering all options presented through communication. Thanks for sharing your story of how Web 2.0 is working for you and others.

Darren Bunton

Heather Tucker's picture

Thank you Tawjna!

Thank you Tawjna!

www.cloggiecentral.com
Twitter: @traineecloggie

Heather Tucker's picture

Hi Darreb Bunton, Thank you

Hi Darreb Bunton,

Thank you for taking the time to provide some feedback. I'm afraid you won't be able to "see" the group on Facebook because it is a "private" group, meaning one of tha administrators has to added you. That is so the members can share freely without the concern of others reading what they write and judging them. If I can provide any general information on the group, however, please do not hesitate to let me know.

There are actually quite a few of them.

Best wishes,

Heather

www.cloggiecentral.com
Twitter: @traineecloggie

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