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The social winds of change

October 15, 2014 | , , , | Comments Off on The social winds of change

Mobile and digital communication are penetrating even the most remote areas of the world making distance less important than ever when it comes to reach. Enabled by the channels of for instance social media, we are able to engage with other cultures and help facilitate change in communities in far away corners of the world – even without leaving our bed. It has never been this easy to facilitate change. Or has it?

Are we really changing the world? Sure, the possibility of facilitating capacity-building amongst those who need it is there, but don’t we just end up building new presences for knowledge and information that we consume without actually engaging? Or is it possible to empower people and help them learn something, which in turn will help them solve issues in their communities?