Dispatches from WOW 2012: Digital Tapestries

I was asked to participate in a WOW Bites session during the Southbank Centre's 2012 Women of the World Festival. Bites are short talks, inspiring ideas, achievements, obsessions, stories, performances, manifestos and more. I thought I'd share the essence of my bite with you.

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One of the most satisfying outcomes of spending so much time online is discovering interesting people doing exciting and amazing things. In my time internetting, I have discovered several women, around the world, using the digital space to tell their stories and through this: creating relationships that transcend barriers such as geographical distance and class; building supportive and collaborative networks and communities; and making things happen for themselves, for others and ultimately, for us all.

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Do it for love: creating Epic Change for the mamas

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Today is Mother's Day in many parts of the world and in the US alone, $14.6 billion will be spent buying stuff for the occassion.

My family isn't a gift-giving family. On the days that people usually exchange gifts – birthdays, Christmas, Father's Day, Mother's Day etc. – we're more concerned with being together. So it's more about organising a meal or a party than shopping. Culture, socioeconomics … that's a discussion for another time. What I will say now is that it definitely relieves a lot of pressure to get that "perfect" gift, saving a lot of money and sanity too!

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