In further thinking and reading about the intersections of doing good and the world of communication we live in today, I found this super inspiring video of astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson dreaming of drastic change in the next 15 years.
That video is part of Bill and Melinda Gates annual letter, where they make a “big bet” which says that: “The lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve more than anyone else’s.”
The letter is FULL of information and is all laid out in a very digestible, neat and interactive way. It sets ambitious goals for the next decade and a half — like decreasing child deaths, eradicating diseases, making it possible for Africa to feed itself, taking mobile banking to the poorest and revolutionizing learning through software.
As John Green, a huge witness and example of the good the Internet and web communities can do in the world, puts it (and as is mentioned throughout the Gates letter), communication and access to the Internet has everything to do with reaching these ambitious goals and creating a better world in general.
We feel like the Internet is a global community that allows everyone to share equally and be heard in every corner of the world. But the reality is that, in October of 2014, 4.4 billion people still did not have access to the Internet.
We are looking at a very closed circle online. And an even more closed circle in our own online communities.
In order for people to care, people must see. Giving access online is an essential part of us seeing and caring about those in extreme poverty, and doing something about it. It is an essential step in ending poverty.