Last Thursday a friend of mine from South Africa posted the following statement on Facebook: a Zimbabwean family with whom she was personally connected was struck by tragedy when their baby died and was desperately lacking the funds to pay for the funeral. Until they could do so, the body would have to remain with the family. My friend was asking her friends to contribute if they could – by Friday she had managed to raise R 2000, an amount sufficient to cover two-thirds of the costs. I found this episode compelling in many ways: to be moved by the family’s plight and my friend’s daring appeal; to see how people were mobilized to respond; and to witness what was accomplished within 24 hours.

This is but one example of how Web 2.0 changed our opportunities for expression, action and connection – enabling silenced or obscured individuals and communities to have voice and visibility on the stage of the world. For women, historically and continuously marginalized in the public sphere, this possibility, I believe, is nothing short of revolutionary. I am still as astounded by my friend’s story, as I am by the fact that I can see and hear the inspiring, daunting, familiar, courageous and yes, mind-blowing stories of women from all over the globe with a few clicks on World Pulse. I literally have my fingers on the pulse of women’s worlds, and what is more, I can talk back and share my own!

My amazement and enthusiasm, however, tend to falter slightly when I consider the 200-plus invitations to causes and groups currently waiting in my Facebook account. I am already a member of 48 groups and a supporter of 50 causes, ranging from combatting sexism and racism to battling bull fighting, all of which I truly do find interesting and worthwhile. Sometimes it is so easy to just click… but what happens next? Is it perhaps a case of “so many causes, so little time (or worse, so little effect!)”? And while linking with all these kindred spirits makes me feel all fired-up and glowing, too often the initial spark turns into only a superficial sizzle of a relationship.

And so, the power of Web 2.0, for me, lies exactly in the challenge it presents to me, which is to really relate. I mean this in the sense of sharing my stories in a voice that is uniquely mine, in order to be heard amidst all the other voices, as well as resonating with the tellings of others. It is not enough to click – we have to engage – in dialogue, in action, and in the revolutionary potential of relating.

Take action! This post was submitted in response to Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0.

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I agree - that is what I mentioned in my post, there is a thin line between revolutionary and being overwhelmed by all this information!

'Harlem: A Dream Deferred' - Langston Hughes What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over— Like a syrupy sweet?

Dear Daydri,

I love your journal, and your take on web 2.0. What I love about it is the honesty and search for intention. And I couldn't agree more. While web 2.0 is allowing us to connect in ways never before possible, and to have a global voice, it can also becoming overwhelming and diluting. When there are so many causes and so many petitions to sign, how can we cipher through it all to become truly engaged and involved in a single action or movement... how can we move beyond "the click" and be a powerful force for action - real action that is tangible and meaningful for both the intended outcome, and for our own personal journey.

This is something that we all need to ask ourselves and search for in a personal way. To focus on our own strengths and define how those strengths can relate to meaningful action. I am still searching!

And I would love to hear your ideas, and other women here on PulseWire, for cutting through all the noise and focusing in on the meaning.

And I can't wait to read your upcoming assignments!

In friendship and solidarity, Jade

Dear Daydri

This is a very compelling post, and something we should all think about...In our quest to do our share to make this world a better place, we jump into everything that comes our way. It is really important to filter the amount of information and links we get so that we can focus on things that are most important to us.

Do keep writing...its lovely to read you!

Best of luck Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

I like your essay. Be engaged, be mindful. Right!

Well done!

Anna

_______________________________________________________________________ Life is how you design it.

That is a touching story. I feel for the family and I a happy for the friend who helped. It is really difficult for many in Zimbabwe to take out funeral policies because they simply cannot afford them. Sometime people just bury the dead covered in a blanket no coffin or even flowers since they are considered luxuries.

Big up to pulse and such helpful people!

aphroditezw

I love her angle.....

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale Founder/Project Coordinator Star of Hope Transformation Centre 512 Road F Close Festac Town Lagos-Nigeria https:

Daydri: You have put your finger on the challenge inherent in the flood of information on the web. A caring person can easily be overwhelmed by the volume of needs floating out there.

However, you also brilliantly illustrated the secret to cutting through that white noise by artfully telling a poignant story that brings all of the unjustness into sharp focus. Thank you for putting a name and face and call to action to the power of the Internet.

JT

telling stories; creating communities

Daydri, I loved your opening, which just pulled the reader in. I too empathize with the internet bombardment of causes and interests and when to focus. I hope you find Worldpulse to be beneficial for you, and I look forward to reading more entries. Terri

Dear Daydri,

Your writing is very descriptive and has a wonderful flow. I really appreciate the issue you bring up regarding quantity (too many group requests) and quality (connecting). I think you give us a good reminder that connecting to individuals and sharing our experiences is more important than joining too many things on a superficial level!

Thank you!

Rachael

"Tell me then, what will you do with your one wild, sweet, and precious life?" -Mary Oliver

Too many choices! The beauty in the beast! Harnessing the potential of Web 2.0 requires an ability to discern the true purpose of your voice as well as others. World Pulse in particular allows a quick and comprehensive delivery network for sending and receiving information. You have a unique vision and a clever way of combining our divergent interests. Keep us up to date on your actions, too.

Kathleen Abood