What most excites me about Web 2.0 is that it: Facilitates the sharing of experiences, thoughts, ideas. Facilitates “open-ness”, “one-ness”, “purposeful-ness”. Facilitates personal growth and personal transformation.

The solutions I think Web 2.0 brings to the global womens empowerment movement are: The characteristics of Web 2.0 will allow consolidation of multiple efforts all aimed at empowerment, of not only women, but all who are underprivileged and challenged. The inter-connectivity can bring power to the individual by forming a collective that when bonded is harder to ignore.

How does or will Web 2.0 empower me: Will allow me to “find my voice”. Despite being a leader in my community and profession, this opportunity will help me with getting the courage to “speak out”. I have been struggling with a sense of “reputation”. I feel I now have a good & strong reputation that Im unsure of how to balance the need to speak out and be taken seriously. I have received compliments of being seen as a leader, however, its easy to be a “business” leader and not make controversial statements. The challenge is being a “business & community” leader that works to transform.

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Vaine, I really like the way you articulate the positives and exciting aspects of Web 2.0. I'd like to know how you, personally, will be able to share your experiences. What kind of experiences, thoughts, and ideas do you want to share with others? What experiences or ideas are you most excited about reading from others? How do you see yourself personally growing and transforming from your participation in Web 2.0?

The solutions you present are also well articulated and clear. I'd really like to read more about how the inter-connectivity you mention will bring power to you individually and how that adds to the solutions you've pointed out.

I like how you expand on all of the ways Web 2.0 will empower you. I think that it is very exciting that Web 2.0 will allow you to find your unique voice and speak out. You mention that you are a leader in your community and profession, what specifically do you do to provide leadership in your community and profession? What is your profession? What issues do you specifically want to "speak out" about? I think expanding on all of those things will make your piece very engaging. I also want to know more about your struggle with "reputation." How has that shaped you as a woman? How did you overcome that struggle? How will Web 2.0 help you and others overcome similar struggles? I think bringing in that emotional aspect will allow your readers to really connect with you and relate to your writing.

I enjoyed reading your post and I look forward to reading more! -Lisa

Hello Vaine,

You are clear and strong in your ideas and attitude. I love how you challenge yourself to be a better leader and turn to the tools at hand, Web 2.0 in this case, to help you expand your roles and strengthen your voice. The ability to communicate so easily and quickly with others around the world, something that our mothers and grandmothers didn't have, is truly an astounding opportunity.

It would be great to hear more details of specific things you wish to talk about and how you might guide those around you as you learn yourself.

Keep up the good work. Frances

Hi Vaine,

The thing that jumped out at me from your writing is not only that you use the word "one-ness" but that you speak in a way that shows you believe we are all one! I can feel in your writing that you want to get in a leadership position to truly help women as well as everyone that is struggling and I think that is very honorable! Unfortunately, there are many people that want to be in a leadership position only for the power and fame, so it is very refreshing and encouraging to hear about someone that has such good intentions for a leadership role. I am looking forward to hearing more from you, and I believe you will make a big difference in the world!

Don't ever stop believing in yourself :)

-Julene