The last post spoke a lot about the idea of community development. In order for development in rural communities to be effective, consent from the most affected is crucial. It is also important that the researchers genuinely understand the communities they wish to help. Today’s post will discuss one of the five key components of communities and how social media can be used to explore them.
Many communities have existing institutions that can be very effective in development. Often times, these institutions are required in development efforts. One great example of integral institutions is schools. Education is required for development efforts to be sustained. Education is also necessary when using social media. Schools can have the ability to educate students on social media even in some of the most remote areas of the world. Social media can be used to connect students and educators across borders. Distance becomes less of an obstacle with the technology we have available today. There are some obstacles in spreading technology and those will be discussed in a later post, but overall social media can provide opportunities previous generations did not have.
Institutions need an avenue of communication. That platform can be provided through Project Global Collective. Later, I will post more on the different components of communities — expect post on physical aspects, local economy, associations, and most importantly individuals in the community.