A great many people espouse the virtue of using one’s blog for good. I
certainly commend these bloggers who consistently raise awareness of local,
national and even global issues. I, for one, admittedly have not been the
type of blogger who concentrates on huge issues that plague our planet
because in all honesty I feel too small and too powerless to make a
difference. How can I, one blogger, shape and help eradicate monumental
Changing the World, One Mother at a Time: A Conversation with Mothers On-line
Today at the UN Week Digital Media Lounge, Emily McKhann of The Motherhood, Chrysula Winegar of Work.Life.Balance and Kristina Daniele
of Moms of Hue engaged in an impressive discussion about the power of moms online.
Watch the discussion online.
travesties like world hunger, global poverty, educational disparities, or even the digital divide in my own city for that matter? I have perpetually been debilitated by the notion that since I really can’t make a huge difference I guess I won’t do much at all.
As I sat covering the first day of UN Week yesterday at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, I finally hit upon an epiphany! Global issues about poverty and education, world hunger and sex trafficking, as examples, don’t need to be solved by me. Rather, they can be solved when intelligent, conscious people bring ideas and solutions to the table and then people like me (bloggers) move those ideas and solutions through the Net. That is where the power of change really happens. Similarly that is where I know my power to make small change lies as well. While I won’t be on the front lines making things happen, I can do what I do best to help causes by reporting on them and keeping the ideas and solutions alive in my small corner of the Internet. That is, making a difference may seem hard as one single blogger. Working together as a collective unit is where real, measurable, and sustained change blossoms. How’s that for an epiphany?
That is why I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the Digital Media Lounge to report on UN Week. The Digital Media Lounge is the brainchild of the UN Foundation, Mashable, and the 92nd Street Y and is a completely wired environment for correspondents to report on everything that’s going on during UN Week. Skype is also a major sponsor of the Digital Media Lounge and is bringing in notables via Skype who can’t be in New York City either because they are on location in an area in need or because of time constraints. For the next few days I will be around bloggers and social media types who have dedicated themselves to issues that affect powerless people the world over. You can also watch the coverage live at www.unfoundation.org/unweekdml. Also, follow all of the coverage on Twitter at #UNWeekDML.
How do you use your blog for good?