How can all of us -- as widely distributed as we are -- put social media to work really effectively in our peace efforts?
It seems to me that, to do so, we need to tap into what's really contagious about social media. And do so in relation to peace efforts.
|What have you seen and heard?|
I wonder . . . what would it look like . . . if we could use social media to underline the concrete ways each of us is, in fact, choosing alternatives to war? And expressed interest in how others are choosing, too? (Including by sharing and spreading what we find valuable?)
I'm sure each of us knows how to use social media to make ourselves heard.
Do we know how to use social media to listen?
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Per the comment from Jim Barton (below), Pamela Boyce Simms prioritizes, "[a]dopting a mindset that is a listening mindset." ("Pamela Boyce Simms on convening faith groups" on TransitionNetwork.org) What does "adopting a mindset that is a listening mindset" look like on social media?
I believe an enormous number of people will conclude that, if they really believe "we can choose to abolish war," then what's required is to speak it.
(See "We can choose to abolish war" (The rest is just details) )
(See News Worth Spreading: "There IS An Alternative to War!" )
The present confrontation between "the West" (i.e. the US/NATO military alliance) and Russia over Ukraine is a case in point that illustrates what the thousands of people who have committed themselves to the World Beyond War movement are committed to.
(See There ARE Alternatives to War (A Personal Commitment to the World Beyond War Initiative) )
What if we died to the idea that we solve problems with force? Can we see new life on the other side of that kind of dying? It seems like a worthwhile question this Easter.
(See New Life? The Prospect of a World Beyond War (and the questions we have to ask) )