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The Mind Museum
J. Y. Campos Park, 3rd Ave, Taguig, Metro Manila
(02) 909 6463
Yesterday, my colleagues and I had the chance to attend Rappler’s PH+SocialGood 2014: Manila #2030NOW summit held at the Mind Museum Auditorium in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. They gave us free snacks and lunch plus we got to visit the museum itself. I got so excited especially because it is my first time to visit The Mind Museum; it has always been a dream for me. I love museums and anything that has to do with art, philosophy, history and knowledge. So, I’ve kind of expected to learn more about social media and its other features for I think it would be helpful for me since I would get to use it for my job and it is in line with my job.
I won’t go into technical and details about the event, thus I would just like to give my honest opinion about the whole summit. I got a little disappointed at first but to my surprise, as speakers continued to do the talk I got engaged more and more. This is not just about social media and tools rather a deeper understanding of social media’s role in our society. We all know about the little details about the disasters our country have experienced. We all know how devastating and depressing the aftermath of such. We see Facebook posts of people on destructed areas, tweets asking for help and even point to point news updates of places with floods and flying roofs. Most of us, I know, somehow thought about how these people still had the time to post and tweet such in a very hell-like situation, right? I know ‘cause I’ve thought of it too.
But the thing is, that’s exactly what this whole summit is telling us. That social media has the biggest role in every tragedy; in every “storm” because little did we know that its power saved many lives because of those posted pictures and tweets pleading for help. Social media does not only cater to you wanting to update your social status, wanting to boast your new retail finds, on you stalking people but hey! Social media is now more concerned about saving people’s lives! True as what Mitch Albom would say in his book that “We are all connected…You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind…” so does what Social Media is trying to stage here. It made us all connected. It is trying to give us a better use of technology and the chance to use each clicks for a better cause.
Rappler also introduced exciting apps and technology that would really help people especially at times of disasters. They’d brought in Microsoft’s TV Wide Space that would give us the chance to use our tv satellites for internet connections and Facebook’s INTERNET.ORG that would help those cities and provinces to access free internet that would be very useful especially for students. Each speakers were asked to give their predictions on what would our generation be like in the year 2030. They all said it would be HOPEFUL and EXCITING.
They’ve also emphasized the power of the crowd through “Crowd Sourcing” helped them bridge the gap between little voices who wants to be heard and the real time story telling of each unseen events. Imagine those recent crimes the news has been reporting us all came from one source and that is the crowd, the people who would go to their Facebook account to post a kidnapping or a bombing happened just few minutes ago when in fact people from the media would never get to cover on real time. See? Let us all be aware and concerned of the things around us. Let our voices be heard and let this world be a better and safer world to live in so scientists won’t have to look for another earth for survival. We have the power; we have the technology and don’t let illiteracy hinder you from knowing what you can do. Be empowered and make use of what this generation is offering us.
Thank you to Rappler for giving us the chance to be informed and connected to this world we live in and thanks to Snapworx Digital for letting us join this kind of event! Truly an experience!
Celebrating my hassanish’s special day! Thank you Lord for all the blessings and good times! <3