World Meets Web

Lortoria
Posted April 8, 2013 from United Kingdom

I live for the web. I call my laptop, “My lappy” and my “best friend.” I have ‘real’ friends, it’s just that like most people these days, I spend most of my time on the web. The web enables me to organise and conduct my work, learn, be inspired, network, pursue leisure activities, and even hang out with friends. Whenever my laptop stalls or goes “technologically crazy,” like an overbearing mother, I fuss and fret about it until order is restored. I’m one of those people when I see the rainbow wheel spinning on my Mac, I have to press buttons, even though I know this will only delay normal function.

As a writer, the web for me generates excitement. At night I reluctantly shut down, and when I do, my last thoughts are, 'What will tomorrow bring,' and 'how my day must be organised?' In the morning, I reach for my laptop before a toothbrush, hairbrush, and even breakfast...that’s how excited I get! But what really inspires me about Web 2.0 is the possibilities it brings in a world where it feels like our sense of community is eroding, and yet Mother Earth’s population is bursting at the seams. The traditional community of the past is gradually being substituted with the new online community. The plus side is that it offers global interaction, information, news, and opportunities all in real-time.

For the global women’s empowerment movement, Web 2.0 has two main functions: it exposes local, national, and international concerns that might have otherwise been unaccessible. Then shared resources and collaborations from people across the web, address innovative solutions to those issues. My mother, and other strong women in my life always taught me, ‘knowledge is power,’ and so I embrace the web with open arms. Today, access to the web, and the knowledge of how to use it, brings power. This “Global Village” of ‘collective intelligence’ is a fertile breeding ground for self-expression, collaborations, and creativity to reach new levels.

For many women, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds, the web creates a powerful space for expression.

Do not underestimate the power of women, because when our voices are heard, we can rule the world! Through shared experiences women become educated, liberated, and empowered to elicit social change in their community. As I write this, my mind conjures images of female leaders such as Beyoncé, Margaret Thatcher, Aung San Suu Kyi (The Burmese Pro-democracy Leader), and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Managing Director of the World Bank), to name a few. As women tap into the power of the web, we can create a positive legacy that will inspire the next generation of women and female leaders.

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Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0

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  • Phionah Musumba
    Apr 08, 2013
    Apr 08, 2013

    The world has been turned into a global village thanks to Web 2.0. Its awesome how the web has made it easy for us to interact and make friendships that last lifetimes.

  • Lortoria
    Apr 08, 2013
    Apr 08, 2013

    Hi Phy,

    Thank you for your comment. It IS a global village, and with positive connections and shared experiences, we can transcend barriers and reach out to women across the world. I love other cultures, and I'm glad we have become friends through the power of the web, and the World Pulse influence :)

  • Merlin James
    Apr 08, 2013
    Apr 08, 2013

    Dear Lortoria,

    Yes its a powerful space for expression. and i wish that this space should expand and reach its hands to the unreached.

    Good piece dear. Keep sharing

  • Lortoria
    Apr 08, 2013
    Apr 08, 2013

    We are all proving this by our own shared experiences, and by connecting on World Pulse.

    I will :)

  • Aminah
    Apr 08, 2013
    Apr 08, 2013

    Very well said Lortoria. Shared experiences is what is important. The moment one realizes she or even he is not alone in the dilemma, that there are other who have faced similar issues the person oppressed gets some comfort. That person gets confidence and hope when he or she hears that some other person or group of people who had the same issue was able to overcome it. We need to keep this wheel turning so that knowledge is shared, and that we reach under represented or disadvantage people too.

    Regards Aminah

  • Lortoria
    Apr 08, 2013
    Apr 08, 2013

    Exactly, and what a difference it makes when others are made aware of your plight and can offer help in some way. I have been so enlightened by the issues concerning other parts in the world, just from my short time here. Your comment is appreciated,

    Lortoria

  • Lortoria
    Apr 09, 2013
    Apr 09, 2013

    Thank you Taha,

    I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. I enjoyed writing it, and will improve as my pen gains power :)

  • Vweta
    Apr 09, 2013
    Apr 09, 2013

    I enjoyed reading your journal and personally I understand how it feels when my computer starts stalling laughs it makes me impatient!

