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Divide and conquer problems, not people!

“Divide and conquer!” For millennia, this strategy has been used by people in power, most often men (always the ignorant), to control groups of people and to keep them subservient. More often than not the group being controlled, used and abused have been women. And it only takes a glance at the news to see that this power dynamic isn’t producing the best of results.

Executing a successful divide and conquer strategy involves segmenting a population, then keeping the segmented groups in ignorance and isolation by both preventing access to education and by feeding them misinformation that fosters fear. This divide an conquer strategy can be observed at work in the smallest of units, the family, all the way up to entire nations.

What excites me the most about Web 2.0 is that for the first time in history women all over the world can use these free or low-cost online tools to come together and to use our innate power as a force for good in the world.

How? By sharing our experiences and knowledge with each other in order to become informed and educated. And by using our education to divide and conquer problems rather than people.

Thanks to social media, I have been able to connect to group of women that care deeply about our world and that take daily actions, big and small, to make it a better place for all. I no longer feel isolated. Thanks to social media, I am living out my dream of teaching photography to at-risk youth living in orphanages. Thanks to social networking, I have been able to make business connections to bring in money. Thanks to new media, I am becoming more educated and my understanding of the world is growing.

Thanks to Web 2.0 I feel empowered. I know that I can reach out and connect with others. And I have proof that with accurate information and education comes the power of understanding. With understanding comes unity, courage and solidarity. And against unity, courage and solidarity violence, torture, pain and abuse cannot prevail.

Comments

plattem's picture

Great title and great advice!

Great title and great advice!

RuthHartmann's picture

Thank you!

Thank you! I actually want to do a follow-up post about the kinds of problems that can be solved using this strategy. What have your experiences been with regards to "divide and conquer"?

udoka29's picture

Connection...

It's great how you've connected with women online, women who if not for web 2.0 or the internet in general you never would have had the chance to meet and grow with your knowledge of the world.

RuthHartmann's picture

Yes!

Yes, it has been amazing. I have found www.biznik.com to be a great source of personal and business connections. I would even go so far as to say that this network saved my life. It provided me with an easy way to host cashflow game events which gave me something to look forward to on a regular basis during a time when my confidence was really really low. I am a very big fan of web 2.0!

udoka29's picture

Confidence low?

Why would that happen? I find that if that happens I try to think of positive things about my life or the situation. Corny? Yes. But helpful all the same. But I guess you don't need that advice.

RuthHartmann's picture

Thinking about positive things...

I'm not sure why it happened, and I agree with you that thinking about positive things in my life helped. And advice is always welcome in my corner of the world...

udoka29's picture

No Problem!

Ready to give as much good advise as I can possibly think of when you need it... lol

udoka29's picture

Confidence low?

Why would that happen? I find that if that happens I try to think of positive things about my life or the situation. Corny? Yes. But helpful all the same. But I guess you don't need that advice.

Fay's picture

Nice essay!

You wrote a good catch, a great introduction, and your theme was consistent throughout. You commented below that biznik.com saved your life. I have been in that place where my confidence was incredibly low, and my life was in crumbles. It was my friendship with an older woman, a friend, who kept me going and helped me through, so I know how important the woman-to-woman connection can be. I would have liked to have read more about your experiences, and how Web 2 has impacted your life - it sounds like you have such an exciting story to share. Maybe you could expound a bit more on that? I think you had a little wiggle room before hitting the 500 word limit.

Great job on your essay. Keep writing, and keep connecting!

Best wishes to you,
Fay

Fay

RuthHartmann's picture

Thank you!

Fay - I'm glad that you too had support when you needed it most. Thank you so much for your feedback and encouragement to write more about my experiences; I will be doing so in the coming weeks...

jap21's picture

Hi Ruth

Your article is really nice, because it gives me a new perspective on what I should do with web 2.0. Never thought about dividing and conquering problems before, and although I never even think of conquering people, conquering problems seems a very nice thing to do.

Thank you!

Love,

Jackie

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

RuthHartmann's picture

Conquering problems...

Hi Jackie - Thanks for the feedback on the article. I'm glad that it provided you with a new perspective. I'd love to know what kind of problems you would like to divide and conquer the most.

jap21's picture

Hi Ruth

I will soon be writing about these problems. Follow my journal please! :))

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

RuthHartmann's picture

Will do!

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