A little spider spun a web. As time passed, the spider grew its reach and attracted bugs of all kinds. Mesmerized by the glittering network of threads, they got caught up in it. They called for help and as friends from all over came to their aid, they too became entangled. They shared ideas about how to solve their problem. Soon, they became nourishment for the spider, giving their lives so another could thrive. This cooperation is the Web 2.0, a place where people are captivated by the spellbinding invisible structure before them and never leave. Instead, we join, we share, we form, we seek, we hear, we speak… eventually we give back to the community we’ve chosen to be a part of. The Web 2.0 is our river to new frontiers. The ramifications are endless and interconnectivity the outlet, presenting a myriad avenues for self-expression and feedback. Writing, video, audio or images, it is the ultimate platform. For the women’s empowerment movement this platform is a promise. No need to ask permission or approval, no more competing with men for limited airwaves or newspaper columns, no requirements of titles, status or education for us to speak our truths and be heard. No more waiting for an opportunity that may never come. Here, WE ARE the boss and we say to ourselves, “yes I have a voice that needs to be heard, I am an agent of change, and I can be a trustworthy source even without a degree, because what I have inside me cannot be copied, bought or sold, instead I share it.” For women, this outlet provides the tool to shed light on OUR issues and the issues ignored by the male dominated mainstream media. The fire burns for us and we are coming from near and far to hover around it, feel it’s warmth, and tell our stories. On the grand scale, the Web 2.0 has the ability to educate and promote international interaction, mutual understanding, cooperation, compassion and peace. On a personal level (where it all begins), there’s a benefit that is as inspiring as it is empowering. Our lives are transformed when receiving outside support. A hug can have an impact on our emotional state, leading to positive effects on our health and other social interactions. Virtual support can be as beneficial when given with sincere kindness. After joining WP, I was ELATED by the outpouring of support. This may not be much, but like for anyone, my emotional state dictates the state of my condition. See… I have epilepsy. Maintaining happiness through injections of support and inspiration from the web has become essential for my wellbeing - firing an arsenal of good chemicals that protect me, and my brain. The knowledge I’ve gained, connections I’ve made, and inspirational advice I’ve culled from research online have improved my condition. I could not have done it without all the people I found on this journey through the beautiful lacework that makes up the Web 2.0.

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

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Wow I quite like how you explained the concept of Web 2.0 A spider and it's web getting everything that came to it in its embrace.

Nicely written.

Regards, Aminah

Salaam Aminah

Greeting!

I am so much inspired after reading how Web 2.0 means to you. (WE ARE the boss and we say to ourselves, “yes I have a voice that needs to be heard, I am an agent of change, and I can be a trustworthy source even without a degree.”). Well, this makes me more powerful for what we are all women are doing to encourage and support each other to help the world be a better place.

I love your article!

All the best with the VOF!

Love, Sarvina from Cambodia

Regards, Sarvina from Cambodia VOF 2011 Correspondent

Yes, I concur with you that for the women's empowerment movement, web 2.0 is a promise. I wish you the best as you get elated, empowered and more connected.

Regards, Celine.

Thank you all for your wonderful comments! Hope to keep writing for you as well as reading your work so we can keep developing this great forum. All the best to you! camila

valerie camila rhodes

What a wonderful post! I love your creativity - starting the post with the visual image of the spider - and growing that image into the concept of Web 2.0. Your post was truly creative, positive, and inspiring!

Well done. Keep posting.

Cheers,

Abby

Beautifully articulated piece. I agree with the above comments, definitely a very powerful story. Keep writing and sharing. Love Deqa