    Well done as you help those who may not have access to the privileges you enjoy in a first world country.

    Warm regards, Vweta.

  • Lortoria
    Apr 09, 2013
    Apr 09, 2013

    Hi Vweta,

    I'm glad you enjoyed it. I wanted to generate some humour in the post because the topic is so broad, and at some point we all have similar experiences to share of Web 2.0 and its technology.

    Thank you. I will continue in my best efforts to help others, and in the meantime will check out your blog.

    Best wishes,

    Lortoria

  • Ogo Maduewesi
    Apr 09, 2013
    Apr 09, 2013

    I can connect so much to your write-up especially 'Whenever my laptop stalls or goes “technologically crazy”--like an overbearing mother, I fuss and fret about it until order is restored'.......laughs......

    You nailed it on women empowerment

    Looking forward to more from you

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  • Lortoria
    Apr 11, 2013
    Apr 11, 2013

    Hi Ogo,

    Lol, I'm glad you enjoyed it, and that we can relate on similar issues. I tried to keep the theme of the feminine running throughout the post. I also will look forward to your post on the next assignment.

    Best wishes,

  • ola.mahadi
    Apr 09, 2013
    Apr 09, 2013

    I enjoyed readijng and yes web 2.0 givn us chance to make our voice loud and to leave our mark.

  • Lortoria
    Apr 11, 2013
    Apr 11, 2013

    Hi Ola,

    Thanks for commenting on my post, I'm glad you like it. I love your positive attitude and I feel the same way about pursuing my dreams. By lifting one's expectations, you can achieve what to some seems impossible. I look forward to connecting more in the future.

    Warm regards,

  • Rebecca Andruszka
    Apr 14, 2013
    Apr 14, 2013

    Lortoria,

    I can certainly commiserate with your experience of feeling "technologically crazy"! I love staying linked with my sisters on the web and staying on top of the amazing opportunities that Web 2.0 offers us. I look forward to reading more of your pieces.

  • Lortoria
    Apr 15, 2013
    Apr 15, 2013

    Hi Rebecca,

    Right! It happens to me all the time :) I love it too, and the World Pulse feeling is definitely catching on. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it.

    Kind regards,

  • hemrajan
    Apr 14, 2013
    Apr 14, 2013

    Dear Lortoria

    What a cool piece of writing!

    Thank you for writing about Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. I looked up her biography and was in awe of her achievements - more sharing of female success stories will only serve to lift us further. Your comment about getting power through knowledge is so apt "Today, access to the web, and the knowledge of how to use it, brings power." Let your writing continue to bring power to your voice and the voices of other women!

    Asha

  • Lortoria
    Apr 16, 2013
    Apr 16, 2013

    Hi Asha,

    Oh my goodness! I am truly blushing, I didn't expect to make that sort of impact when I wrote this. Ngozi had to be mentioned. Her achievements are an inspiration to us all, and I was certainly in awe when I read about her, but these are the types of females who are so often overlooked. The comment you have quoted me on, brings further reaffirmation to what we both did--checked out inspiring female leaders, and then shared that knowledge.

    Thank you, such a kind thing to say.

    Best wishes,

  • Obisakin Busayo
    Apr 18, 2013
    Apr 18, 2013

    I Love the way you started your article, I Live for web 2.0. Like I always say too Access to Internet is access to Life. You brought the it clearly the fact that web 2.0 is life itself. You are so inspiring!

  • Lortoria
    Apr 18, 2013
    Apr 18, 2013

    Hi Busayo,

    Thank you for your lovely comments. I am really glad that I could produce something you enjoyed reading, and also connected with.

    Let's stay connected :)