Once in a while when someone creates a great article/podcast/video online on an issue that moves them, we see people in the comments say "That's great! But what are you doing about the issue in the real world?" As if writing/podcasting/vlogging about it is not "something" enough. I'm here to tell you that it is.
My session will explore how online media can completely transform Africa - especially because of its reach - create a sense of interconnectedness, and help us learn from each other. We need to tell our own stories and amplify our voices so as to create the social change we so deeply crave. This is what we do at Brainstorm (www.brainstorm.co.ke) - currently telling Kenya's stories, but soon to be telling stories from the whole continent. I will borrow heavily from my learnings since co-founding Brainstorm, as well as my vision for online media in Africa based on global and continental trends.
Sharing our stories does help shape our society, for it influences our thought process. If you can change how a man thinks, you have a great shot at changing how he acts. You can change how he acts for the better. We will also explore different articles, campaigns, videos and other online content that has been significant in the past year, and their effects - the questions they raised, their perceived strengths and flaws, and whether they created a lasting effect. Let us explore online media for social change in Africa, and worldwide.