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Web 2.0: Education to Transform and Transgress 2013 VOF Week 1

“The Butterflies’ Manifesto”

Web 2.0 is more than software, it is more than technology. Web 2.0 is a tool for social change and social justice. Web 2.0 is a vehicle for transformation of self into community. This Web 2.0 vehicle is fast as a speeding bullet, like a lightning bolt… it strikes with force and fire! In a flash, a click of a computer key - words appear on a screen within seconds…enlightening the reader with a perspective that comes from deep reflection and personal experience of the author. This blog, supported by World Pulse Magazine and their 2013 Voices of the Future journalism training, is written to inspire you, your friends, your family, your community into action.

Education is key! It is greatly enhanced with the utilization of Web 2.0 with its digital applications. These tools include Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and video sharing sites like YouTube, to name some of my favorites. Of course there are a multitude of other wonderful and interactive tools such as RSS feeds, news sites, games, instant messaging, search engines such as Google, etc.

Sharing words expedites education by offering participatory and engaging dialogue between people who have a self-identified common interest. My own ongoing education has provided a divine influence on my personal and midlife transition to my real self. This transition allows me room to share words and ideas on the path to transgress social and cultural cues about who I am while transforming those cues. I desire to bring others on this journey with me. Web 2.0 makes this possible for us!

Transformation is often depicted by a butterfly which is a cross cultural symbol for change, new beginnings, and growth. Therefore, I choose this powerfully strategic and significant symbol to illustrate my circuitous loop of life. I choose the butterfly.

What better way to manifest resistance to current world issues than using the symbol of the butterfly? With the assistance of Web 2.0 tools, what better way to transgress patriarchal and despotic attitudes than using the symbol of the butterfly? We can call our resistance “The Butterflies’ Manifesto” with the hope of encouraging all peoples to participate in their own transformation and transgression! While flying free as butterflies, we can demonstrate honor and respect for the right of each human to govern self in accordance with their culture, traditions, and lifestyle. We may also recognize the power in and the right of all people to determine their own destiny, no matter cultural and societal norms and expectations. To this end, let’s put Web 2.0 to great use, to educate and benefit our sisters and brothers, to galvanize us all…let’s transform and transgress into ACTION on a global level and produce far reaching worldwide social change!

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Jan K Askin's picture

Staying Strong

Dear Debra,

I am astonished and gratified by your positive message. It must be difficult to remain enthusiastic and continue to advocate in a field where the daily business consists of sadness, violence, and subjugation. I applaud you.

The use of a metaphor can be powerful. It helps us to focus and stay focused. The image of the cocoon is important here as well. Before we can fly, we spend time slowly transforming in the safety of the cocoon. Sadly, the sanctity of the cocoon (or womb) has been violated through prejudice, violence, and gender inequities.

I am interested in how you can use the World Pulse forum to advance some specific goals in your field of work as well as your personal development. What specific world issues are you advocating resisting? "Transgress" is a powerful word; used too broadly, its connotations may drown out the message behind it.

Your sister in the United States,

Jan Askin

Jan Askin

Debra K Adams MA's picture

transform & transgress

Thank you for your response.

I agree with you about the cocoon being an important phase of the butterfly - it is invisible to the eye of others. In my imagination it is a dark, warm, inviting, nourishing, safe place to begin small and slow, gradually emerging in the light and view of the world. Yes, as delicate as butterflies may be, they have much power in the metaphor and in representing the rite of passage of all humans!

My specific issue is domestic violence as in interpersonal relationships - but as I am sure you know - this expands into many other forms of violence and is condoned and perpetuated in many institutions, systems, hierarchical & patriarchal organizations as well as social and cultural norms and practices or traditions. So the broad stroke of my work & passion is all forms of violence. Because interpersonal relationship violence does not exist in a vacuum or without context, we must be inclusive of all impacts, effects, affects and conditions relating to domestic violence. I do focus on women and girls as subjects of value and intellect, realizing that violence occurs across all gender, status, class, privilege, incomes, education, race, age striations.

I love powerful words! And 'transgress' is one of those powerful words. I would like to hear more about your thoughts on how it may be 'drowning out' my message or any message. I am very interested in hearing your opinion on this.

I do have a mission statement for myself, here it is: to live free of violence, with joy and out loud!

thank you for your words, I appreciate you!

"Be the change you want in the world." Gandhi

Debra K. Adams, MA
See my vizify bio! https://www.vizify.com/debra-k-adams-ma-pdv-cws
Survivors In Service: Self Empowerment Strategies (SiSSeS)
Consultant/Speaker/Author & Owner/Founder

Jan K Askin's picture

dialogue

Greetings again,

Yes, violence occurs across many segments of society, alas.

Regarding Transgress: it strikes me as a negative. We transgress the law, we transgress our parents' wishes, we transgress society's norms. I think that transcend is perhaps a better word. However, you have engaged me! Perhaps we need to transgress in order to transcend.

Yikes, I got a little too flighty here.

Best,

Jan

Jan Askin

Debra K Adams MA's picture

to transgress

Hi Jan! I actually discovered the use of this word through reading bell hooks's book named "Teaching to Transgress" she talks about liberatory education which is akin to Paolo Freiere's "popular eduction" - anyway, bell hooks is very engaging (she prefers no capitals for her name)
I loved both these philosophies! I believe in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary studies and multicultural studies!

"Be the change you want in the world." Gandhi

Debra K. Adams, MA
See my vizify bio! https://www.vizify.com/debra-k-adams-ma-pdv-cws
Survivors In Service: Self Empowerment Strategies (SiSSeS)
Consultant/Speaker/Author & Owner/Founder

Debra- You obviously have a good handle on all the web means, does, provides, etc, and you are using it in a powerful way. I did want to comment on your statement, "My own ongoing education has provided a divine influence on my personal and midlife transition to my real self.", which I love. It is a courageous person to say they are still discovering the true self. And even more courageous to transform into the real and true self.

Thank you for being courageous and for sharing your passion and skills with us!

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

Listener
Sister-Mentor
@CaliGalMichelle
facebook.com/caligalmichelle

Debra K Adams MA's picture

thanks

I appreciate your comments - it is encouraging!

"Be the change you want in the world." Gandhi

Debra K. Adams, MA
See my vizify bio! https://www.vizify.com/debra-k-adams-ma-pdv-cws
Survivors In Service: Self Empowerment Strategies (SiSSeS)
Consultant/Speaker/Author & Owner/Founder

Debra K Adams MA's picture

thank you

Michelle, yes, I do believe I am a 'work in progress'...working on self-awareness is a full time job and a lifetime career! LOL.

"Be the change you want in the world." Gandhi

Debra K. Adams, MA
See my vizify bio! https://www.vizify.com/debra-k-adams-ma-pdv-cws
Survivors In Service: Self Empowerment Strategies (SiSSeS)
Consultant/Speaker/Author & Owner/Founder

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