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Web 2.0 and the Small World Phenomenon

Story Scarves at One Billion Rising

It is mind-boggling how our lives have changed with the advances in communication technology! Forget slow snail mail and postal strikes. Now it’s email and bandwidth speeds. Social networks spin webs of human interconnectedness. We text while on the move, embrace emails in virtual offices and exchange information on demand. Every day there’s a new app to discover, a new follower to befriend, an interesting blog post to read or a website to surf.

Web 2.0 has allowed our reach to stretch. Consider Ubuntu: Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu (I am what I am because of who we all are) talks of connecting, sharing, community involvement and the tradition of storytelling. Substitute ‘social media’ for ‘Ubuntu’ and it’s the same definition. Social media is actually a very African concept!

Digital social media has the power to foster social change for the global women’s empowerment movement. Story Scarves joined One Billion Rising. OBR’s online networks integrated with social and traditional media resulting in a viral campaign that engaged activists and participants globally. Even at grassroots, near the southern tip of Africa, teen girls in Soweto joined sister organisations from New York City to Italy and Libya rising across borders and uniting into a stronger voice.

I marvel at the idea of Six Degrees of Separation, that feeling of proximity whenever I’m online. I’ve found myself connecting with people in places I’ve never visited, learning about different cultures and discovering other creative activists that share my views. It seems that the population on Earth is closer now than ever before. The world has definitely got smaller with the phenomenal Web 2.0.



Chrisitina's picture

Smaller world for bigger

Smaller world for bigger cause! Like your writing! Please keep on!


Where there is a WILL, there is a WAY.

Stacey Rozen's picture

So true!

Yes, Christina, that's so true. It's just like the saying: less is more!
Thanks for the encouragement.


Sharontina's picture


I go with Christina on that. rightly said.

keep sharing. its a good piece.


Merlin Sharontina

Stacey Rozen's picture

Sharing rocks!

Thanks so much, Sharontina, will continue sharing with loads of caring too.


mjose3's picture

I like your thoughts about

I like your thoughts about befriending people you have never met. Our lives and out world has indeed transformed with technology. We should use this to speak out and to speak for everyone that needs a voice.


Stacey Rozen's picture


Absolutely, Lisa. I think each voice helps those that have been muted against their wish. Lets be friends! :)


dreams with the moon's picture

modern story telling

I love how you translate the WWW to Ubuntu and the other way around! Your words are very true. It might be exactly that aspect which makes the web 2.0 a tool so accessible for everyone. Since the beginning of time we sat in circles and shared stories as a way to grow understanding and community. Only today our circles look slightly different, as you have pointed out in such a spot-on manner: six degrees of separation. Spacious, virtual circles that let people all around the globe move closer. Modern, cross-cultural story telling, indeed!
Thank you for your inspiring point of view!


Stacey Rozen's picture


Thank you, Jana, that's exactly it! Evolution may be forward thinking yet the fundamentals of new inventions hold the very original thought processes that are considered being 'old' ways. It really is going full circle!


Leslie Stoupas's picture


Dear Stacey,

I share your excitement about the possibilities that Web 2.0 offers women for connection and interconnection around the world. It is as if we have become one large human tribe once again, captured so astutely in your description of Ubuntu. I love your vision about the possibilities of fostering social change together and look forward to reading more of your ideas!

Leslie Stoupas

Stacey Rozen's picture

Our WP Village

Ubuntu is integrated in the philosophy that 'it takes a village to raise a child' too. It's taken this WP village to raise my confidence over the past few weeks of the application process. I'm grateful for the experience. Thanks for reading, Leslie. I'm glad it resonated with you. Warm wishes.


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