Big Change can come in small packages too

There has been a minor furore recently about Malcolm Gladwell’s article in the NYT about Twitter not being a valid tool for important social change. Biz Stone, the founder of Twitter, has responded.

Whilst it may not seem that campaigning for broadband is as important as the Civil Rights Movement nor the overcoming of the lack of freedom of speech in China, for some of us, it is. Broadband is the enabler for so many different aspects of life – be it the economy, social change, access to services that many do not currently enjoy, societal well-being. Health, wealth and learning.
When a full 30% of the country falls into the gap of ‘no broadband worth speaking about’, then the need to make noise about the failings of those who are responsible becomes ever more vital. And to effect change.
Whilst I do not expect the British to take to the streets as the French are doing currently, to challenge policy decisions made on high, there is an undercurrent of activism spurred on by dissatisfaction and frustration already at work. And thousands are endeavouring to change the poor decisions being made in Westminster and elsewhere, and which continue to affect our daily lives.
Twitter, for instance, has allowed word to be spread about the campaign for true broadband. It has allowed the voices of many who would otherwise not be heard to reach the ears of those deciding policy, making funding decisions, choosing next gen suppliers. 
Whether our tweets are making a difference, only time will tell. But those 140 characters may finally help to break the apathy that has surrounded this nation’s first steps into the knowledge economy. Tweets may ‘close the gap’ and bring the information from grassroots and “the people” to the media, the policy makers, the decision makers, which is required to make solid and informed decisions for our next generations, rather than just listening to the lobbyists in Westminster and Portcullis House. 
See you on Twitter for the Fibrevolution! @digitaldales 

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