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....through my thoughts...through my eyes...

Web 2.0 has a large amount of possibilities for myself, other women around the world and people in general. It is a platform that truly helps to spread the word.

There are many things that excite me about Web 2.0. The first being the fact that it integrates so many different forms of media – print, audio, video; it is multimedia. As a result, stories can have so many different elements working together to truly make it come alive. Another aspect of Web 2.0 that motivates me is that it crosses so many boundaries: geographical, physical and cultural. I can learn about women, people, and their lives across the world without having to physically leave Guyana; the same goes for them. In addition to the above, information is almost instantaneous in delivery: something happens today in my country and I can share it almost immediately with people around the world.

In the past, women were seen as inferior to men; they are to be protected, cossetted and ruled. Through traditional views such as this, women have been at a disadvantage and many times we tend to forget that we have voices. We have grand ideas, many solutions to offer but mainstream media do not seem to think them important enough to pay attention to or they are so dominated by an existing stereotype that change is not welcome. Through the use of Web 2.0, women have a new platform to utilize, to let their voices be heard, to take their ideas and knowledge and share them with the world, to help better society. Traditionally, women are seen as teachers in the home and in the classroom; Web 2.0 is an exciting, beautiful platform that can help us to expand our families and classrooms to span the world.

Personally, when I see a story or some bit of information that was shared and I know I was integral to the creation of that content I feel like I have done something worthwhile; I feel like I am contributing to making the world a better place. Do not get me wrong, there are many things that I agree with that are in existence but change is necessary as society is dynamic, not stagnant. As a lecturer, knowing that the knowledge I have to share has an avenue (in so many different, creative ways) and might positively impact the life of at least one individual makes me feel like my life has a purpose. I would also be able to learn so much, to gain more knowledge from others and, I do agree, knowledge = (em)power(ment).

I always had an interest in photography and videography. The internet has provided me with the perfect platform where I can one day fulfil a dream of mine: create a website that documents the oral histories of the elders in Guyana and share them with the world. Oh the possibilities of the world wide web…

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Hi TJ
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, there is no doubt that women are, and will continue to play a huge role in our society. I am inspired and excited just reading your story. Do you think you think as a lecturer you can also influence other women in the classroom to share their stories? I am looking forward to reading more about your vision for the elders in Guyana.

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Good Morning from sunny (and

Good Morning from sunny (and hot) Guyana Nkuli,
Thank you for you kind words. I'm happy that you were excited - means I got the blogging thing a bit right :).

I do think I have some amount of influence over the women in my class room but they are now finding out who they are and what they want to do (many of them are in the age brackets of 17-21). I have passed on the website to them and I'm sure a couple have checked it out but are just 'readers' for now. Let's see what happens :)

Once again, thank you.

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Warm welcome!

I am just so psyched to see you here, dear TJ! Have always heard you speak, now excited to know that I can also read your thoughts!

Bring them on! Hugs!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Dear TJ~

Hello! I love your dynamic spirit and passion as an educator to bridge the divide with knowledge and usage of technology, multimedia and the web. It must be exciting and rewarding to witness the transformation and growth of students as they discover their potential and unique talents & voice. I believe we lead by example, so telling your story will empower others to do the same.

Bravo for your dream to create an oral history archive of elders, who have wisdom and stories to share for generations to come. We have a few wonderful programs and classes focused on Oral History and providing students and elders to engage and record their stories. Partnership with the libraries and museums to permanently archive the recorded oral histories have been valuable. Everyone has a story and many elders say they never shared because no one every asked. Providing an opportunity for intergenerational dialogue within our families and communities is truly a wonderful experience. I applaud you for making this dream a reality!

Check out the website for StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recording stories.
http://storycorps.org/

We have a collaborative program at the University of Washington called Women Who ROCK Oral History Archive. We are conducting oral histories of amazing women artists and musicians which will be part of our libraries permanent archive for scholars and students to access. Women Who Rock coordinators may be good resources for you to connect with when ready!

I look forward to reading and hearing more of your thoughts, ideas and experiences. You are a gifted writer, keep up the great work!

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

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