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Web 2.0: A Social Justice Empowerment Tool

As one new to the term Web 2.0 I started this process with trepidation. I revisited the definition provided and discovered that I use Web 2.0 and didn’t know it by name. I am not efficient in my use of the tools and technology. I classify myself as a recreational user with a tremendous amount to learn and a deep desire to do so.

What excites me most about Web 2.0 is the endless possibility it holds as a communication strategy. To consider the global ability for women to connect in some cases instantaneously to millions of others around a single issue is tremendous. The application of the tools provides women who would otherwise have no way to communicate to a vast audience power. I am thrilled to be considered to advance my skills with Web 2.0 and to access and share information on a grander scale. Even more exciting is the opportunity to then be able to teach and empower other women to do the same.

As I find myself familiar with some of these tools I am pleased to be starting with a bit of familiarity. Hopefully that means that my learning curve on those tools I do not have will be shortened. Being able to utilize them to their greatest potential with me having greater skills will be revolutionary. For me to “have the world at my fingertips” is an awesome notion. Not only will I give expansive voice to items that are important to me, I will give audience to things that are important to women all around the world. To have that kind of communicative power for good at my fingertips is almost too hard to believe. I see the powerful difference these tools will make in the lives of women and children whose lives are affected by drug use disorders. For them to be instantly connected and to know and experience that they are not alone is one of the greatest feelings in the world. It may be the one strategy that empowers a woman in a destructive household to take that next step towards healing and wholeness.

Addiction is an economically and socially global health crisis. The support of Web 2.0 fosters sharing between myself and others called to make a difference. With it, we will bring about social justice, healing and reconciliation for the world. As a tool for empowerment Web 2.0 provides a social justice platform that gives voice to millions of women who have something to say and no way to do so. It connects us as a global family and unifies us to no longer allow sickness in mind body and spirit to isolate us. As Web 2.0 grows exponentially, it grants greater power to millions of women whose desire to communicate globally expands our ability to affect global change. And because I am on the forefront, I feel confident that it will happen.

Until next time…

Peace,

Jan

Comments

gittlemana's picture

connections

Thank you for your post - I feel I can relate to your initial uneasiness about web 2.0. Until recently I felt like I was in the same situation, and that social media and the like were tools there for fun, not platforms for meaningful change. It wasn't until I found how new media related to my social justice activism that I started to see things differently. I agree that new technologies open up new fields for activists in our community to educate and advocate. I'm glad to hear about your successful harnessing of these technologies in your work, and I wish you more success!

Jan Michelle's picture

I'm so excited!

Greetings and thank you for your comments. I am inspired by your words. I will work hard to see where all of this leads and look forward to the positive difference it will allow me to make in the world.

Thanks again.

peace, Jan

peace, Jan

Frans's picture

connecting

Jan, I liked what you said about using Web 2.0 tools to unite women who feel isolated and help them take steps toward getting away from destructive situations. Not everyone may have access to self help groups or may initially lack the courage to go to one. You've identified one of the many empowering aspects of social media.

Jan Michelle's picture

Thank you

I appreciate your observations, thank you. It is my sincerest desire to help unite women doing whatever I can to end addiction and reverse the damaging effects to families. I am devoted to breaking the interegenerational cycle of addiction in families. By using Web 2.0 to empower women across the world I have a greater chance of success.

Thanks for your support.

peace, Jan

peace, Jan

jbaljko's picture

Embracing Web 2.0

Hi Jan,
I know exactly how you feel about the brave new world of Web 2.0 and social media platforms. Like you, I've been a recreational user of Web 2.0 tools for a while, but recently decided to make a conscious effort to learn how to better use these platforms to share stories and ideas and strengthen individual and collective ties.

I imagine finding and using the best of what Web 2.0 tools have to offer would be incredibly valuable to the work you're doing with addiction recovery. Do you have any examples of how certain situations could be effectively handled via Web 2.0 or social media? I would love to hear more about what kinds of interactions you see evolving in your field.

Here's to making the Web 2.0 leap.

Best,
Jenn

"The secret of happiness is freedom,
and the secret of freedom, courage."
-Thucydides, ancient Greek historian & author

Jan Michelle's picture

You've Got Me Thinking

Hi Jenn,

Great question, I will give it more thought and be able to respond accordingly. What I I am finding so far is that Web 2.0 is a remarkable tool as it allows people who have "the disease of isolation" the opportunity to be connected. No longer must individuals feel alone because at their fingertips are tools available to them 24 hours a day 7 days a week. My hope in using Web 2.0 more efficiently is that recovery support will be offered to more individuals in even simpler and quicker ways and be responsive in ways that are in alignment with how we live our lives today. And, because of the number of different tools available, there will be endless strategies that one can utilize to receive and offer support.

Thanks Jenn. You've got me thinking!

peace, Jan

peace, Jan

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