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Activating Change

Part of the things I want to see changed in my community include access to education for all, improved healthcare, better credit facilities for women entrepreneurs and a good low-cost housing scheme.

However, achieving this is made difficult sometimes by lack of financing, a small action network and lack of support from government agencies and funding organisations that should usually be of help.

Through the use of offline and online networking groups like PulseWire, Facebook and Twitter, I have discovered that it is possible to bypass some of these organisations and effectively mobilise human, financial and logistic support for any such project I might plan.

As a member of the PulseWire community, I have become aware of the numerous possibilities offered by the Resource Exchange and Action Alerts. I intend to use these tools to the best of my ability in terms of sharing and interacting with the wide-reaching membership of the community.

This will no doubt be of personal, communal and global benefit to all of us involved and I’m glad to have such an opportunity. Change begins with each one of us and there’s no better place to activate and maximise that awareness than on PulseWire.


earthwindfire's picture

Activating Change

Thank you, Derinho, for your submission. I'd like to know what country you live in so I can match your writing with what I know of your homeland. I am glad that networking groups have contributed to the quality of your life and have facilitated your work on projects. And yes, change begins with an individual whose ideas, skills and visions become adopted locally first, then, hopefully, globally. May we see many positive changes in the areas you mention, as well as wherever else they are needed - which are far too numerous to delineate here.

Derinho's picture

Thanks! I'm based in Nigeria

I'm based in Nigeria and find it difficult to accept that less life-changing ideas receive better funding/sponsorship than socially-improving ones or to have your proposal trashed only to find the same people who pooh-poohed your idea launch a similar project behind you.
A big amen to the prayer for positive changes!

Hope to hear more from you, Earthwindandfire (I'm a big fan of the musical group :).
Much love!

susa's picture

change agent

Dear Derinho,

I appreciate your focus on wanting to change some of the very basic impediments to women's empowerment and your concise description of some of the barriers change agents face. As your submission is very short (198 words), this would have been a good opportunity for you to share what you would like to personally focus on and how a community like World Pulse might help you advance your determination to see change. I'd like to know more about how Web 2.0 in general and World Pulse/Voices of the Future can help you overcome the impediments you mention. Do you have a specific strategy in mind?

All the best to you as you develop your ideas!

All the best,

kati.mayfield's picture


Dear Derinho,

Your post is short-and-sweet, but like Susa I am left wanting a little bit more!

You attached the tag word "possibilities" to your post, and I am very curious about what possibilities you see for creating "education for all, improved healthcare, better credit facilities for women entrepreneurs and a good low-cost housing scheme", and how being a VOF Correspondent could help you make these possibilities happen?

I will look forward to reading more!

in friendship,


*resolved this year to think twice and to smile twice before doing anything*

Derinho's picture

Thanks for the questions!

Hi Kati and Susa,
Thanks a lot for your attention to my post and for caring to ask me to give a clearer picture of my intent. I must confess it did get me thinking harder than I was initially.
My reference to these possibilities was about how I could post my needs for support or offers concerning my community projects and have people provide expert help and advice that would aid my work. Such requests can be pasted in the Resource Exchange and Action Alerts sections of the PulseWire website.

I can tap from the wide knowledge of members of this community and apply to my projects while also reciprocating by responding to the needs and offers from other members of Pulse Wire.

This is what I look forward to embedding in my strategies for change: sharing my needs and seeking advice that will ease the challenges I might face while carrying out such projects. Also Web 2.0 tools such as Facebook, PulseWire and Twitter are now renowned for steering public consciousness and mobilising people for change, not just financial support, but physical and material as well.

I intend to make the most of these in my work. In terms of effecting change, I believe many issues faced in my community occur around the world as well. One approach of mine to this is the need to ensure a better financial base for every parent, so they can allow their children go to school rather than making them work to support the family income.

Many of the ideas are still in a formative process, but I believe nothing is impossible.

I hope I did justice to your questions? Please don't hesitate to ask me further thought-provoking questions. It makes a better me.

Much love!

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