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Inspiration and empowerment

Web 2.0 gives us all a new way of connecting, learning and developing. I have a curious mind and love the ease with which I can access new information, come across new ideas and connect with passionate and inspiring people. It also allows me to have a direct impact on others – I can share my thoughts, support and collaborate with others and as result change myself, people around me and those who, perhaps geographically distant, are very close to me in the way they feel, think and act. By being able to connect and inspire each other we have started to change and improve the world we live in. As the history of Civil Rights movements shows us, when “others speak for you, you lose” (Dreidger, 1989 p.28) and Web 2.0 provides a platform for women around the world to speak about our problems and seek our solutions.
Web 2.0 enables us to take the global women’s empowerment movement to the global community. The relative ease of access and reasonably low costs of internet participation has enabled more women than ever before to jointly speak up and change the world. Media such as Twitter and Facebook allow for dissemination of information and coordination of our actions. Online learning sites such as Coursera provide very effective and inexpensive ways of learning and citizen journalism enables us to speak out without interference and censorship. Web 2.0 removes the isolation we may feel when we face problems which might appear personal but in fact are global. It allows us to see and hear many wonderful and powerful women who are passionate and determined to make this a better world, and this in turn inspires even more people and thus accelerates the change.
The tools provided by Web 2.0 have helped me understand that I am not alone and that there are others like me who see injustice and want to fight it. The same tools can be used to highlight the problems we are facing, but more importantly, they help us find and share solutions while offering inspiring stories of success. I am now trying to find the strength and the voice to communicate and collaborate with others – this enhanced learning experience coupled with the quick feedback available via Web 2.0 greatly helps in this process. I am confident that “2013 Voices of Our Future”, and other tools enabled by Web 2.0, will provide me with the wonderful, empowering and stimulating experience of learning and working with women from all over the world. By working together using Web 2.0 tools we will share knowledge, amplify our voices and break barriers to ultimately change the world.

Comments

milliej7's picture

Thanks for your piece Monika.

I enjoyed reading your text Monika. You write clearly, honestly and give good examples to back up your ideas.

I particularly liked your point about the internet removing isolation and helping to feel their problems are not unique to them but shared with others across the globe.

I also think it's great that you mentioned Coursera which is a relatively new revolution in free online education. Have you studied any of their courses?

Like I said you have clearly thought about this topic and give a positive outlook on how the internet is changing lives, breaking down barriers and changing our world. Thank you for sharing your voice.

Jo

Dana W's picture

Great piece!

Hi Monika,
Thank you very much for your honest and fascinating text- Quite a voice you got there and it will be a great pleasure reading your next assignments.
I think you touched the main and basic points which make Web 2.0 such an important tool for each and everyone of us, while it can be a different point for every person. Your examples reflect your ideas very well and made the text even more personal and touching.
Thank you very much for sharing your voice,
Dana

Emily Garcia's picture

Great job!

Well said, Monika! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on how Web 2.0 can be used to advance the women's empowerment movement. You've made some great points here. I agree that there is something very special and exciting about being able to communicate and collaborate with people who may be thousands of miles away but who share your passions and hear your voice. I also appreciate that you pointed out how this tool can be used to not only highlight the problems we need to address but also to showcase solutions and success stories. I feel a solution focus is such an important component of the women's empowerment movement. Thanks again for your post!

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

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