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Online Communities and Survival of the Fittest

Like the blazing savannah grasslands or the rainy, biotic rich jungles, online communities are laden with predators and hunters of the most beastly and venomous kind. But once in a while, online communities are akin to landmasses converging, fusing a myriad of voices more commanding than rumbling volcanoes; when the objective is about analyzing problems from a different race, class and gender angle—because the angles are always different depending on one’s relative proximity to the problem—dynamic resolutions can be whipped up collectively and brought to the forefront of the political and cultural discourse.

But let’s slow down a bit because I’m jumping ahead. This story is about the compass, or rather, in our analogous era, the GPS that pointed me to the PulseWire community. Simply put, leadership of the sisterhood brought me to this transformative site. A woman leader led me here, not because she controls me, but because she believes in me and the contribution I can forward towards more dignified communities.

You see, there are leaders, and then there are Leaders of the egoless kind, the ones immersed in communities of trafficked women, the ones rooted in the nucleus of ghettoized neighbourhoods. A sort of leadership that surpasses the latest technological advances by way of creating the next line of leaders, knowing full well the limitations of the old, having the humility and foresight to step aside and let fresh, new ideas take place—in this historic period, the advancement of online communities develop and communicate ideas on a worldwide scale, faster and more cosmopolitan than ever before.

Leaders invest in the young—and not necessarily in keeping themselves young, despite society’s obsession with magic pills and vampiric formulas to keep us supple, elastic and plastic. Beyond all of this, the only thing that will outlive all of us is change and social transformation.

A leadership of this magnitude is not about manipulating minions, but bringing out the best in people, who are astute in the understanding that talent is at its best in times of social change. It’s about ensuring the survival of the fittest. Yes, I said it, survival of the fittest, which is not about who is better looking, stronger, richer. In evolutionary and biological terms, survival of the fittest means high fertility, low mortality, and the ability to pass your genes to the next generation. Flip this to a different angle, mix the formula and you can see that survival of the fittest of a genuine sort is about producing not destroying; about passing on skills and knowledge to the next line of leaders for the health and well-being of our communities.

So lace up those runners, let's get fit, and lead the way!


paulinewanja's picture


Your writing is so poetic , awesomely so!

Charlene Sayo's picture

Thank you!

It's been years since I've written anything poetic; writing this was truly inspiring!

Gloriabit's picture

very hard to understand

i wish we can interact

Charlene Sayo's picture

We are interacting!

Through this community, keep writing :)

Sangita Thapa's picture


Dear Charlene, I love your spirit and your thoughts about survival is quite justifiable in that its a process to pass on skills, leadership and creativity. keep sharing!

libudsuroy's picture

Hi, Charlene, Thanks for

Hi, Charlene,
Thanks for reminding us of the dark underbelly of this leviathan inside which we have heaved ourselves :)
But how come your voice's tone here is different from those engaging posts at HuffP and Mas gusto ko 'yon, mas bongga-ka-day ang zing!

libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

Charlene Sayo's picture

Different voices

Thanks for comment, for pointing out my various tones, AND for checking out my other blogs :)

I have different voices because I have a fear of repeating myself; moreover, like all people, my identity is 3D and multifaceted and depending on the story, a voice fitting for HuffPo may not be appropriate for PulseWire. It's all about diversity :)

Klaudia Mexico's picture

very strong!!

I also like we've to be stronger this days in order to save ourselves and our planet from our paradoxical own destruction.
well done!!!

Klaudia González

Lisa T's picture

Lead the way!

Dear Charlene,

Thank you for sharing your story. It was a pleasure to read. I like the way you phrase the line, "This story is about the compass, or rather, in our analogous era, the GPS that pointed me to the PulseWire community." I also like the way you describe leadership and what it means to you. I hope you will share more about the leadership work you're doing in your community. I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future!


Linda M. Ando's picture

Powerful Vision!

Dear Charlene~

Powerful, reflective, honest and challenging ideas which leaves the reader to think about what kind of leader exists within each of us. Thank you for the voice and vision of leaders of a different kind - egoless and immersed in the community, growing future leaders with heart & intelligence rooted in humanity.

I look forward to reading more of your work, your engagement in communities and what matters to you. You are a gifted writer and encourage you to continue to give voice to complex issues while inspiring people to be part of the change and solution.

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

nifkinz's picture

Dear Charlene

I enjoyed reading this. I love your play on words in depicting the concept of "survival of the fittest". I cannot speak for anyone else, but I for one, never thought of it that way before. Very interesting and I look forward to reading more of your work!

Becky Frary

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