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Learning to use Web 2.0 for good

I would say that the most exciting thing about Web 2.0 is the fact that we can not only share, but learn with others. Everyday, when I realise how powerful is to be wired to like-minded people that live 150,000 kms away, I also realise that this is a unique tool that can help us to raise our voices and empower each other.

Information goes faster than ever, and that can save a life. I've experienced first hand moments of distress, where I was able to help a friend by chatting on Skype. As simple as it sounds, when I think about the Arab Spring movement, I cannot but be grateful for having such means to connect and cooperate. Personally, I believe that Web 2.0 has given cooperation a new, better meaning.

Often, we are forgetful about how much we can do with so little. In this case, a simple e-mail, a blog post, or a facebook share are small gestures that can help to spread a powerful message. That's why I'm thankful for the chance I had when joining this group, so I could learn more about how to empower other people and myself. This will be a great opportunity to enhance my work as a human rights activist and I'm sure I will make the best out of it.

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Riya's picture

Learning with others

Dear Barbarella,

Thank you for your concise post! I could not agree more with you about meaningfully connecting with each other in simple ways such as e-mail, a blog post or using social media. It's true that we often forget how big of an impact we can make with small gestures and connections.

If only one person reads our posts, blogs or twitter feeds that can lead towards positive social change. I liked how you pointed out participating this forum is not only a way of empowering other women but ourselves as well.

Keep your human rights work going. I look forward to reading your future posts.

Cheers,

Riya

Dana Anderson's picture

Community

Hi Barbarella,
I love the idea of thinking about Web 2.0 as a community. The ideas, support and information we share with each other using the set of Web 2.0 tools forge bonds and ties that can make us stronger. New friendships truly factor into the equation of Web 2.0 empowerment.

My favorite line of your post: "Often, we are forgetful about how much we can do with so little." The problems we face as a global community can appear insurmountable, but if we creatively use the resources and connections now available, nothing can stop us! Thanks for this inspiring perspective.

barbarella's picture

Thank you for reading! :)

Thank you for reading! :)

Hannah B's picture

Thank you

Hello!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. It is true that the speed and ability to connect are something amazing, and we have not yet even begun to scratch the surface! I am glad that you are a part of this conversation, and maybe you will have new ideas about how to use the web and social media to connect women.

Best of luck!

Hannah

barbarella's picture

Hi Hannah!

I would be delighted to write new posts on this matter. Since I work in communications for development, I'm quite familiar with this issue!

Thanks for your encouragement,

B.

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